You can, and should, be a Trash Hero

You can, and should, be a Trash Hero

Ah, to be a hero. Don’t we all want to be one? But how? By donning a spandex costume with a cape to fly around skyscrapers while battling villains? That is sheer comic book fantasy. So should it be by scaling an impossibly tall mountain someplace? That’s not everyone’s cup…

Some Rivers in Sarawak are ‘Dead’

Some Rivers in Sarawak are ‘Dead’

Several rivers in Sarawak are as good as dead. They’ve become so polluted that they are no longer able to support well-functioning ecosystems. In effect, they have become little more than open sewers where only bacteria and a few hardy species of plants and animals can thrive. Several other species…

UN: Asian Nations need to stop Burning through their Resources

UN: Asian Nations need to stop Burning through their Resources

Nations in the Asia and Pacific are among the least resource-efficient in the world. In 2015, the region’s countries ended up using one-third more materials to produce each unit of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than they did in 1990, according to the United Nations. Meanwhile, developing countries use five times…

Malaysian Palm Oil Company agrees to Rehabilitate 1,000 hectares of Peatland

Malaysian Palm Oil Company agrees to Rehabilitate 1,000 hectares of Peatland

If palm oil companies are known for something, it’s deforestation, not reforestation. Yet the Malaysian palm oil company Felda Global Ventures (FGV) is about to rehabilitate 1,000 hectares of peat forest in West Kalimantan, in Indonesia’s section of Borneo. The reason: pressure from consumers and environmentalists. “Corporate ‘no deforestation’ policies…

Kudos to Jackie Chan for being Ready to Rumble for Pangolins

Kudos to Jackie Chan for being Ready to Rumble for Pangolins

Critically endangered pangolins now have a new champion in China and Vietnam, the two countries where “the world’s most trafficked mammals” are sought most for their scales and meat. That champion is movie superstar and martial arts master Jackie Chan. In a short video entitled “Kung Fu Pangolin” and recorded…

Tapirs end up as Roadkill … Again

Tapirs end up as Roadkill … Again

The road carnage must stop. Shortly after an adult elephant died after being hit by a tour bus on the East-West Highway in Perak, two Malayan tapirs suffered a similar fate when a passing car barreled into the animals at high speed on a carriageway in Pahang. The two Malayan…

Plastic Bags are Banned (sort of) in KL

Plastic Bags are Banned (sort of) in KL

It’s on at last. A ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags in the Federal Territories, that is. As of September 1, commercially available cheap plastic bags and food containers will cost significantly more for retailers in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. The ban seeks to wean retail outlets off handing out…

Pygmy Elephants face an Uncertain Future

Pygmy Elephants face an Uncertain Future

Every now and then reports of orphaned Bornean pygmy elephants being rescued by the Sabah Wildlife Department surface. These baby elephants have become lost while their mothers are nowhere to be seen. In the past seven years 22 baby elephants have been rescued this way. Many of them cannot survive,…

Fruit Waste Sprouts a Lush Forest

Fruit Waste Sprouts a Lush Forest

Costa Rica is a major producer of oranges, but local orange juice-making companies tend to have little use of orange peels. So in 1998 one of those juice makers dumped 12,000 tons of peels and leftover pulp on a barren 3-hectare swathe of former pastureland for cattle. Then everyone quickly…

Penang Coastal Reclamation Imbroglio

Penang Coastal Reclamation Imbroglio

Penang has a problem. Being a relatively small yet populous island, it has little land left for development. Yet the island’s government and private developers want to keep on building. So they are increasingly eyeing as yet undeveloped and underdeveloped patches of seashore and hillside. That, however, poses grave environmental…

Going to Jail for Using Plastic Bags?

Going to Jail for Using Plastic Bags?

Plastic bags. They are ubiquitous, aren’t they? They can be so convenient too. We’ve all been using them. Imagine, though, if you could be sent to jail for doing so. In the African nation of Kenya, people can now be jailed for using plastic bags. The country’s highest court has…

Poachers pose an Existential Threat to Sabah’s Biodiversity

Poachers pose an Existential Threat to Sabah’s Biodiversity

Unless poachers are stopped once and for all, they will drive several endangered species extinct in Sabah. “If these illegal hunting activities are not checked, the population of the protected and endangered wildlife species in the state will shrink in no time,” Dr Rahimatsah Amat, chief executive of the nonprofit…

Get on your Bike for Water in Ulu Muda

Get on your Bike for Water in Ulu Muda

Water. Malaysia has lots of it. That bounty has lulled many citizens into a false sense of complacence about the country’s water reserves. Yet Malaysia’s freshwater sources need to be managed better. Much better. If you would like to help spread that message, you will be able to do so…

The Alps are Crumbling. The culprit: Climate Change

The Alps are Crumbling. The culprit: Climate Change

The Alps are crumbling. The majestic mountains at the geographical heart of Europe are coming apart in places in full view of alarmed locals and concerned environmentalists. The culprit is the usual suspect. You guessed it: global warming. Rising temperatures in the Alps have been causing glaciers to melt. This…