Use of six plastic based products to be banned from tomorrow

Steps would be taken to ban the production of six types of plastic and polythene based products for local use with effect from tomorrow (31), the Ministry of Environment said. Accordingly, disposable polythene and plastic, PET bottles (PolyEthylene Terephthalate), lunch sheets less than 20 microns, sachets (non-food and non-pharmaceutical), and inflatable toys will come under […]

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Tusker ’Revatha’ dies of electrocution

One of the majestic tuskers ‘Rewatha,’ which was named by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa, was found dead today in a forest reserve in Kekirawa area, the Wildlife Department senior official said. Speaking to the Daily Mirror she said the tusker was found dead after having got caught in a live electric line. […]

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Ukraine, Agricultural Plant Waste: Minister instructs to lodge complaint with Basel Convention.

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe to lodge a complaint with the Basel Convention Office regarding 28 containers containing agro-waste imported by an Ukrainian company under the pretext of importing coriander into the country. The Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, […]

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Global warming: Students’ climate strike spreads worldwide

Thousands of school pupils worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and France are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike. The day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries. They are inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who protests weekly outside […]

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India has the world’s worst air pollution: report

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China are home to the 50 cities worldwide with the dirtiest air, new study shows. Seven of the world’s 10 worst polluted cities are in India, a new study has revealed, with wider South Asia home to scores more blighted by dirty air. Gurugram, a city about 30km southwest of India’s capital New Delhi, […]

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