Pollution: 300 million children breathing toxic air – UNICEF report

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NEW YORK 31 October 2016 – Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines – reveals a new UNICEF report.

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Residents in Lagos,Nigeria,navigate the polluted waters of Makoko,a fishing community mostly made up of structures on stilts above Lagos Lagoon,as smoke from a nearby house spills out over the canals

Clear the Air for Children uses satellite imagery to show for the first time how many children are exposed to outdoor pollution that exceeds global guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), and where they live across the globe.

The findings come a week ahead of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, where UNICEF is calling on world leaders to take urgent action to cut air pollution in their countries. Continue reading Pollution: 300 million children breathing toxic air – UNICEF report

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Sri Lanka committee to look in to Norochcholai environmental issues

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Sep 21, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) has appointed a 7 member committee to look at the environmental damage allegations that have been leveled against the Norochcholai power station.

“We have received several complaints about this so we appointed a committee that is qualified to look into this matter,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, director general, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) told Lanka Business Online. Continue reading Sri Lanka committee to look in to Norochcholai environmental issues

Mass bleaching of Sri Lanka coral reefs

Friday, July 1, 2016

Originally Published in ECONOMYNEXT

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Higher than normal ocean temperatures off Sri Lanka’s coast is threatening to damage the best coral reefs in the island, according to surveys done by marine scientists of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA).

“Underwater surveys shows widespread bleaching or whitening along the reefs, especially in shallow depths (of less than 10 meters) in the south and south west coast and also reported in Jaffna and Bar Reef in Kalpitiya,” a statement said.
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Flood control system to be set up in Colombo

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Originally Published in the Sunday Times

A flood and drainage management system aimed at preventing flooding in the Colombo city and its outskirts costing more than Rs. 21 billion will get off the ground early next year, a senior official said.

The design for the project which is already prepared following an extensive study on the flooding situation in the city and its outskirts includes introduction of new canal systems, underground tunnels for the flow of water and pumping stations to discharge excess water, Secretary to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Nihal Rupasinghe told the Sunday Times.

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Unpredictable weather but hi-tech radar in cold storage

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Originally Published in the Sunday Times

The Meteorology (Met) Department’s 200 million rupee Doppler radar installed in 2011 has not been used and parts of it are now being sent back to the US manufacturer for repairs. The matter has been raised by the Auditor General’s Department which points out that, even though the Met Department is constantly criticised over the inaccuracy of its weather forecasts, the Doppler radar system established at Deniyaya has not been used to gather information even as at August this year.

Met Department Director General L. Chandrapala said the Doppler radar experienced technical issues after its installation. “Some of the parts of the radar have to be repaired,” he said. “They are not simple ones, they are heavy parts and we are working now on sending them back to the manufacturer in the US.”

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Hantana families evacuated due to landslide risk

Thursday, June 02, 2016

By Tharushan Fernando

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Kapila Dahanayake, Emeritus Professor at the Department of Geology of the University of Peradeniya says that the risk of the Hantana Mountain Range experiencing a landslide is quite low.

However, authorities took measures to evacuate 46 families residing close to the Hantana Mountain Range after it was identified as an area prone to landslides. The evacuees are currently being sheltered at the Uduwela Sri Vani Tamil School in Hantana. The authorities took the measures to evacuate the residents in the area due to the appearance of cracks in the area.

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President Sirisena pledges to take strict action against environmental destruction

Thursday, June 02, 2016

By Tharushan Fernando

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President Maithripala Sirisena while addressing an event held in Polonnaruwa today, stated that if any environmental harm is reported in a certain area, strict action will be taken against the responsible government official in the area.

The event was held at the Sevamuktha Kandavura Maha Vidyalaya in Polonnaruwa this morning to declare the National Environment Week, parallel to World Environment Day which falls on the 5th of June.

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3 years and 50 million rupees later Doppler Radar System remains inactive

Thursday, June 02, 2016

By Tharushan Fernando

While 3 years have passed since the Doppler Radar System purchased at a cost of 50 million rupees to improve weather forecasts, was rendered in-operational, no steps have been taken as yet to undertake repairs. The Doppler Radar System enables meteorologists to make more accurate predictions regarding areas that will experience rainfall, the intensity and duration of rainfall.

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Met Dept’s Radar System to be sent back to manufacturer for repairs

Thursday, June 02, 2016

By Lahiru Fernando

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The Meteorology Department says that it had come into an agreement to send the Doppler radar system to America in order to repair it.

News 1st revealed on May 29, that the Doppler radar system imported to the country at a cost of Rs.50 million had been inactive for the past three years with no steps taken to repair the system.

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Experts call for action against those involved in the Doppler Radar System controversy

Thursday, June 02, 2016

By Tharushan Fernando

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Experts say that stringent measures should be taken against those who were involved in incurring massive losses to the country when installing a dysfunctional Doppler Radar System.

While a committee had launched Investigations into the in-operational status of the system in 2014, the investigation report revealed that the installation of the system had been carried out in a haphazard manner.

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