Rhinos are on the Brink

If you are a wild animal and you have an international day named after you, you’re in trouble. Rhinos are among those animals. World Rhino Day, on September 22, serves to celebrate these majestic animals, but it also serves to remind people that unless drastic steps are taken, several wild…

Seven Elephants perish in Sabah

Losing one wild elephant is bad enough. Losing seven is absolutely tragic. Yet that is the number of wild Bornean pygmy elephants that died recently at an abandoned quarry in southern Kalabakan after being stuck in mud for more than a week. The pachyderms succumbed to dehydration, stress and hunger….

Green Cars are Coming to KL … on Show

Green cars are coming to Malaysia. At the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference, to be held in Kuala Lumpur between October 5 and 8, a large selection of eco-friendly cars will be on display. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Tesla, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi and other automakers from around the world…

Artworks from Trash shine light on Green Causes in Sabah

From waste to art. That’s what 61 individuals working in 14 teams pulled off in Kota Kinabalu by turning discarded items into giant artistic installations. Displaying their creations on the Segama Waterfront boardwalk, the local artists dazzled passersby with colorful artworks on a variety of inspired installations fashioned from waste….

Oceans are getting Sicker and making us Sicker Too

When we think of oceans, we tend to think of calming azure waters, eye-catching corals and a Poseidon’s cornucopia of marine species. We rarely think of disease. We might as well begin to do that, though. Here’s why: Oceans, say scientists, are becoming conduits of disease worldwide. The main culprit…

Danum Valley’s Lost World of Riches

The Danum Valley in Sabah is a world-renowned biodiversity hotspot, home to Bornean orangutans, pygmy elephants, sun bears, hornbills and myriad other iconic local species. But it turns out that this famed conservation area in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve has even more species than previously thought. And some of…

Muslim clerics in Indonesia issue a Fatwa against Forest Fires

For years and years nothing has stopped numerous people in Indonesia from setting peatlands and forests alight, thereby triggering massive fires and vast clouds of toxic haze that has regularly covered much of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Entreaties from environmentalists have not stopped them. Nor the threat of fines. Nor…

Run like a Shark for Sharks in Penang

Come October 16, you can run like a shark. Dressed as one, that is … in a FINtastic Fun Run 2016, organized by WWF-Malaysia at Occupy Beach Street in George Town on the island of Penang. The 5km shark-themed event will serve to draw attention to the plight of all endangered…

Green Technology sector gets a Boost

When it comes to green technology, Malaysia’s government means business. That’s the conclusion we can draw from the fact that Putrajaya has doubled the financing limit in its Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) from RM50 million to RM100 million. The financial boost to the scheme is certainly a welcome development. The GTFS seeks…

Banking on the Death of Forests

Many banks treat forests as exploitable resources; so much so that they are behind massive deforestation across Indonesia and Malaysia. By financing companies that cut down forests for profit, the banks are key drivers of forest loss in these two countries, and farther afield. This is according to the US-based…

Elephants are the ‘Gardeners of Forests’

They chew down large amounts of vegetation. They roam and forage far and wide in forests. And it’s a good thing too because by doing so elephants serve as the “gardeners” of those forests. So says elephant expert Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, who is the principal investigator for the Management and Ecology…