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  • Govt okays electric fences around waste dumps to save elephants

    by Chaminda Silva Cabinet approval has been granted for erecting electric fences to prevent wild elephants from entering 54 waste disposing dumps located in wildlife zones. The project has been proposed jointly by Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera and Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha to implement a […]

  • 1976 drought revealed as worst on record for British butterflies and moths

    Summary – Scientists have revealed that the 1976 drought is the worst extreme event to affect butterflies and moths in the 50 years since detailed records began. Scientists at the University of York have revealed that the 1976 drought is the worst extreme event to affect butterflies and moths in the 50 years since detailed […]

  • World Environment Day 2017: Connecting People to Nature

    World Environment Day – which is observed on 5 June every year across the globe – is the largest annual event for positive environmental action.  World Environment Day was inaugurated in 1972 following the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden on 5-16 June – the first international conference on environmental issues. Since […]

  • Pollution ‘devastating’ China’s vital ecosystem, research shows

    The startling extent to which man-made pollution is devastating China’s vital ecosystem’s ability to offset damaging carbon emissions has been revealed. A pioneering new international study, led by the University of Exeter, has looked at the true impact air pollutants have in impeding the local vegetation’s ability to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere. […]

  • Stony corals more resistant to climate change than thought

    Stylophora pistillata is a colorful and well-studied stony coral common in the Indo-Pacific. Credit: Kevin Wyman/Rutgers University. Stony corals may be more resilient to ocean acidification than once thought, according to a Rutgers University study that shows they rely on proteins to help create their rock-hard skeletons. “The bottom line is that corals will make […]

  • Colorful reptile serves as a health barometer for the impacts of coal waste

    Summary – Exposure to coal combustion residues lead to higher levels of trace elements in yellow-bellied sliders, a freshwater turtle native to the Southeastern U.S., scientists have confirmed. An adult male yellow-bellied slider. Credit: David Lee Haskins  Coal combustion waste is well documented as an environmental pollutant. The United States produces over 130 million tons […]