Category Archives: Green Economy

When Worlds Collide #120: Asia’s smallest state Maldives faces big climate threats

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 5  September 2014 Small island nations are in focus this week, as well as throughout this year. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #119: Long way to lowering Lanka’s Deadly Diesel Hazard

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 29 August 2014 Progress is slow and incremental. Those who take all-or-nothing positions often end up with…nothing. So let’s hail Sri Lanka’s leading petroleum distributor introducing a … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #117: Once and Future Organics in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 15 August 2014 It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong, cautioned the French writer and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), better known … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #100: Seeds of Discord over Lanka’s new Seeds Act

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 14 March 2014 Is the Department of Agriculture (DoA) the biggest impediment to our pursuing sustainable agriculture in Sri Lanka? I once posed this question to the … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #97: Living on the Edge – South Asia’s Coastal Scramble

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 14 February 2014 Many different worlds collide on the coast – both literally and metaphorically. Coasts are where land meets the sea. A precise coastline cannot be … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #92: When Mafia Goes ‘Green’, Nobody is Safe!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 24 November  2013 Twenty years ago, Italian police and Customs officials going after narcotics were considered ‘heroic’ while those investigating any environmental crimes were seen as ‘boy … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #91: Gamani Corea – Champion of the Global South

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 12 November  2013 Robert S McNamara, who was US Secretary of Defence under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, then served as President of the World Bank from 1968 … 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 #82: Anita Roddick: Mixing activism, business and compassion

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 8 September 2013 “Remember me!” With those words — and with a mischievous smile — entrepreneur and activist Anita Roddick (1942 – 2007) once autographed a book … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #79: SALT can Save Lanka’s Upcountry Land and Soil

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 18 August 2013 “If this flight is a waste of my time, you’re going to pay for it,” Julian Manning, managing director of Ceylon Tobacco … Continue reading

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