CO2 Emissions didn’t Increase in 2016

CO2 Emissions didn’t Increase in 2016

Let’s admit it: when it comes to the environment, be it in Malaysia or elsewhere around the planet, things tend to seem gloomy and doomy. Yet now and then comes news that gives us cause for hope. Here’s one bit of such good news: global CO2 emissions stayed constant last…

Two more Pygmy Elephants are Killed

Two more Pygmy Elephants are Killed

Another two pygmy elephants are dead in Sabah, both of them having killed by people. The remains of the two jumbos were found only a few days apart in Tawau and Sandakan by wildlife officials. At least one of the pachyderms may well have been killed by poachers for its…

Success in Saving Sea Turtles

Success in Saving Sea Turtles

Researchers have long been sounding the death knell for sea turtles and not without cause. Several species of these placid reptiles around the world’s oceans, including Malaysian waters, have been pushed ever closer to the brink of extinction. The animals have been losing their traditional nesting grounds to coastal developments…

Keep up the Fight on Wildlife Smugglers

Keep up the Fight on Wildlife Smugglers

Illicit wildlife products have been pouring into and out of Malaysia: elephant tusks, pangolin scales, deer antlers, tiger claws, sun bear teeth and claws. We know because in the past few weeks alone Malaysian authorities have managed to seize tons of such items at ports and airports from Sabah to…

Can a Freshwater fish Save Malaysia’s Sharks?

Can a Freshwater fish Save Malaysia’s Sharks?

Some habits (and customs) die hard. These include a penchant for shark fin soup as a prized dish at weddings and banquets in Malaysian Borneo. But what if, instead of trying to wean die-hard shark-fin lovers off this pricey delicacy, we offered them an alternative that tasted just as nice…

Environmental Education may Soon be Taught in Malaysian Schools

Environmental Education may Soon be Taught in Malaysian Schools

Earlier this year Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, minister of Natural Resources and Environment, announced that his ministry was considering introducing environmental education into school curricula. The aim, he said, was to inculcate a love of nature in young Malaysians and to teach them about sustainable ways of living. A great…

Plastics have contaminated Sea Salt

Plastics have contaminated Sea Salt

It’s not as if we’ve needed any more confirmation that plastic pollution is a terrible scourge on the environment and a threat to human health. But here it comes some more evidence anyhow: microplastics have been contaminating sea salt. Each year a staggering 12.7 million tons of plastic ends up…

Companies in Malaysia are Mum about their use of Palm Oil

Companies in Malaysia are Mum about their use of Palm Oil

The results are in and they aren’t all that encouraging: some two-thirds of 47 companies in Singapore and Malaysia surveyed by the World Wide Fund for Nature may be using palm oil obtained in unsustainable ways. We don’t know if they indeed are because they won’t tell. Sad, yes. Palm…

Renewable Energy Sources can be made Wildlife Friendly

Renewable Energy Sources can be made Wildlife Friendly

The planet’s climate is in trouble, owing to our reckless burning of fossil fuels, and our only hope for improvement lies in transitioning to cleaner and greener energy sources. So far so good. The trouble is, however, that not even renewable energy comes without some environmental and aesthetic costs. To…

The Online Sale of ‘Exotic’ Animals Carries On. It must be Stopped

The Online Sale of ‘Exotic’ Animals Carries On. It must be Stopped

Many Malaysians frequent Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media outlets to keep in touch with friends and relatives. Others, though, do so with a nefarious purpose: to buy and sell protected animals. Many of these animals are illegally traded “exotic” pets, which range from rare turtles to critically endangered hornbills,…

Snow Leopards are on the Rebound

Snow Leopards are on the Rebound

Snow leopards are elusive creatures facing a host of challenges. They continue to be poached regularly and they also have fewer prey animals. It doesn’t help either that many of them live in armed conflict-prone areas in countries like Afghanistan where they are at increased risk of being killed. Yet…

Development can Worsen the effects of Flash Floods in Penang

Development can Worsen the effects of Flash Floods in Penang

In a tropical country like Malaysia where vast amounts of water can pour down from the sky in a few short minutes, flash floods are nothing unusual. Yet the severity of deluges can be influenced by manmade causes. These include mudslides and landslides on hillsides denuded of trees that would…

Are Javan Tigers still Around?

Are Javan Tigers still Around?

The photo, taken with a smartphone, is rather blurry and shows a wild tiger walking at a leisurely pace across a field beside three peacocks and a pair of banteng. There would be nothing unusual in such a sight in areas where tigers still roam, but there is this intriguing…

Corals in the Pacific are in Trouble

Corals in the Pacific are in Trouble

As global warming continues to take its toll, corals in the Pacific Ocean are dying off en masse. Reefs in several areas have experienced alarming mass bleaching episodes, leaving large swathes of coral dead or near-dead. Corals are tiny creatures that live in colonies and require algae to provide them…

Illegal Loggers must be ‘Deterred’

Illegal Loggers must be ‘Deterred’

Despite the efforts of the authorities to clamp down on the practice, illegal logging is going on unabated in Malaysia’s forests. Few loggers end up facing serious consequences for breaking the law. For one thing, few of them are even caught. For another, even those that are caught may escape…