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Edible Bird’s Nests — The importance of having strong domestic legislation and the ineffectiveness of CITES
The Apprehending of a Chinese national in possession of four items of illegal wildlife parts has brought the spotlight once again to the respective roles played by the domestic legislation by way of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance and the international legal instruments by way of the CITES Agreement. The nests that were apprehended … CONTINUE READING
With love and care comes great healing for some of these dogs who have spent their days suffering in silence. Despite our daily efforts, there are still so many out there who need our help. Although we cannot change the life of each and every one of them overnight, we can change the life of … CONTINUE READING
For centuries mankind has imprisoned, tortured and enslaved other living beings for their own benefit. We excuse our cruelty in the name of profit and entertainment. Does animal life not deserve the same humanity we treat each other with? It is time that we care for ALL living beings. To embrace all life that we wilfully subjugate and slaughter. It is time to … CONTINUE READING
1 සෑම මිනිත්තුවකටම ලොව පුරා අළෙවිවන ප්ලාස්ටික් බෝතල් සංඛ්යාව මිලියනයක් තරම් වේ. 2 2016 වර්ෂයේදී පමණක් අළෙවි වී ඇති ප්ලාස්ටික් බෝතල සංඛ්යාව බිලියන 480 ක් පමණ වේ 3 2021 වන විට ප්ලාස්ටික් බෝතල බිලියන 538 ක් (වාර්ෂිකව* පරිසරයට මුදා හරිනු ඇත. 4 අදටත් ප්රතිචක්රීකරණයට යොමු කෙරෙන්නේ සමස්ත ප්ලාස්ටික් අපද්රව්ය සංචිතයෙන් සුළු ප්රතිශතයක් පමණි. 5 සාගර … CONTINUE READING
The Veddahs are Sri Lanka’s indigenous community of people with a past dating back thousands of years
Not all countries in the world can lay claim to an indigenous population, however Sri Lanka has this privilege. The Veddahs of Sri Lanka are said to be the descendants of Balangoda Man who lived on the island over 30,000 years ago. Veddah means hunter. They are also referred to as ‘Wannilaththo’ which means forest dweller. The original … CONTINUE READING
Prof. Samantha Hettiarachchi Sri Lanka will never be fully protected from a tsunami, but at least people can feel safer than in 2004, when 36,000 Sri Lankans who perished had not been warned even though they had a two-hour window to reach higher ground. This week, on December 26, 2004, Sri Lanka along with many […] … CONTINUE READING
Just 7,100 cheetahs remain across the globe as the species continues to face a range of threats largely caused by humans, according to new research. Researchers behind the study from the Zoological Society of London, Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society called on scientists to classify the animal as endangered—a distinction that will promote additional… via … CONTINUE READING
It is not clear what is the term “Wildlife Zone” mentioned in this article,and it could well have been an issue in translation of a word..It may be a Buffer Zone or an extension of the National Park or a Nature Reserve.These are all different types of “National Reserves.” According to Section 2(1) of the … CONTINUE READING
Air pollution could be the cause of 1 in 3 deaths in China, new academic research suggests, making everyday life about as deadly as smoking cigarettes in some parts of the country. According to the South China Morning Post, a recent study of 74 cities analyzed some 3.03 million deaths recorded in 2013, and found… via … CONTINUE READING
Less than a year ago, world leaders inked the historic Paris climate deal. In record time and against the odds, the deal will become the law of the planet before Election Day in the U.S.
The two species mentioned here are not protected under Section 30 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.However,the culprits can be charged under Sections 49 and 49A of the FFPO.
The Paris climate change agreement to curb rising global temperatures moved closer to coming into force on Sunday, after India,
Published on SundayTimes on 10.07.2016http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160710/news/activists-back-plan-to-source-perahera-jumbos-from-pinnawela-200107.html An illegally caught wild elephant.
1. We should protect the bees. By Natalie Shoemaker in BigThink 2. Artificial intelligence is replacing,
More than 90% of the world’s population lives in areas with unsafe pollution levels, according to a new report. The research,
(Cloverdale, Calif.) — A fast-moving wildfire prompted the evacuations of 300 homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains,
Negotiators from around the world will craft a framework to limit future aviation emissions at a conference in Montreal this week in what they hope will be a significant step toward addressing climate change.
Conservation and protecting our environment—including fighting climate change, should not be partisan issues. After all,
The Customs Department recently nabbed two Maldevian nationals who had tried to smuggle a consignment of Rose-ringed Parakeets to Maldive Islands.The birds have been placed in cramped conditions inside boxes and most have been dead by the time this detection has been made.
Spring is in the air — at least in the southern hemisphere — and Google’s celebrating with the release of a new Doodle.
The Flying Squad of the DWLC has raided the residence of a person in Ja-Ela on 03.10.2016, and has recovered 18 live specimens of Horned Lizards belonging to the two species known as the Rhino-horned Lizard (Ceratophora stoddartii) and the Leaf-nose Lizard(Ceratophora tennentii),being kept for the purpose of illegal export(Smuggling).
[Op-ed] Investigative Journalists uncover Asia, one story at a time — Open Minds! (formerly: Moving Images blog)
Op-ed written for Sri Lanka’s Weekend Express newspaper, 23 September 2016 Investigative Journalists uncover Asia,
ඉදිරයේ ඇති වීමට නියමිත ලෝක බලශක්ති අර්බුදය ජය ගනු වස් රටවල් වශයෙන් සූදානම් වීම මේ වන විටත් සිදු වෙමින් පවතී. පසුගිය කාලයේ ශ්රී ලංකාව ද විකල්ප බලශක්ති ජනනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවධානය යොමු කොට තිබේ. එහි අලූත්ම පියවර වන්නේ මන්නාරම කේන්ද්ර කොට ගෙන ඉදි කිරීමට නියමිත සුළං විදුලි බලාගාරයයි. කෙසේ වුව මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කොට ඇති පාරිසරික දත්ත වාර්තාව නෛතික වශයෙන් දෝෂ සහගත යැයි චෝදනා කෙරේ. සැප්තැම්බර් 20 වන දින තරුණ සත්වවේදීන්ගේ සංගමය පැවැත්වූ පුවත්පත් සාකච්ඡුාවේදී මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදු කළ කරුණු අනාවරණය පහත දැක්වේ.
Last month was the hottest September ever recorded, paving the way for 2016 to be the hottest year since record-keeping began, NASA scientists said this week. This September beat the same month in 2014 by a tiny margin of 0.004°C (0.007°F), according to NASA. The temperature is 0.91°C (1.64°F) warmer than the average September temperature… via …CONTINUE READING
Conditions linked to everyday chemicals—used in cosmetics, plastics and common household items like sofas—lead to $340 billion in treatment and lost productivity costs annually in the U.S., according to a new study. Researchers behind the paper, published in The Lancet, evaluated a set of chemicals that have been shown to disrupt normal functioning of the… via … CONTINUE READING
A Chinese lady who has kept a stock of Edible Bird’s Nests has been apprehended in Hambantota on 07.09.2016,by a joint raid carried out by the Police and DWLC officials.She has pleaded guilty for keeping them illegally and has been fined Rs. 120,000/= by the Hambantota Magistrate. The Edible Bird’s Nests of the trade comes … CONTINUE READING
Through genetic analysis of giraffes, scientists discovered that the animal is actually at least four separate species rather than just one,
Nearly 100 monitor lizards have been removed from Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. Much like Central Park in New York City, Lumphini is a rare 142-acre oasis in the heart of the Thai metropolis where city dwellers can jog, bike,
A shop in Rathnapura keeping a stock of Rose-inged Parakeets has been raided successfully yesterday by a DWLC team led by Mr. Chamath Lakshman. This bird is one of the five non-protected species of birds,as they are inclused as non-protected species according to provisions of Section 31(1) of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance (FFPO) …CONTINUE READING
Forest Conservation Ordinance * Section 06–It is an offence to burn or set fire to any part of a Conservation Forest. Section 07– It is an offence to burn or set fire to any part of a Reserved Forest.(Forest Reserve) * Section 20– It is an offence to burn or set fire to any part … CONTINUE READING
When the National Park Service of the U.S. celebrated its 50th birthday back in 1966, the extraordinary natural sites that comprised the system were in the midst of what TIME dubbed that year “rush hour in the wilderness,” as “overcrowding is becoming so severe that many will wonder why they ever left home.” As more… via … CONTINUE READING
People have been contributing to global warming since the mid-nineteenth century, decades before scientists previously estimated, according to new research published in the journal Nature. The study questions the perception of climate change as primarily a 20th century phenomenon and provides new evidence of how quickly the Earth’s atmosphere responds to increased levels of greenhouse… via …CONTINUE READING
මොනෙරෙකු මරා මස් කරන ඡයාරූපයක් පසු ගිය දිනවල මධ්යය මගින් පෙන්වා තිබුනි. මොනරා වන සත්ව සහ වෘක්ශලතා අරක්ශා කිරීමේ අඥා පනත මගින් අරක්ශිත පක්ශි විශේශයකි. පනතේ 31 වගන්තියට අනුව මොනරෙකු මරා දමන,හානිකරන හෝ මොනරෙකු,මොනරෙකුගේ මස් මෙන්ම මරා දනමන ලද මොනරෙකුගේ කොටස් ලඟ තබ සිටින,එ්වා ප්රවාහනය කරන, විකුනන නැති නම් විකිනීමත උත්සාහ කරන සියලු දෙනා වරදක් … CONTINUE READING
The first migrant birds for the 2016/2017 winter migratory season are arriving in Sri Lanka and the Common Sandpiper(shown here),one of the first migrants to arrive,has been seen for the past two weeks or more. All migrant birds are protected under Section 31(1) of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as long as they stay … CONTINUE READING
The Dumbara-Petiya (Systomus martenstyni), shown here is a Critically Endangered(CR) species that is protected under Section 31A of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.It is included in Schedule v as Puntius martenstyni,the old name before the name of the genus was changed. Hence it is an offence to kill or cause any harm to … CONTINUE READING
Putting poisonous substances in to a water body is an offence under two laws. *According to Section 53A of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance,it is an offence to kill any animal using poisons. *According to Section 27 of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act,it is on offence to add any harmful or toxic material … CONTINUE READING
සොබාදහමෙන් උරුමවූ ශාක හා සත්ව සම්පත් අතින් අපේ රට ඉතා පොහොසත් බව නොකිවමනායග එම ස්වභාවික සම්පත් ආරක්ෂා කරගැනීම සඳහා අපේ රටේ පාලකයන් උත්සාහ දරා ඇත්තේ අතීත රජ සමයේ සිටම බවට ඓතිහාසික සාක්ෂි ඕනෑ තරම් තිබේග වර්තමානය වන විට ශ්රී ලංකාවේ ජෛවවිවිධත්ව සංරක්ෂණය ප්රාධාන රාජ්යේ ආයතන දෙකක් යටතේ සිදුකෙරෙන අතර එනම් වන සරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව හා වනජීවී …CONTINUE READING
A French Hitchhiker in New Zealand Totally Lost His Cool After Not Getting a Ride for Four Days — TIME
A 27-year-old French tourist allegedly went crazy in the small New Zealand fishing town of Punakaiki last week,
There is rarely a cure-all to save a threatened species. Wildlife conservation almost always requires addressing a complex matrix of interlocking problems.
A large crack in an Antarctic ice shelf has grown by 13 miles in the past six months,
Air pollution costs the global economy more than $5 trillion annually in welfare costs, with the most devastating damage occurring in the developing world, according to a new World Bank report.
(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Zoo burned items containing rhinoceros horn with an estimated black market value of $1 million in a symbolic gesture Thursday to show the U.S.
(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korean and international monitoring agencies reported Friday an earthquake near North Korea’s northeastern nuclear test site,
It started with what seemed to be an ordinary dead chimpanzee. But when Fabian Leendertz,
Self-driving vehicles promised to revolutionize the transportation industry. Automated cars could reshape every industry that relies on the automobile,
The concept of climate change is abstract for most; but for those living throughout the U.S.’s south as well as in parts of California,
Most humpback whales will be removed from the federal list of endangered species,
Four out of five species of great apes are now listed as critically endangered as populations have declined in recent years largely due to hunting,
The giant panda is no longer considered an endangered species, the World Wildlife Fund announced on Sunday.
The United States and China announced Saturday that they are formally joining the Paris Agreement to combat climate change,
National Dog Day, celebrated every year on Aug. 26, honors all dogs—mixed and pure breeds,
Nearly three dozen large wildfires raged uncontained across the Western U.S. Thursday as firefighters grappled with windy and dry weather,
An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.2 and a series of powerful aftershocks rocked central Italy early on Wednesday,
උඩවලව ජාතික වනෝද්යානයේ සිට උතූරු දෙසට අලි ඇතූන්ගේ සංක්රමණික ගමන් මාර්ගය විහිද ඇත්තේ බෝගහපට්ටියල සමනළ වැව වනාන්තරයල සොරගූනේ කැළය මෙන්ම රජවක වනාන්තරය ඔස්සේ බවට හඳුනාගෙන තිබේ. එමෙන්ම දහයියාගල අභය භූමියද ඊට අයත්ය.
The village of Shishmaref in Alaska voted on Tuesday to relocate to the state’s mainland because global warming and rising sea levels.
The character that adorns Liu Chengbao’s gateposts means “good luck.”
Footage has emerged of Germany‘s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel giving the middle finger to a group of far-right protestors in Lower Saxony in northwestern Germany last Friday.
A woman bitten by an alligator almost lost her hand on Friday. The attack took place in the Florida Everglades,
(HAVANA) — Fidel Castro has written a long letter thanking Cubans for their support on his 90th birthday and once again criticizing President Barack Obama.
Today is World Elephant Day, and while that means it’s a great time to catch up on cute elephant videos online,
A recent study found that millions of Americans are
A self-proclaimed animal lover defended her decision to have a bear shot after it broke into her home on two consecutive days
A dolphin at SeaWorld in Orlando decided to use its impressive intelligence to have a little fun with one of the spectators circling its tank.
If you’re a developing species with dreams of dominating your home planet one day,
Monday is Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date mankind consumes its budget of natural resources for the entire year,
‘Trees and meadows and mountains will only be a spectacle’ (and btw by 2025 there will be 3 tonnes of plastic in the ocean for every 1 tonne of fish): E.M. Forster’s Howards End — bookish girl
When “the bald man with his shirt buttoned all the way up”
On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Combined with a similar nuclear strike on Nagasaki on Aug.
Your Facebook News Feed is about to get a lot less “clicky.”
Earl, a tropical storm moving through the Caribbean toward Belize,
There are many days every year meant to recognize various causes—from Arbor Day to the upcoming Earth Overshoot Day.
මහ පොළොවට සතා සීපාවට වගේම ගොවියාටත් වස විස නැති පොහොර ළ`ගදීම වෙළෙඳ පොලට
වී වගාවේදී වැඩි වශයෙන් කෘෂි රසායන භාවිතය පොළව නිසරු කිරීමටත් ගොයමට හිතකර මෙන්ම අහිතකර පළිබෝධකයන් විනාශ කිරීමටත් ජල උල්පත් දුෂණය වීම මෙන්ම ගොවීහු දරුණු වකුගඩු ආබාධ වලට ලක් කිරීමටද හේතු වී ඇත
Section 6(g), it is an offence to possess or use any poisonous substance capable of being used for the purpose of injuring or destroying any animal,
‘Horton Plains under Threat’ will be the subject of the monthly Wildlife and Nature Protection Society lecture to be delivered by Rohan Pethiyagoda on July 21, Thursday, at 6 p.m. at the Dutch Burgher Union (DBU), 114, Reid Avenue, Colombo 4 (Thunmulla Junction).-Sunday Time PLUS
Two key indicators of climate change – global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent – have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA.
මීට වසර 15 කට පමණ පෙර සිට හ`ගුරන්කෙත මන්දාරම්නුවර නිම්නය ප්රදේශය ආශී්රතව ක්රියාත්මත වෙමින් පවතින කුඩා ජල විදුලි බලාගාර ව්යාපෘති නිසා ප්රදේශය පුරා පැතිර ඇති ප්රධාන ඔයවල් සියල්ලක්ම පාහේ දැඩි බලපෑමකට ලක්වෙමින් පවති. තවද ඉහත ජලප්රභව ආශ්රිත සියළුම පරිසර පද්ධතීන් මෙන්ම ඒවා ආශි්රතව කෘෂිකාර්මික කටයුතුවල නියැලෙන ප්රදේශයේ පාරම්පරික ජනතාවගේ ජීවනෝපායයන්ට මරු පහරක් එල්ල වෙමින් පවති.-
දේශගුණ විපර්යාස ඇතිවීමට හේතුවී ඇති හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය ලොව පුරා විවිධ රටවල් විවිධ පරිමාණයෙන් සිදු කරනු ලැබේ. සංවර්ධිත රටවල් මහා පරිමාණයෙන් හා සංවර්ධනය වෙමින් පවතින රටවල් සාපේක්ෂව අඩු වශයෙන් හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය සිදුකරයි. නමුත් දේශගුණ විපර්යාසයේ අහිතකර බලපෑම් එල්ලවීමේදී ඒවා හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය මහා පරිමාණයෙන් සිදුකරන සංවර්ධිත රටවලට බරපතල වශයෙන් එල්ල වන්නේ නැත. හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය අවම වශයෙන් සිදුකරන සංවර්ධනය වෙමින් පවතින රටවලට සහනයක් ලැබෙන්නේද නැත. දේශගුණ විපර්යාස වලට එරෙහිව
Edibles on menus or store shelves are not always what they seem. Recently, the international criminal police organization
දේශගුණ විපර්යාස ඇතිවීමට හේතුවී ඇති හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය ලොව පුරා විවිධ රටවල් විවිධ පරිමාණයෙන් සිදු කරනු ලැබේග සංවර්ධිත රටවල් මහා පරිමාණයෙන් හා සංවර්ධනය වෙමින් පවතින රටවල් සාපේක්ෂව අඩු වශයෙන් හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය සිදුකරයිග නමුත් දේශගුණ විපර්යාසයේ අහිතකර බලපෑම් එල්ලවීමේදී ඒවා හරිතාගාර වායු විමෝචනය මහා පරිමාණයෙන් සිදුකරන