Category Archives: International News

2020 to be declared Visit Sri Lanka Year; digital marketing and global advertising push to be rolled out by end 2017 PM wants industry to convert SL into 365-day, 24-hour tourist destination   By Charumini de Silva The Government yesterday revealed that the tourism sector will be boosted via a Vision 2025 preceded by a 2020 Strategic Plan incorporating […]

Unilever Sri Lanka together with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Sri Lanka hosted a discussion on public-private sector partnerships to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at The Hilton Colombo, recently. The first event of its kind, the forum brought together C-suite executives from both the public and private sectors, stakeholders from the […]

Gland, Switzerland, 26 June 2017 (IUCN) – Mining the deep ocean floor would inevitably lead to the loss of biodiversity, which cannot be compensated for through biodiversity offsets, 15 marine scientists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in the journal Nature Geoscience. Photo: IUCN/NERC The rules that will govern the emerging deep […]

A University of Toronto startup that sells vertical hydroponic growing systems has joined forces with a Ryerson University-linked non-profit to bring down the stratospheric cost of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada’s northernmost communities. The unique partnership was forged at this year’s OCE innovation conference after Conner Tidd, a co-founder of U of T’s Just […]

Summary: A new research article estimates there are about a thousand times more species than people thought existed, most of them bacteria. The pie on the left shows a traditional estimate of the relative richness of different groups of organisms based on numbers of described species (Wilson 1992), the middle shows an estimate based on […]

Suggests use of contaminants as environmental tracers following disasters Summary: New research shows negligible risk from consumption of meat from migratory marine predators following Fukushima nuclear disaster. Assistant professor Kevin Weng of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science with a dolphinfish or mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) collected as part of the study of Fukushima-derived radioactivity in […]

Summary: Earth’s largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds. Water levels in the Caspian Sea dropped nearly 7 centimeters (3 inches) per year from 1996 to 2015, or nearly 1.5 meters (5 feet) total, according to […]

  Increasing urban temperatures can also contribute to the decreasing bee population.  (Photo : Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) It has been well established that the use of toxic pesticides and disease outbreaks are the main driver of the declining bee population. However, a new study from North Carolina State University revealed that the increasing urban temperatures […]

The increase of the deadly attacks of wasps in parts of Europe is blamed on climate change. Reports started coming in since the onset of the ‘Lucifer’ heat wave  (Photo : Flickr/Hafiz Issadeen) The “Lucifer heat wave” scorched most parts of Europe in the past two weeks leaving a trail of havoc of death and […]