The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

If you want to see the future of fragile marine environments being battered by climate change, look no further than Australia’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Last year the corals at the reef underwent an unprecedented mass bleaching episode, which killed off or visibly damaged huge swathes of coral for hundreds of miles….

Perhilitan says Lasah is ‘doing Fine.’ Make of That what you Will

Perhilitan says Lasah is ‘doing Fine.’ Make of That what you Will

Ask animal lovers, and Lasah, a 37-year-old elephant, has endured so much abuse and neglect for years that he needs to be freed from the Langkawi Elephant Adventures Park. The pachyderm has been kept in chains most of the time and used in elephant rides in the rest. Ask management at the park, however,…

Spare a thought for the little Sparrows

Spare a thought for the little Sparrows

Sparrows are everywhere. There they hop and chirp here and there, in parks, on streets and at city squares…. Or maybe not. The bubbly little birds did use to be ubiquitous, but house sparrows have gone increasingly AWOL in recent years from urban landscapes in India and elsewhere, including Malaysia. The cause: habitat loss in ever denser…

Save Sabah from losing its Biodiversity

Save Sabah from losing its Biodiversity

Sabah is a hotspot of biodiversity, but the state is losing much of that very biodiversity, and fast. In fact, Sabah’s wildlife is already a mere shadow of its former self because of destructive human activities. Many local politicians openly acknowledge that much. Among them is Pang Nyuk Ming, assistant…

Killing Orangutans for their Meat is an Appalling Crime

Killing Orangutans for their Meat is an Appalling Crime

Orangutans in Borneo are critically endangered, suffering as they do from a variety of existential challenges. The grave challenges they face in the wild include habitat loss, forest fragmentation, encroaching development and the exotic wildlife trade. Now you can add another threat to that list: being hunted for their meat. Yes, you’ve read that right. According…

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

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?

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…

A Healthy Environment should be a Right for all Malaysians, says CJ

A Healthy Environment should be a Right for all Malaysians, says CJ

Living in a clean and healthy environment should not just be a bonus for Malaysians. It should be a constitutional right. So says the nation’s Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria, who has recommended adding “the right to a clean environment” to the list of liberties to which all Malaysian citizens are entitled. “While our…

Poachers and Ivory Smugglers must be Stopped

Poachers and Ivory Smugglers must be Stopped

They’re a persistent lot, are they not? Wildlife traffickers, that is. Malaysian authorities have been stepping up their efforts to clamp down on international smuggling networks that use the country as a regional transit point for the trafficking of ivory from Africa. That, though, has clearly not deterred ivory-smuggling syndicates. And so 2017 has started pretty…

Littering and Waste are Threats to our Health and our Environment

Littering and Waste are Threats to our Health and our Environment

Rampant littering has long been a problem across Malaysia, in some places reaching endemic proportions. Heaps of trash dumped on streets are not only unsightly; they are dangerous too, posing health hazards to people and threats to the environment. “Littering is a recurring problem that raises serious public health concerns which…

Two Environmentalists are arrested for ‘Insulting’ Facebook Post. For Shame!

Two Environmentalists are arrested for ‘Insulting’ Facebook Post. For Shame!

Whatever you say or do in Malaysia, do not “insult” the high and mighty. This is a lesson that two environmentalists have just learned. Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, president of Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka), and Norhayati Shahrom, the nonprofit’s administrator, were detained by police for allegedly making disparaging comments…

Wildlife Crime: an ‘Existential Threat’

Wildlife Crime: an ‘Existential Threat’

Wildlife crimes and corruption routinely go hand in hand. For starters, without certain officials willing to turn a blind eye to rampant trafficking (for kickbacks and other rewards), traffickers would have a much harder time. But the problem can go much deeper than that. A pervasive culture of bribery, money laundering and institutionalized…