Monthly Archives: March 2017

As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of garbage that people produce. On-the-go lifestyles require easily disposable products, such as soda cans or bottles of water, but the accumulation of these products has led to increasing amounts of plastic pollution around the world. As plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants, […]

Summary – Every year an increasing amount of sea ice is melting in the Arctic. This can start a chain reaction, which leads to increased production of algae and hence more food for creatures in the sea. Melt ponds cover vast areas in the Arctic. Credit: Heidi Louise Sørensen/SDU When spring arrives in the Arctic, […]

The BSL team met interested member companies at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) on Tuesday 28th March 2017, to discuss the ongoing project on the establishment of a biodiversity credit accrual system for Sri Lanka. Biodiversity credits is a novel concept being used internationally, to enable biodiversity conservation project owners, to generate accruable credits […]

Eleven elephants have been saved from drowning after they were rescued from a flooded bomb crater after being stuck for four days. Environment workers said the elephants were discovered almost fully submerged on a wildlife reserve in Cambodia on Friday. Word was then passed to wildlife agency WCS whose members arrived the following day to […]

Summary – In a vulnerable forest in southeastern Brazil, where the air was once thick with the guttural chatter of brown howler monkeys, there now exists silence. Yellow fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes and endemic to Africa and South America, has robbed the private, federally-protected reserve of its brown howlers in an unprecedented wave […]

Sequoia trees seen along the Trail of the 100 Giants in the Sequoia National Monument in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images After the conservationist John Muir devotedly hiked the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the late 19th century, he penned some of the greatest American nature writing ever put to paper […]

With as many as 140 species, Atractus is the most diverse snake genus in the world, even though it can be found exclusively in Central and South America. However, these colubrid ground snakes seem largely under-researched, since there have been thirty-three species discovered in the last ten years only. As concluded by a team of […]

Summary –  Trees impact climate by regulating the exchange of water and energy between Earth’s surface and the atmosphere, an important influence that should be considered as policymakers contemplate efforts to conserve forested land, said the authors of an international study. Forests play a complex role in keeping the planet cool, one that goes far […]

By Niranjala Ariyawansha The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) has said that an official scientific clarification will be given before the forthcoming New Year to claims that Kandy is Sri Lanka’s worst city in terms of air pollution. Acting Deputy Director General, Environmental Pollution Control of CEA, Dr. Sanjaya Ratnayaka expressed these views to Ceylon Today […]