Wan Junaidi: No Haze this Year

Wan Junaidi: No Haze this Year

When it comes to the annual haze this year, so far so good. Back in March, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar stressed that the yearly scourge of billowing smoke that can make life hell for days and weeks at a time across much of Malaysia would not happen in…

Let’s Let our Corals Save Themselves

Let’s Let our Corals Save Themselves

When it comes to corals in tropical waters, good news is hard to come by. Battered by global warming and pollution, these fragile creatures, and their ecosystems, are increasingly under threat of mass bleaching worldwide. Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef may be doomed, and Malaysia’s own stunningly beautiful reefs, which are…

An albino Orangutan is found in Borneo

An albino Orangutan is found in Borneo

Albinism is a genetic disorder characterized by a lack or complete absence of pigmentation in the skin, fur and eyes. As a side-effect, albinos are sensitive to light and sunshine. In orangutans it’s a very rare condition so it has become global news that a rare albino orangutan with pale blonde hair and…

Protecting forests for Malayan Tigers

Protecting forests for Malayan Tigers

If Malaysia’s beleaguered tigers have something to fear more than poaching, it’s habitat loss. The majestic predators have seen their numbers drop precipitously over the past decades in tandem with the loss of the country’s forests and jungles. Once there were thousands of tigers roaming vast swathes of jungle. Today, a mere 340 tigers (at most)…

Shark finning in Sabah causes Outrage

Shark finning in Sabah causes Outrage

Ask officials in Sabah, and shark finning is practically nonexistent in the country’s waters. Ask conservationists, though, and it does happen, and rather too often. And not only that, but it can happen in broad daylight in what should be pristine and idyllic marine environments. The Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah has…

Sadly, we’ve Reached a new Record in levels of atmospheric CO2: 410ppm

Sadly, we’ve Reached a new Record in levels of atmospheric CO2: 410ppm

We’re continuing to break records as a species. Unfortunately, they are the wrong sorts of records. A case in point: our relentless pumping of CO2 into the atmosphere at breakneck speed. Only last September we reached an environmental milestone by having levels of carbon surpass 400 parts per million (ppm) in the atmosphere….

Food Waste is a Grave Concern

Food Waste is a Grave Concern

Food waste, as we’ve pointed it out, is reaching epidemic proportions in Malaysia. Out of the 38,000 tons of waste Malaysians leave behind every single day, some 15,000 tons is food waste. More than half of that waste, some 8,000 tons, could easily be avoided with better management of resources. Meanwhile, 3,000 tons of food that…

Wild-born Cubs reignite Conservation hopes for Indochinese Tigers

Wild-born Cubs reignite Conservation hopes for Indochinese Tigers

Tigers producing cubs in the wild should be a simple fact of nature. Sadly, it tells us a lot about the state of affairs in the world we’ve created that such a commonplace event can now be seen as something of a “miracle.” To wit: In neighboring Thailand, conservationists have hailed…

Dedication and Personal Choices ‘are the key’ to a Healthy Environment

Dedication and Personal Choices ‘are the key’ to a Healthy Environment

If there’s a key lesson in conservation, it’s this: you need to keep at it. So says Gurmit Singh, a veteran Malaysian environmentalist who has just published his Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist. “Everyone thinks planting trees is great. But they forget that trees have to be maintained,” Singh stressed at the launch…

Stop befouling the Cameron Highlands

Stop befouling the Cameron Highlands

It’s easy to wax lyrical about the Cameron Highlands in Pahang. They are among Malaysia’s most picturesque spots, and travel writers routinely trot out superlatives and poetic imagery to describe the mountainous area’s natural wonders. “From your first lungful of fragrant highland air, sweat and stress evaporate,” notes Lonely Planet. “In Malaysia’s largest hill-station area, the…

Pedal away for Sharks and Orangutans

Pedal away for Sharks and Orangutans

You can run for sharks. And now you can ride for sharks too. On bicycles, that is. This year’s Ride for the Wild 2017 in Kuching will take place at Swinburne University of Technology’s Sarawak campus on May 20, and its organizers are inviting local bicycle enthusiasts to come and pedal away…

Surgery saves Putong the Rhino

Surgery saves Putong the Rhino

Putong the rhino looked like she might not make it. Now it appears she will pull through. One of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinoceroses is on the mend, thanks to nonstop medical care. In March, Putong fell critically ill after she had developed a bad abscess on her upper jaw. The infection did not respond well…

Let’s turn Earth Day into Earth Year

Let’s turn Earth Day into Earth Year

April 22 is Earth Day. Time to celebrate. Yes, but what? Earth Day was established in 1970 in the United States, at the height of America’s boisterous counter-culture revolution, with the aim of fostering a renewed environmental consciousness among Americans to better protect Planet Earth. In 1990, Earth Day went global, extending its reach to 141…

The “Bridge to Extinction’ in Sabah has been Cancelled. Hallelujah!

The “Bridge to Extinction’ in Sabah has been Cancelled. Hallelujah!

Ladies and gentlemen, chalk one up for conservationism in Malaysia. And a big one too: The government of Sabah has decided to scrap the construction of a controversial bridge over the Kinabatangan River inside the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Many locals had been campaigning for the new 250m bridge, insisting it would…

We need to Start treating Water as a Precious resource in Malaysia

We need to Start treating Water as a Precious resource in Malaysia

If there’s something Malaysia doesn’t seem to lack, it’s water. The country is blessed with abundant rivers and each year more than 900 million cubic liters of the life-giving substance fall from the sky, ready for the taking. And yet Malaysia, or at least large parts of the country from Peninsular Malaysia…

Protect Sharks and Rays in Sabah

Protect Sharks and Rays in Sabah

Better protecting some species of sharks and stingrays is a must in Sabah if the state is to ensure their survival in its waters. Encouragingly, several marine and shark experts realize this and have recommended adding several species of shark to the state’s Fisheries Act as endangered species. The protected shark species,…