Environment

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 - 75 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 - 132 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 - 365 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 - 96 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 - 57 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


Biodiversity Sri Lanka’s Annual CEO Forum lays road map for businesses in climate change adaptation

Views - 67 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

Delivering the keynote address on ‘Climate Change Challenges and Solutions for Sri Lankan Businesses’ at Biodiversity Sri Lanka’s annual CEO Forum, Attorney-at-Law Dr. Lalanath de Silva stated that over the past 20 years, climate change had ris


INSEE Ecocycle wins world’s topmost Green World Award

Views - 73 Thursday, 4 October 2018 00:00

INSEE Ecocycle has clinched a coveted accolade at the Green World Award, the annual international campaigns to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practices around the world. The award ceremony was held on 17 September in Ankara, Turkey.


As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking: Water experts

Views - 40 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say. Combined with loss


Multi-pronged waste management practices by South Korea’s Seoul a model for all

Views - 508 Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:00

By Nisthar Cassim Waste is a global problem with many countries especially developing nations continuing to grapple with finding the right solution. Industrious South Korea which too faced many challenges in dealing with its waste once upon a time ha


Waste plastic for road surfacing?

Views - 309 Monday, 1 October 2018 00:24

Asset Group of Companies commenced using a new technology to incorporate waste plastic to produce asphalt for road surfacing.


Ceylon Waste Management wins global gold

Views - 25 Monday, 1 October 2018 00:23

Ceylon Waste Management Ltd. (CWM), the pioneer in e-waste management in Sri Lanka has won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world’s greenest countries, companies and communities.


EU, UNOPS, and MEPA beach clean-up for coastal clean-up week 2018

Views - 79 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

Working together to take action against marine litter, the Delegation of the European Union (EU), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and E


Rainmaker Worldwide delivers first Air-to-Water unit to assist with drinking water crisis

Views - 19 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

Rainmaker Worldwide, working with its local partner, Rainmaker Water Ltd., has delivered its first innovative Air-to-Water unit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, to make preparations for the production of clean bottled water to districts affected by drought as


Building Sri Lanka’s resilience to climate change

Views - 42 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

Thirty-eight-year-old Sivasidambaram Vasugi is the General Manager of one of the first cooperative-owned seed paddy processing centres in Kilinochchi, Si Lanka. The Integrated Farmers Thrift and Credit Cooperative Society (IFTCCS) provides local farm


Rotary to shoulder 20% of President Maithripala Sirisena’s COFA promise

Views - 24 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena at the 24th session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 24) tweeted to the world: “Arrived in the beautiful city of Rome to attend the COFO 24. Looking forward to talk about Sri Lanka’s progress as we are well se


Sri Lanka’s biodiversity conservation at crossroads

Views - 107 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

The topic of Sri Lanka’s biodiversity conservation at crossroads will come up for discussion at the Monthly Lecture of Wildlife and Nature Protection Society on 20 September at 6 p.m. at the Jasmine Hall of the BMICH. The key speaker will be Dr. Er


Ghosts in the forests – The leopards of Wasgamuwa

Views - 103 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

By Chandima Fernando and Ravi Corea As dusk descended gradually obliterating the land of its features we slowly headed towards the entrance to the Wasgamuwa National Park. We cruised slowly on the dusty dirt track that wound alongside the dried gra


How to beat climate change

Views - 48 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Last month Costa Rica became the first nation on the planet to commit to banning fossil fuels entirely by 2021.1 The declaration


‘National Sustainability Discourse Hulftsdorp Debates 2018’ held successfully

Views - 67 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

Organised annually by the English Literary Association of Sri Lanka Law College, the sixth annual Hulftsdorp Debating


Plastic safaris

Views - 120 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:00

The Pāda Yātrā is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest traditions. In an awe-inspiring display of devotion, pilgrims from a variety


Screening of ‘The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia’ on Sunday

Views - 404 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

The Wildlife Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will screen the award winning ‘The Great Elephant Gathering of Asia’ wildlife documentary film on Minneriya Elephant Gathering produced by Dilum Alagiyawanna on 5 August at 10:30 a.m. at the National


Government to wage war on wild elephants

Views - 2052 Thursday, 2 August 2018 00:00

Every human life is precious, and every measure possible must be taken to preserve that life. Death, however, is also a part of life and, sometimes, happens suddenly and tragically, at the hands of Nature. These instances, too, may be reduced if ther


Carbon Consulting Company showcases water neutrality at Asia Pacific Climate Week, Singapore

Views - 58 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

Leading the global discussion on climate change this week, Sanith de S. Wijeyeratne, CEO of the Carbon Consulting Company (of which MTI Consulting is a Strategic Equity Partner), was invited to speak at the Asia Pacific Climate Week (APCW2018) hosted


Aitken Spence Printing leads industry with carbon neutrality

Views - 67 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

Industry leader Aitken Spence Printing renewed its carbon neutral certification for the fourth consecutive year. The company was the first carbon neutral printing facility operator in South Asia. In accordance with the related requirements of The Car


Beira Lake and surrounding areas get No Kunu clean up

Views - 76 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

‘No Kunu’, the groundbreaking citizens’ campaign cleaned the Colombo’s Beira Lake on Saturday with the support of the public, private and state sector organisations. The ‘No Kunu’ campaign has been launched by Sumi Moonesinghe, a prominen


A litterbug nation

Views - 284 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

By Sandali Handagama There were many memorable moments during the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia. Among them was the footage of Japanese fans cleaning the stadium after watching their team play. The recordings promptly went v


LOLC supports conservation of Sri Lankan leopard

Views - 119 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

The World Wildlife Fund states that the rapid loss of wildlife species today is estimated to be up to 10,000 times higher


Manage forests sustainably for socio-economic benefits: President to COFO

Views - 31 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena said that forests provide many socio-economic benefits, including food, energy and shelter


Near-record tree cover losses in 2017 strip area as big as Italy

Views - 23 Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:00

OSLO (Reuters): The world lost tree cover the size of Italy in 2017 as forests were cleared using fire to make way for farms


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Saturday, 25 May 2019

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Friday, 24 May 2019

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Sri Lanka needs urgent surgery!

Friday, 24 May 2019

Sri Lanka was on the slippery slope of a serious crisis, heading for a great disaster of the State, even before the outbreak of Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the aftermath of the ruthless Easter Sunday attacks, the country’s crisis has become exac


Mangala, Monks, Mangala Sutta and Marx

Friday, 24 May 2019

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