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Artificial rain: Climatologist urges Govt. to conduct a trial first

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A senior climatologist in the committee that studied a proposal to produce artificial rain for hydropower generation has urged the Government to conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis and environmental impact study before taking the project beyond its trial stage.

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) this week signed an agreement to facilitate the rainmaking initiative with technical expertise from the Thai Government. The project is expected to benefit Sri Lanka in periods of drought to avoid buying expensive power from independent power producers, Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake was quoted as saying.

But Ranjith Punyawardena, Principal Climatologist of the Department of Agriculture, expressed caution, saying the Government must not go beyond a pilot project before analysing whether the high cost initiative would have the required result of producing sufficient rainfall for hydropower generation. Continue reading Artificial rain: Climatologist urges Govt. to conduct a trial first

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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