A ‘Fairy Lantern’ is Rediscovered in Sarawak after 150 Years

A ‘Fairy Lantern’ is Rediscovered in Sarawak after 150 Years

A plant that was last seen in the forests of Sarawak a century and a half is lost no more. Ladies and gentlemen (drumroll please!) here comes the “fairy lantern”! The plant Thismia neptunis has been dubbed as such thanks to its extravagantly rococo-style flower, which makes it resemble a…

Why the Long Nose on Proboscis Monkeys? It’s about Showing Off!

Why the Long Nose on Proboscis Monkeys? It’s about Showing Off!

Proboscis monkeys are most famous, just as their name suggests, for their bulbous noses. The critically endangered primates are endemic to Borneo, where locals have long marveled at their protuberant facial appendages, which can grow to as much as 14cm in some of the males and which make the monkey…

A Wild Boar shows up in a Mosque

A Wild Boar shows up in a Mosque

First came news of a wild elephant showing up one morning in a canteen at a school in Sabah. Now comes news of a wild boar showing up in a mosque in Selangor. The boar entered Sungai Plong Mosque in Sungai Buloh on a recent evening. Probably alarmed at the…

Indonesian Villagers kill a Tiger

Indonesian Villagers kill a Tiger

The tiger had been lurking in nearby forests and locals in the village of Mandailing Natal in North Sumatra took it to be an evil spirit. Intrigued by the animal, the villagers gathered for a look-see one day. In response, the tiger attacked them, seriously injuring two villagers. So the…

Take a Night Walk for Planet Earth

Take a Night Walk for Planet Earth

Come Earth Hour on March 24 you can do a bit something for the environment, even if symbolically. For starters, you can turn off all your lights and electric appliances for an hour as millions around the planet and Malaysia do each year during Earth Hour. And, if you’re in…

UN: We must Protect Big Cats Better

UN: We must Protect Big Cats Better

Big cats are among the planet’s most beloved and most majestic creatures. They’re among its most endangered too. Across the world. from South America to Southeast Asia, several species of big cat are facing the threat of extinction in the wild. “These charismatic creatures are universally revered for their grace…

Drinking Tea in a Greener Way

Drinking Tea in a Greener Way

We all love our daily cups of tea. Well, many of us do. But what we may not realize is that many of those cups of tea may not be all that good for the environment. And it isn’t just because tea cultivation may be done in environmentally harmful ways….

Mitigating the Environmental Impacts of the East Coast Rail Link

Mitigating the Environmental Impacts of the East Coast Rail Link

The East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), which will connect Port Klang in Selangor with parts of the east coast, will be a boon to commuters by cutting lengthy journeys down to a matter of hours. On the downside, however, the new 688km high-speed rail line will fragment several already fragmented…

Killing Pythons for Fun and Profit

Killing Pythons for Fun and Profit

It seems that for many pythons in Malaysia it tends to be a case of “kill or be killed” whenever they come into contact with people. To wit: a man in the Kuala Langat district of Selangor was recently strangled to death by a 3.5m python. The serpent did not…

Orang Asli villagers cry Foul over a new Hydroelectric Dam in Perak

Orang Asli villagers cry Foul over a new Hydroelectric Dam in Perak

Hydroelectric dams look good on paper. They are far cleaner sources of energy than fossil fuel-powered plants, which is certainly a big plus. The trouble, though, is that the construction and operation of hydroelectric dams can deal massive damage to local ecosystems. That is why Orang Asli activists calling themselves…

Air Pollution is a Threat Worldwide

Air Pollution is a Threat Worldwide

In Bangkok, Thailand, schools had to be shut for days. In Warsaw, Poland, the sky darkened as much of the city was swathed in a baleful miasma. In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, children’s health came under serious threat. All these events happened at various parts of the globe within the space of…

Butchering Sharks and Rays in Sabah

Butchering Sharks and Rays in Sabah

The pictures are appalling. Taken by tourists on the resort island Pulau Mabul, they show some locals butchering large mantra rays in the shallows of the sea. Reportedly 13 devil sharks and two oceanic manta rays were among the marine creatures that were slaughtered by villagers in full view of…