Monthly Archives: August 2017

All nine provinces in the country are suffering from a severe drought due to insufficient rainfall. The government requests the residents in these areas to use water with much care and minimize wastage, especially due to the despite the little rainfall received in the past few weeks. The country’s drinking water crisis continues as storage […]

Drinking water is being distributed to 70, 454 drought affected families in 492 Grama Niladari Divisions in 24 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Kurunegala District, said District Secretary Gamini Illangaratna. A total of 204, 760 families belonging to 1,610 Grama Niladari Divisions are receiving drought relief. Under this scheme, a family of two receives dry rations […]

Gland, Switzerland, 26 June 2017 (IUCN) – Mining the deep ocean floor would inevitably lead to the loss of biodiversity, which cannot be compensated for through biodiversity offsets, 15 marine scientists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in the journal Nature Geoscience. Photo: IUCN/NERC The rules that will govern the emerging deep […]

A University of Toronto startup that sells vertical hydroponic growing systems has joined forces with a Ryerson University-linked non-profit to bring down the stratospheric cost of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada’s northernmost communities. The unique partnership was forged at this year’s OCE innovation conference after Conner Tidd, a co-founder of U of T’s Just […]

Summary: A new research article estimates there are about a thousand times more species than people thought existed, most of them bacteria. The pie on the left shows a traditional estimate of the relative richness of different groups of organisms based on numbers of described species (Wilson 1992), the middle shows an estimate based on […]

Suggests use of contaminants as environmental tracers following disasters Summary: New research shows negligible risk from consumption of meat from migratory marine predators following Fukushima nuclear disaster. Assistant professor Kevin Weng of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science with a dolphinfish or mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) collected as part of the study of Fukushima-derived radioactivity in […]

Summary: Earth’s largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds. Water levels in the Caspian Sea dropped nearly 7 centimeters (3 inches) per year from 1996 to 2015, or nearly 1.5 meters (5 feet) total, according to […]

  Increasing urban temperatures can also contribute to the decreasing bee population.  (Photo : Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) It has been well established that the use of toxic pesticides and disease outbreaks are the main driver of the declining bee population. However, a new study from North Carolina State University revealed that the increasing urban temperatures […]

The increase of the deadly attacks of wasps in parts of Europe is blamed on climate change. Reports started coming in since the onset of the ‘Lucifer’ heat wave  (Photo : Flickr/Hafiz Issadeen) The “Lucifer heat wave” scorched most parts of Europe in the past two weeks leaving a trail of havoc of death and […]