After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can often seem that lately there are more and more things to worry about.
Finding crocodiles along the coast is not a new thing — but no one wants a saltwater crocodile as their swimming buddy.
Have you ever seen a flock of 2,0000 flamingos in one place? If you visit Mannar any time between now and April, there’s a good chance that you might.
Sea cucumbers are soft-bodied, slow-moving creatures very much like starfish or sea urchins. Although not part of the local cuisine, Sri Lanka exports them to other Asian countries. Sea cucumbers are considered one of the most over-exploited marine resources in most countries. In an unregulated environment, can the Sri Lankan industry survive in the future?
Sri Lanka’s reliance on fossil fuels to generate energy, while seen as cheap and effective, is actually costing us more than we think. Here’s why we need to better harness renewable energy in order to mitigate the negative effects of using fossil fuels and move towards a cleaner, greener future.
From early August through April, more than 200 migratory bird species visit #SriLanka to escape the winters of the northern hemisphere. This time around we have a new visitor: the Asian house martin, who was spotted for the first time in Sinharaja last December.
It’s no surprise that the consequences of climate change today have disrupted ecosystems across every continent, leading to the rising concern of a latent agricultural crisis in the very near future.
When you think about the Sri Lankan highlands, wildlife is not often the first thought that springs to mind. But while this area is most famous for its tea plantations, it is also home to a diverse array of wildlife and a range of important ecosystems.
Last month, a distressing image of shark carcasses on a fisher’s boat said to be in the vicinity of the Pigeon Island Marine National Park, was widely circulated on social media. Public outrage prompted a response from State Minister of Fisheries, Kanchana Wijesekera, who tweeted that officials from the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources would be investigating allegations of illegal shark fishing in Trincomalee. While results of that investigation have not yet been made public, the shark killing left a trail of questions regarding the protection of shark species in Sri Lanka.
More than 12 years since the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka continues to unpack and heal from the trauma of the conflict — and the birds in former war zones are not exempt from this, according to one study.
The disastrous nurdle spill resulting from the May 2021 fire onboard the MV X-PRESS Pearl oﬀ the coast of Sri Lanka led to extensive discussions about environment protection — particularly concerning marine and coastal conservation. Unfortunately, the focus has largely been on the specific event and less on the bigger picture — the combined impact of the worsening climate crisis and ineffective resource management on Sri Lanka’s coastline.
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