Kanrich Finance launches ‘Haritha Danawwa’ to create a greener country

Views - 12 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

Recognising the social responsibility of a corporate, Kanrich Finance, a trusted company in the finance sector in Sri Lanka with a proven track record, launched yet another CSR project, ‘Haritha Danawwa,’ with a view to making the country look gr

President directs CEA to strengthen environmental conservation

Views - 14 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to take forward all the programs implemented to protect the environment in a strong and efficient manner while declaring an Environment Week in parallel to the World En

Widespread pollution and the Ministry of Environment

Views - 48 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

Pollution is a global topic spoken at numerous forums. Sri Lanka too talks of pollution.We are yet to walk the talk. Major causes of pollution are air, plastic, sound. Airpollution is a result by carbon monoxide/dioxide, sulphur, nitrogen just to nam

Trash talk: Dealing with marine plastic pollution in Sri Lanka’s oceans

Views - 52 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

If current marine plastic pollution trends continue, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050, predicts the World Economic Forum report The New Plastics Economy. The Ocean Conservancy estimates that over 150 million metric tons of plasti

Sampath Bank head office achieves carbon neutrality

Views - 31 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

Signifying a landmark achievement in environmental sustainability, the Sampath Bank head office recently attained the status of carbon neutrality. Sampath Bank PLC was awarded the ‘Carbon Neutral Certification’ by Climate Smart Initiatives Ltd. (

Hirdaramani Group’s GHG emissions from energy secure ‘net-zero status’

Views - 26 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

The Hirdaramani Group has announced that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use of its Sri Lankan apparel vertical has reached a net-zero status. This quantification using ISO 14064 standards was externally validated; considering overall emi

125th anniversary lecture of Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on 16 May

Views - 26 Monday, 13 May 2019 00:00

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) hosts a special for its members, interactive edition of its monthly lecture series with short presentations (15 minutes each) to be made by four experts in the

One million species risk extinction due to humans

Views - 33 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

PARIS, AFP: Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends. The ac

Foundation of Goodness partners Tokyo Cement to restore southern coral reefs

Views - 93 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

The Foundation of Goodness (FoG) recently signed an MOU with Tokyo Cement Group to extend the company’s coral conservation project in the southern coast. The longstanding affiliation between Tokyo Cement and the Foundation of Goodness (FOG) saw the

UN biodiversity conference to lay groundwork for nature rescue plan

Views - 20 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): Diplomats from 130 nations gathered in Paris on Monday to validate a grim UN assessment of the state of nature and lay the groundwork for a rescue plan for life on Earth. The destruction of nature threatens humanity “at least as much

In first, New York caps climate emissions from buildings

Views - 19 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New York’s skyline is getting a green makeover under a bill adopted on Thursday that imposes massive cuts to the planet-warming greenhouse gases the city’s high rises and other large buildings emit. If signed into law

Friend of the Earth and CCPB partner to boost sustainable agriculture certification

Views - 20 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

The World Sustainability Organization - the NGO that has launched and developed Friend of the Earth project - has entered in a strong partnership with CCPB to implement and certify sustainable agricultural practices in Italy and around the world. CCP

Planet or plastic: is Sri Lanka making the right choices?

Views - 139 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Since the revolutionary invention of the first synthetic polymer back in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, plastic manufacture has not been constrained by the limits of nature. The wide range of completely synthetic modern plastics started to be developed a

Karadiyana: how a signature national project has come to a standstill

Views - 68 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

The present situation Prior to the inception of the Karadiyana Waste Management project, the landfill consisted of two disposal sites: A and B. A plot of land in extent of 10 acres was allocated adjacent to Site B, which was being used to dispose of

PLC and Bio Conservation Society conserve coastal bio diversity from Mannar to Tangalle

Views - 41 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

People’s Leasing and Finance PLC (PLC) which is a flagship subsidiary of the People’s Bank remains one of the leading non-bank finance companies in Sri Lanka. Being an inclusive financial solutions provider annually PLC invests part of its profit

Suren Cooke Agencies team completes overseas training on advanced pest and termite control

Views - 91 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

An eight-member team from Suren Cooke Agencies Ltd. recently completed an intensive training program in Malaysia. The program was related to all aspects of pest control and the proper use of the Sumitomo range of products. The purpose of this traini

DFCC Bank supports national initiative of tree planting celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Views - 31 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Mr. Lakshman Silva- CEO of DFCC Bank takes the initiative to distribute plants to customers at the relocation of DFCC Bank’s Kandy City Centre branch held yesterday, in line with their pledge to support towards the vision of HE the President, to pl

Eco Friends: Recycling waste management solution for Sri Lankan households

Views - 171 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Eco Friends is the newest entrant in the environmental waste management industry and seeks to change the way recyclable waste is collected from households. Designed, developed and run by a few eco-conscious individuals, the app can be downloaded acro

SolTrim International becomes Asia’s first CarbonNeutral label manufacturer

Views - 42 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:07

SolTrim International Ltd., a leading Sri Lankan apparel brand identification and packaging products provider, received a global accolade after continuous commitment to the environment by being awarded CarbonNeutral certification for its organisation

Dr. Simon Stuart to lecture on threatened species

Views - 44 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:06

Dilmah Conservation in a collaboration with IUCN Species Survival Commission emeritus Chair Dr. Simon Stuart will be delivering a lecture titled ‘The IUCN Red List: A Road to Conservation’, at the Dr. Saman Kelegama Auditorium at the Institute of

DIMO’s ‘Life to Reef’ project restores corals and rejuvenates livelihoods

Views - 62 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:04

Life to Reef, one of the key sustainability projects of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO), embarked on with an aim to protect and restore the beautiful coral reefs in the Bonavista Reef at Rumassala near Galle. DIMO is proactively involved in re

‘Eco-Criminals need a ‘carrot and stick’ approach’ says MTI

Views - 28 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:02

According to recent thought leadership work on sustainability by MTI Consulting, the impact of climate change could drastically impact every facet of human life, arguably even the survival of humanity. Given that irresponsible use of plastics can hav

BSL moves towards supporting SMEs in environmental conservation

Views - 50 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:06

In a bid to strengthen knowledge and compliances of SMEs in environmental and biodiversity conservation measures in their operations, Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL) recently hosted a sensitisation program for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in colla

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018: IEA

Views - 27 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:04

London (Reuters): Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a record high last year as energy demand and coal use increased, mainly in Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. Energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 1.7% to 33.1

IWMI accepts associate membership of BSL

Views - 36 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:03

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) recently accepted the invitation extended by Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL) to serve as an Associate Member of the Platform. IWMI’s acceptance of Associate Membership will strengthen BSL in providin

Raw materials behind half of global emissions: UN

Views - 28 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

Nairobi, AFP: Extracting and processing materials, fuel and food contributes as much as half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the UN said Tuesday, as experts gathered in Kenya to find ways to rein in exploding global consumption. Using doz

How Sri Lankan businesses can create value from a net zero emissions program

Views - 52 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) recently invited Natural Capital Partners Senior Manager (Climate Change and Sustainability) Tom Popple to inspire and inform Sri Lankan business leaders, on the value of taking credible climate action, at the King

Feeling the heat... That’s the gift from climate change! Combating it is in your hands!

Views - 127 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

It’s the prosperous season of the island with new year festivities beckoning around the corner. However, obviously all of us have been feeling the heat lately, in such an intense manner. Many have questioned what the reasons could be for this unbea

Pact to save Sri Lankan whales from ships

Views - 41 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

www.sbs.com.au: When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals. But in Sri Lanka, an unusual alliance has been forged. Conservationists and shipping

New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital, Beijing eighth

Views - 30 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): New Delhi was the world’s most polluted capital city in 2018, two groups monitoring air pollution said on Tuesday in a study of the amount of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 in 61 capital cities around the world. The Ind

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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate

Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a

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Friday, 19 July 2019

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u

Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Friday, 19 July 2019

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