‘Stop Selling’ and Buying Shark Fins

There they stood shoulder to shoulder, several dozens of them, dressed in rubber shark costumes with the dorsal fins cut off. The activists who gathered outside a high-end restaurant in Hong Kong Harbor bore placards and shouted “stop selling!” They meant shark fin soup, which remains a popular dish in…

Penang is ‘becoming Less Green’

It seems that not a week goes by without yet more revelations, or at least claims, that there is continued land clearing on Penang, presenting an ever graver threat to the island’s scenic but fragile ecosystem. Sadly, this week is no different. According to Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, vice-president of he…

A Black Panther dies on a Pahang Road

A dead panther was found lying by the side of the road near Sungai Yu Forest Reserve in Merapoh, Pahang. The predator had likely been trying to the other side of the forest near a wildlife crossing when it was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. The black panther’s…

Plants alone can’t Heal the Planet

One way of mitigating the adverse effects of man-made climate change is to plant trees. The more trees there are, the more CO2 they absorb from the atmosphere, thereby alleviating the greenhouse effect because plants build their roots, stems and leaves from the CO2 they suck out of the air….

A Baby Elephant is Killed on a Highway in Perak

Malaysia’s beleaguered wild elephants face a variety of daily dangers. They may be poached for their body parts. They may be poisoned by smallholders and plantation owners to keep them off their properties. And they may be killed in road accidents. A young elephant calf has just suffered that fate…

Let’s Stop Littering Once and for All

Malaysians are notorious litterbugs. Not all of them, to be sure, but enough of them to have made the country’s roads and streets into trash-strewn eyesores. Beaches, parks, forest trails and mountain passes have not escaped the blight of habitual littering, either. The question is why? The answer: bad habits…

Trash taxis? Now there’s an Idea!

Walk along many a street in Malaysia, and you’ll pass mounds of uncollected garbage. Waste disposal services remain rather wanting around the nation. But it’s not always that the municipal garbage collectors have fallen behind with their jobs. Malaysians have a propensity for littering and dumping trash almost at random….

Where Tigers are on the Menu

Tiger farms are horrible places. That we have long known. What we have not known is just how horrible some of them are: they operate as little more than meat factories where the predators are cooped up in small cages where visitors can gawk at the majestic creatures before the…

‘Super’ Corals might Save dying Reefs

The increasingly frequent mass bleaching of corals, driven by climate change, has placed the very existence of numerous reefs at risk from Australia all the way to the Indian Ocean. And as water temperatures continue to rise and ocean water continues to acidify owing to global warming, there’s little cause…

Perak’s About-Face on Plastic Ban is a Shame

Malaysians are among the world’s biggest per-capita producers of plastic waste. The country’s residents generate some 4,000 metric tons of plastic waste every single day, according to a waste management specialist. Much of that waste ends up clogging steams and rivers, as well as befouling streets and landscapes around the…