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World Wetland’s Day is celebrated annually on 2 February. The theme for 2018 World Wetlands Day is ‘Wetlands for a sustainable Urban Future’.   Wetland ecosystem is the most precious gift given to us by nature and possessed by us from the time of early civilization. Rapid urbanization, dumping waste and filling wetlands for commercial use […]

Thu, 01/18/2018 – 4:12pm by Sean McGee, Product Marketing Manager for BIOVIA Dassault Systèmes The challenges that today’s scientists and engineers face have evolved beyond answering a single question. Everything from improving materials performance to uncovering new drugs to designing new technologies must not only succeed technologically – it must also minimize its impact on […]

This is Co-lead author Sandra Diaz is a professor at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Plentiful food, clean water and healthy air are among the most valuable and visible benefits of nature to people. This has reinforced the widespread, and increasingly controversial, belief that nature is mainly […]

Posted by Blair Marnell on January 16, 2018 Earlier this month, BBC debuted its new documentary series, Big Cats, which follows several different cat species from all across the globe. But the cat that stood out the most wasn’t the biggest—on the contrary: it was the smallest feline in the world, the rusty-spotted cat. As […]

By Randima Attygalle Young zoologist Uvini Senanayake talks of her research on the ‘critically endangered’ Marbled Rock Frog or Dumbara Galpara Mediya In mist-laden Dumbara, amidst the crevices of the Knuckles mountain range, lives an interesting four-legged friend – about 45 mm in size. The flat-bodied brown and yellow creature is now croaking with alarming […]

  An offshore wind turbine in France.Credit: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images   European Parliament says that 35% of energy should be clean by 2030 — but target is not yet legally binding. Quirin Schiermeier European lawmakers have backed measures that would substantially raise the European Union’s clean-energy ambitions. By 2030, more than one-third of energy consumed […]

We live in unprecedented times. What worked in the 1800s, 1920s, or even the 1980s might not anymore. As the Internet and our digital social sphere grow ever larger, one would think that an individual’s reach in the world would grow along with it. In reality, however, it’s the inverse. Although we all have increased access […]

Harshini Vakkalanka January 09, 2018 15:05 IST Updated: January 10, 2018 14:24 IST How different kinds of technologies — both modern and indigenous — are contributing to the conservation of seed biodiversity, especially in India The Doomsday Vault, or the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, is located over 350 feet inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island […]

Mervyn Dias explaining to President Maithripala Sirisena about compostable and Biodegradable film at a recent exhibition in Colombo. The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) reiterated the complete ban of manufacturing, selling, possessing and using polythene food wrapping sheets, bags and rigifoam boxes, which came into effect on January 01 this year. The CEA will thereafter take […]

Jan 10, 2018Jan 10, 2018 Sri Lanka Guardian Ananda Kumaraseri, Education, FeatureNo comments Ambassador Dato’ Dr. G.K. Ananda Kumaraseri is our new columnist. He is a career ambassador of over 30 years standing. He retired in 1995 as Director General ASEAN. He has authored over two scores of notable books on the cultivation of human […]