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Attenborough’s Life In Colour: Just what I needed – a dazzling dose of escapism

2021-03-02 21:25:00

David Attenborough has described his new two-part BBC series as a break from his recent “woe is me” documentaries addressing the bleak reality of climate change...


Nature Bonds May Be the Next Big Thing for Emerging Markets

2021-02-27 08:23:00

Emerging-market nations are looking at issuing the first nature-linked bonds as part of talks involving the World Bank and major sovereign creditors to make their debt more sustainable...


Attenborough’s stark warning on climate change: ’It’s already too late’

2021-02-24 12:38:00

The veteran broadcaster tells the UN Security Council the climate crisis is the ’’biggest threat to security’’ humans have faced...


Did nuclear spy devices in the Himalayas trigger India floods?

2021-02-21 19:03:00

In a village in the Indian Himalayas, generations of residents have believed that nuclear devices lie buried under the snow and rocks in the towering mountains above...


Defence Secretary acknowledges increasing eco-damage in Sri Lanka

2021-02-18 08:36:00

The destruction of natural resources is taking place hitting a peak in the present days and the government has been informed in this regard, emphasised Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne addressing a discussion held in the Defence Ministry...


Heating Arctic may be to blame for snowstorms in Texas, scientists argue

2021-02-17 15:55:00

Associating climate change, normally connected with roasting heat, with an unusual winter storm that has crippled swaths of Texas and brought freezing temperatures across the southern US can seem counterintuitive. But scientists say there is evidence that the rapid heating of the Arctic can help push frigid air from the north pole much further south, possibly to the US-Mexico border...


Sea-level rise: writers imagined drowned worlds for centuries – what they tell us about the future

2021-01-30 04:29:00

Water was traded on Wall Street alongside oil and gold for the first time in early December 2020. That might seem bizarre, but there is a grim logic at play. Reliable sources of water that have nourished civilisations throughout history – the glaciers and ice packs that release a steady flow each spring – are shrinking. New research has revealed that the world is losing ice 65% faster now than it did in the 1990s, at a rate of 1.3 trillion tonne..


UK and Sri Lanka to collaborate on Climate Change

2021-01-23 14:29:00

In a tweet Lord Ahmad addressed Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and said that the two countries are collaborating on climate change and trade...


World Bank GYCN names Talal Rafi as a Climate Ambassador 2021

2021-01-17 22:02:00

The Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN), an initiative of the World Bank Group, has appointed Talal Rafi as a Climate Ambassador for 2021...


Global heating could stabilize if net zero emissions achieved, scientists say

2021-01-09 14:50:00

The world may be barreling towards climate disaster but rapidly eliminating planet-heating emissions means global temperatures could stabilize within just a couple of decades, scientists say...


Sri Lanka met a daily loss of 10 acres of forests in 2020, reveals Ravindra Kariyawasam

2021-01-04 09:30:00

In the occurrence of a massive environmental destruction throuhgout the island, Sri Lanka found 2020 to be the year of eco-devastation in the history we know...


Eco-crisis on the rise amid irregularly disposed facemasks

2020-12-31 14:07:00

Devastated by the pandemic, the public worldwide is forced to wear a facemask as a mandatory option amid the day-to-day activities, in addition to social distancing. But for Sri Lanka, wearing one at some point may be a getaway factor from Police and the health authorities...


‘We cannot make it without science’: Greta Thunberg says climate experts are being ignored

2020-12-30 12:42:00

Climate specialists not being listened to despite Covid showing importance of following science, activist says..


Environment Minister instructs sand/soil excavators to contribute to Eco-Conservation

2020-12-24 14:50:00

Environment Minister instructs sand - soil excavators to contribute to Eco-Conservation..


Carrot the deer found in Ontario with arrow sticking out of his head

2020-12-19 17:25:00

The Canadian winter can be tough for deer, as temperatures plummet and food becomes scarce. But Carrot, a whitetail buck living in northern Ontario, faces an additional challenge: he has an arrow sticking out of his head...


Climate summit: UN chief tells all countries to declare a climate emergency or face ’catastrophic’ results

2020-12-14 09:22:00

The UN secretary general has called on all countries to declare a climate emergency or face ’’catastrophic’’ results...


Sri Lanka to the U.K.: Here’s your waste back. And there’s more to come

2020-12-11 04:25:00

Sri Lanka has sent back the first batch of hundreds of containers of waste to the U.K., becoming the latest nation in the Global South to push back against abuses of a worldwide recycling framework by exporters in the West...


Carbon Neutrality By 2050: The World’s Most Urgent Mission

2020-12-11 02:25:00

By next month, countries representing more than 65 per cent of harmful greenhouse gasses and more than 70 per cent of the world economy will have committed to achieve net zero emissions by the middle of the century...


Snow may not settle in most of UK by end of century, study suggests

2020-12-08 15:55:00

Climate crisis likely to cause warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers, says Met Office..


More than 60,000 koalas killed or hurt in Australia’s bushfires

2020-12-08 10:07:00

More than 60,000 koalas were among the animals badly affected by the bushfire crisis in Australia a year ago, according to a report commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia...


Asha de Vos honoured as 2020 Sea Hero of the Year

2020-12-02 15:47:00

Sri Lankan scientist Asha de Vos, founder of Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education nonprofit, was honoured with the Sea Hero of the Year, by Scuba Diving Magazine...



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...