Category Archives: Transport

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 #115: Fast-tracking Road Safety in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 18 July 2014 The Apollo 8 space mission, which lasted from 21 to 27 December 1968, was the first time that a manned spacecraft left Earth orbit, … 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 #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 #73: Stuck in Fast Forward? Slow Down!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 7 July 2013 I’m a slow reader of books. I do it deliberately hemin-hemin. Oh, I can read fast when I really have to — … 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 #63: Looking for Real Cities in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 21 April 2013 I enjoyed the mid April traditional New Year holidays for a very practical (and selfish) reason. When much of the country shuts down, … 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 #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 #38: ‘Surgeon of the Lamp’ Takes on All Accidents

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 21 October 2012 Dr Wijaya Godakumbura is what I call a serial life-saver. All medical doctors have opportunities to save lives. But only a few take … Continue reading

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