Environment

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society Monthly Lecture on 13 December

Views - 80 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 - 165 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 - 67 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 - 57 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 - 786 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 - 332 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 - 599 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 - 58 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 - 43 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 - 49 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 - 127 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 - 54 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 - 163 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 - 96 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 - 72 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


Greener supply chains:Making a case for carbon insetting

Views - 122 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

Over the years, the concept of carbon offsetting has had a tumultuous reception. Before the worldwide financial crisis, the heyday of the carbon credit marketplace saw many companies investing in credits – often without a very clear picture of what


The more we refuse, the less we need to recycle

Views - 51 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:00

When we talk about reduction of waste we talk about at least 3 Rs, Refuse, Reduce and Recycle. In addition various concepts have come up including a number of additional Rs such as Re-use, Repair, Re-gift, Recover, Rethink and so on. Many waste effo


WNPS lecture today to focus on Human-Elephant Conflict management

Views - 117 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) management and whether Sri Lanka will learn from its past mistakes will be the focus of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society’s (WNPS) monthly lecture today (18 October) at the Jasmine Hall BMICH starting at 6 p.m


Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment-Biodiversity Sri Lanka MoU for collaboration

Views - 185 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Biodiversity Sri Lanka signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding recently to use their combined comparative advantages for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in Sri Lanka. B


Sri Lanka at International Water Association World Congress

Views - 41 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka recently participated in the International Water Association (IWA) World Congress 2018 in Tokyo. Following is the speech made by State Minister of City Planning and Water Lucky Jayawardana at the event


The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International stand up for animals

Views - 41 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

On 4 October, World Animal Day, The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International brought 8.3 million signatures against cosmetic animal testing to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to create a global framework to end animal testing while a


Jetwing Vil Uyana opens Community Wildlife Education Centre and Library in Sigiriya

Views - 55 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

For more than a decade, the man-made wetland habitat at Jetwing Vil Uyana has been home to numerous wildlife species. Accompanied by Assistant Manager Chaminda Jayasekara, in the private biosphere of Jetwing Vil Uyana lies a chance for guests to catc


Palmyrah House announces commencement of migrant season

Views - 40 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Every year, for countless millennia, birds of all shapes and sizes in temperate regions, fleeing the oncoming winter, have been winging their way to the tropical and sunny regions straddling the equator, in search of food, sanctuary and shelter. The


Elephant House takes ‘PlasticCycle’ project to the next phase

Views - 67 Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:09

Sri Lanka’s legendary consumer food brand, Elephant House, together with Walkers Tours, the Road Development Authority, and Beira Enviro Solutions, has joined hands with the John Keells Group to scale up the already successful ‘PlasticCycle’ pr


Corporates say why they join BCCS, a journey of sustainable practice

Views - 29 Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:08

Companies that compete in the annual Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Award conducted by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce believe that it serves a greater purpose beyond the accolade itself, acting as a measure of their year-on-year progres


New scheme to dispose of non-hazardous waste becomes operational at BOI Biyagama EPZ

Views - 72 Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:07

A new scheme to dispose of non-hazardous solid waste was formally launched at the BOI’s Biyagama Export Processing Zone (BEPZ) at its Material Recovery Centre (MRC). Participating at the event were Executive Director (Zones) M K D Lawrence, Holci


SL has no choice but to adapt to climate change: Expert

Views - 124 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:59

By Divya Thotawatte Sri Lanka, as an island, is more prone to the increasing impacts of climate change, and if necessary action is not taken, they will affect not only the economy but the country’s environment, citizens, infrastructure and busines


BSL appoints new Board of Directors at 3rd AGM

Views - 362 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:55

A new Board of Directors was appointed to Biodiversity Sri Lanka at its third AGM held recently. They are Dilhan C. Fernando, CEO of Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company and Trustee of Dilmah Conservation (Chair), Chandrarathne D. Vithanage, Senior Assistant Se


BSL Annual Technical Sessions reveal private sector-led environmental initiatives length, breadth

Views - 93 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:52

Biodiversity Sri Lanka’s Annual Technical Sessions, which precede its AGM, were held at the Liberty Ballroom of the Ramada Colombo recently. At these sessions, member contributions to national conservation priorities were explored. BSL member comp


NGOs against implementation of taxes on imported timber

Views - 54 Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:50

By Divya Thotawatte Increasing taxes implemented on the imports of timber will result in harming the environment of Sri Lanka while destroying its natural resources, said Wanaspathi Nature team, a Non-Governmental Organisation. Addressing a press co


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Friday, 26 April 2019

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Friday, 26 April 2019

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