Plant yet more Trees in Shah Alam

Plant yet more Trees in Shah Alam

Conservation isn’t an event. It’s a process. But it can also be a series of events. Like planting trees in Shah Alam. In March a young local environmentalist spearheaded a tree-planting event in town. If you missed out on that one, however, despair not: you can now join another tree-planting event organized by Bernard…

Sabah ‘will launch’ Action Plans to tackle Environmental Woes

Sabah ‘will launch’ Action Plans to tackle Environmental Woes

Land, air, water, biodiversity and social dimension. These are the five areas of environmental conservation that the state government of Sabah has set out to target in a set of comprehensive policies. The Sabah State Policy on the Environment at the State Assembly, which has been launched by Chief Minister…

Climate Change will worsen Turbulence

Climate Change will worsen Turbulence

Turbulence. Don’t we all hate it? There we are, nice and easy in our seats on a flight, when suddenly the plane starts rattling like it’s going to come apart in midair. All we can do is buckle up, grab the armrests and ride it out. Turbulence is a routine part of…

Rhino Horns continue to be Smuggled into Malaysia and Southeast Asia

Rhino Horns continue to be Smuggled into Malaysia and Southeast Asia

The shipment this time was from Mozambique, via Doha in Qatar, and consisted of 18 rhino horns. Alert Malaysian authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport managed to seize the horns, which amounted to 51.5kg and would have been worth almost RM14 million on the black market. Acting on a tip, Malaysian customs officers conducted a search of…

Putong the Rhino is gravelly Ill in Sabah

Putong the Rhino is gravelly Ill in Sabah

Once, in blissful times past, Sumatran rhinos roamed far and wide in the depths of forests in Sabah. Today a mere three of the animals are left, and all three of them are in captivity. Now Putong, one of the state’s last three rhinos, has fallen gravely ill. Two weeks…

The Great Barrier Reef is ‘Doomed’

The Great Barrier Reef is ‘Doomed’

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders and its largest living structure. Now brace yourself: it’s in a “terminal” state of decline. Shocking news? Yes. But not all that unexpected, sadly. Two successive mass bleaching events last year and this year across much of the reef have pushed…

MYCAT’s Hotline lets You help tackle Wildlife Crimes across Malaysia

MYCAT’s Hotline lets You help tackle Wildlife Crimes across Malaysia

Back in 2010, the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT), an association of prominent conservationist groups, set up a wildlife crime hotline. People could now report crimes against the country’s iconic but increasingly endangered tigers simply by dialing a number. The hotline has been busy ever since. Callers can report crimes…

Time to get Tough on Animal Trafficking

Time to get Tough on Animal Trafficking

When even seasoned experts are taken aback by the scale of wildlife trafficking across Malaysia, you know we’re in trouble. Yet taken aback experts are at TRAFFIC, an international anti-trafficking watchdog. And rightfully so. Recent arrests of several wildlife traffickers by Malaysian authorities have provided further evidence (not that any more was…

Orangutans Know when you Don’t Know

Orangutans Know when you Don’t Know

Orangutans are a lot like us. They also think a lot like us. A case in point: they can tell truths from lies. Scientists now have the evidence to prove it. German researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology conducted psychological experiments with nearly three dozen great apes,…

Youngsters vie to become Green Idols

Youngsters vie to become Green Idols

Some youngsters want to be celebrities. And some of them want to be eco-warriors. It’s for these latter youths that the Penang Green Council is staging its Green Idol 2017 competition. A worthy initiative, that one. In the public speaking competition, young participants have to acquit themselves by proposing environmental policies and defending environmental causes….

Officials bust Wildlife trafficking Rings

Officials bust Wildlife trafficking Rings

Another day, another major bust of wildlife traffickers. To wit: Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) officials have busted a major network of trafficker who were operating via social media. All we can say: Hallelujah! In the latest crackdown on the exotic pet trade, Perhilitan officials nabbed a total of 11 people…

The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

If you want to see the future of fragile marine environments being battered by climate change, look no further than Australia’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Last year the corals at the reef underwent an unprecedented mass bleaching episode, which killed off or visibly damaged huge swathes of coral for hundreds of miles….