Monthly Archives: February 2017

Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement – however, accurately monitoring progress toward the ‘below 2°C’ target requires a consistent approach to measuring the impact of forests on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In a paper published in the journal, Nature Climate Change: Key role of forests […]

People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research by academics at the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland. The study, involving hundreds of people, found benefits for mental health of being able to […]

Arsenic is the leading freshwater contaminant on the planet, affecting millions of people worldwide and causing an untold number of deaths every year. Removing arsenic from groundwater and freshwater is a major challenge still facing scientists and policymakers. Now a new Tel Aviv University study published in Nature Communications sheds light on a unique biological […]

Civil engineers have noted that the country at present faced issues with regard to sustainability and technology when it came to water treatment for the purpose of producing drinking water. Systems for the purpose of measurement must also be created in relation to water testing, specifically for testing of heavy metals, organic compounds, carbonic waste […]

There has been an increase reported in the number of patients suffering from chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in the Uva Province in areas such as Mahiyanganaya and Girandurukotte. The relevant authorities are conducting blood tests with the view to identifying those who have yet to be identified as patients suffering from CKDu. […]

The Central Environmental Authority will be issuing a gazette introducing standards to be complied with regard to industrial gaseous emissions by factories. The Government has proposed to take stern legal action against industries releasing gases harmful to the environment without adhering to the stipulated standards in terms of the quantities to be released and the […]

A special discussion on the development of Polonnaruwa was held yesterday (26th Feb.) at the CECB, Polonnaruwa under the patronage of Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka. Protecting the history of ancient Polonnaruwa, the development project will be implemented by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) under the ‘Sukhitha Purawara’ initiative. Polonnaruwa will […]

Private sector investments have been encouraged to revive small tank cascade systems in the country’s dry zone to mitigate the impact of a severe drought, which has deprived almost a million people of drinking water and cut rice output. Most long-term recommendations to mitigate the impact of disasters like drought are about overall disaster risk […]

Green cities have become a key goal of urban development. They are environmentally friendly, provide clean water, protect green space and offer an enhanced public experience. However, they’re not perfect. In fact, some of the different needs of citizens may have been neglected amid all the attention lavished on green cities. A green city in […]