Category Archives: Disaster Communication

When Worlds Collide #93: After Haiyan: Philippines can learn from Lanka’s mistakes

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 1 December 2013 I felt a sense of Déjà vu as I spent the past week in the Philippines witnessing how the archipelago nation is struggling with … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #89: Our Long Road to Cleaner and Safer Cities…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 27 October 2013 Indian environmental activist Sunita Narain was seriously injured while cycling in New Delhi last Sunday, October 20. She was hit by a car while … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #85: Climate Change – Big picture and small pixels

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 29 September 2013 The UN climate panel (IPCC) reconfirms that accelerated climate change is happening without any doubt. In its latest assessment report, released in Stockholm this … Continue reading

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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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