Food Waste is a Grave Concern

Food waste, as we’ve pointed it out, is reaching epidemic proportions in Malaysia. Out of the 38,000 tons of waste Malaysians leave behind every single day, some 15,000 tons is food waste. More than half of that waste, some 8,000 tons, could easily be avoided with better management of resources. Meanwhile, 3,000 tons of food that…

Worms may help us Solve the Scourge of Plastic Waste

A solution to the scourge of plastic waste around the planet may come from an unlikely source: worms. Wax worms, to be precise. Federica Bertocchini, a European scientist who is an amateur beekeeper, recently discovered that Galleria mellonella grubs, which are small parasitic creatures that feed on beeswax inside honey combs, also chow down…

Stop befouling the Cameron Highlands

It’s easy to wax lyrical about the Cameron Highlands in Pahang. They are among Malaysia’s most picturesque spots, and travel writers routinely trot out superlatives and poetic imagery to describe the mountainous area’s natural wonders. “From your first lungful of fragrant highland air, sweat and stress evaporate,” notes Lonely Planet. “In Malaysia’s largest hill-station area, the…

Pedal away for Sharks and Orangutans

You can run for sharks. And now you can ride for sharks too. On bicycles, that is. This year’s Ride for the Wild 2017 in Kuching will take place at Swinburne University of Technology’s Sarawak campus on May 20, and its organizers are inviting local bicycle enthusiasts to come and pedal away…

Surgery saves Putong the Rhino

Putong the rhino looked like she might not make it. Now it appears she will pull through. One of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinoceroses is on the mend, thanks to nonstop medical care. In March, Putong fell critically ill after she had developed a bad abscess on her upper jaw. The infection did not respond well…

Let’s turn Earth Day into Earth Year

April 22 is Earth Day. Time to celebrate. Yes, but what? Earth Day was established in 1970 in the United States, at the height of America’s boisterous counter-culture revolution, with the aim of fostering a renewed environmental consciousness among Americans to better protect Planet Earth. In 1990, Earth Day went global, extending its reach to 141…

Protect Sharks and Rays in Sabah

Better protecting some species of sharks and stingrays is a must in Sabah if the state is to ensure their survival in its waters. Encouragingly, several marine and shark experts realize this and have recommended adding several species of shark to the state’s Fisheries Act as endangered species. The protected shark species,…

Plant yet more Trees in Shah Alam

Conservation isn’t an event. It’s a process. But it can also be a series of events. Like planting trees in Shah Alam. In March a young local environmentalist spearheaded a tree-planting event in town. If you missed out on that one, however, despair not: you can now join another tree-planting event organized by Bernard…

Switching to Green Cars in Malaysia

In a little over a decade, Malaysia will be a regional hub for electric vehicles. Come 2030, the country will boast some 100,000 electric cars and 2,000 electric buses. Nor will owners lack for charging stations: there will be 125,000 of those around the country. This is according to Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister…

Climate Change will worsen Turbulence

Turbulence. Don’t we all hate it? There we are, nice and easy in our seats on a flight, when suddenly the plane starts rattling like it’s going to come apart in midair. All we can do is buckle up, grab the armrests and ride it out. Turbulence is a routine part of…