Trump rejects environmental ‘prophets of doom’

Views - 10 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

Davos, AFP: US President Donald Trump took aim on Tuesday at the “perennial prophets of doom” on the environment, telling the annual Davos forum that warnings of climate crisis were “foolish”. In a keynote speech to the 50th World Economic Fo

Taking root? Tree-planting new trend in eco-conscious Davos

Views - 11 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

DAVOS, (AFP): It’s a green policy that everyone can get behind. In Davos this year, leaders and tycoons, including the world’s leading climate sceptic Donald Trump, offered to plant trees to help the planet. Finding common ground on global warmin

World needs to prepare for ‘millions’ of climate displaced: UN

Views - 9 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

DAVOS, (REUTERS): The world needs to prepare for millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday. Speaking to Reuters at the World Economic Forum, Fil

Microsoft in drive to erase its entire carbon footprint

Views - 12 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

WASHINGTON: Microsoft said last week it will be carbon negative by 2030 and has pledged to remove from the environment by 2050 all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption in its 45-year history. At an event at

Local Govt. authorities in Galle, Batticaloa and Vavuniya ‘Give Back Life’ to PET plastic bottles

Views - 36 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd., with funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation and the support of The Asia Foundation, Environment Foundation Ltd. and Eco Spindles Ltd., collaborated with local Government authorities to establish three Give Back Life

INSEE honoured for ‘Leadership in Environmental Sustainability’

Views - 15 Thursday, 23 January 2020 00:00

The leading provider of cement in the country, INSEE Cement Sri Lanka was the recipient of the ‘Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Award’ and ‘Excellent Green Commitment Award – Corporate Sector’ at the Annual Green Building Award

Physical security of Sri Lanka nobody spoke about

Views - 290 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:04

Year 2019 was the year in which security situation in Sri Lanka received an unprecedented level of attention after those dark days prior to May 2009. Ten years is not a long period in the history of a country, but the average Sri Lankan never expecte

Stakeholder consultation for mangrove restoration and economic empowerment in Gampaha District

Views - 18 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Resources, in collaboration with the SLYCAN Trust, is organising a stakeholder consultation on mangrove ecosystem restoration and identifying the potential

Culling is killing

Views - 60 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

By Federation of Environmental Organisations On 3 December 2019, the newly-appointed Minister for Wildlife, on live television, stated that Sri Lanka has a carrying capacity for just 3,000 wild elephants while the country had 6,000! This is despite t

Central banks can’t save the world from climate change, BIS says

Views - 11 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

BASEL/LONDON (Reuters) - Central banks can’t be expected to save the world from climate change, a new book by the Bank for International Settlement said on Monday, urging instead global co-ordination ranging from government policy to financial regu

Hameedia launches ‘Donate Oxygen to the Planet’ project

Views - 11 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Hameedia, Sri Lanka’s leading menswear brand synonymous with style and quality, ushered in the New Year by launching its newest initiative – Donate Oxygen to the Planet. The program aims to plant around 7,000 trees in celebration of the company

Human ravage and nature’s rage

Views - 25 Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Scientists say that global warming is caused by carbon dioxide emissions from industrial units – far in excess of what was naturally produced by elements of the earth in earlier times. The writer intends this piece to titillate the minds of average

Nestle to invest billions to boost use of recycled plastics

Views - 13 Monday, 20 January 2020 00:00

ZURICH (Reuters): Food giant Nestle will invest up to 2 billion Swiss francs ($2.07 billion) to source more recycled plastics for packaging its products and reduce its use of new plastics by a third by 2025, it said on Thursday. Regularly cited by en

Leaders suggested to incorporate climate hazard assessment, adaptation into ‘new normal’ of corporate, investor and Govt. decisions

Views - 24 Monday, 20 January 2020 00:00

Climate change is already having substantial physical impacts at a local level in regions across the world, and the affected regions are likely to grow in number and size. A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute on the socioeconomic risks of

Role of private sector in climate change mitigation

Views - 106 Monday, 20 January 2020 00:00

We Sri Lankans, similar to those in other developing countries, prefer to leave a lot of things to the State. When something goes wrong we say “there ought to be a law” or “Government should take of these things”. However, climate change is a

Leading accounting bodies call for improved unsustainable development goals disclosures

Views - 228 Monday, 20 January 2020 00:00

Leading accounting bodies and other organisations last week called for corporate and asset owner action and improved reporting on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in an attempt to hit goals set for 2030. The recommendations are detaile

Ramesh Nanayakkara joins Biomass Supplies to create a green legacy in Sri Lanka

Views - 358 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Ramesh Nanayakkara has joined Biomass Supplies as the Chief Operating Officer to drive the vision of the business to be the pioneering bioenergy company and thought leader in Sri Lanka. Biomass Supplies is part of the international Biomass Group, a

Dipped Products donates 10,000 pairs of rubber gloves to Police Environmental Protection Division

Views - 22 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Supporting the Government’s initiative to conserve the environment, Hayleys Group subsidiary Dipped Products PLC provided a stock of 10,000 pairs of rubber hand gloves to the Police Environmental Protection Division (PEPD) recently. Hayleys PLC Ch

Global giant goes green in Sri Lanka

Views - 81 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

As wild fires sweep across the world climate change has been reaffirmed as planet earth’s biggest threat with planting trees emerging as the single-largest collective effort. If growing forests was the need of the hour, Midea, the world’s largest

Help Grow Lanka starts recycling used hybrid batteries

Views - 35 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

For the first time in Sri Lanka, Help Grow Lanka, a well-established manufacturer of value-added eco-friendly coir and coco peat-based products, has ventured into recycling used hybrid batteries. The timely move to protect the environment re-exports

Keells commences second phase of ‘Plastic Pledge’

Views - 34 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Keells became the first retailer in Sri Lanka to make a bold commitment in July 2019, to embark on a journey to reduce 50% of the single use plastic bags and in-store prepared food packaging by 2025. Several initiatives were implemented and has res

Nature’s fury

Views - 114 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

Many consider nature to be rather benign, it is there and so what. But over the years, and especially in the last decade many started to think about the way the nature is changing, not for the better. Scientists have been focusing on this for a long

Lessons from Australian bushfire

Views - 241 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

According to BBC News, at least 24 people have died since the fires began in September. The same news has stated that air quality in the capital Canberra was this weekend rated the worst in the world. There are many natural reasons for this but human

Fighting the bush fires

Views - 19 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

By D.C. Ranatunga Bush fires in Australia continue to keep fire-fighters and people on high alert with emergency warnings in several states last week, where dangerous weather and fire conditions were forecast. While the State Governments are beginni

Extreme events are reversing development goals

Views - 14 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:00

By Patricia Scotland Cyclones in the Caribbean and Pacific, devastating bushfires in Australia, recurrent floods and droughts in Asia and Africa, increasingly bring tragic loss of life to our nations and communities, inflicting physical and mental tr

Promising start for new year with green initiatives by BAM Green

Views - 26 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

BAM Green, the most reputed solar and renewable energy company in Sri Lanka, in operation for more than nine years, wholly committed to developing and providing renewable energy related services for Sri Lanka, donated 2,000 Mee Trees to the Homagama

INSEE Ecocycle launches Resource Recovery Centre to transform industrial waste to valua-ble resources

Views - 46 Monday, 6 January 2020 00:00

INSEE Ecocycle, the pioneer in professional waste management in the country, inaugurated the first-ever novel Resource Recovery Centre with the aim of transforming industrial waste into valuable resources. INSEE Ecocycle has embarked on this great in

Munchee ‘Parisara Harasara’ protects environment in Hikkaduwa

Views - 17 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

The Munchee sales team has voluntarily come forward to protect the environment in Hikkaduwa area under a CSR initiative titled ‘Munchee Parisara Harasara’. Under this initiative the Munchee Sales team will plant about 500 useful trees and clean

ComBank awarded for ‘Excellent Green Commitment’ by GBCSL

Views - 23 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon was recently presented the ‘Excellent Green Commitment Award’ for the Banking Sector for 2019 by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL), the country’s leading authority on implementing green concepts and g

Thailand kicks off 2020 with plastic bag ban

Views - 13 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Bangkok (Reuters): Thailand began the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags at major stores, continuing a campaign launched by the government and retailers towards a complete ban in 2021 to reduce waste and debris in the sea. Public awareness of

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Jothipala A unique playback singer who sang to joy, emotion and grief

Saturday, 29 February 2020

“Poruthukeesi Karaya, Ratawal Allanna Sooraya,” the lilting Baila song from ‘Sandesaya’ was the first Sinhala film song that I became immensely fond of as a little boy. I did not see the film ‘Sandesaya’ when it was first released in 196

For the love of my motherland Sri Lanka

Saturday, 29 February 2020

It is Monday 25 February 2020 as I hunt-and-peck my computer keyboard at Colombo International Airport Terminal 12 awaiting my flight to New York with my wife to attend a family funeral. I had been catching up on yester

China’s virus shutdown will hurt growth abroad

Friday, 28 February 2020

Many affluent Chinese fearful of being infected by the coronavirus and being quarantined by the State are staying home. Many companies and countries around the world are linked to the Chinese economy, which is likely to have far-reaching consequences

The reality of the system

Friday, 28 February 2020

The whole system of the country which has been crumbling is now on the verge of near collapse. The political regime, bureaucracy, intellectuals and the society in general did not have a sufficiently developed political imagination to understand the n

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