We may have turned the Sahara into a Desert

We may have turned the Sahara into a Desert

People once lived in harmony with Mother Nature, leaving barely a footprint on the pristine environment of the planet. Then came the Industrial Revolution and all that changed: technology unleashed our destructive forces on Earth. Right? Wrong. Or at least not entirely right. Buried under the endless sand dunes of the…

‘Stop being Secretive’ about Land Reclamations on Penang

‘Stop being Secretive’ about Land Reclamations on Penang

Reclamation projects are going on left, right and center on the island of Penang. Literally so: on coasts and inland on hills. Environmentalists have been raising the alarm about such land reclamations, calling them a “time bomb.” Worse: the details of several such reclamations remain concealed from the public. But now a young activist…

Save Sabah from losing its Biodiversity

Save Sabah from losing its Biodiversity

Sabah is a hotspot of biodiversity, but the state is losing much of that very biodiversity, and fast. In fact, Sabah’s wildlife is already a mere shadow of its former self because of destructive human activities. Many local politicians openly acknowledge that much. Among them is Pang Nyuk Ming, assistant…

Food for Thought: Organic Farming may not be a ‘Holy Grail’

Food for Thought: Organic Farming may not be a ‘Holy Grail’

Organic agriculture is always better. Or so a prevalent school of thinking in environmentalist circles goes. Turns out, however, that this thinking is not entirely correct. Sure, organic agriculture has many things to recommend it, but it’s not a foolproof panacea for human-made environmental ills brought on by farming practices around the planet….

Peacocks lose out to Traditional Medicine

Peacocks lose out to Traditional Medicine

Peacocks are flamboyantly ostentatious birds with giant iridescent tails of blue, green, gold and red that they deftly employ in courtship displays. Unfortunately for the birds, their flashy tail feathers have also caught the eyes of people. Peacocks have long been hunted as trophies and kept as pets. Sadly, the birds are…

Malaysian Officials rescue Scores of Animals from the Exotic Pet Trade

Malaysian Officials rescue Scores of Animals from the Exotic Pet Trade

Another five are down. Wildlife traffickers, that is. In five separate clampdowns on wildlife trafficking in later February, Malaysian authorities seized large numbers of endangered animals from wildlife traders, all of whom will be facing charges under the country’s Wildlife Conservation Act 2010. In one operation Department of Wildlife and…

Sea Turtles are back in Terengganu

Sea Turtles are back in Terengganu

Sea turtles are back. At several beaches in Terengganu, that is. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu’s Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) says that at long last more turtles have been landing on some resort beaches in the state than they were doing for years. “Nesting data showed turtle landings on [the island] Pulau Redang had increased in…

A Teen wants to plant a Trillion Trees

A Teen wants to plant a Trillion Trees

Felix Finkbeiner is 19 years old and in many ways he is just like your average teen. He is gawky and scrawny, wears rimmed spectacles, and has a ready smile. Yet the German teenager is already a world-famous conservationist who has set himself a mighty goal: to plant a trillion trees around the world….

Pollution can be Deadly to Children

Pollution can be Deadly to Children

Pollution kills. Literally. Worse, it routinely kills the most vulnerable: children, the inform, the elderly. Young children are especially at risk of severe health hazards from pollution, with almost two million of them dying as a result each year. Pause to think about that: millions of young lives lost because…

There ‘won’t be’ a Haze this Year

There ‘won’t be’ a Haze this Year

The annual transboundary haze that has long been a scourge on the lives and environment of Malaysians will not materialize this year. Or even if it does, I won’t be too bad. Certainly not like in 2015, when the Air Pollution Index (API) reached a level of more than 200, or “very unhealthy,” around parts of…

Sniffing out Wildlife Traffickers

Sniffing out Wildlife Traffickers

Wildlife traffickers tend to be a wily lot. Routinely they can easily avoid wildlife and customs officials by hiding their ill-gotten merchandise of ivory and rhino horns in well-concealed packages. Enter canine wildlife guardians. With their acute sense of smell, which is a thousand times stronger than that of humans, so-called detector dogs are…

Bread isn’t good for the Environment

Bread isn’t good for the Environment

Loaves of bread. Don’t we just love them? We love slices of bread buttered; we love them slathered with jam or honey; we love them dipped into some fine hot curry. But our daily bread comes at a cost – and not only to our waistline but to our environment as well. Researchers at the University…

Killing Orangutans for their Meat is an Appalling Crime

Killing Orangutans for their Meat is an Appalling Crime

Orangutans in Borneo are critically endangered, suffering as they do from a variety of existential challenges. The grave challenges they face in the wild include habitat loss, forest fragmentation, encroaching development and the exotic wildlife trade. Now you can add another threat to that list: being hunted for their meat. Yes, you’ve read that right. According…

Teachers’ Union says No to the idea of Environmental Education in Schools

Teachers’ Union says No to the idea of Environmental Education in Schools

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has proposed introducing environmental education as a new subject in Malaysia schools, the better to inculcate a green mindset in the country’s youngsters. Great idea? We think so. The Sarawak Teachers Union begs to differ, however. The union’s president, Jisin Nyud, says that adding a…