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November
2017

Mini Hydro Power Plants? Mafia or not?

Hydro Power is considered as a really good source of renewable energy. In here Sri Lanka, hydropower generation has some long history which has been spreading throughout few decades. Many major hydro power projects were successfully concluded in here and output of those power plants still contributing to the national electricity supply of a country in a considerable percentage. But with a time, the suitable geographical locations to establish state owned mega hydro power plants became limited and governments had to direct their attentions towards alternative ways. More disastrous alternatives came to the stage within these circumstances. Among them, coal power plants, allowing to run private owned diesel power plants are the major examples in this context. Meanwhile few cunning private companies took an advantage in this gloomy condition from suggesting to establish mini hydro power plants in Sri Lanka.

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November
2017

2017 WISE Concludes with Bold Vision for the Future of Education

The eighth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) closed today with a global call to education leaders to prepare future generations for a changing world by placing knowledge at the centre of society. More than 2,000 participants from over 100 countries attended the biennial Summit, which has become a premier international education gathering since its establishment in 2009.

 

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15
November
2017

Bridging Climate Ambition and Finance Gaps

Raising ambition to act on climate change and raising the large amount of finance needed to do it are so completely inter-connected that governments and the entire financial sector must see it as a single challenge.

 

High-level representatives from across the sector at today’s COP23 Finance for Climate Day highlighted their efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and

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15
November
2017

Climate Action Priority for Food Security and Zero Hunger

Global food security can only be achieved through a coordinated policy approach to hunger, poverty and climate change, world leaders and experts said today during the latest round of climate talks in Bonn.

“Climate change is a fundamental threat to the Sustainable Development Goal 2 that aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition,” José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said at a high-level event on hunger at the UN Climate Change Conference.

 
16
November
2017

Calls for Rapid Progress at COP23 as Ministers and Heads of State Arrive

At the UN climate change conference in Bonn (COP23, to 17 November), COP23 President and Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama called on governments to make swift progress on taking forward climate action and finalizing the rulebook of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Ministers from around the world and around 25 Heads of State and Government arrived in Bonn today for the high-level segment of the UN climate conference, which ends Friday.

 

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15
November
2017

Innovative Ideas in Action to Get on Track to Paris Goals

The new technology industrial revolution will provide a major boost to speed up climate action but only if business commits to it and governments back it with stable policy and new incentives, delegates at the COP23 Innovation Day said on Tuesday.

 

In an example that embodies all these essential components of successful innovation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today launched below50 initiative hubs in North America, South America and Australia to create much bigger demand and markets for sustainable fuels

 
15
November
2017

5.5 Magnitude earthquake hits South Korea

5.5 Magnitude earthquake was recorded near south-eastern port city Pohang a short while ago.

 

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November 15, 2017 - 5.5 Magnitude earthquake hits South Korea
5.5 Magnitude earthquake was recorded near south-eastern port city Pohang a short while ago.   ...more
November 14, 2017 - Two killed in Costa Rica due to the Central Pacific Earthquake
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November 13, 2017 - 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake hits Iran and Iraq
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September 20, 2017 - More than 200 reported killed in Mexico earthquake
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September 20, 2017 - 6.1 Magnitude tremors hit east coast of Japan
According to US Geological Survey an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has been detected off the coast of Japan. The earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima. ...more
September 10, 2017 - Hurricane Irma devastates Florida
According to reports 6.3 million people in Florida was forced evacuate due to hurricane Irma. Currently 1 million households are without power. ...more
September 08, 2017 - Mexico Earthquake: Tsunami warnings issued
  8.1 magnitude earthquakes struck off the coasts of Mexico killing five people so far. Currently evacuations are underway across the region due to tsunami warnings. ...more
September 05, 2017 - Natural disasters create havoc across the world this summer
While the tropical storm Harvey makes headlines across the northern America, it is worthwhile to look back at the devastation created by storms, flooding and landslides during last few months in many parts of the world.   ...more
August 26, 2017 - Hurricane​ ​Harvey​ ​makes​ ​landfall​ ​in​ ​United​ ​States
Hurricane Harvey, introduced earlier this week just made landfall in Texas, USA. ​It is also called as the first Category 4 hurricane (category 5 being the strongest) to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Charley. The winds have been observed up to​ ​130​ ​miles​ ​per...more
August 17, 2017 - 600 missing in Sierra Leone due to landslides
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Local News

November 11, 2017 - Blue Green Budget 2018 - Sri Lanka
9 of November 2017, Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera presented the relatively eco-friendly and sustainable budget for year 2018, when we compare that with previous years. He introduced the new budget as a blue green budget. ...more
October 22, 2017 - Samoa and Sri Lanka step up to protect the Blue Shark at global migratory species conference
Approximately 20 million Blue Sharks are killed each year, propelling Samoa and Sri Lanka to jointly propose to place the species on a special global list asking countries to conserve them and protect their habitat.The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is ho...more
October 16, 2017 - Keep a Sapling like a Girl - Says President
Pic by Iran Lokugamage “keep and protect a sapling which is planted by you, like a way you keep and protect a little girl with love and compassion from her birth to young age. That was why we started the reforestation project –Vana Roopa(planting program) on the International Day of girl Chil...more
September 24, 2017 - Strong winds along the coastal line
Met Department states that strong winds could experience in the coastal areas within the next 72 Hours.  Heavy showers will occur at times in the Bay of Bengal to the north-east and east of the island. ...more
September 15, 2017 - National Marine Resource conservation week commenced
President Maithripala Sirisena today declared National marine resource conservation week. This was launched in parallel with International coastal cleanup day. ...more
August 17, 2017 - Priority Bus lanes to ease traffic congestion in the streets of Colombo
Megapolis and western development ministry introduced priority bus lanes to ease traffic congestion recently. ...more
July 12, 2017 - Use of polythene, rigifoam, shopping bags banned
Central Environment Authority (CEA) has banned the use of polythene lunch sheets, rigifoam boxes and shopping bags, with effect from 1st of September. In a bid to make Sri Lanka polythene-free and find a sustainable solution to solid waste management, President Maithripala Sirisena has announced a n...more
June 26, 2017 - Statement issued by UNIC Colombo on Newly appointed UN Youth Envoy
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as his next Envoy on Youth. She will succeed Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service in addressing the needs and rights of young people, bringin...more
June 05, 2017 - President’s World Environment Day message
It took several centuries for the human beings to be modest enough to accept the fact that they are only one of creations of the nature. ...more
April 28, 2017 - Clean Lanka – Let’s begin from home
Being the pivotal hub of political, economical and commercial activities in the country, Colombo draws hundreds and thousands of individuals every day. The statistics have revealed that the city which nestles 750,000 residents is visited by a staggering number of people amounting to 2 million loca...more