Here comes Transparent Wood

Wood is a versatile material: it’s strong and it’s light and it’s flexible. But it isn’t translucent or particularly durable. Glass is. But glass isn’t strong or flexible. But what it you could get the better of both worlds by making wood transparent like glass? A flight of fancy, you say?…

Helping Children to Grow Greener

It isn’t a particularly new message, but it bears repeating again and again: We are all responsible for the protection of our environment. So kudos to Sheikh Anuar Nasruddin Aminullah, assistant general manager of the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA),  for reminding people in a Sarawak community of this important truism….

Tiny Device can purify Water in Minutes

Like people across the developed world, most Malaysians take clean water for granted. All they need to do to get it is to turn on a tap somewhere within easy reach. They can also get drinking water bottled with bubbles and myriad flavors. Yet for people living in the poorest…

Ban all Shark Fishing in Malaysia? Yes

If the federal government has its way, seven species of sharks and rays may soon enjoy better protection in Malaysian waters. The seven species newly designated as endangered will include four species of hammerhead sharks, the oceanic white tip shark, the giant oceanic manta ray and the reef manta ray….

Selangor launched an app for better Waste Disposal

If you see it, report it – waste, garbage and litter, that is. This is the idea behind a new smartphone app that Selangor’s government has launched, enabling citizens to report uncollected trash for collection. The app called iClean Selangor, which is available for free download on Android smartphones in…

Let’s ban Microbeads in Malaysia

We are what we eat, a saying goes. We are also what we do. And what we do is continue to pollute our oceans and wind up eating poisoned fish as a result. There is some irony in that: the pollutants that we release wantonly into our seas often end…

Keeping a Beady Eye on Illegal Loggers

Malaysia’s permanent forest reserves measure slightly over 18 million hectares around the country. They are home to 2.5 million trees. The government says it wants to boost that number to 4 million trees through its Sustainable Forest Management scheme. “[W]e held firmly to our commitment to maintain at least 50…

A Fine Feast for the Eyes from Borneo

Borneo’s wildlife is a wondrous visual symphony and a stunning kaleidoscope of colors. Individually, each species on this storied tropical island is a unique masterpiece of natural selection; collectively, they make for a joyous celebration of Mother Nature in her full glory. But don’t just take our word for it….

The End of all Bananas? Possibly

Bananas. Don’t we just love them? Not only are the elongated yellow fruits very tasty and nutritious; they are also an invaluable part of many people’s and animals’ diet. But here’s something that should give us pause: bananas are endangered plants. That may seem like a silly statement to make, sure….

Foreign Poacher is nabbed in Sabah

One down, plenty more to go. Poachers, that is. A special unit of Sabah’s Forestry Department has nabbed a poacher who is believed to have been part of a six-member gang of foreigners who were poaching protected species within local animal sanctuaries. Better yet, the man, who comes from an…

Wind power can work Wonders. Here’s Proof

If we are to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, the main drivers of environmental pollution and climate change, we will need to rely increasingly on sources of clean energy. Wind power is such a source, and an infinitely renewable one at that. By harnessing the power of winds, turbines can…

Saber-toothed Elephant found in Sabah

We’ve all heard of saber-toothed cats, those stately predators of the Paleolithic. But saber-toothed elephants? It turns out that they, too, do exist. Or at least some do. And in the forests of Sabah, no less. Wildlife officials in the Malaysian state have come across a Bornean pygmy elephant with large…

Sharks need better Protection in Sabah

Consuming sharks, or their fins, isn’t illegal in Malaysia. It should be. Sharks are at risk of being driven extinct in Malaysian waters, and unless they are treated as protected species by law, these majestic fish will indeed go extinct in Sabah and elsewhere. The animals are considered simply as…

Sabah’s Wildlife Laws get more Bite

A simple rule of wildlife conservation is this: if you want to protect endangered animals, you need to impose severe penalties on poachers and traffickers so they will think twice before committing crimes. That is why it’s such welcome news that legislators in Sabah have decided to increase penalties for…

A Fifth of Malaysia might be under Water by 2100

Hell and high water. That’s what awaits much of Malaysia by the end of the century – unless the country and the region at large fulfill their obligations to reduce their carbon emissions. So says Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, minister of Natural Resources and Environment. Specifically, the minister warns, a…