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  • Waste and affluence: More money, more garbage

    By Karin Fernando Senior Research Professional, CEPA The catastrophe that was Meethotamulla in mid-April during what should have been a joyous time of anticipating a New Year was a stark warning of a serious man-made disaster that can recur, not just in Kolonnawa but in other areas as well. Smaller dumps due to indiscriminate dumping […]

  • Roadkill leads to discovery of burrowing snake

    A new burrowing snake was added to the list of species endemic to Sri Lanka when International Day of Biological Diversity was marked on Monday, strengthening the country’s image as a biodiversity hotspot. A new non-venomous ‘shield tailed snake’ that lives under the soil was discovered from the Badulla District. The scientific paper describing this […]

  • Sinharaja elephant attacks raise villager fury

    The recent photograph that shows an elephant in musth By Malaka Rodrigo Sri Lanka’s biodiversity hotspot, Sinharaja, is home to two elephants – but pressure is mounting to translocate them after one killed two villagers. Last week, some angry villagers demanded the elephants be removed as a man and a woman were killed in Cypresswatte […]

  • Squeezing Every Drop of Fresh Water from Waste Brine

    Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a new way to recover almost 100 percent of the water from highly concentrated salt solutions. The system will alleviate water shortages in arid regions and reduce concerns surrounding high salinity brine disposal, such as hydraulic fracturing waste. The research, which involves the development of a […]

  • ‘Heat island’ effect could double climate change costs for world’s cities

    Summary – Overheated cities face climate change costs at least twice as big as the rest of the world because of the ‘urban heat island’ effect, new research shows. Tokyo-Yokohama is the most populous urban area in the world. Credit: © SeanPavonePhoto / Fotolia Overheated cities face climate change costs at least twice as big […]

  • Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage

    New research from a multi-university team of biologists shows what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events. The study, “Potential decline in carbon carrying capacity under projected climate-wildfire interactions in the Sierra Nevada”, published this week in Scientific Reports, […]