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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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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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25
June
2017

Dengue fever patients exceeds 69,000

According to the Epidemiology Unit of Ministry of Health, so far this year 69380 suspected dengue cases have been reported from all over the island compared to the 23,814 case reported for the same period in the previous year, Causing 200 deaths for this year. Health Ministry further states that percentage of school children with dengue fever has increased by 20%.

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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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10
June
2017

Countries set to agree on decisive and actions to restore marine world to health as Ocean Conference

The 193 Member States of the United Nations are set to unanimously agree to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference concludes this afternoon. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, marks a breakthrough in the global approach to the management and conservation of the ocean.

 

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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 - 6.1 Magnitude tremors hit east coast of Japan
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September 10, 2017 - Hurricane Irma devastates Florida
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September 08, 2017 - Mexico Earthquake: Tsunami warnings issued
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September 05, 2017 - Natural disasters create havoc across the world this summer
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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
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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
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