Category Archives: Disaster Communication

When Worlds Collide #81: Who Added Conspiracy to Our Milk?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 1 September 2013 After nearly a month of confusion and panic, the government now says it “probably overreacted” in its response to stories of contamination in milk … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #69: Public Trust in Times of Global Pandemics

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 2 June 2013 How should we respond to a rapidly spreading infectious disease like a particularly virulent form of influenza? What precautions are essential to … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #62: Don’t be a Fossil Fool: Towards a Climate-smart Sri Lanka…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 14 April 2013 Last week’s column, on Sri Lanka’s climate change adaptation needs and priorities, elicited some predictable reactions. Environmentalist friends — with whom I frequently … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #61: Climate Change – Adapt Now or Perish Later!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 7 April 2013 As Sri Lanka sizzles in April heat, some ask: is this due to global warming? Well, not exactly: high temperatures are typical for … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #58: Making Our Roads Safer – Every Life Counts!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 17 March 2013 See also: When Worlds Collide #53: Saving Lives on India’s ‘Mean Streets’ “You lay crushed Under twisted metal. I held you, stunned until … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #56: Communicating for Survival – Who will save Earth?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 3 March 2013 See also, previous columns: 23 Dec 2012: Avoiding the ‘Mother of All Tsunamis’ 24 Feb 2013: ‘Wake-up Call’ from Outer Space Imagine this … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #55: ‘Wake-up Call’ from Outer Space

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 17 February 2013 See also column on 23 Dec 2012: Avoiding the ‘Mother of All Tsunamis’ Follow up column on 3 March 2013: When Worlds Collide … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #47: Avoiding the ‘Mother of All Tsunamis’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 23 December 2012 The much-hyped End of the World didn’t happen on December 21. As I wrote in my blog that morning, Ass-trologers (my new name … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #41: Hands Off Antarctica! Protecting the Last Great Wilderness

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 11 November 2012 Seeing the bigger picture can radically change one’s outlook and attitudes. Astronauts and polar explorers witness the biggest picture possible in physical experience … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #40: End-of-the-World, Inc.

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 4 November 2012 Last Monday, I discussed the end of the world on a live TV talk show. The latest date for ‘imminent doom’ is 21 … Continue reading

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