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“SL integrating to renewable energy to minimise oil and coal – Prez”

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Date – 14 March 2019

Sri Lanka is rapidly moving to integrate renewable energy such as solar, wind, wave and biogas to our energy mix to minimise oil and coal use, President Maithripala Sirisena said. 

Speaking today at the 4th Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4) in Nairobi, Kenya, the President said Sri Lanka has taken several ground-level smart initiatives for policy formulation and implementation toward greening under the government’s “Blue-Green” approach covering both land and ocean. 

The National Policy on Urban Air Quality Management ensures clean air for a healthy nation or the ‘Clean Air 2025 Action Plan.’ Oil-based transport and power sectors have been identified as the main source of emissions, therefore, importation of vehicles was restricted to EURO IV standards, the President said.  Continue reading “SL integrating to renewable energy to minimise oil and coal – Prez”


COP21: Sri Lanka’s $675 million plan to harness floods

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By Amantha Perera 

Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN
Ranbanda Wijesinghe stands in his field in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, during floods in 2011

POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, 7 December 2015 (IRIN) – As delegates in Paris search for new ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, an innovative scheme that does exactly that is in the works in Sri Lanka. Struck by a worsening cycle of floods and droughts, the Indian Ocean nation has begun planning for a $675 million project to capture heavy rainfall that can be used for irrigation in dry periods, as well as generating electricity.
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Climate change has come to stay, Earth getting warmer

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By Aanya Wipulasena and Anushiya Sathisraja

Reservoirs, urban drainage systems not designed to absorb water in such massive quantities


Last week, it rained so hard in Mannar that the rain gauge notched 350mm (12 inches) within a day. The waterways overflowed. It was a downpour of tremendous proportions. But, beset like the rest of the world by climate change problems, it was hardly unusual for Sri Lanka.

There is no sugarcoating it. Sri Lanka faces issuesdrought_image.jpg due to global warming. The most notable one is a change in rainfall patterns. There were more floods and more droughts. And each episode was more severe than the one before it.

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Sri Lanka ready for El Niño

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A23076882E19548690A86D38C9D628EAAmantha Perera


Speed read

  • As the El Niño hits South Asia, Sri Lanka announces readiness to face the phenomenon
  • Officials bank on assessments that predict extra rainfall in Sri Lanka over the last quarter of 2015
  • Wildly erratic weather over the last five years has kept Sri Lankan authorities on their toes

[COLOMBO]  Sri Lankan officials say the country is prepared to face the El Niño weather phenomenon in the last quarter of 2015 and take precautions based on the experience of the recent past.
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