Donovan Storey, Udan Fernando: Small cities are ‘key’ to South Asia’s urban future
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Donovan Storey, Udan Fernando: Small cities are ‘key’ to South Asia’s urban future

[COLOMBO] South Asia’s medium-sized and secondary cities, rather than its megacities, will determine whether urban development succeeds or fails in the region says a UN report. The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015, released in October 2015 by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and … Continue reading

Donovan Storey, Sudarshana Fernando: Turning waste into resources in Sri Lanka
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Donovan Storey, Sudarshana Fernando: Turning waste into resources in Sri Lanka

[COLOMBO] An integrated resource recovery centre (IRRC) model, which uses composting, recycling and bio-digestion, offers an inexpensive solution to the escalating problem of waste management in Sri Lanka, say the authors of a new Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) publication. The island nation’s cities face multiple waste management challenges arising … Continue reading

Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile
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Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile

[COLOMBO] Sri Lanka has made significant progress on maternal and child health but falls short on critical health services for vulnerable women, sexual minorities, the country’s at-risk population and those who live in former conflict areas, say the authors of a country profile on sexual and reproductive health. This two-part report on Universal Access to … Continue reading

Salman Siddiqui:  The drone buzz over Sri Lanka
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Salman Siddiqui: The drone buzz over Sri Lanka

[COLOMBO] High spatial resolution images captured by drones are bettering those generated by satellites, and enabling researchers in Sri Lanka to study crop health and irrigation in greater detail. A team of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has been testing the Swiss-manufactured eBee, or Electronic Bee in the skies above the Anuradhapura district, this … Continue reading

Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing
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Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing

Simon Singh is immediately recognisable in a crowd — his dramatic haircut riffs on a Mohawk and his oval, gold-rimmed glasses glint in the light. One of Britain’s leading science communicators, Singh left Cambridge with a PhD in particle physics and followed that with a stint at CERN. He then joined the BBC as a … Continue reading

Yann Chemin: Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall
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Yann Chemin: Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall

Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data. Equipped with atomic clocks for precise time and date readings the devices log on to global positioning satellites (GPS) automatically. The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials — at US$250, they are … Continue reading