Author Archive for Nature

Secret of the “Universe Gate” in the Holy City

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily News Tissa Wewa The Holy City of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka is a place unlikely to be the setting for a fascinating tale of flying objects and other mundane events. Anuradhapura, named after a King’s chieftain called Anuradha, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world. It thus means […]

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Contaminants from Sri Lanka Ship Wreck Could Cause Wide-Reaching Damage

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

By Laura Millan Lombrana  Courtesy Insurance Journal Contaminants released from the wreckage of a container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka could be dragged thousands of kilometers by ocean currents, impacting wildlife and humans in far-reaching latitudes. Authorities and salvage crews are now working to prevent the more than 300 metric tons of oil transported […]

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In Sri Lanka, here be dragonflies and damselflies like nowhere else (Commentary)

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

by Amila Prasanna Sumanapala on 18 May 2021 Courtesy Mongabay Nearly half of the 130 known species of dragonflies and damselflies in Sri Lanka are found nowhere else on Earth. The highest endemic species density is found in the island’s central highlands, attributed to the variations in the geography and climatic conditions as different mountain ranges […]

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Clearing elephant corridor to build hotel untrue: Forest Dept.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Chaturanga Samarawickrama Courtesy The Daily Mirror While condemning the media reports, the Forest Conservation Department (FCD) said that there was no truth behind clearing an elephant corridor in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve for the construction of a hotel. While issuing a report, the Department said the claimed hotel construction takes place 3.5 to 5 km […]

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The humble beetle that could rescue a town

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

By Nalova Akua courtesy BBC 30th March 2021An invasive water weed has decimated the wildlife and economy of one of Cameroon’s most significant lakes. But a tiny, ravenous weevil could reverse the region’s fortunes.A A flock of water birds scavenges for insects on the dense, leafy weed that covers much of Lake Ossa, one of Cameroon’s […]

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Resolving the human-elephant conflict without elimination

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, March  30 (Daily Mirror): The human-elephant conflict is a modern phenomenon owning its existence to man’s increasing developmental needs and the expansion of the human population due to improved health and living conditions of people. Pushed by sheer need, if not greed, man has been forcibly intruding into places where […]

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Artificial beach between Kalutara and Mount Lavinia is a success: Coast Conservation Dept.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Chaturanga Samarawickrama Courtesy Adaderana An artificial beach created along Kalutara’s Calido Beach, the Ratmalana-Angulana stretch and in Mount Lavinia, which raised strong protests from activists, has been successful, Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management Department Chief Engineer (Coastal Design & Research) Sujeewa Ranawaka said. He told the Dailymirror that the project was implemented to build […]

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කෙටිකාලයක් තුලදී අවාසනාවන්ත ලෙස මිය ගිය දෙවන හඳුන් දිවියා

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාසය හරහා දිවෙන හොරවල-පැලවත්ත මාර්ගයේ ලිහිණියාව ප්‍රදේශයේදී 2021.03.22 වන අද දින උදෑසන ත්‍රීරෝධ රථයක ගැටී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ වෙසෙන බළල් කුලයේ දෙවැනි විශාලතම සත්ත්වයා වන Fishing Cat  යන ඉංග්‍රීසී නාමයෙන් හඳුන්වන, හඳුන් දිවියෙකු මරණයට පත්විය. මෙම සත්වයා උසින් අඩි දෙකකට ආසන්න ගැහැණු සතෙකු වන අතර මරණයට පත්වූ මෙම […]

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Irrigation systems of SL

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

Destination SRI LANKA Technical Input by Dr Herath Mantritilake – People Friendship University (Moscow) graduate and an old Nalandian Sri Lanka’s hydraulic civilization spans over two Millenia and is integral part of our agricultural heritage. Watch the story of the origins, the rise, the golden age, the decline and the resurgence of this technology. Voice […]

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කෲඩියා සිලනිකා ගන්නේ දරට

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප ගම්පහ හෙනරත්ගොඩ ඇතුළු දිවයිනේ ස්ථාන කිහිපයකම කෲඩියා සිලනිකා ශාඛය සංරක්ෂණය කර ඇතැයි ජාතික උද්භිද උද්‍යාන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව පවසයි. එම ශාඛය රනිල කුලයේ ශාඛයක් වන අතර නයිට්‍රජන් එකතු කිරීමේ ඇති හැකියාව හැරුණු විට විශේෂත්වයක් නැතැයි ද ගම්වල එය භාවිතා කර ඇත්තේ දරට පමණක් යැයි ද එහි අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් එස් ඩී ක්‍රිෂ්ණරාජා මහත්මිය පැවැසුවාය. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් මෙම […]

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More surviving ‘crudia zeylenica’ plant species exist, says CEA

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror It was revealed that a mature plant, endangered crudia zeylanica could also be found at the Henarathgoda botanical gardens and another small plant on the border of the 14th km point on the central expressway, the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) said today. The CEA said it came to light […]

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රූමස්සල සංවේදී පාරිසරික කලාපය හරහා අඩි 20 පුලුල් මාර්ගයක් ඉදිකිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපගේ පැමිණිල්ල.

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

කීර්ති හේවාගොඩ –  ගරු ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය —  සමුද්‍රීය පරිසර ආරක්ෂණ අධිකාරිය–   වෙරල සංරක්ෂණ සහ වෙරල සම්පත් කලමනාකරන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව—වනජීවී සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව  වෙතට,  රූමස්සල සංවේදී   පාරිසරික කලාපය හරහා අඩි 20 පුලුල් මාර්ගයක් ඉදිකිරීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපගේ පැමිණිල්ල.  —————————————————————– ගාල්ල දිස්‌ත්‍රික්‌කයේ හබරාදුව ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාසයට අයත් රූමස්සල යනු පාරිසරික ව ,භූ- විද්‍යාත්මකව සහ එතිහාසිකව ඉතා වැදගත් භූමියකි. එහෙත්  මේ වන විට […]

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The Special Sri Lankan Elephant and the Import Export Trade.

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Ashley de Vos Stemming from the advice given by Arahat Mahinda to King Devanampiya Tissa (3 C.BCE), that all beings including the animals in the forest and the birds in the air have a right to live, tradition dictated that all precious resources, are always protected. The thick forest covered hills and mountains, referred to, […]

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පුනර්ජනනීය බලශක්ති උත්පාදනය සඳහා නව නිපැයුම්කරුවන් හට දොරගුළු විවර‍ වේ..

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

ප්‍රවෘත්තී නිවේදනය -නිපුණතා සංවර්ධන, වෘත්තීය අධ්‍යාපන, පර්යේෂණ හා නව නිපැයුම් රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය       අනාගත ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට මුහුණපාන්නට වන ප්‍රධාන අභියෝග අතරින් තීරණාත්මක සංසිද්ධිය වන්නේ බලශක්තියයි. මෙරට සංවර්ධන ක්‍රියාවලියේදි දැනටමත් ක්‍රියාත්මක අති දැවැන්ත ව්‍යාපෘති ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමේදි විදුලිය සැපයීම අභියෝගයට ලක්ව තිබේ. මෙම බලශක්ති උත්පාදනය හා කළමනාකරණයේදී මුහුණදීමට සිදුවන ගැටලු සඳහා ප්‍රායෝගික විසඳුමක් වන්නේ කෙටිකාලීනව […]

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Subarctic Life -Tundra Wonder Mums

Friday, January 15th, 2021

RT Documentary Pavla Nikolaevna is a ‘chumworker’, a housewife in the tundra (Thundra is subarctic flat land with permafrost ground). Together with her husband, they continue their family ideal of driving reindeer herds in the far north. Instead of a regular flat this Russian family prefers a chum, a reindeer fur-covered hut. Even in winter, […]

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Photo Feature: Galle Face promenade comes to life at dusk

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, December 31: One of the most attractive landmarks in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, is the Galle Face Green, a 5-hectare open sea-side field with a promenade running along the water’s edge.   Flanked by the colonial-era Galle Face Hotel, built in 1864, in the south, and the more recently put up […]

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Mannar Island is a bird paradise that survived Sri Lanka’s civil war. Now an Australian mining company wants its sand

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

ABC Science  By environment reporter Nick Kilvert and Jane Lee for Science Friction As a small child, Shreen Abdul Saroor remembers getting up before dawn with her father to spy on the masses of migratory birds that would visit her island. The birds were on their way down the Central Asian flyway — a migration path that crosses 30 […]

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Race to save 100 whales in Sri Lanka’s biggest mass beaching

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Courtesy The Guardian Navy joins forces with rescuers and volunteers in effort to push pilot whales back into ocean. Volunteers try to push back a stranded short-finned pilot whale on Panadura beach, Sri Lanka. Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesAgence France-Presse in ColomboMon 2 Nov 2020 17.11 GMT Rescuers and volunteers were racing to save about 100 pilot whales stranded on Sri Lanka’s […]

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Fighting Deforestation in Sri Lanka

Friday, October 23rd, 2020

By Savithri Sellapperumage Courtesy The Diplomat Can Sri Lanka live up to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s environmental commitments?  The focus on Sri Lanka’s deforestation and the conservation of forests this year can be traced back to widespread discussions about deforestation in Wilpattu  National Park back in 2019. Deforestation in Wanathawillu, Anawilundawa and Sinharaja has been the recent […]

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An adventure through Sri Lanka, the ‘land of serendipity’.

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Courtesy  SPEAR’S Sri Lanka has recovered before, from colonial rule and civil war. As the country’s vital tourism industry prepares to leap back into life, Andrew Harris recalls his pre-lockdown adventure in the land of serendipity  Oblivious to the pandemic that was on the way, I had only a darting mongoose, a parading peacock and […]

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Exploring the rivers and rainforests of Sri Lanka

Friday, October 16th, 2020

by Stephanie Takyi London courtesy Planning a long haul escape for when things (finally) open up again? Stephanie Takyi gets lost in the lush landscapes of this unique South Asian island  Sri Lanka has long been a destination for travellers seeking escapism. This small beautiful island, situated south of India, is larger than life with idyllic beaches, sprawling […]

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Herd of wild Sri Lankan elephants have begun eating plastic rubbish dumped near habitat

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Verity Bowman Courtesy The Telegraph Dozens of elephants have begun foraging for food at a dump nestled in a Sri Lankan jungle after it encroached on their habitat. Photographs captured in the eastern Ampara district show the wild herd, which numbers almost 40, searching through mounds of plastic bags, which have since been discovered undigested in […]

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A fruit which saved Sri Lankans from starvation

Friday, September 18th, 2020

By Zinara Rathnayake/BBC Courtesy NewsIn.Asia An amazing variety of dishes can be made from Jackfruit which is also the heaviest fruit in the world Colombo, September 18: My mother grew up in a house of eight people in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, 100km north-east of Colombo. During the island’s severe droughts in the 1970s, most of […]

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ගව ඝාතනය නැවැත්වීමට රජයෙන් සම්මත කෙරුණු යෝජනාව බලගන්වමු.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

සතුන් හා සොබාදහම සඳහා යුක්තිය සංවිධානය සියලූ වෘත්තීයමය හා සිවිල් සංවිධාන වෙත, පූජ්‍ය ස්වාමීන් වහන්ස, ගරු පූජකතුමනි, මහතාණෙනි, මහත්මියනි, ගව ඝාතනය නැවැත්වීමට රජයෙන් සම්මත කෙරුණු යෝජනාව බලගන්වමු. මේ මස 8 දින ආණ්ඩුපක‍ෂ මන්තී්‍ර කණ්ඩායම විසින් මේ රටේ ගව ඝාතනය සපුරා නැවැත්වීම සඳහා ගන්නා ලද ඒකමතික තීරණය සදාචාර ගරුක හා යුක්තිධමය අගයන සියලූ දෙනාගේ ම අමන්දානන්දයට […]

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Instructions to plant one million plants on both sides of the road

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Highways Minister Johnston Fernando has instructed officials to expedite the green project of planting one million saplings on both sides of the road. Participating in the 100,000 km road development progress review meeting currently underway, he said that in line with the new Government policy statement, the project of planting one million […]

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Both tremors in Kandy from the same epicentre (Video)

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News The Geological Survey and Mining Bureau says that they have observed that the epicenter of the tremor that occurred in the Pallekele area in Kandy this morning, and the previous tremors that occurred were located in the same place. Geologist Nalin de Silva, head of the team investigating the case, said the […]

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Sri Lanka to ban imports of plastic goods to protect elephants

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Courtesy MailOnlin Plastic in Sri Lankan landfills has become a major killer of elephants Sri Lanka will ban the import of most plastic products in a bid to protect wild elephants and deer that die eating the waste, the environment minister announced Friday. Plastic in Sri Lankan landfills is a major killer of elephants, with […]

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Covid-19 pandemic gives Sri Lanka’s threatened elephants a reprieve

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Courtesy The Straits Times COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s coronavirus lockdown has helped reduce the death toll from clashes between elephants and humans, conservationists have said. A record 405 elephants were killed by humans in the country last year, up from about 360 in 2018. A total of 121 people were killed by elephants, up from 96 […]

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The Leopard and the Snare

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Newsfirst Sri Lanka   Black Leopard Death Court case held on July 29, 2020 A short report As you would be interested to know, the case relating to the death of the Black Leopard was taken up at the Hatton Magistrate’s Court on July 29, 2020. The Justice for Animals and Nature organisation ( now in […]

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In Sri Lanka, a South American flower usurps a tree sacred to Buddhists and Hindus

Monday, July 27th, 2020

by Malaka Rodrigo Courtesy Mongabay COLOMBO — With its blends of soft red, pink and yellow, the fragrant cannonball flower (Couroupita guianensis) is a favorite of Sri Lanka’s Buddhists when making floral offerings during religious activities. They call it sal, with religious tales linking the tree to the birth and death of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the faith. […]

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