Pollution kills 9 Million People Yearly

HIV/Aids, malaria, tuberculosis. These deadly diseases continue to take horrible tolls on the lives of millions of people, especially in developing countries. Yet the combined death toll from these three diseases pales in comparison with the death toll caused by pollution. So say researchers who have published a study in…

Don’t use Wild animals as Props for Selfies

We’ve all been there, have we not? In search of that perfect selfie, we may have placed ourselves at risk, such as by leaning over the edge of a cliff. Or we may have placed others at risk, such as by using endangered animals as props for selfies. Sadly, using…

Brigitte Bardot: Free Lasah

Recently some two dozens protesters gathered at Malaysia’s consulate in New York. They were holding signs and calling on tourists to boycott the country. The reason: Lasah, an ageing work elephant, remains in bondage at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah. The 37-year-old pachyderm was born…

‘Protect Sharks Better’ in Sarawak

The juvenile zebra shark was recently on sale at a market stall in Miri, Sarawak. When Iqbal Abdollah, chairman of the local branch of the Malaysian Nature Society, saw it, he instantly knew there was a problem. This species is listed as “endangered” on the IUCN’s Red List. Therefore, it should…

Corrupt Forestry officials Aid and Abet illegal Logging

Forestry officials are our eyes in forests. They are tasked with keeping an eye on logging to ensure that no illegal activity takes places in the country’s much-depleted forests. But what happens when the eyes of these officials are willfully blind to such logging? What happens is this: loggers can…

Sabah’s Leopards are in Trouble

Clouded leopards are elusive creatures that hunt at night and spend most of their time away from prying eyes within dense forests. Thus, estimating their numbers in places like Sabah’s forests is a challenging undertaking. Yet a team of scientists led by researchers at Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU)…

WWF: Loggers in Sarawak should Adopt sustainable Ways

Deforestation continues apace in Sarawak, and much of that deforestation is illegal, or at the very least suspect. Sarawak needs to ensure that no forest is cleared illegally and that all trees that are cut down are done so in a sustainable manner. With this in mind, the prominent conservationist…

Penang Artist showcases Mother Earth

In one painting titled “Mother Earth Sustains,” a voluptuous woman suckles a young babe in arms while a tiger lounges by her side as if the stately predator was but a pussycat. In another artwork entitled “The Gift,” Mother Earth cuddles a tiger in a lotus-flecked pool beside an orangutan…

Making Cities Cleaner and Greener

Already more than half of the world’s population (54%) lives in towns and cities. That number, according to the UN, could well swell to two-thirds, or 66%, by 2050 when another 2.5 billion people will have been added to urban populations around the planet. The question, though, is just what…

An Indonesian Flying Squad saves wild Elephants from Harm

When wild elephants begin trampling around plantations in search of food, they may unwittingly place themselves at risk. Irate farmers may take their anger out on the gentle giants by shooting or poisoning them. That is why officials and conservationists have to ask fast whenever elephants show up at plantations….

Air Pollution harms Children’s Memory

Air pollution is bad. We all know that. Yet what you may not know is just how bad it can be when it comes to our health. As we have explained here on Clean Malaysia repeatedly, prolonged exposure to air pollution can lead to several debilitating medical conditions from preterm…

Singapore adopts Electric Car-Sharing

Malaysian cities are chockfull of cars. They cause plenty of traffic congestion and, worse, pollute the air. The country has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of car ownership and weaning citizens off the habit of driving around might be a Sisyphean task. So what’s the solution? One…

Fishermen in Penang protest Coastal Reclamation Projects

If there is a constant about Penang’s environmental woes, it’s this: land reclamations on the island continue to threaten its environment. At its core, it’s a clear-cut matter: developers on the island want to develop, but space is at a premium because there is only a very limited supply of…

Much of Wildlife suffers Even in Canada

Canada. Mention the country’s name, and many people can’t help but instantly picture vast stretches of unspoiled natural bounty with scenic mountains and meadows teeming with wildlife. That’s hardly a surprise. Canada is the second largest country in the world, after Russia, with a whopping 9.984 square kilometers of land…