Monthly Archives: May 2017

Researchers from the Coral Reef Ecology Lab at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology documented the third global bleaching event as it occurred from 2014 to 2016 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (HBNP) on the island of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Dr. Paul Jokiel (in his final field research before his passing in April 2016) and […]

The Amazon forest stores about half of the global tropical forest carbon and accounts for about a quarter of carbon absorption from the atmosphere by global forests each year. As a result, large losses of Amazonian forest cover could make global climate change worse. In the past, researchers have found that a large part of […]

The researchers found that future climate changes have the potential to increase disease severity in fungal infected trees. Credit: Riikka Linnakoski Summary – New research on projected climate changes indicates that climate change has an alarming potential to increase the damage caused to Norway spruce trees by a naturally circulating disease spreading fungus. New research […]

Researchers have uncovered a cause for the warming in the Arctic in the early 20th century. (Stock image) Credit: © Alexander / Fotolia Scientists uncover a cause for early 20th century Arctic warming Summary – Arctic warming occurred in the early 20th century due to the warming phases — ‘interdecadal variability mode’ — of both […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]