We are Starving the Oceans of Oxygen

We all need oxygen to live, and so do marine animals. The trouble is that sea creatures have less and less oxygen to draw upon as a result of human activities. According to a new study, the amount of oxygen in the world’s oceans has dropped by 2% over the past 50 years…

Air Pollution can cause Preterm Births

Air pollution debilitates and kills. It may cause Alzheimer’s disease. It may increase the risk of obesity. And it may make us perform worse at work. Now here is another adverse health effect that air pollution may cause: premature births. According to a new scientific study conducted by The Stockholm Environment Institute…

Lasah ‘isn’t Abused.’ Is that really So?

Lasah is fine, thank you very much. He isn’t lonely or sad or neglected or abused. Now if you could please stop bugging us about him, that would be much appreciated. This is essentially the gist of an answer that the management of the Langkawi Elephant Adventures Park (LEA) has given in…

Could we Refreeze the Arctic?

The planet is warming. The polar ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising. We are in for an impending environmental meltdown (literally). But there is not much we can do. Or is there? What if we could refreeze the ice at the Arctic artificially? Say, we could do that by building…

‘Most Wanted’ elephant Poachers have been Caught in Kelantan

Seven elephant poachers who were labelled “most wanted” by authorities in Peninsular Malaysia are at large no more: they’ve been arrested and are now behind bars. In a joint operation between the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and the country’s Armed Forces, a gang of seven local suspected poachers was caught near the Taman…

‘Stop planned Cable Car’ on Penang Hill in its Tracks

A cable car system on Penang Hill? Thanks, but no thanks. That’s how conservationists and local civil society groups view a planned cable car system on the island’s scenic hill that the local government seems keen on constructing. “Any form of development, let alone a massive one, will have a serious impact…

Crocs are quite a Handful … Literally

Using a simple rod, some village children went fishing by the side of a river in Kuantan. They ended up hooking an unlikely catch: a sizeable saltwater crocodile. Their exploit, which was captured on a mobile camera, has made headlines worldwide. The croc was later released by officials elsewhere in the…

A Dating App for lonely Orangutans

An online dating site for lonely orangutans? Now there’s an idea! A Dutch zoo, in the city of Apeldoorn, has created a dating app for its resident orangutans as part of a captive breeding program. Researchers at the Apenheul Primate Park want to study the emotional responses of the apes when they are shown…

Mining Pools pose Lethal Dangers

They are “child magnets,” according to an MP in Kuantan. Holes in the ground left behind by bauxite miners in the Kuantan area, holes which have since been filled with water, appearing like handy little pools to local children who may feel like taking dips in them in the heat. The pools can be deadly,…

Lasah remains in Chains … for Shame

You would think that it would be a simple matter: following a public outrage over his ill-treatment, wildlife authorities would step in and rescue Lasah, an ageing work elephant, from facing further daily abuse at a tourist site. But no, you would be wrong. Last July the conservationist group Friends of the Orangutans (FOTO) first…

Rahayu the Turtle is back Home in Malaysia

Rahayu the turtle is back home safe. She will be returned to the wild in Malaysia, where she belongs. The endangered Malaysian freshwater turtle was rescued in Singapore in October 2015 after a local saw her crossing a road. The turtle, which weighs around 30kg, was discovered with a fish hook in her mouth. The reptile was…

WCS: Penalize People for having Snares

Lying in wait within forests in Malaysia and much of the rest of Southeast Asia are pernicious killers. There they are underfoot and in the undergrowth, waiting for new victims to ensnare. Literally ensnare because we mean snares. They tend to be homemade contraptions fashioned from wire or cable and set…