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My environmental articles covering biodiversity of Sri Lanka

Dear All, Couldn't share links to my articles on 'Biodiversity Media Alliance' for quite a sometime. During the past few months, I wrote extensively on different aspects of biodiversity of Sri Lanka - ranging from mighty Blue Whales to tiny Bees.Please visit my blog www.window2nature.wordpress.com for my past articles.. Happy reporting, Regards,  Malaka Rodrigo~ Sri Lanka See More
Mar 24
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Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

Date:July 24, 2014Source:Stanford UniversitySummary:The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining…See More
Jul 25, 2014
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Pink Trumpet unfolds petals for traditional New Year

Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season becoming the messenger of Biodiversity to announce the dawn of the spring. (photos by Susantha Udagedara) This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. The cherry trees shed their leaves in winter and in spring become fully covered by white or pink blooms,…See More
Apr 17, 2014
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Garden lizard gains an elite relative from a Sri Lankan forest

The The common green garden lizard that belongs to the Agamid lizard family this week gained a new relative that brings to 19 the number of spcies in this group, 16 of them endemic to Sri Lanka. new addition is been a result of strenuous scientific analysis under difficult conditions by young researchers Thasun Amarasinghe and Sameera Suranjan Karunaratne.This lizard lives in the forests in the Knuckles Range. It had been misidentified as the Crestless Lizard – Calotes liocephalus. Studying the…See More
Apr 12, 2014
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Mar 12, 2014
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Black Leopard: Dark Secret of a Black Beauty

The tragic killing of another black leopard in Sri Lanka highlights the need for greater conservation - by Malaka Rodrigo Published on http://www.sundaytimes.lk/131006/news/dark-secrets-of-a-black-beauty-64892.html Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ refers to a black panther, Bagheera. This was really a black leopard and even though Badheera was fictitious, black leopards do exist. But are their days…See More
Oct 10, 2013
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Sep 24, 2013
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A mosquito genus new to Sri Lanka discovered

MRI researchers say since these species were known to eat the larvae of other mosquitoes, more studies being done to find out whether they could be used in the control of deadly dengue – Malaka Rodrigo Two species of mosquitoes belonging to a genus new to Sri Lanka have been discovered, scientists at the Medical Research Institute (MRI) have announced. The mosquitoes of this genus, known as Topomyia, are found in countries like India and Thailand. These species are also known to feed on the…See More
Aug 14, 2013
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Lanka among world’s top 20 shark killers

An international study has placed Sri Lanka among top 20 countries that catch sharks.Noting that these 20 countries account for 80% of the world’s annual shark catch, a report based on the study puts the survival of many shark varieties in their hands.Shark fins laid out to dry in NegomboThis report titled “The future of the Shark: A Review of Action and Inaction” was produced by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, and the Pew Environment Group. It analysed shark, ray and skate catch…See More
Aug 12, 2013
Malaka Rodrigo commented on Mike Shanahan's group CITES COP16
"For those who are interested at following the proceedings of Convention on International Trade of Endangered Wild Fauna & Fauna (CITES), this Press Kit will be helpful.. CITES%20PRESS%20KIT%20-%20CoP16%20Bangkok%202013.pdf"
Mar 4, 2013
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Mar 4, 2013
Malaka Rodrigo commented on BALLGOBIN Dehoutee Vina's blog post Tuna fishing in the Indian Ocean
"I'm an Env.Journalist from Sri Lanka that had written several articles on Tuna Fishery. Would appreciate if someone can help me to get an idea on what is mentioned in this article as I understand only English. Thanks Here are some of my…"
Mar 2, 2013
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Manta ray struggles for survival

Overfishing threatens the magnificent and prized ‘Ali Maduwa’, writes Malaka Rodrigo�A giant “maduwa”, or manta ray, was netted last week by fisherman in Welipatanwila, Ambalanthota, on the South coast. The ocean creature was pregnant and weighed 1,500 kilograms. A week earlier, another manta ray was caught by fishermen in Akkaraipattu, on the East coast. Both sea creatures have been identified as Giant Oceanic Manta Rays, the largest member of the ray family.“Maduwa”, or manta ray, that was…See More
Mar 2, 2013
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Apr 25, 2012
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Traditional Sri Lankan New Year is a celebration of Nature - is it common in traditional events of other communities..??

Today is traditional New Year for Sri Lankans. The event initiated as a Thanksgiving ceremony after harvesting of paddy and there is a little bit of Astrology too get involved. However, there are lots of elements of biodiversity involved in this National Event. * Asian Koel makes its mating song at this period, so locals consider him as harbinger of new year * A flower called Erabadu (flame of forest) too blooms on this period of time, so it becomes the symbol of new year.. There are other…See More
Apr 14, 2012
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Speeding vehicles on roads driving wildlife to their early graves

A fully grown sloth bear was killed by a speeding vehicle near the 11th kilometre post on the Panama-Pottuvil road in Sri Lanka late last month raising concerns over the prudence of having public roads across biodiversity rich National Parks, while vehicles speeding along roads in…See More
Jul 29, 2011

Profile Information

What is your name?
Malaka Rodrigo
What is your job title?
Environmental Journalist
What organisation do you work for?
SundayTimes
Website
www.window2nature.wordpress.com
What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Access and benefit sharing, Agriculture, Biodiversity targets, Biotechnology, CBD negotiations, Communicating biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Education, Endangered species, Faith and biodiversity, Forests, Invasive species, Oceans, Poverty and biodiversity, Protected areas, Taxonomy, Trade and biodiversity, Traditional knowledge, Urban biodiversity, Wetlands
What languages do you speak?
English / Sinhala
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I'm an Environmental Journalist based at Sri Lanka. Biodiversity is my main interestest area and you can read my latest articles on www.window2nature.wordpress.com.

Malaka Rodrigo's Blog

My environmental articles covering biodiversity of Sri Lanka

Dear All, 

Couldn't share links to my articles on 'Biodiversity Media Alliance' for quite a sometime. During the past few months, I wrote extensively on different aspects of biodiversity of Sri Lanka - ranging from mighty Blue Whales to tiny Bees.

Please visit my blog www.window2nature.wordpress.com for my past articles.. 

Happy reporting, 

Regards, 

Malaka Rodrigo~ 

Sri…

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Posted on March 24, 2017 at 6:00

Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

Date:
July 24, 2014
Source:
Stanford University
Summary:
The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the…
Continue

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 19:08

Pink Trumpet unfolds petals for traditional New Year

Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season becoming the messenger of Biodiversity to announce the dawn of the spring. (photos by Susantha Udagedara) 

This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. The cherry trees shed their leaves in winter and in spring…

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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:18

Garden lizard gains an elite relative from a Sri Lankan forest

Pethiyagoda’s Crestless Lizard – Calotes pethiyagodai The The common green garden lizard that belongs to the Agamid lizard family this week gained a new relative that brings to 19 the number of spcies in this group, 16 of them endemic to Sri Lanka. new addition is been a result of strenuous scientific analysis under difficult conditions by young researchers Thasun Amarasinghe and Sameera Suranjan Karunaratne.

This lizard lives in the forests in the Knuckles Range. It had been misidentified as the Crestless…

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Posted on April 12, 2014 at 7:15

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