Burning Down the House: Indonesian Fires and their Toll on Development

Burning Down the House: Indonesian Fires and their Toll on Development

Years of illegal forest burning in Indonesia have created a haze epidemic that’s become a serious problem for more than breathability.  The issue has taken a massive toll on development in much of Southeast Asia. Between school closures, respiratory health issues, environmental destruction and money spent on disaster mitigation, these…

The Rice of Sustainable Agriculture

The Rice of Sustainable Agriculture

A strain of rice that produces higher yields with less fertilizer will help Malaysian farmers provide food security and sustainability for their country in a single stroke. Rice is the most common grain for both production and consumption in Malaysia.  It generates important revenues for Malaysia from exports and has…

El Nino Could Spell Trouble for Food Security in Malaysia

El Nino Could Spell Trouble for Food Security in Malaysia

A recent analysis of dry El Nino weather patterns suggests that they could persist even longer than usual this year – into rice planting seasons for Malaysia. The threat of El Nino on rice farming still looms in Malaysia’s future, but its effects are being felt now in the US. …

Innovation Versus Sustainability in Malaysia

Innovation Versus Sustainability in Malaysia

Malaysia was singled out for its innovative achievements upon the release of this year’s Global Innovation Index rankings earlier this month.  The honorable mention speaks to Malaysia’s social and economic growth, but leaves something to be explained considering the country’s troubled state. A worldwide rating system for innovation, the Global…

Why not use Bauxite Money to Curb Bauxite Pollution?

Why not use Bauxite Money to Curb Bauxite Pollution?

There’s a storm of controversy surrounding Malaysia’s recent rise as a major bauxite producer.  Bauxite mining has become a very profitable industry for the struggling country, but the pollution it creates is poisoning Malaysian citizens and ecosystems. About RM750 million (US$170.6 mil) has so far been generated from bauxite mining…

Malaysia Tourism Bounces Back, Greener This Time

Malaysia Tourism Bounces Back, Greener This Time

Two major airplane crashes, a rash of kidnappings and an earthquake in Malaysia last year saw tourism take a sharp nose dive. Malaysian flight MH370 went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.  This awful mystery was followed by Flight MH17 being shot down over…

Will CSR Asia Summit 2015 Yield Sustainability for Malaysia?

Will CSR Asia Summit 2015 Yield Sustainability for Malaysia?

The annual CSR Asia Summit is coming to Kuala Lumpur this year, where businesses will discuss how they can contribute to social good, sustainable development and efforts to protect the environment surrounding them. Recognized as the most innovative and thought-provoking conference on CSR (corporate social responsibility) in Southeast Asia, the…

Is an ASEAN Car Really the Solution to Malaysia’s Traffic Problem?

Is an ASEAN Car Really the Solution to Malaysia’s Traffic Problem?

Malaysia and China have entered discussion about partnering to produce a car especially for Southeast Asia.  Referred to as the ASEAN car, it would be produced within the region and lower the currently prohibitive cost of automobile purchase for nearby countries. Being the second most expensive place in the world to…

Malaysian Research Team Makes Solar Energy Breakthrough

Malaysian Research Team Makes Solar Energy Breakthrough

A research team at University Malaysia Pahang (UMP) has just developed the world’s first stable perovskite solar module.  This might not mean much to the casual reader, but perovskite cells could be the future of solar power, and Malaysia has just found the key to unlocking their power. The reason…

IGEM 2015: Losing Touch with the Environment?

IGEM 2015: Losing Touch with the Environment?

As Malaysia’s flagship green technology conference and exhibition rolls onward, the disposition of all things green business are looking sunnier and sunnier for the country playing host. Aggressive green tech goals are being set, groundbreaking deals are being made and IGEM 2015’s theme of ‘Powering the Green Economy’ is being…

IGEM 2015 in Progress – Announcements, Deals and Green Growth

IGEM 2015 in Progress – Announcements, Deals and Green Growth

IGEM 2015 is in full swing, and the massive international convention of green businesses has seen Kuala Lumpur become a temporary mecca of all things high-tech and/or sustainable. This year’s event is the sixth of its kind.  Together, the previous have generated RM6 billion ($1.4 billion) in green business leads,…

Haze in Malaysia: Obscuring the Country’s Future

Haze in Malaysia: Obscuring the Country’s Future

Air pollution in Malaysia, or haze, as it’s more commonly known, has been a problem for many years.  Haze is a hazard to people and planet alike, and though it plagues much of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is one of the worst affected areas. Every few years Malaysia suffers a haze…

Groundbreaking Webmap Scouts Renewable Energy in Malaysia

Groundbreaking Webmap Scouts Renewable Energy in Malaysia

A one-stop online reference for assessing the potential for renewable energy in Malaysia is pointing sustainable prospectors in the direction of a bright green future. Malaysian innovation and technology firm SIRIM came up a few years ago with a fully interactive online map that keeps track of untapped renewable energy…

Drones Fight Deforestation in Malaysia

Drones Fight Deforestation in Malaysia

Flying camera drones are being used to monitor palm oil plantation activity, fighting illegal land clearing and deforestation in Malaysia. In order to identify protected areas, single out especially rich environments and effectively keep tabs on what’s going on in the jungle, Malaysia’s forests must be surveyed from above. Drones…