Life will be ‘Hell on Earth’ owing to Climate Change

Life will be ‘Hell on Earth’ owing to Climate Change

We are prone to an illusion of permanence. As the world it is, so it will always be, more or less, we tend to believe. When it comes to climate change, however, that assumption is seriously flawed. Man-caused climate change is already wreaking havoc with the planet’s environments from pole…

Where Tigers are on the Menu

Where Tigers are on the Menu

Tiger farms are horrible places. That we have long known. What we have not known is just how horrible some of them are: they operate as little more than meat factories where the predators are cooped up in small cages where visitors can gawk at the majestic creatures before the…

‘Super’ Corals might Save dying Reefs

‘Super’ Corals might Save dying Reefs

The increasingly frequent mass bleaching of corals, driven by climate change, has placed the very existence of numerous reefs at risk from Australia all the way to the Indian Ocean. And as water temperatures continue to rise and ocean water continues to acidify owing to global warming, there’s little cause…

Perak’s About-Face on Plastic Ban is a Shame

Perak’s About-Face on Plastic Ban is a Shame

Malaysians are among the world’s biggest per-capita producers of plastic waste. The country’s residents generate some 4,000 metric tons of plastic waste every single day, according to a waste management specialist. Much of that waste ends up clogging steams and rivers, as well as befouling streets and landscapes around the…

Seeking to Replant Borneo’s lost Trees

Seeking to Replant Borneo’s lost Trees

Malaysia, sad to say, is better known for cutting down trees wholesale than for planting them. That, however, might change. Encouragingly, several tree-planting initiatives have been taking root across the country from  Shah Alam to Sarawak. In Borneo, members of the Malaysian Red Crescent have recently pledged to plant 100,000…

Malaysia ‘will Stick’ with Paris Agreement despite US Withdrawal

Malaysia ‘will Stick’ with Paris Agreement despite US Withdrawal

In a move that shocked environmentalists around the world, President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, an accord that was adopted by 196 countries worldwide in an effort to moderate their greenhouse gas emissions to keep climate change manageable. The US’s withdrawal has…

Poachers in Sarawak boast about their Kills on Facebook. For Shame

Poachers in Sarawak boast about their Kills on Facebook. For Shame

You might think that Malaysian authorities’ stepped-up efforts to clamp down on poachers and wildlife traffickers have these wrongdoers on the run. Poachers and traffickers are cowering in fear of arrest, doing all they can to remain undetected. Right? Wrong. Some of the poachers clearly don’t give a hoot about…

Let Puntung’s Death be a Lesson

Let Puntung’s Death be a Lesson

To her keepers, Puntung, one of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinos, was a precious animal beloved for her gentle nature. To animal lovers across the country and farther afield, she was no less precious: she was one of her species’ very last Mohicans in Malaysia. Her loss has dealt a…

Celebrating Nature on this Year’s World Environment Day

Celebrating Nature on this Year’s World Environment Day

The environment isn’t just something “out there,” like a disembodied entity that lies beyond the edges of our towns and cities. Wherever we live, we’re very much part of the environment, for better or worse, and our environment is what we make it. No species in the history of the…

SAM: Scrap ‘Dubai of Malaysia’ Project

SAM: Scrap ‘Dubai of Malaysia’ Project

The RM1.2 billion Aman Laut project, dubbed the “Dubai of Malaysia,” is planned to be a spanking new self-contained hub of skyscrapers clustered in ideal seafront settings with high-end residences, condominiums, malls and restaurants in Alor Setar in Kedah. But now it is not to be, at least for the…

The Plight of the Great Barrier Reef serves up a Warning

The Plight of the Great Barrier Reef serves up a Warning

The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders, is in terminal decline. And there is little anyone can do about that because of the relentless onslaught of climate change. So say experts tasked with saving the reef from extinction. “Members agreed that in our lifetime and on our watch,…

We were Polluting the Air long before We even Knew It

We were Polluting the Air long before We even Knew It

In centuries past, people lived in harmony with nature. They led sustainable lifestyles and kept environmental pollution to a minimum. Then came the Industrial Revolution in the 17th century and everything changed: we began polluting the environment disastrously and carry on doing so. So goes a common narrative about our…

Puntung the Rhino will be Put Down

Puntung the Rhino will be Put Down

First the news was bad: Puntung, one of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinos, was gravelly ill. Then came better news: after undergoing life-saving surgery, she managed to pull through. Her recovery delighted animal lovers and conservationists alike. Sadly, here now comes yet more bad news: Puntung has terminal cancer. According…