Category Studies

Deforestation – A Big Issue For Elephants

by Hafsa Sabry -Sunday leader

Elephants are considered as the largest mammals on earth and is divided into two categories based on their appearances and where they live. Asian elephants and African elephants are the two main categories into which several other types of elephants are included.
The Elephants usually walk about 15 km a day to fulfill their need for water and food as they drink nearly 120 liters of water and consume 150 kg of food every day. In Sri Lanka currently there are 3500 elephants and the unique specialty of the elephants is that 4 in 100 elephants remember their elephant corridors that their ancestors used.
The environmentalists alleged that all the specialties and the uniqueness of Sri Lankan elephants will be destroyed if the large scale development projects and d...

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Upshot of mega development projects SPECTRE OF FLOODS AND LANDSLIDES

By Raveendra Kariyawasam
( Ecologist )

According to government reports, recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have caused widespread disruptions across the country. At least 200,000 people have been displaced by the floods, many casualties have been reported and dozens are feared missing. The government attributes them to climate change. However, climate change is like a God who does not take any responsibility. He doesn’t have to do anything to conserve people or nature.This is not a normal situation for Sri Lanka. We have been discussing similar disasters since 2010. Our previous reports explained the situation before the disasters came and we handed them over to the President and the Environment Ministry.

Through the reports and campaigns time and again we appealed to the authoritie...

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Flood and landslide in Sri Lanka: a gift of mega development projects

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According to government reports, recent flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka have caused widespread disruptions across the country. At least 200,000 people have been displaced by the floods, many casualties have been reported and dozens are feared missing. Government try to say this is a result of climate change. According to me climate change is like a god...

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දේශිය ගොවිතැනට සොබාදහමෙන් අත්වැල

පරිසර හා සොබාදහමි අධයන මධ්‍යස්ථානය මැදිහත් වීම මත මී ගස්ආර කෘෂිකාර්්‍යාලයේ සහයෝගයත් සමග වස විස නැති දේශිය වී වගාව ව්‍යාප්ත කිරීම සදහා වන නියමු වැඩසටහන කුඩා බිබුල හින්ගෙදර ජිනසේන මහතාගේ කුඔුර මුල් කරගනිමින් 2106.05.05 වන දින ආරමිභ විය .

සොබාදහමී අධ්‍යන මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ පූජ්‍ය වෑකදවල රාහුල හිමි ගේ සංකල්පයක් ලෙස ආරමිබ වූ මෙම නිදර්ශකයට සෙත් පැතීමට මහා සංඝරත්නයද එම ස්ථානයට වැඩම කරන ලදී...

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Deforestation To Bring Imminent Catastrophe In Sri Lanka

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


“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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