Tag Archives: Biodiversity

Pix: Courtesy FAO Essential components of traditional village tank systems The environs of the Podiwewa, a minor irrigation tank in Moneragala was a hive of activity recently as the villagers from Thimbirigas-ara in Buttala joined the Moneragala District Secretary, D.S. Pathma Kulasooriya and officials of the Department of Agrarian Development to plant saplings around the […]

First global assessment finds 301 species are primarily at risk from human hunting for the bushmeat trade (A man walks past bushmeat including pangolins, bush rats and tiger cats for sale on the roadside in Equatorial Guinea. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) Hundreds of mammal species – from chimpanzees to hippos to bats – are […]

(The amount of carbon dioxide in the Antartic has surpassed the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark. This is the first occurrence in 400 million years, and will not decrease even after thousands of years. (Photo : Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Alert! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that the amount of carbon […]

  Life is believed to have started in the oceans. Oceans are described by scientists as the origin of life being an island nation, the ocean is never too far from us and our lives are very much linked to it. We know the beauty as well as bounty the ocean brings us. The World […]

On Sunday May 22, the international community marks an important day but unfortunately not many people are aware of its deep significance. The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.  In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted May 22 […]

(Photo : Scott Olson/Getty Images) Canadian wildfires have grown over 200,000 acres and many people have been forced to evacuate. As the fire grew, many people were forced to go into evacuation. On Thursday, the Alberta government said there were more than 1,100 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers […]

New research shows the big cats’ global range has shrunk by a shocking amount over the last 250 years. (Photograph: Joseph Lemeris Jr/ZSL) The area of the world roamed by leopards has declined by three-quarters over the last two and a half centuries, according to the most comprehensive effort yet to map the big cat. […]