Hooked on Vipassana: 10 Days of Silence in Kandy, Sri Lanka (Part 1)

Elephant Journal

I sit down on my cushion, legs crossed, eyelids closed, this place has become refuge over the past 10 days, but tonight it’s a struggle to focus my attention. There’s a stabbing sensation in the soft tissue where my chest meets my left armpit. My breath is shallow and heavy, like there’s a weight preventing […].

The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

10,000 Birds

In such a case, you might opt to book an eastbound flight, or a series of flights, from Lisbon to Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, then Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, PNG, Tahiti, Ecuador, Guyana and finally to Costa Rica….

4 Asian resorts win green honors

Green Traveler Guides

Winners of the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards are resorts in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Cambodia. Asia Cambodia Chiang Rai India Mallapuram News Resorts Sigiriya Sihanoukville Sri Lanka Tamil Nadu Thailand Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa Green Travel News HICAP Jetwing Vil Uyana Koh Rong Archipelago Mallapuran Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Reuters Sikanoukville Song Saa Private Island

How my Grandmother taught me to root myself to the Earth in a Mad World.

Elephant Journal

Adventure Animal Rights Green Inspiring (Wow) Non New-Agey Spirituality Travel animals British Colonialism childhood childhood memories collective heart earthing grandmother listen to your inner voice mother earth rooted sri lanka trustPerhaps she sensed the storms ahead in my life. Storms that were coming to pull my heart open and wash away the illusions.

Pheasant-tailed Jacana courtship dance

10,000 Birds

Whilst leading a birding tour to Sri Lanka, I spotted a flash of bright white in a lily-choked wetland near Ambalantota in the south-east of this verdant island. Birds Bird Love Week courtship jacanas mating Pheasant-tailed Jacana Sri Lanka

Can Shared Water Be The Key To Peace?

Green Prophet

Green Prophet goes on another water trip with Friends of the Earth and guests from Sri Lanka. Business & Politics Water activism conflict Israel Palestinian Authority Sri Lanka water West Bank

Why We Need To Re-Define How We View Yoga

Elephant Journal

I recently returned home to Dublin from teaching yoga and living between Bali and Sri Lanka for the past 14 months. I studied and taught the teachings of Tantric Hatha and Yin Yoga in depth, making such incredible connections with other likeminded human beings that looking back on the entire experience even just a few […].

Shop Ethical and Fair-Trade at Paper High

Hug a Tree with Me

All of the products that they offer are handmade by skilled artisans from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal with the use of sustainable materials.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

10,000 Birds

Some of those “statistical errors” came as surprises to me, e.g. Cuba, Bolivia, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Thailand (this is also a clear message to their tourism boards to invest more into promoting avitourism). I had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results.

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White’s Thrush or Scaly?

10,000 Birds

Sri Lanka Thrush Zoothera imbricata [ map ] [ my records ]. Scaly Thrush is split into four species, following Rasmussen and Anderton (2005): White’s Thrush Zoothera aurea; Scaly Thrush Zoothera dauma; Nilgiri Thrush Zoothera neilgherriensis; and Sri Lanka Thrush Zoothera imbricata.

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Toilet Paper Doesn’t Need Trees Anymore

Eco Friendly Daily

In Sri Lanka, there is a company called Mr. Ellie Pooh that has begun making toilet paper out of, well, elephant dung. By making elephants valuable towards the economy of Sri Lanka, they will be protected rather than hunted.

Is some number better than no number?

Environmental Economics

  Vehicle accident externalities from diesel consumption in Sri Lanka?  Lucas Davis at the Energy Institute at Haas blog (emphasis added): Last month Meredith wrote about coal being too cheap and Max wrote about gasoline being too cheap. But what is the right price for energy? Nobody in recent years has done more to try to answer this question than Ian Parry, a University of Chicago trained economist now at the International Monetary Fund. 

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Marie Colvin R.I.P.

Green (Living) Review

Another honest voice silenced by state terrorism by Michael Smith (Veshengro) London, UK, February 22, 2012 : Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin was killed today in the Syrian city of Homs during the fighting there. She was a brave woman and journalist of integrity.

World Elephant Day


In countries such as Sumatra and Sri Lanka, much of the endangered Asian elephants’ remaining precious habitat is being bulldozed down to make The second annual World Elephant Day has been and passed on August 12. It’s a day to bring people together to help elephants.

Where Tulips Come From (It Ain’t Holland)

10,000 Birds

When he returned to Portugal in disgrace after usurping his position from the rightful governor, Sampayo supposedly took tulip bulbs with him from Sri Lanka.

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The American Birding Expo, Philly-Style

10,000 Birds

Aisles of exhibitors tempted visitors with birding trips to such far-flung locations as Colombia, Kenya, and Sri Lanka, and grown men and women got all kid-in-a-candy-store at the optics booths. Obsessive. Strange. Inscrutable. Yes, birders of every stripe came out in droves (flocks?)

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Birding Without Borders: A Review

10,000 Birds

And in India, when Strycker tied the previous one-year record, his guides Sanu and Harsha took a fair amount of trouble to make sure that a special bird, the Sri Lanka Frogmouth (“nocturnal and not easy to see!”)

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Australia’s top chefs and foodies join forces in support of Oxfam's Stop Hunger Campaign

Green (Living) Review

Top Australian chefs and foodies including Kylie Kwong, Julie Goodwin and Neil Perry have teamed up with a Sri Lankan farmer to draw attention to the growing food crisis facing the world’s poorest communities.

Dubai’s Outdoor Workers Get Solar-Powered Cooling Hats!

Green Prophet

Most of these workers come from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, or other Southeast Asian countries, where jobs are scarce.

15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

10,000 Birds

Sri Lanka (375 / 436). What are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to? And why? I discovered this map a while ago, hidden somewhere at the not so easy to navigate BirdLife International’s website, and I have used it as my computer wallpaper ever since. Usually, I interchange some birdy wallpapers several times per month, but this one has stayed for several months already. It makes me think what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? Why am I here?

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The Mechanics Of A Tsunami

Eco Friendly Daily

Among the worst hit were Sri Lanka and the east coast of Africa. In 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia generated a series of enormous waves that traveled across the Indian Ocean and caused widespread destruction on its surrounding shores.

Israeli cities suck for air

Green Prophet

Israel tied with Chile and Sri Lanka as being 22nd out of 91 countries in which the assessment was made. How green are Israeli cities, really?

10 Most Dangerous Bad Driving Habits Around The World


2 – Bribing traffic police – Sri Lanka, Thailand etc. In countries like Sri Lanka and Thailand for example, there are many drivers being pulled over because of a clear lack of attention to the roads. There are a ton of bad drivers out there.

Massive Coral Bleaching In Andaman Sea

Eco Friendly Daily

Bleaching events such as this in Indonesia have been documented in Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Coral reefs are a vital aspect of our world’s oceans and the ecosystems which rely upon them worldwide.

Why Are Elephants Endangered Species?


Some suggest that the dung actually provides a habitat for many insect species including ants, centipedes, scorpions, crickets and spiders and recently in Sri Lanka, three species of frog were found to “reside in” dung [7]. There is no more iconic symbol of wildlife.

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A cracking idea!

Green (Living) Review

Its six Edinburgh-based Schools are spread across three campuses, and it also has transnational education partnerships in Hong Kong, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and Switzerland.

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Drinking Helps!

Green (Living) Review

Lemonaid and ChariTea produce sustainable soft drinks and iced tea - the ingredients are organic, vegan and are sourced from small-scale farming cooperatives in Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Mexico and South Africa.

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Refugee architecture earns an exhibit in a NYC museum

Green Prophet

Anderson travelled to refugee camps in Jordan, Italy and Sri Lanka to see shelters in situ, noting an absolute absence of site sensitivity.

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Jude Law, Scarlett Johansson Donate Outfits To Oxfam Curiosity Shop


In India and Sri Lanka I’ve visited projects that are helping poor people find their own solutions to poverty. For the second year running, Oxfam has launched a pop-up shop featuring items worn by celebrities.

8 types of delicious raw honey from Yemen

Green Prophet

Raw Yemini honey is combined with Organic Ceylon cinnamon from Sri Lanka and a few sesame seeds to deliver a sweet spread with a nutty flavor.

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Developing countries doing more to save climate – Developed country leadership missing

Green (Living) Review

Bonn, Germany, May 3, 2013 – The Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, today, reminded developed countries that developing countries are doing more than their fair share to save the climate at the close of the first round of climate talks. A recent study by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Oxfam reveals that developing countries are going to contribute more to cutting greenhouse gases than developed countries.

Mattress Hunting? Why Natural Latex Beds Are the Way to Go

Eco Chic

When you stumble on the right company, they won’t shy away from this question – rather they’ll spend the rest of the day telling you about how all of their mattress materials are sourced (usually from Sri Lanka ).

Sleeping On a Natural Latex Mattress: Eco-Chick Tested

Eco Chic

Where that latex comes from matters—Sleep On Latex’s eco bona fides are remarkable: We work directly with our partners in Sri Lanka to bring you the highest quality latex foam available. The first time I slept on a memory foam mattress, I was in heaven, and wanted one immediately.

Eco Chic Exhibit Now On at Scandinavia House, NYC

Eco Chic

First up, I checked out the short film about Dem Collectiv e, a grown-to-sewn operation in Sri Lanka which both pays workers twice the typical wage and still makes a profit (as well as utilizing low-impact fabrics in production). Righteous Fashion.

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Cute Alert! Here Are The Top 15 Animals on Bikes Videos Ever


5 – Trained Monkey Riding a Bike in Sri Lanka. In the little island nation of Sri Lanka, monkeys are a very common sight. Pets are the most amazing things ever. We have all had pets, or wanted to at some point in our lives.

The Jewel Hunter: A Book Review About One Birder’s Quest for Pittas and Beer

10,000 Birds

The chapter on Sri Lanka, where Gooddie combines a vacation with his girlfriend, largely invisible elsewhere in the book, with his search for Indian Pitta, is to my taste one of the best parts of the book.

The Cactus Smuggler: Are Desert Plants Being Loved to Extinction?

Nature Conservancy - Science

To start, cacti are only native to North and South America (with the exception of one species found in South Africa, Madagascar and Sri Lanka). The smugglers carried their tiny prizes tucked away in suitcases of jalapenos and dirty laundry.

Study Says That Wind Patterns May Have Big Say in Sea Level Rise and Fall

Eco Friendly Daily

Sea level rise is particularly high along the coastlines of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Java. A new study has shed new light on how climate change may impact global levels of oceans.

Recycling Yourself When Green Projects Go Bust

Green Prophet

Lebanon was my base, but I worked as a tour guide to Sri Lanka and Morocco and to everywhere in between. Live long enough and we all know heartbreak, but what happens when a well-loved sustainable project walks away?

Tsunamis – Forewarning by Text Technology

Eco Friendly Daily

Japan has lately been affected, likewise Thailand, Sri Lanka and some parts of Africa. The threat and actual reality of tsunamis have always been a hazard for those who live in certain areas on the coast.

Sanjayan: The Art of Communication is Conservation’s Best Hope

Nature Conservancy - Science

Members of a tsunami ecological damage assessment team including Sanjayan (right) in Sri Lanka, 2004. Sanjayan. Image credit: Ami Vitale/amivitale.com. Peter Kareiva is chief scientist of The Nature Conservancy. David Banks is director of the Conservancy’s Africa program.

Global Eye

The Green Changemakers

e-Learning Course on Green Productivity & Environment Management System (ISO14001)

The Green Changemakers

e-Learning Course on Green Productivity & Environment Management System (ISO14001) Video Presentations & Downloads Resource Speakers Organizers Feedback To watch the video clips provided below, please click the icon at left to download and install the free Real Player. Presentation Materials Presenter Video Clips Duration Opening session Opening Session 45:00 • D1L1.ppt Dr. A.K.

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