Monthly Archives: November 2016

Must “conservation” and “palm oil” be mutually exclusive? Erik Meijaard from Borneo Futures says no. (A baby orangutan in Kalimantan, Indonesia. One oil palm company, PT KAL in West Kalimantan, stands out for protecting some 150 orangutans in its concession. Image: Gemma i Jere, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Whereas most oil palm concessions are associated with the […]

Sri Lanka’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) propose to promote Mini and Micro Hydro Power generation projects as an environmental friendly power generation option to national economy. Mini hydro power plants with 176 MW capacity will be established in the coming years. They expect to reduce 20 percent of GHG emission (approximately 36,010.2 Gg) in energy […]

The message issued to President-elect Donald Trump by the rest of the world at the close of the UN climate summit here in Marrakech was simple: “Save us.” It was fittingly voiced by the summit’s next hosts, Fiji, where rising sea levels as a result of man-made global warming are already causing islands to vanish […]

NDB CEO Rajendra Theagarajah along with the Corporate Sustainability Committee of the bank, handing over the sponsorship cheque to FOGSL President Professor S.W. Kotagama NDB has extended its support to the Department of Zoology of the University of Colombo by being a sponsor for the 40 year celebration of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri […]

Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera has received Cabinet approval in March to set up Wildlife Administration Units in areas where the conflict was rampant. This was to allow officials to take immediate action when such incidents are reported. In July, Cabinet further granted approval to set up five more units to […]

2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, according to preliminary data. With data from just the first nine months, scientists are 90% certain that 2016 will pass the mark set by 2015. Temperatures from January to September were 1.2C above pre-industrial levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The body […]

An investigation reveals the social media site is acting as a shopfront for a multimillion dollar trade in animal parts, centred in a small village outside Hanoi Wildlife traffickers from a small, sleepy village in Vietnam are using Facebook to offload large amounts of illegal ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts, an investigation has revealed. […]

(Radella Estate Senior Manager Eranga Egodawele receiving the Silver award from Mahaweli Development and Environment Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayaratne  ) Hayleys PLC-owned Talawakelle Tea Estates emerged winners claiming two National Green Awards at the Presidential Environmental Awards ceremony held recently at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.  In an announcement to the […]

In a couple of weeks, the Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force. Its goal of holding global warming to below 2°C by the end of this century is the first major salvo against the key challenge of our time. But the real battle against climate change won’t be fought in air-conditioned  meeting […]