The EU is engaged in ‘Greenwashing’

The European Union is a world-leader in environmentally sound policies and practices. Or is it? The grouping has long portrayed itself as a leader in conservationism, but that self-image is deeply flawed, environmentalists stress, when it comes to the continent’s green energy policies. “The EU gets 65 per cent of…

Our Coral Reefs ‘aren’t well Protected’

Malaysia’s world-famous coral reefs aren’t all that well protected. So says a local researcher who has spent years studying the country’s corals. Take some famous reefs in Semporna, Sabah, a world-renowned divers’ paradise. Only a few of the local reefs receive the protection they deserve, stresses Zarinah Waheed, an expert…

WWF wants to Double the number of wild Tigers by 2022

It’s a poignant irony: one of the world’s most endangered species is also one of its mightiest. Tigers have fallen on hard times throughout their ranges across Asia with only a few thousand of them left in the wild from Siberia to India to Malaysia. At every place where numerous tigers once…

‘Save Penang’s Trees in Urban Areas’

Trees are trees and they are worth protecting no matter where they are. That’s the rationale behind a call by the Penang Nature Conservation Society (PENCONS) on local authorities to protect the island’s trees not only in Penang’s forests but also in its urban areas. What with the high rate of…

The Arctic is in Meltdown

That ice sheets at the Arctic have been melting rapidly as a result of global warming we have long known. Here’s something that may come as a surprise, though: the effects of that melting ice will be felt as far away as the Indian Ocean in what may yet become uncontrollable climate change…

Investing in the Environment is a Must

To protect Malaysia’s wildlife and environment, you have to invest in them. That is the gist of a call by Dionysius Sharma, who is executive director and CEO of WWF-Malaysia, on the country’s government. “Fiscal measures need to be put in place to assist the State governments in setting aside forests…

Sabah’s Bushmeat trade must Stop

Wild animals face a variety of threats in Sabah from habitat loss to poaching. Sadly, we also need to add the thriving local bushmeat trade to that list. Local conservationists and animal lovers have been engaged in several educational campaigns to try and wean locals off the meat of wild…

Sharks in Sabah have gone AWOL

The evidence is mostly anecdotal but it is disturbing none the less for that. Namely: these days you are a lot less likely to sight sharks than you did even a few years ago. So says the chairman of  the Sabah Shark Protection Association (SSPA), Aderick Chong Hee Tat. “It’s a…