Monthly Archives: April 2017

If invasive bighead carp and silver carp spread into Lake Michigan, there would be enough food available for these particular species of Asian carp to survive, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. This information is critical in helping resource managers mitigate effects of an Asian carp invasion. Great Lakes fisheries generate […]

Sea grass. Credit: © Richard Carey / Fotolia Summary –  Researchers have constructed a marine food web to show how climate change could affect our future fish supplies and marine biodiversity. University of Adelaide researchers have constructed a marine food web to show how climate change could affect our future fish supplies and marine biodiversity. […]

Cabinet has approved a proposal to make available elephants from the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage and National Zoological gardens to individuals and institutions. A statement on the decision (Document no 60) said  “maintenance of the present number of 88 elephants in a restricted land area of 30 acres at Pinnawala has become a difficult task.” As […]

SriLankan Airlines, which has been widely recognized for many years as a pioneer of environmental conservation in the global airline industry, has achieved the distinction of becoming one of the only six airlines worldwide to obtain the prestigious Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) accreditation for its voluntary carbon offset programme, ‘Flygreen’. SriLankan is now authorized to […]

The UK has launched a £8.6 million national research programme to investigate how to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, the first of its kind.  According to the Carbon Brief, the public money will fund projects that explore the real-world potential of “negative emissions” technologies (NETs). These NETs include soil carbon management, afforestation, bioenergy with […]

Birds sing differently in response to traffic noise, which potentially affects their ability to attract mates and defend their territory, according to research published in Bioacoustics. The study found that a species of North American flycatcher sings shorter songs at a lower range of frequencies in response to traffic noise levels. The researchers suggest traffic noise […]

Apr 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka has said on Wednesday it would allow individuals and temples to adopt baby elephants under definite conditions overturning a ban on adoptions. The cabinet of ministers approved a proposal tabled by the Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera to provide some elephants to individuals and religious places […]

Image courtesy: sarathboattours.com The Cabinet approved the proposal to build a sanitary landfill, at Muthurajawela in Wattala. The garbage collected within Colombo city limits will be dumped there. The proposal was made by Faiszer Musthapha, the Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government, who added that the project must be implemented as soon as possible. […]

The study appears in the journal Biological Conservation. The maps describing species’ geographic ranges, which are used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to determine threat status, appear to systematically overestimate the size of the habitat in which species can thrive, said Don Melnick, senior investigator on the study and the Thomas […]

Summary – Global warming is responsible for a tripling in the frequency of extreme West African Sahel storms observed in just the last 35 years, an international team of experts has reported. The UK-based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has led an international team of scientists who reveal global warming is responsible for a […]