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July
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 number of measures including the ban on the import, manufacture and sale of lunch sheets and a ban on the use of polythene for decorations.

 
02
July
2017

Environmentalists urge Govt. to stop Pundaluoya Hydro Power Project

Mini Hydro Power Stations proposed to be constructed based on water fed regions of Kothmale Divisional Secretariat have exposed the entire Kothmale valley to a serious environmental crisis. A number of Hydro power Projects based on Pundalu Oya, Puna Oya and  Ramboda Oya have already begun.

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30
June
2017

Africa Needs to Work Closer together on Climate Action and Sustainable Development

African countries must work closer together when implementing national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement and mobilizing climate finance, whilst better integrating climate action into sustainable development planning. This was the key conclusion of ministers and key delegates who convened for the Africa Carbon Forum which ended today in Cotonou, Benin.

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26
June
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, bringing the work of the United Nations closer to them. The success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development depends on empowering young people as rights-holders, agents of change and torchbearers.

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02
July
2017

Extremism against Mother Nature

Extremism has become a bigger social concern in this century than ever. People have forgotten the very basic rule of mother nature is to encourage variety thus, making the Earth a rich platform for living beings.

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28
June
2017

Protests against Uma Oya

A protest was held in Bandarawela to repair a leak in a tunnel of the Uma Oya multipurpose development project. More than 30,000 individuals comprising of religious leaders, local government members, closed shops, markets and other premises joined to force the government to repair the leak in the tunnel and to provide compensation for the damage caused for the people due to the development work carried out in the project.  The project was launched in 2009 to provide irrigation and drinking purposes for Hadapangala and Lunugamwehera reservoirs. The total costs of the project are 530 million US$. According to reports 80 million litres of water each day released due to the water leak in the tunnel.  More than 4000 houses observed with cracks in their walls after the project started.

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25
June
2017

More than 100 people still missing in China

More than 100 people are missing due to a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Sichuan Province in south western China.

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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
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