Disasters – from deadly floods to worsening droughts – are happening more frequently in Sri Lanka. But efforts to begin treating the crises as a new "normal," which require system changes rather than one-time responses, are struggling.
What's mud got to do with sustainable housing? A new Sri-Lankan research shows cheap mud has a huge role to play in providing adequate and climate-resilient living conditions for vulnerable communities.
As the country's southwestern region comes to grips with the devastating aftermath of recent floods, hope for a more sustainable future rises from the northern regions where a new solar and wind energy farm will soon be built.
Britta Denise Hardesty
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Researchers from CSIRO identify ways to tackle the mounting problem of plastic pollution - solutions are urgently needed, given that 8 million tonnes of plastic enter oceans each year.