Janaka Wijetunga: Tsunami study stresses preparedness
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Janaka Wijetunga: Tsunami study stresses preparedness

[COLOMBO] New computer modelling studies of possible earthquakes in the Indian Ocean, and the tsunamis they could trigger, suggest that the December 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Sri Lanka’s coastline was about the worst the country could face. Scientists from the University of Peradeniya modelled worst-case scenarios of earthquakes in each of the quake-prone zones in … Continue reading

Kamruddin Ahmed, Omala Wimalaratne: Older Sri Lankans neglecting rabies treatment
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Kamruddin Ahmed, Omala Wimalaratne: Older Sri Lankans neglecting rabies treatment

[COLOMBO] Sri Lankans, aged 60 and over, are more likely to die of rabies than their younger compatriots, says a new study. The findings, published last month (31 May) in Infection, Genetics and Evolution, indicate that school awareness programmes and proactive surveillance have helped younger people receive timely treatment for theinfectious disease. Older victims tended to … Continue reading

Balram Dhakal, K. P. Ariyadasa, Muthusamy Murugan:  Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say
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Balram Dhakal, K. P. Ariyadasa, Muthusamy Murugan: Cardamom crops affect forests, studies say

COLOMBO] Cultivation of cardamom, a high value spice crop, can take a toll on evergreen forests in tropical countries, independent studies in Sri Lanka and India have shown. Apart from disturbing biodiversity, cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), plantations affect water and soil quality in tropical forests, the studies said. Researchers from Sri Lanka and the United  Kingdom studying abandoned cardamom … Continue reading

Badra Kamaladasa, D.A Jayasinghearachchi: Water problems mount for South Asian farmers
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Badra Kamaladasa, D.A Jayasinghearachchi: Water problems mount for South Asian farmers

[ISLAMABAD/COLOMBO] The lack of rains in large, monsoon-dependent, agricultural areas of South Asia has compounded concerns expressed in a recent report about an impending global water crisis and its detrimental impact on agriculture. Poor monsoon rains have diminished the water available for agriculture and groundwater reservoir replenishment in South Asia, as well as making it difficult for farmers to know when … Continue reading

Eskil Mattsson, Anura Sathurusinghe: Sri Lanka lacks forest data for REDD+ funds
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Eskil Mattsson, Anura Sathurusinghe: Sri Lanka lacks forest data for REDD+ funds

[COLOMBO] Lack of reliable data on forest resources could prevent Sri Lanka from immediately accessing UN funds pledged to help the island nation reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, a new study said. Sri Lanka was last month (25 March) promised initial funding worth US$ 4 million from the UN-managed, multi-partner trust fund to reduce … Continue reading