Environment

Global natural disasters wreak $160 b damage in 2018: Munich Re

Views - 15 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Frankfurt Main, AFP: Natural disasters including wildfires, hurricanes and tsunamis inflicted $160 billion of damage and claimed 10,400 lives in 2018, German reinsurer Munich Re said Tuesday. The financial toll was far below the $350 billion recorde


US carbon emissions spike in 2018 on industry, fuel demand

Views - 7 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Washington, Reuters: US emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, spiked last year after falling for the previous three, as cold weather spurred natural gas demand for heating and as the economy pushed planes and trucks to guzzle fuel, an


NDB implements unique sustainable solution human-elephant conflict

Views - 11 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

The threat to elephants due to the human-elephant conflict has become one of the most pressing conservation issues in wildlife management in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was home to about 20,000 elephants 100 years ago, which has now dwindled to about 5,000.


WNPS lecture on 17 January to focus on leopards of Horton Plains National Park

Views - 107 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

The Wildlife Nature Protection Society’s (WNPS) monthly lecture on 17 January will focus on ‘Unraveling the Mysteries of an Elusive Cat: The Leopards of the Horton Plains National Park’. Public lecture open all with free entrance will be held a


MAS opens newly-outfitted Badagamuwa Environmental Information Centre

Views - 11 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

MAS Fabrics, the globally lauded end-to-end supply chain operation of MAS Holdings, ceremoniously opened the refurbished Badagamuwa Environmental Information Centre to the public as means to create more awareness on the unique biodiversity of the Bad


INSEE Group signs MOU with IUCN to enrich biodiversity in Asian quarries

Views - 79 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

To enrich and further strengthen its on-going eco-friendly stance in the Asian region, Siam City Cement City Group, its fully-owned subsidiary known in Sri Lanka as INSEE Cement, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Uni


To halt deforestation, researchers say we must listen to the forests

Views - 12 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Conservationists and palm oil companies tackling deforestation and forest fires must rely less on satellite imagery and instead start listening to the sounds of the forests, according to a report published on Friday. The


Last year was fourth warmest as greenhouse gases rise: Copernicus

Views - 7 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

OSLO (Reuters): Last year was the fourth warmest on record, extending a scorching streak driven by rising concentrations of man-made greenhouse gases, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Monday. Average world surface air


South Asia Gateway Terminals first in South Asia to join World Ocean Council

Views - 10 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) strengthened its commitment to responsible and sustainable operations by joining the World Ocean Council (WOC), the global Blue Economy Business Organization. SAGT CEO Romesh David said: “Ports play a critical ro


LOLC Green for a greener tomorrow

Views - 18 Wednesday, 2 January 2019 00:00

LOLC, with a view to assist nature, commenced its reforestation project by educating and getting the community involved in their green efforts. This initiative which was launched as a part of its overall sustainability campaign titled ‘LOLC Green


Suren Cooke Agencies go green to preserve natural environment

Views - 125 Wednesday, 2 January 2019 00:00

Being the pioneer in providing pest control services in Sri Lanka since 1985, Suren Cooke Agencies have been in the forefront of serving the community in the effective management of pests. They are committed towards the advancement of the natural env


Dialog and Ideamart partner Earth Networks to launch revolutionary aggregate weather solution

Views - 32 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, and Ideamart announced the launch of an aggregate weather solution “WeatherGuru” in partnership with Earth Networks, the largest global hyper-local weather network providing weather


Southern Border of Sinharaja: contemporary needs against conservation

Views - 31 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

“Sri Lanka is desperately looking for foreign direct investments. But, who will invest, when the ecosystem services that support industry, infrastructure and people’s lives are not assured, and when there is no assurance that the investments are


Soil pollution: A danger lurking beneath our feet

Views - 35 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Soils are where it all begins. A silent ally for food production, soils are where 95% of food is produced globally. Therefore the preservation of healthy soils is essential for future food production. The healthier the soil is, the better the crop wi


Green power plants: Which countries are leading the way?

Views - 36 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind or hydroelectric power are becoming increasingly more common as costs decrease. Renewable energy provides substantial benefits for our climate, our health, and economy, whilst also dramatically reducing gl


Climate policies put world on track for 3.3C warming; CAT study

Views - 21 Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Katowice (Reuters): Average world temperatures are on track to far exceed the central goal set in the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting global warming, a study showed on Tuesday. But the overshoot by the end of this century could be slightly less sev


Fossil fuel tax proposed to cover rising costs of wild weather

Views - 29 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:06

KATOWICE, Poland, (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Taxing the extraction of fossil fuels could help pay for the growing costs of damage from harsher storms, wildfires, floods and rising seas, while providing a stronger incentive to wean the world off ca


Global carbon emissions set to rise further this year: Study

Views - 23 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:06

(Reuters): Global carbon dioxide emissions are set to rise nearly 3% this year due to continued fossil fuel use, scientists said, dashing hopes that an increase in 2017 was temporary after two years of slowdown.


Investors managing $32 trillion in assets call for action on climate change

Views - 26 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:05

LONDON-REUTERS: Global investors managing $32 trillion in assets have called on governments to accelerate steps to combat climate change, as policymakers meet for talks at a United Nations conference in Poland.


Waste heat to power market to reach $30bn by 2024

Views - 25 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:05

The waste heat to power market is expected to reach $30 billion by 2024, according to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc. Growing measures to reduce the energy bills by residual heat


Public lecture on ‘Future Trends in Wastewater Treatment and Reuse’

Views - 27 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:04

The Building Services Engineering Sectional Committee of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka has organised a public lecture on ‘Future Trends in Wastewater Treatment and Reuse’ to address this current and significant issue. Specialist in was


Australia grabs world’s biggest LNG exporter crown from Qatar in Nov

Views - 31 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:04

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Australia overtook Qatar as the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the first time in November, data from Refinitiv Eikon showed on Monday.


Wildlife and Nature Protection Society Monthly Lecture on 13 December

Views - 60 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Across the world species, particularly species-rich ecosystems are being replaced by less complex landscapes due to human impacts in the Anthropocene. There is now a great urgency to documentand conserve the biota of the world in order to establish b


Mannar Unbound: A journey through history and nature

Views - 128 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

Historical cameos from over 3,000 years merge with pictured memories from those times; human history combines with the natural history of the present, as lessons learned from the past are applied to the here and now, to conserve the natural magnifice


EFL to launch ‘Review of the Southern Border of Sinharaja’ book on 7 December

Views - 50 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:00

Sinharaja is Sri Lanka’s flagship for conservation of rainforests and it is the only National Wilderness Heritage area that receives the highest level of legal protection under Sri Lankan conservation laws. Despite its significance, Sinharaja fores


Kalhari wins Gold Award for Recycling

Views - 47 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:00

Kalhari Group won the Gold Award for Recycled Products at the recently held NCE Export Awards 2018. The company which has consistently won NCE Awards over more than 10 years is today a leader in the field of exporting recycled products to various cou


Political instability, economic growth and sustainable development

Views - 235 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is again facing a period of political chaos, leaving many speechless considering what is taking place in and outside parliament. Where many experts expected Mahinda Rajapaksa to return to some sort of leadership, how this took place was sti


Micro plastic in bottled drinking water

Views - 305 Monday, 3 December 2018 00:00

By Elina Gansweith My works on this subject is based on the research of ‘Synthetic Polymer Contamination in Bottled Water’ undertaken by three scholars attached to State University of New York at Fredonia. Plastic is defined as any synthetic or s


A new species of lichen named after Dilmah Founder

Views - 567 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

A lichen species new to science was recently discovered in Sri Lanka and named Polymeridium fernandoi after the Founder of Dilmah Tea, Merrill J. Fernando. The discovery was made by Dr. Gothami Weerakoon (Senior Curator of Lichens and Slime Moulds a


Unilever bags Gold at Presidential Environment Awards 2018

Views - 40 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Unilever Sri Lanka’s Ceytea Factory was recognised for its contribution towards environmental conservation with a Gold Trophy in the Food and Beverages Industries category at the Presidential Environment Awards 2018. Located in Agarapathana, the C


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Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r


SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou


Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta


Teaching the younger generation to observe professional ethics is the need of the hour

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

When Sri Lanka got independence in 1948, it was one of the most promising nations both in Asia and in the Commonwealth countries. It had luckily emerged unscathed after the Second World War unlike our neighbours. Sri Lanka furthermore did not have to


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