WWF: Malaysians ‘Don’t really Care’ about Sharks. They Should

WWF: Malaysians ‘Don’t really Care’ about Sharks. They Should

The question is: “Do Malaysians really care about Sharks?” The answer, according to WWF-Malaysia, is disheartening: not that much. “Apart from encounters shielded by glass thicker than the Great Wall of China,” the conservationist group posits, “Malaysians’ emotional involvement with sharks has been mostly recreational or gastronomical,” it explains. In…

Palm Oil Buyers Beware! WWF’s latest Scores on Companies are In

Palm Oil Buyers Beware! WWF’s latest Scores on Companies are In

The results are in and they are so-so. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has released its latest Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard, on which it has evaluated the performance of numerous companies worldwide based on how well they have done on fulfilling their pledged commitment to buying and using…

Rhinos are on the Brink

Rhinos are on the Brink

If you are a wild animal and you have an international day named after you, you’re in trouble. Rhinos are among those animals. World Rhino Day, on September 22, serves to celebrate these majestic animals, but it also serves to remind people that unless drastic steps are taken, several wild…

We need to Manage our Water Better

We need to Manage our Water Better

Water. Malaysia, being a tropical country with plenty of rainfall, has plenty of the life-giving substance. Or does it? Droughts have become increasingly common across the land with prolonged periods of water shortages in many badly hit areas in eight states. Two years ago Selangor was one of the states that were…

Say a Prayer for Leopards

Say a Prayer for Leopards

If you thought Malaysia’s tigers have had it hard, you might want to spare a thought for leopards. They’ve had it just as hard, if not worse. Here comes a new study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, that confirms just that. Indochinese leopards (Panthera pardus delacouri), which are a…

Building Green is a definite Must

Building Green is a definite Must

Sustainability must start at home. We are all familiar with this truism of environmental protection. Homes and offices are among the largest emitters of carbon dioxide, accounting for around 40% of both energy consumption and carbon emissions; that is why there is an increasing need for sustainable designs that are…

Stop reclaiming Coasts on Penang

Stop reclaiming Coasts on Penang

The island of Penang boasts beautiful beaches, which serve as magnets for tourists from far and wide. Unfortunately, those very beaches also draw plenty of developers who are eyeing prime coastal locations for ever newer developments that might well end up despoiling the local environment for good. Local conservationists have…

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…

The End of all Bananas? Possibly

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….

Let’s Shame the Charlatans who Peddle Exotic Animal ‘Remedies’

Let’s Shame the Charlatans who Peddle Exotic Animal ‘Remedies’

Tigers and other critically endangered “exotic” animals are routinely poached for the silliest of reasons. That reason is that many people continue to believe that potions made from tiger bones or whiskers or other body parts possess magical curative properties. And they also continue to believe that talismans made from…

Three Cheers to the new 1 Million Hectare Undersea Haven in Sabah

Three Cheers to the new 1 Million Hectare Undersea Haven in Sabah

It’s official: Malaysia’s largest marine conservation area, the Tun Mustapha Park, is now in operation. Sabah’s Chief Minister Musa Aman officially unveiled the park at a ceremony on July 25. And with that, sharks and a myriad of other marine species will now enjoy much better protection, according to Musa….

We destroy Biodiversity at our own Peril

We destroy Biodiversity at our own Peril

For most people, especially those living in urban areas, “biodiversity” is an abstract concept. It’s a term they may hear used by biologists and environmentalists but one that does not seem to have any relevance for their own lives. How wrong they are. The loss of biodiversity affects us all….

Another Zoo in Sabah? Perish the Thought!

Another Zoo in Sabah? Perish the Thought!

Sabah may well get a new wildlife park. The state’s Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Panglima Masidi Manjun has announced that talks are underway to create a new zoo (euphemistically called a “wildlife park”) in Penampang, although the details of it have yet to be worked out. Good news? That…