Environment

Prince William launches prize to solve Earth’s top environmental challenges

Views - 17 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

London (Reuters): Britain’s Prince William launched a multi-million pound prize on Tuesday to encourage the world’s greatest problem-solvers to find answers to Earth’s biggest environmental problems, saying the planet was now at a tipping point


Port City Colombo commits to maintain a cleaner beach

Views - 25 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Port City Colombo, a world-class city for South Asia in the making, is dedicated to the development and upkeep of Colombo city and its surrounding locale. In line with its commitment for sustainable development, Port City Colombo recently pledged to


Aceh tsunami survivor hopes next generation will learn lessons

Views - 13 Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:00

BANDA ACEH (Reuters): Armilla Yanti was returning from her regular Sunday trip to the market in this Indonesian city when a towering tsunami wave crashed ashore. She and her parents survived, but her two sisters were killed on that fateful day on 26


Act carefully or drown: 3 lessons from New Orleans for Sri Lanka

Views - 15 Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:00

By Asmita Tiwari, Suranga Kahandawa, Masatsugu Takamatsu and Keiko Sakoda Our hearts sank as we looked at the Hurricane Katrina-affected house, now the Flooded House Museum in the City of New Orleans, United States. Our team from the World Bank was a


Sri Lanka’s ‘Foundation of Goodness’ turns around a village decimated by tsunami

Views - 30 Tuesday, 24 December 2019 00:00

Reuters: When Kushil Gunasekera returned to Seenigama in Sri Lanka’s Galle district days after it was wiped out by a massive tsunami on 26 December 2004, he got to work. Houses had collapsed, bodies floated in the sea water that had invaded inland,


Business needs to do more for sustainable development

Views - 154 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:34

The regional Conference on Financing Inclusive and Sustainable Development was inaugurated in Dhaka by the President of Bangladesh Md. Abdul Hamid last week. Also present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister of Finance


Pledging for a plastic-free dining culture

Views - 189 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:32

From the coral reefs to the denizens of the deep, life below water is in constant jeopardy due to the 8 million metric tons of plastics than enter the ocean annually, on top of the 150 million metric tons of plastics that are currently circulating. I


Condemning a tusker to death by political decree

Views - 208 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

Nandimitra is a beautiful young tusker that lives in the Yala National Park. He habituates the vicinity of the Sithulpahuwa Temple as, over the years and despite caution, the residents of the temple and the pilgrims who visit it have been feeding him


Sri Lanka’s first Conservation Photography Competition winners announced

Views - 63 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

The winners of the Conservation Photography Competition 2019, conducted by the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) and supported by Wijeya Graphics and Ranveli Resorts, were announced and rewarded at a gala dinner hosted by WNPS. The compe


Sri Lanka to benefit from US ‘Clean Cities, Blue Oceans’ global flagship initiative

Views - 33 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

On 5 December, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its ‘Clean Cities, Blue Ocean’ (CCBO) program in Sri Lanka and Maldives, the most recent countries to join this flagship initiative to mitigate ocean plastic.


Groundwater in peril

Views - 13 Friday, 13 December 2019 00:00

Mismanagement of groundwater threatens our drinking water, food production, and climate change adaptation prospects, warns a statement endorsed by the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) and signed by 700+ global experts. The call to


Protection of natural resources and biodiversity of Sri Lanka: A call to the President

Views - 72 Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:00

It was encouraging to read the election manifesto of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in which he stated the intent to increase the country’s forest cover by 30% by 2030. Fundamental to this would be the protection of the existing wilderness areas of


What are we doing about the critically endangered western purple-faced langur?

Views - 216 Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:00

Endemic to Sri Lanka and rated to be critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the western purple-faced langur needs serious attention through conservation efforts. At the Wildlife and Nature Protec


International Volunteer Day 2019: Volunteering for climate action

Views - 89 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:10

Although the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis affect us all, Sri Lanka among many other countries is on the frontline. With the agriculture sector absorbing nearly 30% of our labour force, while providing livelihoods to 70% of the country


Introducing WASTE ACTION LK (WALK)

Views - 93 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:06

There is a global waste crisis caused by irresponsible consumption and negligent waste disposal. In Sri Lanka, waste authorities are dealing with a volume far more than they can process, or even collect. Waste Action LK said in its statement: “WAS


Introducing the WALK Home for your household waste

Views - 14 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:05

Over 60% of national waste is generated in the Western Province. Of that waste, 60% is organic i.e. food waste, that can naturally decompose. Mixed with other waste, this organic waste generates methane and other noxious gases that pollute the air, a


Banks gave $745 b to groups planning new coal power plants: NGOs

Views - 15 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:04

PARIS, AFP: Financial institutions have channelled $745 billion over the past three years into companies planning new coal-fired power plants, according to a report by environmental groups, who are urging global banks to stop financing the sector. Th


The Body Shop puts the planet and people first with Community Trade recycled plastic initiative

Views - 26 Monday, 9 December 2019 00:04

The beauty brand with a conscience, The Body Shop, has taken up arms yet again, this time fighting for the planet and its people. With the launch of its first Community Trade recycled plastic initiative, the company has resolved to tackle more than j


Activist Thunberg channels youth fury to UN climate summit

Views - 18 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

LISBON/MADRID (Reuters): Teen activist Greta Thunberg reached Europe on Tuesday after a 21-day catamaran dash across the Atlantic for a United Nations summit where she will invoke the fury of global youth at politicians’ foot-dragging over climate


A chat with children about ‘Mammals of Sri Lanka’ by Dr. Sriyanie Miththapala

Views - 95 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

Dr. Sriyanie Miththapala will chat with children about ‘The Mammals of Sri Lanka’, on Saturday, 7 December, at the Barefoot Gallery, between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. From 10:30-11:15 a.m., the chat will be suitable for children aged 5-7; there will


WNPS ‘Wetland Walk’ for kids

Views - 74 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

The ‘Wetland Walk’ program is about children and their parents being taken on a guided nature walk, in small groups at an urban wetland. The program is specially designed by Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (WNPS) for children


Poor nations pay price as millions flee ’climate chaos’, Oxfam says

Views - 18 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

London/Madrid (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Fiercer weather and worsening wildfires drove more than 20 million people a year from their homes over the last decade - a problem set to worsen unless leaders act swiftly to head off surging climate threat


MAS concludes successful Eco Go Beyond campaign across 30 schools

Views - 38 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

Eco Go Beyond, the sustainable development education program pioneered by MAS Holdings, successfully concluded a series of sessions at 30 schools, completing its scheduled program cycle for 2019. MAS Eco Go Beyond uses traditional values and beliefs


See no evil, hear no evil, speak no climate crisis!

Views - 137 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:00

Climate-strike is the latest addition to the Collins Dictionary. Witnessing frequent, extreme weather disasters around the world combined with youth generated mass protests demanding immediate action by governments, uphold climate change as one of th


Union Chemicals Lanka clinches Bronze at Presidential Environmental Awards 2019

Views - 17 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:33

This event was organised by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) at Nelum Pokuna Theatre under the distinguished patronage of former President Maithripala Sirisena. The first and foremost reason for Union Chemicals Lanka PLC to be the pioneer in


Cinnamon secures two Presidential Environment Awards

Views - 23 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:32

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts bagged two wins at the Presidential Environment Awards held last month, with Trinco Blu by Cinnamon securing a Presidential Silver Award and Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon securing a Merit Award – a recognition for sustainable


Exterminators gains green glory

Views - 31 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:31

The Exterminators Ltd., the green trend setter in the SME sector in the emerging world, won the Green Award under the category ‘Service Industry – Global Silver Award’ for environmental leadership. The Exterminators competed against more than 5


Under pressure: governments urged to energise climate talks

Views - 17 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:28

LONDON (Reuters): Governments face a struggle at a United Nations summit in Spain next week to inject momentum into efforts to curb global warming, dogged by lack of consensus, US scepticism and disruptive protests demanding more action. Policymaker


China says CO2 border tax will damage global climate change fight

Views - 10 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:27

Beijing, Reuters: New European proposals to launch a “carbon border tax” will damage global efforts to tackle climate change, China said on Wednesday, urging a pushback against climate “protectionism”, a week before fresh global climate talks


JKH ‘Plasticcycle’: The journey towards a better Sri Lanka

Views - 53 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 00:37

‘Plasticcycle’, a John Keells Group Social Entrepreneurship project has a vision of being the catalyst in significantly reducing plastic pollution in Sri Lanka. Plasticcycle was launched as a pilot in July 2017, in two wards belonging to the Col


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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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