Environment

The Body Shop re-wilds 10 million sq. mts of forest through ‘Enchanted by Nature’ campaign

Views - 44 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:00

British skincare and beauty brand with a heart, The Body Shop, is saying ‘thank you!’ to all of its loyal customers in Sri Lanka for personally gifting over 10 million square metres of forest throughout the festive season! A brand synonymous with


The fight against wildlife trafficking: CITES in Sri Lanka

Views - 288 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:00

From pangolins to elephants, from tropical timber to birds and snakes: Wildlife trafficking is one of the largest illegal global trade sectors and generates billions of USD per year. Since 1975, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Sp


Sampath Bank inaugurates Earth Watchmen initiative

Views - 83 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:27

Cricket in Sri Lanka is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. If you are Sri Lankan, whether or not you love the game, play the game or watch it, somehow cricket has the ability to get in the way of everyday life. And whilst cricket bats are fundam


Global Compact Network Sri Lanka searches for young professionals committed to advancing SDGs

Views - 120 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:27

As part of the 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, Global Compact Network Sri Lanka today launched its national search for young professionals (35 and under) who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Later this ye


‘Corporates in Conservation’ presented by OLU Tropical Water

Views - 58 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:26

A panel discussion on the topic ‘Corporates in Conservation’ was held in Nawala recently. Dr. Andrew Kittle and Anjali Watson of the WWCT, together with the support of OLU Tropical Water have documented sightings of leopards in the Gal Oya Nation


Australian court bars new coal mine project in landmark win for green lobby

Views - 35 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:25

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Developers have lost a court appeal to build a coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley over its potentially “dire” environmental impact, in the country’s first legal review of a coal mine project to hear evidence from a cl


Thriving coastlines: Mangrove restoration in Sri Lanka

Views - 267 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:02

On the border between land and sea, a unique ecosystem covers tropical and subtropical regions around the world: Mangrove forests. Mangroves are well adapted to saline water and the tides, and they thrive along the coastlines of over 118 countries, i


ComBank awarded Greenhouse Gas verification statement

Views - 48 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been awarded a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) verification statement by Sri Lanka Climate Fund Ltd. under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, after verifying that the Bank’s total Greenhouse Gas emissions


JKH’s Plasticcycle collaborates with Department of National Zoological Gardens

Views - 49 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

The newest addition to the Plasticcycle initiative is the collaboration with the Department of National Zoological Gardens to place plastic collection bins at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala Zoo, Dehiwala Zoo and Ridiyagama Safari Park wh


Tiara inspires children to plant trees keeping environment healthy and green

Views - 47 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Inspiring the nation’s younger generation to value the preciousness of nature and trees, Tiara Cakes marketed by CBL Foods International Ltd., a subsidiary of conglomerate CBL Group, participated in a novel tree planting initiative recently. Tiara


JICA supports completion of pollution control and solid waste management project

Views - 50 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with Central Environmental Authority (CEA), successfully completed a final seminar to share their findings and recommendations of ‘Pollution Control and Reduction of Environmental Bu


To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

Views - 45 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:21

Thomson Reuters Foundation: More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said last week. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials


President calls for regional cooperation to fulfil environmental responsibilities and obligations

Views - 43 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:21

Ayubowan! President of the Forum, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Asia Pacific Region, distinguished delegates, permit me at the outset to extend my sincere appreciation


US EPA senior official falls short of calling climate change a crisis

Views - 35 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The Trump administration’s senior air pollution official said on Friday that he and his agency were still exploring the science of climate change and fell short of calling it a crisis. Bill Wehrum, US Environmental Protection


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

Views - 47 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 - 40 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 - 62 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 - 201 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 - 50 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 - 149 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 - 53 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 - 38 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 - 48 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 - 61 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 - 167 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 - 78 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 - 114 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 - 101 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 - 66 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 - 46 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


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Smaller electoral units needed to serve the people better

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

This article is the third in a series of articles on delimitation. Following on the second article, ‘Implementing key principles in the delimitation of electoral boundaries in Sri Lanka’ (Sunday Island and Sunday Times of 9 December 2018 and


Developing a Politi-Compass – A challenge to political scientists and media moguls

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Democracy Democracy is a double-edged sword. If one wields it too aggressively, it will inflict self-injuries. Democratic freedom is not akin to the freedom enjoyed by a wild donkey. One can exercise own human rights to the extent that the behaviour


EFL charting course towards sustainable logistics industry with voluntary ISO 14064 Certification

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Recommitting itself to effective climate action in accordance with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), leading global logistics service provider Expolanka Freight Ltd. (EFL) announced that it secured ISO 14064 Certification on Green


Logistics is not… transportation

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Google it. Go for a lecture or attend a seminar, mostly one will notice the first picture that appears or explains logistics would be a ship, an airplane, truck or railway connecting two places via transport networks. Ask a managing director what log


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