Edible Bird’s Nests — The importance of having strong domestic legislation and the ineffectiveness of CITES23032536_1855794187794200_3007055800625381892_n

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

Meet the patients at the hospital.unnamed

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

A Compassionate Sri LankaA compassionate Srilanka

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

ප්ලාස්ටික් – ආහාර දාමයටත් එකතු වෙයි.duck-plastic-bottle

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

It is truly a privilege that we can, to this day, observe and immerse ourselves in the Veddah culture of Sri Lanka which has survived thousands of years. As Sri Lankans it is our duty to conserve it, so that future generations too can experience this incredible forgotten heritage.

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

 Legal Protection of Dolphinsshutterstock_89433142

All Dolphins are protected under Section 30 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. The Common Dolphin is a Strictly Protected Species under Section 30 (2) of the FFPO. Therefore the following acts are deemed as offences: *the killing, *injuring of or harming *keeping a live or dead dolphin or any parts including flesh *selling … CONTINUE READING

ලොව සාගර දුෂිතයන් පස් දෙනා අතර පස් වැනි තැන ලංකාවටocean-pollution-infographics

ලෝකය පුරා බරපතල අන්දමින් සාගර ¥ෂණය සිදු කරන්නා වූ රටවල් අතර පස් වන ස්ථානය ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව හිමි කරගෙන ඇතැයි ලෝක බැංකුව විසින් සිදු කරන ලද අධ්‍යයන වාර්තාවකින් හෙළිදරව් වී තිබේ. කෙසේ වෙතත් මෙය හදිසි තත්වයක් නොව පසුගිය කාලය පුරාම රටක් හැටියට කිසිදු කළමනාකරණයකින් තොරව කසළ බැහැර කිරීම නිසා හටගත් තත්වයක් බවද ඒත් සමඟම පෙන්වා දිය යුතුව තිබේ. එමෙන්ම අදාල ලෝක බැංකු වාර්තාවද ප‍්‍රස්තුථ විෂයට සහ ලංකාවට අදාලව පුළුල් මට්ටමින් සිදු කරන ලද විමර්ශනයක ප‍්‍රතිඵලයක් හැටියට ලද කරුණු අනාවරණයක් ලෙසින් එකී අධ්‍යයනය හ\ුණාගෙන තිබේ. තවද ඒ ආකාරයට අතිශය නරක අන්දමින් කටයුතු කරන රටවල් සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිදු කළ සමීක්ෂණ වාර්තාවක් හැටියටද මෙය සැලකේ.… CONTINUE READING

 පානදුර ගං වතුරwarning_0

පානදුරට ගං වතුර පැමිණිමේ අවදානම අද උදෑසන විට පහව යමින් පවති.එයට මුලික ලෙස බලපා ඇත්තේ කලු ගගේ මෝය අසල තිබෙන වැලිපර ඉවත් කොට මෝයේ ධාරිතාව වැඩි කිරීම ය. එහෙත් රත්නපුරය ඇතුලු කලු ගගේ ජල පෝෂක කලාපයට වර්ෂාව ලැබිමේ වේගය මත ඇතැම් දේ ඉදිරි පැය කිහිපය ඇතුළත වෙනස් වන්නට ඉඩකඩ තිබේ. අද උදෑසන තවමත් රත්නපුරයට ඇද … CONTINUE READING

 Let’s be the change we want to see in the world!

Otara recently met with Mrs. Kanchana Weerakoon, Founder and President of ECO V (Eco Friendly Volunteers), a dynamic network of over 1,000 volunteers in Sri Lanka who have dedicated themselves to environmental conservation. Kanchana has been in the field of conservation for over 25 years and she certainly walks the talk and lives by the … CONTINUE READING

Re-discovering the legacy of Sri Lankan pottery

Pottery is an art form requiring skill and practice.
Otara was lucky to experience pottery first hand.

Change begins with YOU!

You can only change what’s happening around you by changing yourself

Plastic bottles are one of the worst offenders when it comes to plastic pollution. Because plastic does not decompose, it creates toxic landfills that are bad for humans, animals as well as the environment. Buying bottled water poses significant issues, not only due to its plastic case but due to where the water is extracted … CONTINUE READING

Avurudu festivities in the village

Avurudu is a special time for young and old alike. It’s a time when families and neighbors come together. When homes are repainted and tidied up. Endless hours are spent preparing ‘Rasa Kevili’ (sweet treats). New clothes are sewn. The nekath times are checked and double checked so that everyone is awake and ready for … CONTINUE READING

Catching of තඹුවා / Red Tomato Grouper17990867_1601785816528373_1010983496072449824_n

Catching of තඹුවා / Red Tomato Grouper (Cephalopholis sonnerati) banned The minister of Fisheries has,by an order under Section 29 of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act (FARA),and published in Gazette Extraordinary No. 2014/04 of 11.04.2017,titled “Regulations to Prohibition of Catching Fish Species ‘Thambuwa’ 2017” has provided protection to the Red Tomato Grouper (තඹුවා) in … CONTINUE READING

Spearfishing banned in Sri Lankan Waters17759960_1585248311515457_5451759971248546588_n

The used of Spear-guns,hand held spikes and spears in the fishing has been banned by an order made under Section 28 of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act and this order has been published in Gazette Extraordinary No:2008/31 of 0303.2017. Accordingly the use of spear-guns or hand-held spears has been banned and the keeping in … CONTINUE READING

විල්පත්තු ප‍්‍රශ්නයට මාවිල්ලූ රක්ෂිතයෙන් ජනතාව රැවටීමmavil aru

විල්පත්තු ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානයට උතුරින් පිහිටි වන රක්ෂිත පද්ධතියේ සිදු වන නීති විරෝධී වනාන්තර විනාශ කිරීම, අලූතින් ජනාවාස පිහිටුවීම හා නීති විරෝධී ඉඩම් අත්පත් කර ගැනීම යන ප‍්‍රශ්න පිළිබ`දව දිගින් දිගට ම අප විසින් කරුණු අනාවරණය කළෙමු. තව ද මෙම වනාන්තර පද්ධතියේ නීතිමය රැුකවරණය ශක්තිමත් කිරීම ස`දහා විල්පත්තු ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානයට එම වනාන්තර එක් කරන ලෙසට ඉල්ලීම් … CONTINUE READING

වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට හා මහවැලි අධිකාරියට අයත් රජයේ වනාන්තර වල පස්, කළුගල්, බොරලූ හා වැලි කැනීමට නීති විරෝධීව කැබිනට් අනුමැතිය ලබා දෙයිsand3

මහවැලි සංවර්ධන හා පරිසර අමාත්‍ය මෛති‍්‍රපාල සිරිසේන ජනාධිපති තුමන්ගේ උපදෙස් මත කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කළ අංක 08/2017 දරන කැබිනට් පති‍්‍රකාව ම`ගින් මහවැලි අධිකාරියට හා වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට අයත් රජයේ වනාන්තර ඉඩම් වලින් සංවර්ධන කටයුතු ස`දහා අවශ්‍ය පස්, කළුගල්, බොරලූ හා වැලි ලබා ගැනීමට 2017 මාර්තු 21 වන දින කැබිනට් අනුමැතිය ලබා දී තිබේ. සංවර්ධන … CONTINUE READING

Killing fish using explosives is an offence:17309420_1493198480713870_3765683570017443453_n

– under Section 27 of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act. – under Section 53A of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. **Both of these are cognizable offences and a culprit can be arrested without a warrant.

Killing of Dolphinsmaxresdefault

Dolphins are protected under Section 30 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. Hence,it is an offence to kill,or keep in possession any carcass or part,including the flesh, of any Dolphin. Any culprit who has committed these offences can be arrested without a warrant.

Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law

Deadly garbage dumps pose elephantine problems ? — Window to Nature

An elephant which had been regularly eating garbage at Manampitiya died last Saturday after suffering from a sickness for a month. This well grown male, about 20 years of age, was part of a herd that fed on garbage from a dump at Manampitiya. It had fallen ill in the third week of January. A […] … CONTINUE READING

මෙය තව දුරටත් ඉවසිය හැකි තත්වයක් නොවේ.hambantota-20141212_161650

විශේෂයෙන්ම මෑතක සිට නොවැළැක්විය හැකි ලෙසින් නිර්මාණය වන නාය යෑම් සඳහා මේ ව්‍යසනය කොයි තරම් බලපෑමක් කරනවාද යන්න සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවම මට්ටමේ සොයා බැලීමක්වත් මේ බලධාරී ආයතන සිදු කොට තිබේද? සංශෝධිත 1980 අංක 47 දරන ජාතික පාරිසරික පනතට අනුව නිකුත් කෙරුණු 2000 නොවැම්බර් 22 දින අංක 115 – 22දරන ගැසට් නිවේදනයෙන් කළු ගල් කැඞීම සඳහා මධ්‍යම පරිසර අධිකාරියෙන් බලපත‍්‍රයක් ලබා ගැනීම, කළු ගල් කැඞීමක් යනු කුමක්ද? පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයෙන් බලපත‍්‍රයක් ලබා දෙන කළු ගල් කැඞීමක් යනුවෙන් හැඳින්වෙන්නේ කුමන තත්වයක්ද? යන කරුණු වෙන් වෙන් වශයෙන් ඉදිරිපත් කොට තිබේ. … CONTINUE READING

The fishing of Spiny Lobsters are regulated under the Lobster Fisheriescontreraskoobhonduras043web-jpg__800x600_q85_crop

Management Regulations of 2000 under the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, published in Gazette No:1123/2 of 13.03.2000. According to these regulations,it is prohibited to capture,keep under possession or custody,or transport or sell any Spiny Lobster or part during the month of February. Hence,this is an offence because the suspect has been in possession and was … CONTINUE READING

How did this happenwilpattu

These people have violated the provisions of Section 06 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance,by engaging in hunting inside the Wilpattu National Park.According to Section 67B(3) of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance,all offences under Section 06 are deemed as non-bailable offences. Something seems to have gone wrong somewhere down the process.I am putting … CONTINUE READINGHOW DID THIS HAPPEN

It is illegal to engage in hunting….

There is no category of protected areas under National Wildlife Sanctuaries in Sri Lanka.It could most probably be the Wilpattu National Park. It is illegal to engage in hunting inside a National Park,as it is a violation of Sections 03 and 06 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. see more-   Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law

Protected Status of Pangolin (ඈයා / කබල්ලෑවා )lahugala-_mg_7777-february-02-2013

The Pangolin is one of the twenty species of Strictly Protected Mammals listed in Schedule ii under Section 30(2) of the Fauna and Flora Ordinance. Hence it is an offence to: *Kill *Injure or cause hurt to, * Keep a Pangolin or any parts in one’s custody or possession, *Sell or expose to sell any … CONTINUE READING

‘Systematic Racism’ Is Behind Flint’s Water Crisis, Civil Rights Commission Says — TIME

(FLINT, Mich.) — “Systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights Commission report issued Friday. The report says the commission did not unearth any civil rights law violations and that nobody “intended to… via …CONTINUE READING

In Oroville, Everyone Is Watching the Weather — TIME

With three storms making their way across California, the state’s Department of Water Resources is racing against time, draining more than 100,000 cubic feet of water every second from Lake Oroville. The reason why, at least for Sacramento-based photographer Max Whittaker, started in the early hours of Feb. 7. “The San Francisco Chronicle called and… via … CONTINUE READING

The World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen. Here’s Why That’s a Big Problem — TIME

Oceans across the globe are slowly losing oxygen, which poses a major problem for every living marine animal and underscores the serious consequences of climate change, researchers say. A new Nature study published this week found that oxygen levels in worldwide oceans have dipped by more than 2% in the last half-century. While the change… via … CONTINUE READING

These Drone-Hunting Eagles Aren’t Messing Around — TIME

When it comes to defending against pesky drones, the French military has gone to the birds. These drone-hunting birds of prey are being trained at a French Air Force base in Southwestern France. They’re literally born on top of drones, and kept there during early stages of feeding. When they’re ready to fly, they’re brought… via … CONTINUE READING

This is What Zoos of the Future Could Look Like — TIME

A slew of challenges from animal rights activism to financial pressures have forced the leaders of American zoos to rethink their footprint and purpose. The cutting-edge zoos that could emerge in years to come look different depending on their location, size and structure. Here are three types—and sizes—of zoo adapted from the thoughts of visionary… via …CONTINUE READING

Banning the capture of Parrotfishesw-10-1

Humphead wrasse killing stirs calls for protection and spearfishing ban — Window to Nature

Declare the endangered humphead wrasse as a protected species in Sri Lanka and ban spearfishing, researchers of aquatic resources, diving groups and conservationists demand. An environment lawyer says spearfishing can be banned under existing laws. Outrage grew after pictures emerged showing a human-sized humphead wrasse, (Cheilinus undulates) also known as Napoleon wrasse, being hauled ashore […] …CONTINUE READING

Facebook Launches ‘Journalism Project’ to Improve Media Ties — TIME

Facebook launched its “Journalism Project” on Wednesday, as the world’s biggest social media network looks to deepen its relationship with news organizations. The launch comes less than a week after the company said it was hiring former CNN reporter, anchor and host Campbell Brown to lead its news partnerships team. As part of the new… via … CONTINUE READING

Keeping Cheetahs and Other Wild Animals as Pets Is Now Illegal in the UAE — TIME

In the wake of a new law passed in the United Arab Emirates, walking around with a leopard on a leash could now land you in jail. The Gulf News, a Dubai-based newspaper, reported Tuesday that keeping “all types of wild and domesticated but dangerous animals” as pets is now outlawed in the country. Those… via … CONTINUE READING

Australia Has a Serious Cat Problem — TIME

Australia has a serious cat problem, with feral cats covering 99.8% of the country according to new research published in the journal Biological Conservation. The exact number of cats fluctuates from roughly 1.4 million after continent-wide droughts cramp food sources to about 5.6 million after extensive wet periods, which result in plenty of available prey.… via … CONTINUE READING

Tsunami alarm network makes island feel safe than sorry — Window to Nature

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

Cheetahs Are Disappearing at an Alarming Rate — TIME

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

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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

China’s Smog Is as Deadly as Smoking, New Research Claims — TIME

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

Legal protection of batspip_tcm9-245500

All the species of bats found in Sri Lanka are protected species under Section 30(1) of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.Hence it is an offence to: * Kill’ * Capture, * Keep in ones possession or custody of any bat or part, * Sell or expose to sell any bat or parts * The … CONTINUE READING

 Climate Scientists Fear Trump May Fatally Undermine Their Work — TIME

Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election shocked climate scientists and policymakers after a campaign in which Trump had suggested—falsely—that climate change was a hoax and vowed to largely undo federal and international measures aimed at addressing global warming. Nonetheless, climate advocates took solace in the days following the election, noting that the market forces… via … CONTINUE READING

ඩයිනමයිට් මාළු දැන් වෙළඳ පොලේ


දිවයින පුරා ඇති මාළු වෙළඳ සැල් මහත් අසීරුතාවකට මුහුණ පා ඇතැයි වාර්තා වේ. ඒ ඩයිනමයිට් දමා මරන මසුන් ඒවායේ අළෙවි කරන බවට අනාවරණය වීම නිසයි. මේ ආකාරයට මනුෂ්‍ය ශරීරයට නුසුදුසු ඩයිනමයිට් පුපුරුවා මරා දැමෙන මසුන් එසේ අළෙවි කෙරෙන බවට ලද තොරතුරු මත, පෑළියගොඩ මාළු වෙළඳ සැළ තුළ කල වැටලීමකදී, එසේ අළෙවි කළවුන් කිහිප දෙනෙකුම අත් … CONTINUE READING

The Sambur( ගෝනා)s one of the two species of deer that are strictlygoonaa

protected under sub-section (2) of Section 30 of the FFPO. Hence it is an offence to: *kill it, * injure or harm, *keep in possession an animal(dead or live), or any part of it, *sell or expose to sell any animal(dead or live) or any part of it, *use any implement,device or implement,or substance to …CONTINUE READING

 ජංගම දුරකතන බැටරියකින් ජලය ගැලූම් හය ලක්ෂයක් විස වේ. නිව්යෝර්ක් ටයිම්ස් සමීක්ෂණයක් හෙළි කරයි.waterdamage

ඉවත ලන ජංගම දුරකතන බැටරියකින් ජලය ගැලූම් ලක්ෂ හයකට ආසන්න ප‍්‍රමාණයක් ¥ෂණය වන බව නවතම සමීක්ෂණයකින් පෙන්වා දී තිබේ. මෙලෙස ජලය අපවිත‍්‍ර වීමට ප‍්‍රධාන හේතූවක් වී ඇත්තේ එම බැටරියේ අඩංගු කැඞ්මියන් නමැති ලෝහය ජලය සමඟ මිශ‍්‍ර වීමෙනි. මේ ආකාරයෙන් දැනට ජංගම දුරකතන මිලියන 500ක් භාවිතයෙන් ඉවත් කොට ඇති අතර එය බරින් ටොන් 2,50,000ක් ඉක්මවයි. … CONTINUE READING

තවත් ජල පෝෂක වන පෙතක් විනාශයි.img_0538

ඉහල බොල්ගොඩ හි ජල පෝෂක භූමියක් වන බදුවිලවත්ත වනාන්තර බිම පසුගිය දිනවල සිට නිවාස ව්‍යාපෘතියක් වෙනුවෙන් ඩෝසර්කරණයකට ලක් කෙරෙමින් පවතී. මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් 03. 11. 2016 දින පැවැත්වූ ප‍්‍රවෘත්ති සාකච්ඡුාවේදී රයිගම්පුර සම්පත් රැුක ගැනීමේ සංවිධානය පැවසුවේ කිසිදු පාරසරික අනුමැතියක් මෙන්ම තක්සේරුවක් මේ වෙනුවෙන් ලබා ගෙන නැති බවයි. අධිකරණ නියෝගයක් ලබා ගෙන සිදු කරන්නා වූ මෙම කටයුත්ත … CONTINUE READING

 Killing fish using explosives is an offence:miygiy_msungen_kottsk_01

– under Section 27 of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act. – under Section 53A of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. **Both of these are cognizable offences and a culprit can be arrested without a warrant.

 Wildlife Populations Have Dropped by Almost 60% in 40 Years, WWF Says — TIME

Global wildlife populations have plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, according to the latest Living Planet Report published by conservation group WWF on Wednesday.

How Warm Winters in the Arctic Make Colder Ones for You — TIME

Warm winters in the Arctic may contribute to colder winters in the United States and Europe, according to new research. The study,

 The World’s Largest Marine Reserve Has Just Been Given the Green Light in Antarctica — TIME

(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia,

 Global CO2 Concentration passes Threshold of 400 ppm—And That’s Bad for the Climate — TIME

The average level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere across the globe passed 400 parts per million (ppm) last year, a symbolic and worrying milestone in growth of manmade climate change, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed Monday. The carbon dioxide concentration is unlikely to dip below the 400 ppm mark for at least several… via … CONTINUE READING

Killing animals near water bodies14717058_1322269777806742_3280864278741988472_n

According to Section 52A of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance,killing or injuring animals at a place where they usually goes to drink water or the same activities done within a distance of a hundred yards from a water-hole are offences.
It is happy to note that such diligent action is taken by field staff of the DWLC.

-Jagath Gunawardana Attorney-at-law

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How to Fulfill the Promise of the Paris Climate Deal — TIME

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.

A very good deed by DWLC14495244_1346513085388982_4562455142696182002_n

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.

India Has Ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement — TIME

The Paris climate change agreement to curb rising global temperatures moved closer to coming into force on Sunday, after India,

Activists back plan to source perahera jumbos from Pinnawela — Window to Nature

Published on SundayTimes on 10.07.2016 An illegally caught wild elephant.

Why We Should Protect the Bees — TIME

1. We should protect the bees. By Natalie Shoemaker in BigThink 2. Artificial intelligence is replacing,

Unsafe Air Pollution Levels Affect Nine in Ten People Globally, Report Says — TIME

More than 90% of the world’s population lives in areas with unsafe pollution levels, according to a new report. The research,

California Wildfire Forces the Evacuation of 300 Homes — TIME

(Cloverdale, Calif.) — A fast-moving wildfire prompted the evacuations of 300 homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains,

Aviation Emissions Are Next Target in Fight Against Climate Change — TIME

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.

Former EPA Administrator: We Must Move Forward on Clean Power Plan — TIME

Conservation and protecting our environment—including fighting climate change, should not be partisan issues. After all,

Customs nab two bird smugglers14390902_1334038019969822_8413118446200007502_n

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.

New Google Doodle Celebrates the First Day of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere — TIME

Spring is in the air — at least in the southern hemisphere — and Google’s celebrating with the release of a new Doodle.

Apprehending wildlife criminals – some observations


The incident of poachers exposed yesterday was a great disappointment to me, from the perspective of a person who has been helping law enforcement .Premature disclosure of the identity of the person in a FM Radio channel website and in FB pages/ Groups seems to have acted as a forewarning, thwarting law enforcement..

DWLC raids Horned Lizard smuggler’s residence


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,

මන්නාරම – සුළං බලාගාර වාර්තාව පිළිගත නොහැකියි. – ජගත් ගුණවර්ධන –uditha-hettige-2

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 Hottest September on Record, NASA Says — TIME

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

Health Problems from Common Chemicals Cost $340 Billion Per Year: Study — TIME

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

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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

Researchers Discover Giraffes Are Actually Four Separate Species — TIME

Through genetic analysis of giraffes, scientists discovered that the animal is actually at least four separate species rather than just one,

Giant Monitor Lizards Are Out of Control in This Bangkok Park — TIME

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,

Shop selling Rose-ringed Parakeets in Rathnapura raided by DWLC14212657_1312213425485615_2610495408783918529_n

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

Forst fires- the legal positionWildfire_in_California

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

See the Massive Growth in Visitors to America’s National Parks — TIME

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

Humans Have Caused Global Warming for Longer Than We Thought — TIME

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

මොනරුන් ඝාතනය සම්බන්ධ නීතිමය තත්වය සහ වැරදි1929883_1179216142118678_1573140419590644256_n

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

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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

Ocean of opportunities for this young woman of the sea


The Dumbara-Petiya is a Critically Endangered645_5

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

Poisoning of animals


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

වනජීවී සංරක්ෂණයේ දිශානතිය කුමක් විය යුතුද?Anxious.jpg

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,

Vietnam’s Role in Africa’s Poaching Crisis Cannot Be Ignored — TIME

There is rarely a cure-all to save a threatened species. Wildlife conservation almost always requires addressing a complex matrix of interlocking problems.

See How a Giant Crack in This Antarctic Ice Shelf Has Grown — TIME

A large crack in an Antarctic ice shelf has grown by 13 miles in the past six months,

Air Pollution Costs Global Economy Trillions Annually, World Bank Says — TIME

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.

The San Diego Zoo Just Burned a Million Dollar’s Worth of Rhino Horn — TIME

(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.

Seismic Activity ‘Strong Indication’ of North Korean Nuclear Test — TIME

(SEOUL, South Korea) — South Korean and international monitoring agencies reported Friday an earthquake near North Korea’s northeastern nuclear test site,

A New Anthrax-Like Disease Is Killing Animals in Africa — TIME

It started with what seemed to be an ordinary dead chimpanzee. But when Fabian Leendertz,

Self-Driving Cars Could Help Save the Environment—Or Ruin It — TIME

Self-driving vehicles promised to revolutionize the transportation industry. Automated cars could reshape every industry that relies on the automobile,

One Photographer Portrays Climate Change Differently — TIME

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 Endangered Species List — TIME

Most humpback whales will be removed from the federal list of endangered species,

Gorillas Face Greater Threat While Pandas Move Off ‘Endangered’ Species List — TIME

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 an Endangered Species — TIME

The giant panda is no longer considered an endangered species, the World Wildlife Fund announced on Sunday.

President Obama and Xi Jinping Take Big Step on Climate Change Ahead of G20 — TIME

The United States and China announced Saturday that they are formally joining the Paris Agreement to combat climate change,

National Dog Day: Celebrate These 10 Dogs That Broke World Records — TIME

National Dog Day, celebrated every year on Aug. 26, honors all dogs—mixed and pure breeds,

Firefighters Stretched Thin Across the West as 35 Wildfires Rage Uncontained — TIME

Nearly three dozen large wildfires raged uncontained across the Western U.S. Thursday as firefighters grappled with windy and dry weather,

Central Italian Town ‘Isn’t Here Anymore’ After Earthquake — TIME

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.2 and a series of powerful aftershocks rocked central Italy early on Wednesday,

සිදු වන්නේ විනාශයක් නම් එය නැවැත්විය යුතූයි.ww

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.

Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate Because of Global Warming Threat — TIMEshishmaref-alaska-votes-to-move.jpg

The village of Shishmaref in Alaska voted on Tuesday to relocate to the state’s mainland because global warming and rising sea levels.

China May Not Have Enough Arable Land to Feed Its People. But Big Changes Are Coming — TIMEgettyimages-478111528.jpg

The character that adorns Liu Chengbao’s gateposts means “good luck.”

Angela Merkel’s Deputy Flips the Bird at Neo-Nazi Protestors — TIMEsigmar-gabriel

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.

Woman Almost Loses Hand After Alligator Attack in Florida — TIMEeverglades-alligator.jpg

A woman bitten by an alligator almost lost her hand on Friday. The attack took place in the Florida Everglades,

On 90th Birthday, Fidel Castro Pens Letter Criticizing Preisdent Obama — TIMEfidel-castro.jpg

(HAVANA) — Fidel Castro has written a long letter thanking Cubans for their support on his 90th birthday and once again criticizing President Barack Obama.

Canadians Can Now Grow Medical Marijuana at Home — TIMEgettyimages-470944306.jpg

Why It’s Hotter Nights—More Than Hotter Days—That Make Heat Waves Dangerous — TIMEheat-wave-climate-change.jpeg

Worst Smog in Years Hits Southern California — TIMElos-angeles-air-pollution.jpeg

‘Old Shark’ Comments on Old Age, Newfound Fame — TIMEgreenland-shark02.jpg

Today Is World Elephant Day. Here’s Why That Matters — TIMEworld-elephant-day.jpg

Today is World Elephant Day, and while that means it’s a great time to catch up on cute elephant videos online,

How to Find Out If Your Drinking Water Is Safe — TIMEwater

A recent study found that millions of Americans are

California Mom Faces Backlash After Friend Shoots Bear to Protect Her Family — TIME160120_inv_suvivebearmarket.jpg

A self-proclaimed animal lover defended her decision to have a bear shot after it broke into her home on two consecutive days

Dolphin Snatches iPad Right Out of Tourist’s Hand at SeaWorld — TIMEnamibia-dolphin

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.

Humans First Used Tools to Eat Meat 250,000 Years Ago. Here’s What the Discovery Means — TIMEprimitive-tool.jpg

If you’re a developing species with dreams of dominating your home planet one day,

Humanity’s Used Up A Year’s Natural Resources Budget Faster Than Ever — TIME


Monday is Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date mankind consumes its budget of natural resources for the entire year,

What does the “inverted barometer” effect have to do with sea level rise?52_EOcapecod768.jpeg

‘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 girlea47b04f43d25dccb765668e9625de8f.jpg

Watch Morgan Freeman Narrate the Life of an Unsuspecting Pedestrian — TIMEmorgan-freeman.jpg

When “the bald man with his shirt buttoned all the way up”

‘Is There Anyone Alive?’: 7 Stories From Hiroshima and Nagasaki — TIME1101850729_400.jpg

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.

Here’s How Your Facebook Feed Is About to Change — TIMEmark-zuckerberg-facebook-news-feed-algorithm-clickbait.jpg

Your Facebook News Feed is about to get a lot less “clicky.”

Tropical Storm Earl Just Became a Full-Fledged Hurricane — TIMEhurricane-earl.jpg

Earl, a tropical storm moving through the Caribbean toward Belize,

Photo focus: From ‘Seaside Park’ to eyesore

Today Is International Tiger Day. Here’s Why That Matters — TIMEinternational-tiger-day-conservation

There are many days every year meant to recognize various causes—from Arbor Day to the upcoming Earth Overshoot Day.

A 13-Year-Old Went Fishing and Caught a 200-Pound Shark — TIMEboy_shark_new_jersey.jpg

අප රැකෙන බත ඉදෙන දවස වැඩි ඈතක නෙමේpau112

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

This is prohibited under Section 06 of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.


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,

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‘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

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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.

කුඩා ජල විදුලිබලාගාර රකුසාට බිලිවෙමින් ඇති මන්දාරම්නුවර නිම්නයේ ජන උරුමය1

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.-

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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

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Edibles on menus or store shelves are not always what they seem. Recently, the international criminal police organization

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දේශගුණ විපර්යාසයට එරෙහි පැරිස් බලාපොරොත්තුවත් ගිලිහී යයිද?kyoto_op

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