Category Archives: Power & Energy

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 #107: Climate Reporting from ‘Ground Zero’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today ay newspaper on 16 May 2014 Can journalists save the planet? I posed this question in a column nearly two years ago, in June 2012. During the early years … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #80: When politicians turn to science for evidence…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 25 August 2013 “For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert!” With those tongue-in-cheek words, Sir Arthur C Clarke opened a June 1998 … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #64: Good Governance for Clean Energy

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 28 April 2013 One of my favourite cartoons on energy is one drawn years ago by Australian cartoonist Ron Tandberg. It shows two men standing on … 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 #60: Code Red for our Blue Planet?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 31 March 2013 Now it can be revealed. A highly advanced but devious alien race has been sapping the island of Sri Lanka of its freshwater, … 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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