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The Upside of Upcycling

Ever since its inception, plastic taken the world by storm; insofar that it is estimated that there will be more plastic waste in the sea than fish by 2050. Production of plastics has increased twenty-fold since 1964, reaching 311m tons in 2014, as per the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report launched at the World Economic Forum. According to the Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean annually, on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that already

වායු දුෂණය

Photo credits- Daily Mirror Sri Lanka පිරිසිදු වාතය සෑම ජීවියෙකුගේම මුලික අවශ්‍යතාවයකි. නමුත් වර්තමානයේ ලෝකයේ අනෙකුත් රටවල මෙන්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේද වායු දුෂණය වර්තමානය වන විට ප්‍රබල ගැටළුවක් වෙමින් පවතී. ස්වාභාවිකව හෝ මිනිසාගේ මැදිහත්වීමෙන්  රසායනික ද්‍රව්‍ය සහ අහිතකර  වායුන් පරිසරයට මුදා හැරීම හේතුවෙන් වායුගෝලයේ ගුණාත්මකභාවය අඩු වීම ඉතා සරලව වායු දුෂණය ලෙස හැඳින්විය හැකිය. මෙමඟින් මිනිසාගේ සෞඛ්‍යයට මෙන්ම රටෙහි ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනයට සෘජු සහ වක්‍ර බලපෑම් රාශියක් ඇති  කරනු ලබයි. වායු දුෂණය වර්තමානය වන විට පෘථිවිවාසි සියළුම ජීවින් මුහුණපා ඇති ප්‍රධාන ගැටලුවකි. පිරිසිදු වාතය වායු වර්ග කිහිපයකින් අන්තර්ගත වේ.

Why Biodiversity Makes Good Business Sense

Climate change is one of the pressing environmental issues globally and it is already here among us. However, there is more to climate change than rising sea levels. It affects our livelihood and destroys precious biodiversity.   The below presentation was delivered by the Chairperson and Director of EFL, Dr. Eric Wikramanayake on ‘Why biodiversity makes good business sense’. The presentation was delivered to the members of the Colombo Club which included leading business professionals in the country.

Save Our Forests to Save Our Future – A Message from EFL Chairperson

An Ecosystem Based Adaptation Plan against Climate Change and Natural Disasters The weather patterns we are now experiencing is the new ‘norm’; climate change is here to stay. It’s the present, not in the future. Climate projections show that we can expect more severe, unpredictable weather patterns now and in the future. Gone are the days when farmers, businesses, and people could plan their lives and livelihoods based on relatively predictable seasons. Instead, the ‘new norm’ will be erratic and heavy bouts

Video on plastic pollution

A video made by Zaineb Akbarally on plastic pollution, in relation to World Environment Day 2018 and its theme. In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic; in 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034. Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. There are many things we can do

Poaching Threatens Pangolins in Sri Lanka

World Pangolin Day falls every 3rd Saturday in February to celebrate and develop conservation efforts of this beautiful animal, who in recent years has become the most trafficked mammal in the world to the extent that it is nearly extinct. Pangolins are nocturnal mammals spread over Asian and African continents, comprising eight species. Their diet contains ants and termites which they eat with the help of their long tongue. They also have large protective keratin scales to cover their skin which

Bodhinagala: A Model for Forest Patch Conservation

Last week, I took a short day trip to the charming little forest patch, the Bodhinagala Forest Reserve. Also home to a monastery, there is an abundance of people around it and plenty of edge habitat. I realized just how sub-urban it is only when a motorcycle hurriedly drove past while I was photographing a pair of Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis), who did not seem to bat an eyelid at the noisy diminutive vehicle revving beneath them. Despite this,

Status of Waste Management in Sri Lanka

Given the recent calamity at Meethotamulla and the ill-advised decision to dump garbage in Muthurajawela, a wetland sanctuary under the Fauna and Flora Ordinance, it is useful to consider the background to waste management in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka generates 7000MT of solid waste per day with the Western Province accounting for nearly 60% of waste generation.  Each person generates an average of 1-0.4kg of waste per day.  According to the Waste Management Authority and the Central Environmental Authority, only half