Environment

Last year was fourth warmest as greenhouse gases rise: Copernicus

Views - 37 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 - 41 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 - 51 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 - 160 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 - 71 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 - 106 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 - 83 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 - 64 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 - 44 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 - 54 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 - 51 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 - 51 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 - 58 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 - 64 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 - 64 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 - 76 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 - 158 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 - 65 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 - 55 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 - 644 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 - 327 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 - 595 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 - 56 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


Greater Paris to ban old diesel cars from summer 2019

Views - 41 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

PARIS, REUTERS: The Greater Paris region will become a low-emission zone from next summer, which will limit the circulation of old diesel cars, the regional authority decided this week. The Metropole du Grand Paris Council said on its Twitter feed it


Why wastewater matters, and innovation is indispensable

Views - 47 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

By Christian Walder Urban Development Specialist (Water Supply and Sanitation), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department blogs.adb.org: Human nature is wired to forget what it does not see, and to ignore what it does not deem as attracti


Alliance Finance Company adds to record- breaking 176,000 trees planted in a single day!

Views - 117 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:26

Alliance Finance (AFC) has completed planting of 201,000 trees under the Thuru Mithuru program as part of its Social and Environment value creation – the company announced. Accordingly in addition to over 176,000 trees they planted on the World Env


McLarens Group joins Mega Beach Clean Up

Views - 50 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:24

Saving our planet from the ever-accelerating destruction of its eco system falls on each and every one of us. Be it sea, air or land, we are responsible for more than half of its destruction, hence it’s only right we are responsible for its surviva


Dambulla Green Project 2018: Public and private sector partner to create ‘Green City’

Views - 145 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:23

Sri Lanka’s pioneer in high-tech industrial glove manufacturing, ATG Group of Companies in partnership with the Dambulla Municipal Council recently initiated a reforestation programme with a view to planting 1,000 Khaya and Kumbuk trees covering se


WNPS monthly lecture on 15 Nov. to focus on fighting wildlife crimes with forensics

Views - 95 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:22

The Wildlife & Nature Protection Society’s monthly lecture on 15 November at the Jasmine Hall BMICH at 6.00 p.m. will focus on fighting wildlife crimes with forensics with expert Ravi Perera as the guest speaker. The WNPS Public Lecture is open t


INSEE Cement wins two prestigious awards at Presidential Environment Awards 2018

Views - 65 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

At the prestigious Presidential Environment Awards 2018 held recently at BMICH, Sri Lanka’s leading cement manufacturer INSEE Cement (Siam City Cement (Lanka) Limited), and the nation’s premier sustainable waste management solutions provider INSE


Today's Columnists

4-day work week: A solution to many problems?

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

A three-day weekend every week and only four days of work a week. The idea would seem too good to be true for many. But this is an idea that is being experimented in the West and some companies have already started out on a four-day work week. How ab


Christchurch massacre and the Australian Labor Party

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name… He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless… And to others I impl


Political bait to woo the professionals or a genuine effort to build the economy?

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

It has been a forgone conclusion that Sri Lanka’s current economic woes have been precipitated by the debt burden the country has to serve in the short term and the negative Balance of Trade. Whilst improving tax collection is a temporary measure t


Handagama’s Asandimitta: Not mere psychoanalysis; sociocultural, political and economic analysis too

Monday, 25 March 2019

Sri Lanka’s award winning film director, Asoka Handagama, screened his latest creative work, Asandimitta, before an invited audience in Colombo last week. This was a prelude to its public release, which was to be commenced immediately. Handagama i


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