Wildernesses are Shrinking Worldwide

Wildernesses are Shrinking Worldwide

Pretty much wherever you look around the planet, wildernesses are shrinking. Well, not everywhere, to be sure, but in places like Borneo forests have shrunk drastically over the past decades. And that is, needless to say, a problem not only for Malaysia but for the entire planet as well. “These…

Penang Hill is a Haven of Biodiversity

Penang Hill is a Haven of Biodiversity

If you think Penang, a small and overdeveloped island, has lost all of its biodiversity, think again. Malaysia’s most famous island continues to have a few surprises up its sleeve. A 117-strong international team of researchers from the California Academy of Sciences and The Habitat Penang Hill recently conducted a…

Our Smartphones are fuelling Climate Change

Our Smartphones are fuelling Climate Change

We love our smartphones and for good reason. They are handy little devices that can make life a whole lot easier. There is a bit of a problem, though: our devotion to our devices is harming the environment. There are billions of smartphones in use around the planet with millions…

Iman the Rhino is gravelly Ill

Iman the Rhino is gravelly Ill

In June Puntung, one of Malaysia’s last two female Sumatran rhinos, succumbed to an especially acute form of skin cancer. Conservationists and animal lovers alike lamented her passing. They took comfort in the fact that the other female rhino, Iman, remained relatively healthy and strong. This continued to kindle hope…

Air Pollution harms Infants’ Brains

Air Pollution harms Infants’ Brains

Pollution kills and debilitates. And of all forms of pollution, air pollution is perhaps the most insidious, for breathe air we must throughout our lives and if the air is polluted we have no choice but to breathe in all that invisible pollution along with the oxygen that we need…

A large Haul of Ivory on its Way to Malaysia is Seized in Harare

A large Haul of Ivory on its Way to Malaysia is Seized in Harare

Malaysia remains a global hub for wildlife traffickers. We’ve long known that, but here comes some further confirmation of it: wildlife authorities in the African nation of Zimbabwe intercepted 200kg of ivory that was on its way to Malaysia. The haul of illicit elephant tusks, which had been stashed in…

WWF: Malayan Tigers need all our Help

WWF: Malayan Tigers need all our Help

A half century ago there were still around 3,000 tigers in the wild around Malaysia. Today there may well be as few as 250 left, less than a tenth of that figure. And if we don’t do all we can to save the last few hundred tigers, there won’t be…

Let’s Run for Sharks and Orangutans in Sarawak

Come December 17, you can do something for the wild in Sarawak . . . in a hurry. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild event this year will kick off on Sunday at the Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus, in Kuching. First launched in 2015, Run for…

Another Pygmy Elephant dies from Gunshot Wounds in Sabah

Another Pygmy Elephant dies from Gunshot Wounds in Sabah

Bornean pygmy elephants are facing existential threats in Sabah and so the death of any more wild elephants in the state is bad news. Yet just over the past few months several wild elephants have been shot dead by poachers or irate plantation workers. Now another wild elephant is dead….

Seeking to hold the Fossil Fuel Industry accountable for Climate Change

Seeking to hold the Fossil Fuel Industry accountable for Climate Change

The world’s first ever national inquiry into the responsibility of the fossil fuel industry for its negative impacts on human rights resulting from climate change is taking place today in the Philippines, just a single day after Human Rights Day on December 10. Leading oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Shell, BP,…

The East Coast Rail Line must be made Wildlife-Friendly

The East Coast Rail Line must be made Wildlife-Friendly

A sad part of development in Malaysia is that it rarely if ever comes without environmental costs. And so it has proved with the East Coast Rail Line. Aware of the hazards the new rail link will pose to wildlife, environmentalists have been calling on policymakers to put the project on…

Air Pollution can Weaken your Bones

Air Pollution can Weaken your Bones

Air pollution can cause a whole host of ailments from preterm births to Alzheimer’s disease to strokes. That we’ve already known. Now we can add another debilitating condition to the side-effects of prolonged exposure to air-borne particulates: weakened bones. According to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health…

Global CO2 Emissions are on the Rise … Again

Global CO2 Emissions are on the Rise … Again

When it comes to tackling climate change, it seems to be a classic case of “one step forward, two steps back.” Just last year, for instance, scientists reported that at long last global CO2 emissions had flatlined, meaning that we’d stopped pumping more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than before….