NO to Animal Cruelty. YES to Animal Welfare Bill. (Photo courtesy wikipedia) Recently a video which was shared by a Sri Lankan on his Facebook managed to grab a lot of attention. Why? Many reasons. One probably being that some people liked watching cruelty to animals, the other due to a petition which was launched against the video, requesting that the man be punished for cruelty he inflicted ...

Sri Lanka still a hub for seahorse trade? The 60kg of dried seahorses that two Chinese were attempting to smuggle out of Sri Lanka last week were intended to satisfy the myth of aphrodisiacal benefits that seals the fate of 150 million wild seahorses a year globally. The species cannot sustain such a casualty toll, conservationists say. The hundreds of slaughtered seahorses were concealed in the baggage of two Chinese ...

Tour of Trees in Colombo Today morning (17th.May) the National Trust Sri Lanka (NTSL) conducted a Tour of Trees in Colombo making the participants aware of the varied selection of large trees that are hardly noticed within the city environment. Though urbanized, Colombo still has lots of large trees where some of them are over 100 years. Vihara Maha Devi Park (formerly Victoria Park) and its suburban ...

Energy – Make it Bird Friendly..!! On World Migratory Bird Day this weekend (9-10 of May), Sri Lanka celebrates the 200 birds that migrate to the island annually and become an important part of this country’s biodiversity. These birds fly thousands of kilometres, even crossing great oceans, in order to reach their destinations during the two-way journey. They are vulnerable to dangers lying in their path that ...

Sri Lanka vs The Ocean We’re Winning And It’s Not A Good Thing. The name of the game is ‘plastic’ and we have been hammering more 6’s in this match than any other nation out there for our size. A report released by the International Business Times ranks Sri Lanka as the 5th largest polluter of plastic to the ocean in 2010 with 1.59 metric ...

The buzzing Vesak decoration on the 6th floor Decorations adorn many buildings at Vesak – but the staff of an office in Dehiwela found a special decoration covering one of their 6th floor The curtain of bees covering the Dehiwela office building window windows: a close look revealed it was a swarm of bees spread like a curtain across a part of a large glass window. The bees ...

A Reform Agenda 8 – Environmental Protection Sri Lanka needs a National Environmental Policy that can be effectively enforced to deal with current threats. We should not only react, but should develop and implement policies that will reduce risks. In fact the Disaster Management Centre, together with the National Building Research Organization, has developed plans in some sectors. But these institutions need to be strengthened, and given ...

වතුර සහ අපි අද ලෝක ජල දිනය යි. ඔබ මෙය කියවා අවසාන වෙද්දී අපිරිසිදු ජලය හේතුවෙන් ලෝකයේ කොහෝ හෝ තැනක දරුවන් දෙදෙනෙකු මිය ගොසිනි. පෘථිවියේ ඇති ජලයෙන් 97% ක් ලවණ ජලය යි. නැවුම් ජලය ප්‍රමාණය 3% කි. ඒ 3% ක් වන නැවුම් ජලයෙන් 68.7% ක් ග්ලැසියර තුළ සිර වී ඇත. ඇළ දොළ ගංගා විල් පොකුණුවල ඇත්තේ 0.3% ක් පමණි. නැවුම් ජලයෙන් 30%ක් ඇත්තේ ...

In this week’s Ravaya column (in Sinhala), I chronicle the struggle by people of the Republic of Maldives – Asia’s smallest state by land area and population – to achieve democratic pluralism and good governance. In October 2008, long-term autocratic ruler President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was defeated in the country’s first multi-party elections by Mohamed […]

Promoting Birding in an Urban Environment With Colombo turning into an environmentally sensitive and aesthetically appealing capital city in Asia, the Federation of Environmental Organizations of Sri Lanka (FEO) in partnership with the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOG SL) and support from Otara, will launch Colombo’s first ever Bird Race. Colombo, with its old growth avenues and wetlands, is ...

Open Letter to the Government of Sri Lanka: On the Port City Review Image courtesy Yamu Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Minister Hon. Rajitha Senaratne Minister Hon Lakshman Kiriella Dear Sirs, On the Port City Review I am writing this open letter to you all as I have doubts that you might receive it through the layers of bureaucracy and entrenched interests that support the proposed ‘Port City’ project. A recent news ...

Colombo Port City: Consequences of reneging a promise I am sure that I speak for many of us who took the promise of the Prime Minister that the Port City’ project was to be scrapped. Now, it seems that it is been broken. This is a shock, I could understand the greedy and ignorant, willing to compromise our nationhood, but to witness our leaders submit cringingly to ...

ලොව ශක්තිමත්ම ජීවියා ලෙස කැරපොත්තා නම් කරයි! ලොව ශක්තිමත්ම ජීවියා ලෙස කැරපොත්තා නම් කරයි!යලුවනේ....... ඔන්න මම අද ඔයාලා කවදාවත් අහපු නැති අලුත් ම අලුත් දෙයක් අරගෙන අදත් ඔයාලව බලන්න ආවා. මේ ටිකේම අලුත් Post එකක් දාපු නැති නිසා බ්ලොග් එකට Visit හොදටම අඩු වෙලා. ඒක නිසා තමයි පාඩම් කරන ගමන් හම්බු උන පොඩී විවේක කාලයක් පාවිච්චි කරලා මේ Post එක ලියන්නේ. Visit අඩු උනාම හිතට හරි නෑ ...

Protect rivers from Sand Mining – environmentalists welcome president’s moves President Maithripala Sirisena, who himself took on the Environment portfolio, will halt sand mining in Polonnaruwa from today (February 1). He has also ordered his officials to evaluate sustainable river-sand mining and look into alternatives. There has long been small-scale sand mining in the flood plains around Manampitiya Bridge in Polonnaruwa but operations rose sharply some years ago as demand ...

US-India Collaboration & Obama’s Climate Crusade (C) Creative Commons Following a successful visit to China in November that resulted in the US-China joint statement on climate change, President Obama is India. On Sunday, he achieved further success through bilateral cooperation between India and the US countries that focused on addressing climate change and energy issues. Both countries concluded negotiations on a five-year MoU on energy security, ...

‘Birding with the 3rd eye’ “Birds’ welfare comes first” is the message of the FOGSL photography exhibition. This article has been published on SundayTimes on 07.12.2014 - http://www.sundaytimes.lk/141207/plus/birding-with-the-3rd-eye-130738.html Dushantha Wasala’s photograph “The Battlefield” showing a mid-air fight of Malabar Pied Hornbills was the overall winner of the “Birding with the 3rd Eye” exhibition. Sandaruwan Abayaratne, S.N.P. Rodrigo, Dr. Gihan Rajeev and Dr. Sudheera Bandara won first ...

I spy with my little eye a bird! This article was published on 31st of August 2014. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140831/plus/i-spy-with-my-little-eye-a-bird-115448.html ‘Wild in Ruins’, Lester Perera’s exhibition celebrates both wildlife and archaeological sites  Well known wildlife artist and leading naturalist Lester Perera is ready with his next exhibition of wildlife art under the theme ‘Wild in Ruins’. Among the colourful paintings of birds using watercolours and acrylics, the exhibition contains black and white ...

Previous Page