The water supply has been suspended to basically all of Colombo – from Kotte to central to Mount Lavinia. I checked the taps and stuff is flowing for now but this sucks. The news isn’t reporting it directly, but the last source of oil pollution into the Kelani River was a Coca Cola factory there. They were the source of ...

A significant amount of oil is added to the waste water streams and sweage streams by spills and leaks in operational and transportational procedures of petroleum industry refineries and storage terminals. Also by line flushing done before and after product transfers and by maintenance works such as storage tank cleaning large volumes of oily water is discharged.Tank farms are designed ...

Environmentalists fight Wilpattu clearance in court On 4th of August, it was reported that The Court of Appeal issued notice on Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to appear in court on September 16 following a writ petition filed against illegal removal of forest cover and illegal re settlement in Wilpattu National Park. (http://www.dailymirror.lk/82059/rishard-issued-notice-on-wilpattu-issue). Here is my article published on the SundayTimes on 24th of May, 2015. Environmentalists to ...

Customs seize large haul of live tortoises at airport For the second time  this month, the customs Biodiversity Protection Unit has seized a consignment of live tortoises attempted to be smuggled out to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia through Katunayake International Air Port yesterday. The little tortoises were concealed with live crabs in 07 packages exported by a company in Yakkala. There were 448 tortoises weighing 200kg and valued at Rs.405,879 according to Leslie Gamini, Customs ...

Travel Monday: Revisiting Wilpattu National Park - Beauty, Nature and Controversy If you've been following this blog and my travels, then you will have noticed my profound passion for the national parks across Sri Lanka. I visit regularly, also taking advantage of any opportunity to tag along with visiting family and friends wishing to see something nature-based and adventurous. Just last week, I had the good fortune to accompany my visiting ...

THE THREAT TO LIFE Image via 350 dot org It is very gratifying to see Pope Francis declare in his encyclical that, in terms of the Earth,  “We have grown up thinking that we were her owners and dominators, authorized to loot her” he states that “The violence that exists in the human heart, wounded by sin, is also manifest in the symptoms ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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