Bauxite Clean-up Hits First Hurdles

Bauxite Clean-up Hits First Hurdles

We’re several weeks into a three-month moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang, but things aren’t looking up as much as they could be. It will take an estimated 50 years to repair the environmental damage done by irresponsible mining – sad news to local farmers and fishermen – and short term goals are…

Bauxite Miners ‘Will Use’ Safer Lorries

Bauxite Miners ‘Will Use’ Safer Lorries

Once the three-month moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang expires on April 14, local mines will be back in action. That is the bad news. The good news (such as it is) is that local operators have acquiesced in some new guidelines set by the government to ensure that the…

Anti-Graft Watchdog Seeks a Probe into Bauxite Fiasco

Anti-Graft Watchdog Seeks a Probe into Bauxite Fiasco

A lesson from the recent bauxite mining fiasco in Pahang, which has inflicted massive damage on the local environment, has been this: local politicians and authorities cannot be trusted to have nature’s and local people’s best interests in mind. They are supposed to be in charge, and yet when push…

Bauxite in Malaysia | Will the Ban Bring Relief?

Bauxite in Malaysia | Will the Ban Bring Relief?

Malaysia is now the world’s top producer of bauxite.  Go back just 18 months, and the country barely had a bauxite mining industry at all. The meteoric rise from zero to powerhouse producer of this necessary ingredient in aluminum production has come with fantastic environmental repercussions for Malaysia – problems that…

‘It Wasn’t Me’: Pahang MB Rejects Responsibility for Bauxite Fiasco

‘It Wasn’t Me’: Pahang MB Rejects Responsibility for Bauxite Fiasco

Whoever may be responsible, it isn’t me. That seems to have been the attitude of officials in the Malaysian state of Pahang, where hazardous chemicals from bauxite mines have inflicted untold damage on local ecosystems through the unscrupulous actions of local operators. The latest official to reject responsibility for the…

Environment Minister Mulls Harsher Penalties for Polluters

Environment Minister Mulls Harsher Penalties for Polluters

Protecting Malaysia’s unique natural environments is in the collective interest of all Malaysians, yet citizens of the country, individually and collectively, often end up doing more harm than good to their environments through reckless actions and irresponsible choices. Corporations can be especially guilty of placing profits ahead of the good of…

What has Bauxite done to Malaysia?

What has Bauxite done to Malaysia?

The Malaysian state of Pahang has been seeing its forests and farms leveled, its earth dug up, its waters polluted with vast amounts of mercury and arsenic, and its people suffer increasing cancer risks for over a year now.  The reason?  Bauxite mining.  The pace?  Frantic.  The government?  Unwilling to…

“Environmental” Mining Suspension really due to a Failing Bauxite Market?

“Environmental” Mining Suspension really due to a Failing Bauxite Market?

‘Rivers, Seas run red in Malaysia as Bauxite Exports Boom,’ reads a recent Reuters headline.  ‘Malaysia may Suspend Bauxite Mining,’ intones the Bangkok Post.  ‘Malaysia Seeks to Suspend Bauxite Mining after Environmental Scare,’ says Stuff.co.nz.  The heavy metal pollution and reddening of the ocean and rivers surrounding port town Kuantan have earned Malaysia’s…

Bauxite in Malaysia | It’s in the Water

Bauxite in Malaysia | It’s in the Water

It appears that some of Malaysian resident’s worst fears concerning the irresponsible bauxite mining sweeping parts of their country may have come true – traces of known bauxite contaminants have been discovered in treated water. A December analysis of treated water in and around bauxite mining hotspot Kuantan revealed the…

Bauxite in Malaysia | Monsoons could mean Mayhem

Bauxite in Malaysia | Monsoons could mean Mayhem

As the monsoon season approaches in Malaysia, a wave of anxiety larger than normal is washing over areas of Pahang used for bauxite mining.  Flooding is normally a big problem for the port city of Kuantan, but the many open-pit bauxite mines dug this year threaten to unleash torrents of…

5 European Nations Promise 100% Sustainable Palm Oil

5 European Nations Promise 100% Sustainable Palm Oil

The governments of France, Germany, the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands have officially pledged to make palm oil production 100% sustainable by 2020.  By ensuring that they demand only certified sustainable palm oil, these countries aim to force ethical and environmental practice on an industry punishing ecosystems across the globe….