Sri Lanka Pledges No New Coal, Makes Push Into Rooftop Solar

Environmental News Network

In its latest climate plan, Sri Lanka is ruling out new coal power and aiming to reach 70 percent clean electricity by 2030, an important milestone on its way to reaching its goal of a carbon-neutral electricity generation system by 2050, Climate Home News reported.

100 pilot whales rescued after mass stranding in Sri Lanka


When more than 100 pilot whales washed up on a Sri Lankan beach, heroic volunteers spent all night helping these marine mammals get past the waves and safely back to sea. 100 pilot whales rescued after mass stranding in Sri Lanka. They managed to save at least 100 whales, although five died at the scene. The short-finned pilot whales landed in Panadura, a town about 20 miles from Colombo, the nation’s capital.


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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

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. This Sunday, Good Water Neighbors hosted Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary of Sarvodaya, a Sri Lankan non-profit that is working to rebuild the war-torn North and East regions of Sri Lanka. Business & Politics Water activism conflict Israel Palestinian Authority Sri Lanka water West Bank

Seven countries launch initiative to end new coal power

A Greener Life

Initial signatories include Sri Lanka, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Montenegro, France, and the United Kingdom. Photo credit: Sustainable Energy for All. By Kimberly White. Countries from around the world are calling for an end to new coal power. .

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Chemical-laden container ship continues to burn off Sri Lankan coast


Despite efforts to put out the fire aboard the MS X-Press Pearl, authorities expect the vessel, which has been burning off Sri Lanka’s coast since May 20, to sink. Sri Lankan officials are investigating what started the fire and looking at criminal and civil consequences.

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. In Sri Lanka, there are 4,000 elephants, which represents 10 percent of the global Asian elephant population worlwide, and some of these elephants are killed because they cause problems with agriculture. By making elephants valuable towards the economy of Sri Lanka, they will be protected rather than hunted.

Prefab eco-pods offer luxury lodging in any environment


The Looper tented suites incorporate recyclable materials and renewable energy to bring customizable accommodation to isolated and environmentally sensitive wilderness areas — such as rugged yet beautiful Yala National Park in southeast Sri Lanka.

Marie Colvin R.I.P.

Green (Living) Review

Every time any of us, newspaper journalist or Blogger, in order to report the truth, goes into dangerous places and places him- or herself into harms way, we know we are placing our lives in danger, and Marie knew that only too well, but she believed that she had to keep going, despite having been nearly killed before in Sri Lanka.

10 Oldest Trees in the World


8 Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree of Sri Lanka. The cutting was brought from India to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC by the daughter of Emperor Asoka, a Buddhist nun and was planted by the reigning king in 288 BC.

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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. 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.

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. Japan, because of its unique position over the intersection of four tectonic plates, has experienced many tsunamis— tsunami is in fact a Japanese word, meaning “harbour wave.”.

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. Employers in Gulf countries often come under fire for making their employees work during hot summer days , when temperatures regularly hit the 40°C or 100°F mark, so the Dubai municipality came up with a curious solution. At the start of Ramadan in early July , the municipality began handing out orange caps that match the reflective uniforms that outdoor workers wear.

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. Thousands of fish and other creatures of the sea rely on coral reefs for living, eating, hiding and overall daily life. Global warming unfortunately can and potentially will have major impacts on all of the world’s coral reefs.

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? This question might be asked by many; especially in light of its largest city, Tel Aviv (see photo), becoming so polluted that a tiny electric vehicle rental program is being tried out in an effort to reduce air pollution. Ground water in Tel Aviv and other parts of the country is polluted as well.

Tips for auditing an ethical supply chain


The company’s business model centers around diligently overseeing its supply chain and sourcing exclusively from world leaders in ethical mining, such as Sri Lanka. For instance, we realized we could do more to source gemstones from smaller independent dealers and miners directly in Sri Lanka.

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.

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]. Now, with only 15 percent of their habitual territory available, they can be found only in isolated herds in India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia [4]. There is no more iconic symbol of wildlife.

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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. New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is hosting an exhibition on refugee shelters to kickstart dialogue on the design challenges caused by humanitarian crises. Entitled “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter”, the show looks at emergency housing in contemporary crisis zones.

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Garbage From All Around The World Set to Clog Our Oceans

Living Green Technology

China tops the list with 11 other Asian countries (including Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh). Our oceans are rapidly filling up with plastic trash and will soon be clogged with it too. According to a report by the journal Science, in 2010 itself, a staggering eight million tons of plastic trash went into oceans from the 192 coastal countries of the world.

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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. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Edinburgh Napier student produces range of tableware made from her own patent pending egg shell material It’s the food stuff that is traditionally enjoyed scrambled, poached, boiled or fried. The egg that is, not the shell.

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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. Terrorists probably come to mind long before honey when people think of Yemen , but the raw Yemeni honey Balqees had for sale at the recent Masdar Festival was far and away the yummiest honey I ever put in my mouth. Hit the jump to learn more about 8 varieties of Balqees company sells and what makes them so special. Yemeni Sidr Do’ani.

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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. The study points out that sea level rise may not be uniform across the world as climate change itself impacts how the wind circulates air above the surface of the ocean. Some coastal areas are bound to experience rise while some may see fall in sea levels.

Biodiversity Hotspots and Their Importance


Saving biodiversity hotpots, those places on Earth with an abundance of life, are at the forefront of conservation efforts today. We now understand that Earth’s ability to provide the clean air and water and moderate temperatures humans need to survive is dependent upon its entire web of life working in harmony which is the reason why the importance of biodiversity hotspots grows with every new claim of the natural environment. Each species plays an important role within the larger web of life.

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. The Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 was the most memorable, killing over 150,000 people and making homeless thousands more. Its waves were reportedly over 9 metres high and the earthquake that generated it registered as a massive 9.0 on the Richter scale.

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 ). I was thinking about the amount of time that I spend in my bed, and how little I knew about how it was made or how if might be affecting my body. When I looked into it a little this week, I was horrified at the result!

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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. Leave it to the Swedes to put together an exhibit concerning eco fashion that’s both beautiful and seriously thought-provoking.

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. Noticing a pretty toxic smell though, I looked it up and realized that conventional memory foam is just packed with chemicals—and made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource.

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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. The spicy fruit was supposed to deflect inspections. Perhaps they thought the dirty laundry would do the same. Another rare item sat nestled in a new box of Uncle Ben’s Rice.

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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? Looking for day trips to explore modern Middle East architecture, I stumbled across Jordan’s The Aqaba House (TAH). This ambitious little house was the first modern home fully based on green building principles specific to its Aqaba location.

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/ Peter Kareiva is chief scientist of The Nature Conservancy. David Banks is director of the Conservancy’s Africa program.

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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Global Eye

The Green Changemakers

Green Cities, Cities and Climate Change, Inclusive Cities

The Green Changemakers

Green Cities by Asian Development Bank Green Cities Date: November 2012 Type: Books Subject: Environment ; Urban development Series: Urban Development Series ISBN: 978-92-9092-896-6 (print), 978-92-9092-897-3 (web) Facebook Twitter More [link] Description Asia's cities have been the drivers of the economy and have lifted millions out of poverty.

20 must-read books about food systems


The book highlights agrobiodiversity initiatives in Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey, featuring research from the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project (BFN) of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. 20 must-read books about food systems Danielle Nierenberg Fri, 07/10/2020 – 00:50 With record high unemployment , a reeling global economy and concerns of food shortages , the world as we know it is changing.

Sustainable, sharing communities explored in Karen Litfin’s book ‘Ecovillages’

The Green Changemakers

Even including the 15,000 Sri Lankan member villages in Sarvodaya —by far the largest member of the Global Ecovillage Network—less than 0.05% of the world’s population lives in an ecovillage. When people ask how many ecovillages there are in the world, I tell them it depends upon whether you count the 15,000 Sri Lankan villages working with Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka’s largest nongovernmental organization.”

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Heroines for the Planet: Blue Marble Owners Bring Ice Cream to Rwanda

Eco Chic

We have plans to go where we’re needed — that could be Cameroon, the Bronx, Sri Lanka, wherever! Two women from very different backgrounds are on a mission: to better the world with their ice cream. Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen were busily running their successful Blue Marble Ice Cream shops in Brooklyn when a Rwandan women named Kiki entered and changed their lives.

Sustainable Happiness

The Green Changemakers

STORIES REVISITED :: Sri Lanka’s Gandhian Revolution QUOTE PAGE : Pillow fight! WEB EXCLUSIVE: Van Jones interview :: ALSO: The Green Collar Economy review EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: A New American Dream by Sarah van Gelder New Visions Solving today’s big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way. Be Happy Anyway If money equals happiness, a financial crisis means we’re all gloomy, right?

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

St Kitts & Nevis (21.8), Nigeria (21.8), Fiji (21.8), Guinea (22.5), Mauritius (22.5), Cuba (23.3), Togo (23.3), Vanuatu (24.0), Philippines (24.0), Malawi (24.0), Mali (24.9), Chad (24.9), Sri Lanka (25.8), Uganda (26.7), Dominica (26.7), St Lucia (26.7), Egypt (27.7), Niue (27.7), Ghana (27.7), Moldova (28.8), Grenada (28.8), El Salvador (30.0), Guinea-Bissau (30.0), Tanzania (30.0), Djibouti (30.0).

UNESCO World Conference on ESD documents

The Green Changemakers

[link] Workshop 1: Education for water sustainability Workshop 2: Strengthening the educational response to climate change internationally?

SUSTAINABLE FUTURES: Replacing Growth Imperative and Hierarchies with Sustainable Ways

The Green Changemakers

The combined outcome brings out Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica and Sri Lanka as top candidates for nations with sustainable cultures. In May 2008 Coalition for Environment and Development launched a nine-month research project under the title CULTURES OF SUSTAINABILITY - SUSTAINABILITY OF CULTURES: Africa-Asia-Europe Dialogue on the Future of Low Ecological Footprint Communities.

Economic Crisis as a Catalyst for Spiritual and Community Renewal

The Green Changemakers

Ariyaratne of Sri Lanka (leader of the world's largest grass-roots organization) once told me about 15 years ago. by Richard Flyer - November 03, 2008 People take notice when “officialdom” makes pronouncements like this one from Bank of England Deputy Governor Charles Bean regarding the economic situation “This is a once in a lifetime crisis, and possibly the largest financial crisis of its kind in human history."

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