Author Archive for Environment

Environmentalists protest against Adani wind farm

Friday, March 15th, 2024

Courtesy The Island By Rathindra Kuruwita Sri Lankan environmental groups are intensifying their campaign against the proposed Adani wind farm in Mannar. They have accused the Sri Lankan political parties of having ignored the the disastrous environmental, social and economic implications of the Adani wind farm to be established in Mannar. Prominent among the senior […]

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The Criminal Insanity of Climate Change: Direct Energy Weapons (DEW) Create Forest and Bush Fires, Destroying Entire Cities and Igniting Boats in the Sea.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

By Peter Koenig Global Research, September 06, 2023 The Criminal Insanity of Climate Change: Direct Energy Weapons (DEW) Create Forest and Bush Fires, Destroying Entire Cities and Igniting Boats in the Sea. Climate change – climate change – climate change – the world is burning. The Global North with the CO2 emission is the culprit. Weather maps […]

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Urban wetlands and the built environment: how Colombo’s green spaces enhance city life

Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Courtesy CGIAR Colombo must justify the renewal of its Ramsar Wetland City status this year. Has the city sufficiently utilized green infrastructure? Sitting at the Kelani River delta on the west coast of Sri Lanka, set amidst a backdrop of shiny hotels, red-tiled colonial era-buildings and street markets, Colombo appears to be your typical Asian […]

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Multilateral cooperation is crucial for tackling the climate crisis

Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

Lal Mia, an associate professor at the ‘Department of Political Science’ at Mashuddi Razia College in Tangail Bangladesh Over the last several decades, one of the most important issues has been the global climate problem. Globally, climate change is having a significant impact on biodiversity, livelihoods, and human life. The frequency and severity of floods, […]

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Importance of climate financing for green energy

Saturday, December 16th, 2023

Ibrahim Khalil Ahasan – independent columnist and freelance journalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Deliberations at COP 28, the 28th UN Climate Summit in Dubai, have focused on several strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the atmosphere to slow down climate change and global warming. To identify methods to fund non-carbon and renewable energy, participants […]

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Urgency and Equity in South Asia’s Environmental Justice Struggle against Climate Colonialism

Monday, December 11th, 2023

Courtesy Modern Diplomacy Key insights from the conference include a global south’s call for urgent action, emphasizing concrete decisions to curb excessive emissions. The culmination of the Just Transition in South Asia press conference, which took place on December 11, 2023, at COP-28 in Dubai, has illuminated the pressing need for immediate action to confront […]

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වඳවී ගොස් ඇතැයි සැලකූ ශාක විශේෂයක් පාලින්දනුවරින් සොයාගැනීමට පර්යේෂණ කණ්ඩායමක් සමත්වෙයි.

Friday, October 27th, 2023

පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ආවේණික වඳ වී ගොස් ඇතැයි සැලකූ කෙතල (Lagenandra) ශාක විශේෂයක් බස්නාහිර පළාතේ කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයෙහි පාලින්දනුවර ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාස සීමාවේ මෝල්කාව ප්‍රදේශය තුලින් සොයා ගැනීමට පර්යේෂකයන් පිරිසක් සමත්වී තිබේ. වෘත්තීය තාක්ෂණ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ විද්‍යාර්ථයකු සහ ශාක විශේෂ පිළිබඳ අධ්‍යනයෙහි නිරත පරිසර ගවේෂකයෙකු වන පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න මහතා විසින් 2022 වසරේ දී පාලින්දනුවර […]

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Sri Lanka’s urban population increases to 44.57 percent in a decade: survey

Friday, October 20th, 2023

Khabarhub COLOMBO, SRILANKA: The urban population in Sri Lanka has increased to 44.57 percent, state media reported on Thursday, quoting a survey from the National Physical Planning Department. The state-owned Daily News reported that the last survey on urbanization in Sri Lanka was conducted in 2012 and urbanization at that point was 18.2 percent. According […]

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Eyes Wide Shut: French State sued over environmental destruction of Indian Ocean

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Courtesy The Fishing Daily BLOOM sues the French State, supportive of environmental destruction in the Indian Ocean Sri Lanka needs to follow the example of Maldives and focus on its Fishery and Tourism industry to generate foreign exchange while preventing poaching by so-called ‘aid donors’– EU, Japan, South Korea and other distant water States. While […]

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State Minister Tennakoon chairs discussion on removal of dangerous trees

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Ministry of Defence  – Media Centre State Minister of Defence Hon.  Premitha Bandara Tennakoon chaired a discussion on preventive action on dangerous trees falling and precautionary measures to mitigate possible hazards in suburban areas at the Disaster Management Center (DMC) in Colombo today (Oct. 11) A range of important issues including protecting human lives and […]

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South African activists urge French Parliament to stop TotalEnergies’ ‘ocean grab’: Neocolonialism in the Indian Ocean

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Courtesy News24  Environmental group Green Connection is lobbying French MPs and members of the European Parliament to hold French corporation TotalEnergies to account for its “ocean grab” in South African waters. Total Energies has applied for environmental approval for oil and gas exploration drilling in several areas offshore along the West Coast, Cape Agulhas, and […]

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Ocean Grabbing must be on Colombo’s IORA agenda: Blue Economy Extraction

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Press conference Indonesia Focal Point for Corporate Accountability As the Indonesian Civil Society Coalition Criticizes UN Ocean Conference 2022, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), meeting in Colombo October 12-14 must take note of the need to protect Indian Ocean Fisheries from Distant Water States plundering Indian Ocean resources and ban trawlers from non-Indian Ocean […]

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Sri Lanka’s Compensation for X-Press Pearl Disaster Rises to $8M

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

Courtesy THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE Sri Lanka has confirmed receiving further compensation for pollution from the lost container ship X-Press Pearl, which burned and sunk off Colombo in 2021. Speaking to local media over the weekend, Sri Lankan Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the interim payment made by the vessel’s insurers would help to cover beach cleanup activities […]

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Drought deals second blow as Sri Lanka struggles back from crisis

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

BY UDITHA JAYASINGHE Courtesy Japan Times ANAMADUWA, SRI LANKA –  H.J.M Seneviratne, 63, slices through yellowed paddy stems dried out by a drought that has destroyed over 95% of his crop and is threatening crisis-hit Sri Lanka’s summer rice harvest. The island’s economy was crushed last year by its worst financial crisis in over seven decades, […]

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Cabinet approves use of electric buses in Colombo city

Sunday, June 18th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to operate electric buses within the city of Colombo, Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena revealed.  Accordingly, he noted that the proposal was approved in a bid to reduce both, the environmental damage caused by exhaust fumes, and the impact of increasing fuel prices.  The solution for […]

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Major Threat to Life on Earth

Friday, April 28th, 2023

Dr. Priyanka (Pri) Bandara Medical Researcher/Educator  Asking the question, Do we really want to live in a society where everything about us is tracked and traced?,” Dr. Pri poses real, relevant concerns. Dr. Pri, Dr. Carpenter and Jennifer Manzier are today’s three ‘Good Morning CHD’ guests, divulging the science and personal impacts of the an […]

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The right way to tackle the monkey menace.

Monday, April 17th, 2023

By P.k. Balachandran Courtesy Ceylon Today Last week, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera announced that the Government is considering a Chinese proposal to import 100,000 ‘toque monkeys’ from Sri Lanka for 1,000 zoos in that country. The international media promptly commented that the deal stemmed from Sri Lanka’s dire need for foreign exchange. The Indian […]

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Recent seismic activity in Indian Ocean likely led pilot whales to beach on Sri Lanka shores

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

by Hassaan Shazuli Courtesy Mongabay Marine experts say the seismic activity in the Indian Ocean in the past few days likely pushed a pod of pilot whales onto Sri Lanka’s shores. Authorities and volunteers undertook a strenuous 15-and-a-half-hour operation to send a pod of pilot whales safely back into the sea. Rescuers managed to push 11 […]

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තවත් හඳුන් දිවියෙකුට අවාසනාවන්ත ලෙස දිවි අහිමි වෙයි. මියගිය වනජීවී සත්ත්වයාගේ සිරුරත් අතුරුදහන්

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

පේශල පසන් කරුණාරත්න .කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ වලල්ලාවිට ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ඨාසයට අයත් ලිහිණියාව ප්‍රදේශයේදී 2022.12.20 වන දින සවස් කාලයෙදී මාර්ගය හරහා ගමන් කරමින් සිටි හඳුන් දිවියෙකු මාර්ගයේ ධාවනය වූ වාහනයක ගැටී අවාසනාවන්ත ලෙස දිවි අහිමි වී ඇති බවට වාර්තා විය. මෙලෙස මියගිය සත්වයාගේ සිරුර අනතුර සිදුවූ ස්ථානයේ මද වේලාවක් තිබී ඇති අතර පසුව මියගිය සත්ත්වයාගේ සිරුර අනතුර […]

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Multiple sources of air pollution in Sri Lanka

Monday, December 12th, 2022

By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, December 12 (Counterpoint): In recent days, there has been a lot of concern over the deterioration of air quality in Sri Lanka due to the increase in the level of fine particles (PM2.5) in the atmosphere. The primary reason for the current deterioration is said to be the entry of […]

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President Ranil says outcome of COP27 summit is discouraging

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana President Ranil Wickremesinghe says the agreements reached at COP27 have once again failed to place the nations of the world on a complementary and progressive course of redress. In a statement issued on Tuesday (Nov 29), the Head of State attributed the biggest obstacle to success to politicisation and stagnation. The outcome of […]

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Developing countries worst affected by rising emissions from industrialized world and must be compensated – President at COP27

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the COP27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt said that unbridled industrialization of the developed countries is the root cause of climate change, leaving the poor to suffer the consequences. He said that the problems facing poor countries are augmented due to the absence of adequate funding. As […]

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Sri Lanka says many countries cannot address climate risks and financial risks on their own

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Due to high risk of debt distress, fiscal situation not only constrains the ability of governments to meet immediate development needs but also limits their ability to invest in longer-term challenges, such as climate change, says State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe. The State Minister, who is in Washington D.C. for the IMF […]

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President proposes establishing Int’l University on Climate Change in Sri Lanka

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana President Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed the establishment of an International University on Climate Change in Sri Lanka in order to enable students from any country in the world to engage in educational activities. He made this remark during his meeting with the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Masatsugu Asakawa at the […]

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All About Climate Change: Heat, Temperature and Humidity Levels

Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 Even though many people think about rising temperatures and extreme heat when we talk about climate change, the reality is that climate change involves much more than that. Researchers have argued that temperature on its own is not the most effective way to measure climate change. They suggest that the energy produced by extreme weather […]

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When it rains more, there’s less economic growth (Bad news: There’s more rain now)

Friday, January 21st, 2022

BY TALIB VISRAM Courtesy Fast Company Our current climate brings plenty of disastrous examples of extreme rainfall. Floods have caused death and displacement around the world, from Sri Lanka to Colombia. In Canada, British Columbia’s unprecedented heavy rains caused mud- and rockslides, putting the province into a state of emergency and displacing 18,000 residents. Germany experienced its worst flooding […]

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Conservationists, veterinarians warn Sri Lankan plastic waste is killing region’s elephants

Friday, January 14th, 2022

BY BRAD DRESS Courtesy The Hill Two elephants recently died in Sri Lanka after swallowing large amounts of plastic found in a garbage heap, prompting a renewed warning from conservationists about the issue. The Associated Press reported that at least 20 elephants have died in the past eight years from eating plastic waste in the open landfill in […]

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Elephants are dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Courtesy New York Post MORE ON:ELEPHANTS Terrifying moment sex-crazed 13-foot elephant charges safari truck Africa sees elephant baby boom thanks to pandemic Indonesia baby elephant dies after losing half of her trunk Baby elephant loses half its trunk to Indonesia poacher trap PALLAKKADU, Sri Lanka — Conservationists and veterinarians are warning that plastic waste in […]

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President releases ‘ecological floating islands’ to Beira Lake

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (21) released a thousand ecological floating islands to Beira Lake initiating the purifying process of the lake. Beira Lake has been polluted due to unauthorized urbanization and improper upgrading of sewerage infrastructure in the city of Colombo. The Ecological floating islands” method was implemented under the guidance of Chairman […]

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1,374 waste disposal sites located along Kelani River: Amaraweera

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror There are 1,374 waste disposal sites in the Kelani River area from Seethawaka to Peliyagoda, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. The Minister expressed these views while participating in an inspection tour of the Kelani River today to inspect the places where the Kelani River is polluted. The observation tour was organized […]

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