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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa questions the fate of ’Remnant Habitat’ in Sri Lanka

2020-11-19 16:08:00

Opposition Leader Premadasa questioned in Parliament regarding the decision to remove the forest systems designated for conservation as ’Remnant Forests’ under Circular No. 05/2001 of the Ministry of Forest Conservation and Environment from the Department of Forest Conservation...


Perishable plastic, polythene to be banned from January, 2021

2020-11-17 17:34:00

One-time usable plastic and polythene will be banned from January, 2021, in a move to limit waste for the protection of environment...


National Movement for a Just Society commends measures taken on conserving Sinharaja Forest

2020-11-17 16:51:00

National Movement for a Just Society has commended the measures taken in conservation of Sinharaja Forest Reserve...


Is the climate crisis pushing the world towards a ‘point of no return’?

2020-11-13 03:25:00

A new study claims we may have already reached a hypothetical ‘point of no return’, but other researchers say this is ‘at odds’ with what we know about climate science. Daisy Dunne examines the arguments..


Climate finance neglects small-scale farmers

2020-11-12 22:55:00

Only 1.7 per cent of climate finance – a fraction of what is needed - goes to small-scale farmers in developing countries despite their disproportionate vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released by the UN’s IFAD and CPI today...


Circular enabling government to hand over forests to companies enforced

2020-11-09 17:15:00

Currently most of the remaining forests are located in the dry zone districts of Anuradhapura and Moneragala. Many of these lands function as elephant corridors and watersheds in the dry zone irrigation system...


Climate change: US formally withdraws from Paris agreement

2020-11-05 21:22:00

After a three-year delay, the US has become the first nation in the world to formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement...


The Arctic hasn’t been this warm for 3 million years

2020-11-04 03:25:00

The last time CO2 concentrations reached today’s level was 3 million years ago, during the Pliocene Epoch. Hear from geoscientists who see evolving conditions in the Arctic as an indicator of how climate change could transform the planet...


What the World Will Look Like in 2050 If We Don’t Cut Carbon Emissions in Half

2020-10-31 17:25:00

Rivett-Carnac is a founding partner of Global Optimism and co-author of The Future We Choose..


’’Insanely Warm’’ Arctic Ocean Waters Are Delaying Freeze-Up and Pouring Heat Into the Atmosphere

2020-10-31 14:59:00

In late October, sea ice off Siberia has only now begun to start freezing — an unprecedented situation for that part of the Arctic..



Arctic sea ice goes through ’historic’ loss in 2020

2020-10-30 20:04:00

Arctic sea ice has been in decline for a while now, but 2020 is turning out to be — by far — one of the worst years ever...


The wedding ceremony held at a luxury hotel in Colombo amid curfew has been stopped by the police

2020-10-30 18:18:00

Curfew has been imposed in the Western Province from midnight yesterday and all public gatherings, including weddings, have been banned, police said...


The 18-year-old climate campaigner ‘preparing for the worst’

2020-10-28 22:51:00

In some ways, Jamie Margolin is just like any other first year university student. She speaks to me from her campus at NYU in New York city, where she’s studying to be a director for film and television...


Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell UK PM

2020-10-26 16:18:00

Can we trust the silver bullet of technology to fix climate change? The prime minister seems to think so...


Alarm as Arctic sea ice not yet freezing at latest date on record

2020-10-22 20:32:00

Delayed freeze in Laptev Sea could have knock-on effects across polar region, scientists say..


Asteroid ’could hit Earth’ on eve of US election, says Neil deGrasse Tyson

2020-10-21 00:33:00

An asteroid hurtling towards Earth at 25,000mph could strike the planet on the eve of the US general election, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson...


Fifth of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse, analysis finds

2020-10-13 17:28:00

Trillions of dollars of GDP depend on biodiversity, according to Swiss Re report..


INSEE Cement records reasonable results in Aruwakkalu reforestation

2020-10-10 23:43:00

INSEE Cement, Sri Lanka’s leading and only 100% local cement manufacturer has issued an update and progress report of work completed towards the rehabilitation and reforestation efforts addressing the incident of illegal encroachment and forest clearing in its long-term leased land in Aruwakkalu...


Why the Amazon is burning

2020-10-10 19:59:00

Huge swathes of tropical forest and grasslands across Brazil are ablaze, and recent satellite data suggests this year will see record fires in the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest...


More than 14m tonnes of plastic believed to be at the bottom of the ocean

2020-10-06 19:20:00

At least 14m tonnes of plastic pieces less than 5mm wide are likely sitting at the bottom of the world’s oceans, according to an estimate based on new research...


Biodiversity crisis: US, China, Australia and Brazil refuse to sign pledge to reverse damage to natural world

2020-10-06 16:45:00

While 64 countries have signed a global pledge aimed at halting the catastrophic decline of biodiversity, several major nations remain conspicuous in their refusal to work together for the Paris agreement style global commitment to reduce humanity’s impact on the natural world...


Multinational firm’s land grab in Uva-Wellassa continues unabated

2020-10-03 18:18:00

The present government continues the previous Sirisena–Ranil regime’s initiative of handing over 65,000 acres of fertile land in Uva-Wellassa and Bintenna to grow sugarcane to a multinational firm, informed sources divulged...


A second Trump term would be ‘game over’ for the climate, says top scientist

2020-10-03 14:04:00

Michael Mann, one of the world’s most eminent climate experts, says Earth’s future ‘is in the hands of American citizens’..


Series of forcible land acquisitions in Sri Lanka exposed

2020-10-03 13:33:00

700 acres of land belonging to Muthurajawela wetlands reserve has been unlawfully acquired by a business tycoon, divulged Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera...


Environmentalist Attenborough leads call for world to invest $500 bn a year to protect Nature

2020-10-03 09:19:00

British broadcaster David Attenborough on Wednesday led a campaign by conservation groups for the world to invest $500 billion a year to halt the destruction of nature, saying the future of the planet was in ’’grave jeopardy’’...


Global heating warming up ‘nights faster than days’

2020-10-01 15:08:00

The climate crisis is heating up nights faster than days in many parts of the world, according to the first worldwide assessment of how global heating is differently affecting days and nights...


Sir David Attenborough spent lockdown ’listening to birds’

2020-10-01 13:35:00

Sir David Attenborough has revealed he spent much of lockdown sitting in his garden and ’’listening to birds’’...


Greenland’s ice melting faster than at any time in past 12,000 years

2020-09-30 23:54:00

Increased loss of ice could trigger sea level rise of up to 10cm by end of century..