Category Studies

Deforestation To Bring Imminent Catastrophe In Sri Lanka

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by Hafsa Sabry (Sunday leader 2016.02.21)
Some of the land in the country were sold out or were leased to the foreign investors for development projects during the Rajapaksa regime. Without a change, the same procedure is being continued under the new government as well, and as a result, the percentage of the country’s forest area has been vastly reduced.
Forests area provides vital organic infrastructure for some of the country’s most diverse collections of life. It supports countless species of the wild and water as well as the human livelihood. Nevertheless, humans are responsible for acres and acres of deforestation of the island.
According to the survey conducted by the Global Forest Assessment, the deforestation level in Sri Lanka is now at the fourth place when compared it with...

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There isn’t any miracle in Europe; we are on the way to hell

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“France started to develop very fast in the 19 th century, around the 1830′s. Using mostly coal, many big factories were built. They created a lot of new items, from trains to cars, and much electronic stuff. During one century the country had a very good economy, development was large and fast. It was a mega physical development...

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Ecological Disaster – in Vallikamam, North Sri Lanka

Prof. Daya Somasundaram
University of Jaffna
There is an ecological disaster of serious proportions taking shape over the last few years with the effects already showing in the Vallikamam area of Northern Sri Lanka. It is being realized by the more than quarter million people living in Vallikamam that their ground water is polluted by oil waste. According to samples of well water from a 1.5 km diameter area surrounding the Chunnakam power station taken during 2013 – 2014, the great majority of wells (73%) were contaminated with oil levels above the acceptable level (1 mg of oil/ L of water). Since then, from observations reported by residents, the oil contamination appears to have spread to contaminate wells to an area of over 4km in diameter...

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Environmental Issues in Sri Lanka and Their Solutions- An Analytical Study

Ravindra Kariyasam

Center for Environment and Nature Studies , Sri Lanka

The American Heritage Science Dictionary (2005) defines environment as all of the biotic and abiotic factors that act on an organism, population, or ecological community and influence its survival and development. Biotic factors include the organisms themselves, their food, and their interactions. Abiotic factors include such items as sunlight, soil, air, water, climate, and pollution. Organisms respond to changes in their environment by evolutionary adaptations in form and behavior. The aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu. According to Collins’ English Dictionary (2003) environment includes (a) external conditions or surroundings, especially those in which people live or...

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