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Post Doctoral Fellow – Agricultural and Climate Change Management

IWMI seeks a highly competent and motivated individual for the position of Post Doctoral Fellow in Agricultural and Climate Change Management who has experience and/or interest in tropical agricultural production systems


100 LED lamps for Sri Lankan fishermen; OSRAM and Infineon introduce..

Economic Rescue

24 Jun, 2010 19:18:36

Moves to tap earth’s heat for electricity

June 22nd

South Asia Climate Change Forum. Developing proactive policy and practice for land and water management responsive to climate change

June 27th

The forum will take place at the Melbourne Museum, 5 – 9 July, 2010.

The Monash Sustainability Institute, in conjunction with the Monash Asia Institute, is holding a one week Climate Change forum focussing on South Asia (particularly India and Bangladesh).

Asia, Europe share low carbon challenge

June 28, 2010

It’s no secret: international efforts to curb global warming continue to divide Asia and Europe

How does global warming create severe droughts and heat waves?

Jun 27th, 2010

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Due to Melting Arctic, Colder Winters Will Be Rule Rather Than Exception

June 28,

Heavy Climate

June 28, 2010

Indonesian leader touts ‘global safety net’, climate fund

India to Raise $535 Million From Carbon Tax on Coal

July 1 (Bloomberg) — India expects to raise $535 million from a levy on coal producers starting today, the first step by Asia’s third-largest energy consumer to charge companies for fossil fuel pollution.

Global Media Forum cites risks of environmental reporting

July 1st

environmental journalists in Guinea and Bulgaria have been threatened; journalist Joey Estriber was abducted by unidentified men in the Philippines, never to be seen again.

Mitsubishi Corporation Invests in Solar PV Power Generation Project in Thailand

Asia’s alarming cities

CSU to study impact of climate change on livestock in developing world

Southeast Asia – Indonesia’s Last Glacier May Provide Climate Clues

Journal of Water and Climate Change

Asia: Himalayas, within 20 years over a billion victims of climate change

National seminar on Climate Change held at Jakhama, Nagaland

My year long journey with The Climate Project (TCP) – the year worth living

Britain Curbing Airport Growth to Aid Climate

July 1, 2010

In a bold if lonely environmental stand, Britain’s coalition government has set out to curb the growth of what has been called “binge flying” by refusing to build new runways around London to accommodate more planes.

DEP Hosts Technology Review Event for Innovative Shoreline Cleanup

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist and continuing its commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today hosted an innovative technology review event

Environmental Police Close in on Asia’s Tiger Traffickers

July 2, 2010 (ENS) – Just 30 wild tigers survive in Vietnam and poachers are going after those, but the country’s newly established Environmental Police were able to put a stop to some of the illegal trafficking last week.

Climate News 6/26

Over 5,000 turtles destroyed annually in Sri Lanka

June 18th

With 5,000 turtles being killed annually, turtles in Sri Lanka are threatened with extinction due to callous human activities in the coastal belt, a local English newspaper reported on Friday.

Ecological approach to control dengue – Experts at dengue confab

June 22nd

The fatality rate of dengue and chikungunya in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia was increasing while it was declining in other countries.

Lanka serious about saving environment in the development process

Celebrating World Environment Day

June 21st

The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), an implementing partner of IUCN Sri Lanka of the Sri Lanka component of the Global Project

Project Details

Promoting Sustainable Biomass Energy Production and Modern Bio-Energy Technologies

May 6th 2010

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan fishermen to work together to overcome economic crisis

June 26th

Small-scale fishing can solve the issues “of food security, energy crisis and global warming”. Small-scale fishermen and small boats are not the problem but are “part of the solution,” said Gettha Lakmini, secretary of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) as he welcomed 200 participants from 14 districts to NAFSO’s National Convention held last Tuesday in Colombo.

Vehicles have to be blamed for Air Pollution- Ministry of Environment

June 17th


Climate Change, Cats Drive Growing Insurance Needs In China

Thirsty Pakistan gasps for water solutions

EU pledges millions for climate change adaptation in Bangladesh

June 19th

RP needs $100 billion for climate change adaptation

June 24th

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines needs to spend around $10 billion annually over the next decade for climate change adaptation, the country’s Climate Change Commission said yesterday.

Women Deliver in the Climate Change Debate

June 21st

“Energy and Global Warming News for June 22: Solar energy offers a vast supply of power, carbon nanotubes could be secret to greater EV range”

Climate change will have ‘mixed’ effect on Asian rivers

June 22nd

Two of Asia’s ‘water towers’, the Brahmaputra and Indus river basins, are likely to be severely affected by climate change while others will be less affected and could even benefit, research on Asia’s rivers shows.

Climate change threatens food supply

June 23rd Beijing—Climate change and extreme weather events pose a grave challenge to the country’s food supply, agricultural researchers have warned.

Climate change will imperil food supply in Asia

June 18th

Climate change will drastically reduce the flow of snow and ice meltwater in the Himalayas, threatening the food security of more than 60 million Asians, warn ecological researchers.

Food Security Threatened for 60 Million in Indus Valley by Climate Change Say Utrecht Researchers

June 21st

India’s ‘climate change chair’ at US design fest

June 20th


Environment worries to lift e-car sales

June 19th

What Are The Benefits That The Environment Get From Science And Technology?

Extreme heat wave in Africa and Asia continues to set all-time high temperature records

Jun 26th

A withering heat wave of unprecedented intensity and areal covered continues to smash all-time high temperatures Asia and Africa.

Scientists probe climate memories in vanishing glacier

Jun 19th

Scientists have begun drilling ice cores at a shrinking tropical glacier in Indonesia to collect data on climate change, and hope their findings could lead to better predictions about crucial monsoon rains.

UN climate panel names new authors after criticism

June 24th

Stanford’s Woods Institute awards new round of Environmental Venture Projects

June 22nd

Global Warming: A Sea Change

A must read article on Warming and Sea Level Rise

An illustrated guide to the latest climate science

Climate News 6/18

And the planet got warmer, too

June 15, 2010 |  1:03 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, already busy with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, took time out Tuesday to announce that the combined average land and ocean surface temperature on Earth was the hottest on record for May, the hottest on record for a March-May period, and for that matter, the hottest for a January-May period.

Leela Padmini Batuwitage, head of the Sri Lankan delegation, together with W Sumathipala, discusses the responsibilities of the Annex I  parties and the revival of the Kyoto Protocol.


Sri Lanka’s forest cover has dropped to 14% – Touchwood Consultant

Forests cover in Lanka started to decline with the introduction of typical commercial crops and clearing of forests for agricultural and residential purposes further contributed in reducing the natural   forest cover, said Touchwood Investments PLC Agro Forestry Consultant Dammika G. Mahipala.

ACCA urges Sri Lankan businesses to think green.

Sri Lanka can learn from the Maldives: Sunday Times

June 13th, 2010

ancy sharply pruning down the cost of the president’s office or any government ministry or department for that matter? Maybe we can learn some lessons from the Maldives, a tiny island state which is having a major voice in the global climate change debate, writes the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.

Saved by their Dung: Elephant Turf Mats reduce waste in Sri Lanka, save the environment in Japan

Michi Corp., creator of ‘Elephant Paper’, has now developed a new product called ‘Elephant Turf Mat’. Made from recycled coconut husks and elephant dung, the mats not only provide an excellent bed for growing grass, but help protect elephants, and the environment.

Climate change a growing humanitarian challenge: UN

Preventing marine pollution our task: MEPA head

Around 350 vessels passing seas off south Sri Lanka daily pose potential danger

Whale poop fights climate change: study

AFP – Thursday, June 17

Climate change may crumble Asian water towers

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What will we eat when climate change strikes?

JOHANNESBURG, 9 June 2010 (IRIN) – Diversify food sources; go local, suggests renowned agriculturalist and development expert Hans Herren in the latest news publication by the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN).

New center to study climate change and national security

Melting mountains put millions at risk in Asia: study

Increased melting of glaciers and snow in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau threatens the food security of millions of people in Asia, a study shows, with Pakistan likely to be among the nations hardest hit.

New technology could turn ground heat into cheap alternative to fossil fuels


June 12th, 2010

Kandy celebrates World Environment Day

The British Council Kandy teamed up with Vimukthi Weeratunga, the IUCN Biodiversity Co-ordinator for Sri Lanka, to hold an educational and interactive World Environment Day event for over 180 secondary school students and teachers.

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Organic Waste Composting and Climate Change

“Climate Sustainability in a Green Economy”

The first UN Rio+20 Summit PLATFORM Consultation in Colombo resolved that the proposed framework for a green agenda should clearly reflect the aspirations of the people in Asia, who represent half of the worlds poor, to eradicate poverty as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

A convenient truth

June 11, 2010

Melting mountains put millions at risk in Asia: study

Jun 10, 2010

Increased melting of glaciers and snow in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau threatens the food security of millions of people in Asia, a study shows, with Pakistan likely to be among the nations hardest hit.

Global mystery: Why are snakes dying off?

Climate change is a possible explanation for the snake’s ‘drastic decline’ in Europe and Africa. Snakes now join a list of declining animal populations that includes fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

East Asia Promotes Energy Efficiency to Combat Climate Change

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Millennium of Monsoon Failures, Droughts and Famines

Ananda Gunatilaka

ECO Singapore Delegation to UNCSD

An ECO (Sg) initiative supported by the National Youth Council

Report of the 1st Rio+20 Summit PLATFORM Consultation held in Colombo on the 9th June 2010

Climate News 6/11


Sri Lanka’s coasts in danger, scientists warn

University of Sri Jayawardenapura Senior Lecturer in Zoology Dr. Kamal Ranatunga who specializes in aquatic biology says already coral reefs in the north west and east coast are badly affected due to climatic changes.

Killer Jellyfish arrives in Sri Lanka

June 11th

Sri Lanka should go for sustainable development without harming the environment: Basil Rajapaksa

06 June 2010

Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa has urged that development should be undertaken without harming the environment. The government has embarked upon several large scale development projects with financial assistance from countries such as China, Iran, Japan and other donor agencies throughout the country.

Climate Change Sector in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Singapore

Year 2010: an end goal for Biodiversity Conservation

Virtusa Environment Day 2010


Call for Applications: Carbon Governance in Asia – Bridging Scales and Disciplines

Regional Consultation for the sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED-6)

Low Carbon Futures


Asia rice price fall seen with bumper supply

East Asia promotes green technology

The 2010 World Economic Forum on East Asia on June 7 continued discussing how Asia can promote green technology. The issue drew the participation of representatives from the Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the leaders of big businesses, such as Metro, Dupont and GE.

Maldives to pardon Filipino fraudsters in exchange for Climate Summit support

UN warns climate change could trigger ‘mega-disasters’


Countries agree to spend big to save world’s forests

Oslo conference attended by 52 nations produces first concrete sign of global action on climate change since Copenhagen

Climate crusader gets warm welcome

Countries that try to save environment will save, not lose, money, Gore says in Philippines

General Articles

100 Top Environment Sites

GCC Asia Press Release

Forests and climate change after Copenhagen: An Asia-Pacific perspective

Environmentally-friendly Technologies

Crop Insurance: Protecting Farmers Against the Effects of Climate Change

Climate News From Sri Lanka

Ambatale in danger

Posted on 01 June 2010. Tags: centigrades, climate change, energy forum, extreme situations, grave situation, greenhouse gas emissions, media awareness, rainfalls, samarasinghe, temperature rise

Illegal sand mining has caused sea water to enter into the Ambatale tank which supplies 80 percent of the water supply of Colombo, Ambatale Water Purification Centre Assistant General Manager K.P.R.S. Samarasinghe said adding that unless prompt precautions are taken by the authorities a grave situation may ensue.

Mystery shrouds destruction of bird sanctuary

The North East coast lost a valuable portion of another tourist attraction yesterday, a large section of the Kokilai Bird Sanctuary. Nearly 1,000 acres were bull dozed destroying between 2,000 and 3,000 Weaver bird nests forever.

An environment friendly portable Biogas Plant from SL

Sri Lanka: Dengue eradication campaign launched

June 4, 2010

Climate change hurts agriculture

How Human Resources Can Save the Environment

ACCA urges Sri Lankan businesses to think green


As the 39th UN World Environment Day is commemorated on June 5, 2010, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) urges the Sri Lankan business community to consider its environmental impact.

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A Public Lecture on Solid Waste Management by Prof. Ben Basnayake, was organized by the Amercian Centre June 1 at 4.45 p.m

A Public Lecture on Wild Elephants is to be held at American Center- June 10 at 4.30 p.m.


Deadline for proposal: 1 July 2010

International News

NASA: The 12-month running mean global temperature has reached a new record in 2010 — despite recent minimum of solar irradiance

“We conclude that global temperature continued to rise rapidly in the past decade” and “there has been no reduction in the global warming trend of 0.15-0.20°C/decade that began in the late 1970s.”

June 3, 2010

Hundreds Killed in India from Heat Waves, New Hottest Temperature Record in Asia

Second East Asia Climate Forum

The Second East Asia Climate Forum will be convened on 16 June 2010 at the Shilla Hotel, Seoul, Republic of Korea, aiming to provide a forum for dialogue on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and turning the challenges of climate change into sustainable economic opportunities

Int’l environment experts laud RP’s reforestation program

June 3, 2010

Over 200 environment officials and experts from Asia and Europe have cited the reforestation program of the Philippines, tagging it as one of the “low carbon pioneers” in the world in efforts to confront the challenges of climate change.

EU pledges 8.5m euros for Bangladesh to fight climate change

June 2, 2010

New Nation: The two-day Asia Regional Conference of Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) ended here on Monday adopting a joint declaration to help least developed countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS) in Asia to cope with the climate change. Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Maldives signed the joint declaration at a city hotel.

CSU receives $15 million grant to study climate change

Jun 4, 2010

Fort Collins, Colo. — Colorado State University has received a $15 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development to study the impact of climate change on global livestock systems, particularly those in developing countries.

Asia most at risk from natural disasters

NAIROBI, 31 May 2010

(IRIN) – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a new ranking of countries at “extreme risk” of experiencing natural disasters compiled by a global risk assessment company.The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI), released on 27 May by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries according to the human impact of natural disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per million of population, plus the frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, storms, flooding, droughts, landslides, extreme temperatures and epidemics. Asia accounts for most of the disaster-related deaths since 1980.

Oxfam warns of climate debt with WB climate aid


MANILA, Philippines—Oxfam International has warned that the $100 billion a year pledged by rich nations to help fight climate change could fail the poorest people if recent moves to deliver climate cash as loans continue.

EU climate target analysis bears scars of industry lobbying

30 May 2010

by Bryony Worthington The coal-fuelled Fiddlers Ferry power station in Warrington. ‘The power sector has been given substantially fewer emission trading permits than it needs.

LankaWeb – Mystery shrouds destruction o Kokilaif bird sanctuary
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Minister of the Environment. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Honourable Minister,. Destruction of Kokilai Bird Sanctuary. I refer to the news item carried in the Island Newspaper on May 4, 2010 relating to the bulldozing of nearly 1000 acres and –

‘Many species, one planet, one future’

Hot on the heels of the International Day for Biodiversity (on May 22) comes another related event; World Environment Day (WED) on June 5. This is another global event organised by the United Nations under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to increase awareness about the environment and enhance political attention and public action on environmental issues.

Regional Workshop on Strategic Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation in Natural Resource Management

Climate change heats up Asia

Palm Oil’s Promotion as Diesel Alternative Draws Fire

Sri Lanka to generate power from garbage

Climate change to hurt Egypt farming, tourism

Bonn Climate Change Talks – May/June 2010

Wild Weather Solutions

Insuring the world’s poor against climate change

Published: June 4, 2010


Water for Food, Livelihoods and the Environment

contains a selection of some of latest publications relating to water quality, ecosystem services, and climate change in Africa and Asia including Sri Lanka

Conservation International

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

smaller articles
Sri Lanka: Frogs Signalling Possible Earthquake?

Sri Lanka Youth Climate Action Network – National Summit 2010

U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka to mark World Environment Day

Wed, May 26, 2010

The United States Embassy in Colombo will be conducting a program for schools and a public lecture in Kandy on June 1st to observe the World Environment Day, the Embassy announced in a press release today.

International  experts cite reforestation in RP

May 29, 2010, 9:13pm

The Philippines gained international recognition from some 200 environment leaders and experts from Asia and Europe for serving as one of the pioneers of a low carbon reforestation program during the 2nd Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Development Conference held in Indonesia last week.

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IOM Launches Policy Dialogue on Climate Change and Displacement

May 28, 2010 A year after Cyclone Aila, the last major cyclone to hit southwest Bangladesh, IOM and the BRAC Development Institute (BDI) have organized the country’s first policy dialogue on Environment, Climate Change and Migration.

Bangladesh PM opens two-day Asia conference on climate change today
Dhaka, Sunday May 30 2010
The MDTF was formed in London in 2008 to help Bangladesh cope with the adverse impact of the global warming. There wa disagreement  between the Bangladeshi government and the World Bank over the management of the Fund Bangladesh Climate Change Resilient Fund (BCCRF).
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Environment and conflict of interest

Just a week back, details poured out of the corruption at Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority,

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Call for papers: Innovative Modelling and Simulation Techniques in Environmental Technology and Management
application deadline June 18, 2010

The Asia Foundation seeks a Program Officer for its Environment Theme in San Francisco. Under the supervision of the Director of the Environment Theme, the Program Officer will be responsible for providing assistance on all aspects of Environment programming.

Smaller Articles of General Interest

Saving the Island’s Remaining Coral Reefs

Raise your Awareness on Climate Change

Help To Revive The Environment By Way Of A Magnet Power Generator

Climate News 5/14

Find the Consensus Seasonal Climate Predictions for South Asia at

as well as cached with our blog here

Climate News 4/13

The Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) said that a second poor summer monsoon was unlikely. Weather observations made against a historical set of parameters modeled on a supercomputer to predict the monsoon,  signal good rainfall this year, and IMD chief Ajit Tyagi said the chances of a monsoon failure two years in a row are remote.

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