Felda wants green Seal of Approval withdrawn from its Malaysian Mills

Felda wants green Seal of Approval withdrawn from its Malaysian Mills

Malaysia’s Felda Group, the state-owned commodities company which is one of the world’s largest palm oil plantation operators, has long been positioning itself as a leader in sustainable agribusiness practices. Now, however, the group has asked that Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil Principles and Criteria certificates, which grant a badge of…

Air Pollution Makes us Worse at Work

Air Pollution Makes us Worse at Work

The health effects of air pollution have been well documented. Depending on its intensity and the length of your exposure to it, air pollution can trigger or exacerbate cardiovascular diseases, respiratory illnesses, metabolic malfunctions and a variety of other ailments. All this we’ve long known. Here’s something you may not…

RM40 Trillion: the Costs of Climate Change for Malaysia

RM40 Trillion: the Costs of Climate Change for Malaysia

If you think the current heat wave has made the temperature barely bearable outdoors, wait until global warming really starts turning up the thermostat. Average temperatures in Malaysia may rise by up to 3.1 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. That’s a terrifying prospect, yes, but even a…

Green Group Dismisses Palm Oil Company’s Claims

Green Group Dismisses Palm Oil Company’s Claims

First came the accusations, now comes the rebuttal. The accusations: In an op-ed published recently in The Borneo Post, BLD Plantation Bhd, which has come in for flak from Malaysian environmentalists for clearing large tracts of peatland for oil palm plantations near Sibu in Sarawak, lashed out at some of those…

Kota Kinabalu’s Mayor wants Shopping Malls to go Cleaner and Greener

Kota Kinabalu’s Mayor wants Shopping Malls to go Cleaner and Greener

Shopping malls are notorious worldwide for generating large amounts of waste, but if Kota Kinabalu’s mayor Yeo Boon Hai has his way, those in Sabah’s capital will become more environmentally friendly. The mayor has called on local shopping complexes to go greener by recycling more and adopting Effective Micro-organism Activated Solution…

Malaysia’s Biodiesel Conundrum

Malaysia’s Biodiesel Conundrum

Here is a bit of a conundrum: Biodiesel is a far cleaner alternative than traditional fossil fuels, and Malaysia is working on boosting its biodiesel output. So that’s good news, right? Not so fast. The problem is that much of that biodiesel will come from palm oil obtained from plantations…

TPP Could Well Prove to be a ‘Disaster’ for the Environment

TPP Could Well Prove to be a ‘Disaster’ for the Environment

The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) may well be good for Malaysia’s economy, but it will do little to protect the country’s environment. So says a new study published by the research institute Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). In the study, “Bait-and-Switch: The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Promised Environmental Protections Do Not…

Property Development Association Agrees to Go Greener

Property Development Association Agrees to Go Greener

When it comes to sustainable building practices, Malaysia hasn’t exactly been a world-leader. Less than 2% of buildings in the country has been rated with a sustainability tool, and many local construction businesses have yet to adopt more environmentally friendly practices of the kind that are already common in neighboring…

Pollinators Will Need Our Attention

Pollinators Will Need Our Attention

Let’s be honest: Few of us, save for insect enthusiasts, spend much time fretting about bees or moths or wasps or beetles – except when they set their sight on our lunchboxes. We definitely ought to care about them a whole lot more, however. That’s because a myriad of insects,…

MYCarbon Project Gets Further Boost

MYCarbon Project Gets Further Boost

A useful insight for successful environmental policies is this: If you want people to act responsibly, incentivize responsible behavior. And so the Malaysian government’s new carbon tax incentives for local companies are a welcome development. Under a new government scheme, which is supported by the Finance Ministry, companies that voluntarily…

Coastal Development Plan in Penang Draws the Ire of Environmentalists

Coastal Development Plan in Penang Draws the Ire of Environmentalists

The island of Penang has often been heralded as a forerunner in Malaysian sustainable development (such as it is), but that does not necessarily mean local authorities never put a foot wrong. In fact, they are false-stepping right now. An environmental NGO, Sahabat Alam Malaysia, has warned that proposed new coastal reclamation projects…

Some Villagers in Kuantan Lost More Than Just Incomes in Bauxite Fiasco

Some Villagers in Kuantan Lost More Than Just Incomes in Bauxite Fiasco

We live in a complex world with people often having competing agendas, and so the case has been with the three-month moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang. Whereas environmentalists across Malaysia celebrated the government’s decision to outlaw all mining activities, effective of January 15, some locals in Kuantan, the ground…