Environment




Meet the butterflies from 200 million years ago

By Helen Briggs BBC News Newly discovered fossils show that moths and butterflies have been on the planet for at least 200 million years. Scientists found fossilised butterfly scales the size of a speck of dust…


Thirteen dead amid California heavy rains and mudslides

At least 13 people are dead amid “waist-deep” mudslides in Southern California, where heavy rains triggered flooding, say officials. Some 163 people have been taken to hospital. Twenty had “storm-related injuries” and four were critically…






Coral reefs head for ‘knock-out punch’

By Jonathan Amos  –  BBC Science Correspondent Repeat bouts of warmer seawater are posing a significant challenge to the world’s tropical corals. A study of 100 reefs, published in Science Magazine, shows the interval between bleaching events…


The Ocean Is Suffocating, and It’s Our Fault

By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer Ocean “dead zones” — regions of the sea where oxygen is severely or entirely depleted and most forms of life can’t survive — are becoming more numerous, and scientists warn that…



Why Was Christmas So Cold This Year?

By Rafi Letzter, Staff Writer | It was a frigid Christmas in much of the United States. Chicago and Minneapolis both experienced their coldest December 25ths in decades. Erie, Pennsylvania weathered a stunning lake-effect storm that dumped more than 4 feet (1.2…


Weather today

Several spells of light showers will occur at Batticaloa, Hambantota and Matara districts. Showers or thundershowers may occur at few places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Uva provinces and in Nuwara-Eliya district after 2.00 p.m….





Betraying our heritage by throttling Wilpattu

Rukshan Jayewardene Speech made by Rukshan Jayewardene at the end of the “Protect Wilpattu” protest on Friday. I am speaking to you not as the honorary president of the Wild Life and Nature Protection Society…





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The ocean is a strange place after dark

By Michelle DouglassMoonlight triggers the world’s biggest orgy, strange creatures emerge from the depths, and waves glow blue. Some phenomena in the ocean can only be witnessed after dark. 1. Bioluminescence makes the sea shimmer…



‘Shame and anger’ at plastic ocean pollution

David Shukman    Science editor Scientists who advised the Blue Planet II documentary team say they feel “shame and anger” at the “plague of plastic” impacting the natural world. Even in the remote waters of Antarctica, they have found…


Mt Hope installed as ‘UK’s highest peak’

By Jonathan Amos  BBC Science Correspondent, New Orleans Britain has a new tallest mountain. Mt Hope, which is sited in the part of the Antarctic claimed by the UK, was recently re-measured and found to tower…