Officials at KLIA seize Pangolin Scales sent in the Mail

Officials at KLIA seize Pangolin Scales sent in the Mail

At times wildlife traffickers try to smuggle animal parts out of Malaysia in suitcases at airports. At other times they do so by sending such illicit merchandise abroad by mail. They are quite brazen, yes. Thankfully, alert customs officials can and do regularly step in and stop the shipments from…

Corals may Succumb to Climate Change

Corals may Succumb to Climate Change

News alert: Most of coral reefs around the oceans will likely be gone by mid-century unless we cut back on our CO2 emissions. According to scientists who have studied corals and published their findings in the journal Science Advances, corals in cooler waters may be able to adapt to slightly…

Most Reptiles kept as Exotic Pets die Within a Single Year

Most Reptiles kept as Exotic Pets die Within a Single Year

Lots of Malaysians love to have pets. Many of these Malaysians prefer “exotic” pets: monkeys, slow lorises, binturongs, snakes, turtles and a whole host of other illegally kept wild animals. Much attention, including on this site, has been focused on the rampant illegal wildlife trade that facilities the exotic pet…

This Year will be the Warmest on Record

This Year will be the Warmest on Record

Last year was the hottest on record, according to NASA. The culprit: our massive amount of greenhouse gas emissions that has been changing the planet’s climate inexorably for the worse. Now here comes more bad news: this year is set to become warmer still, according to the World Meteorological Organization…

Malaysia Airlines declares a Zero-Tolerance Policy on Wildlife Trafficking

Malaysia Airlines declares a Zero-Tolerance Policy on Wildlife Trafficking

Malaysian businesses can do a lot to help save the country’s world-famous environment. For starters, they can do this by refraining from polluting Malaysia’s air and water. Yet some environmentally conscious companies do not stop there. Malaysia Airlines Bh has, for one, vowed to take a firm stance against international…

Malaysia ‘will be Carbon Neutral’ by 2050

Malaysia ‘will be Carbon Neutral’ by 2050

Many of the world’s developed nations are cutting back on their carbon emissions in order to help the planet stave off the worst side-effects of climate change. That won’t be enough, however, because it’s no longer from the industrialized west but from the industrializing east, especially China and India, that…

Another Pygmy Elephant is Shot Dead

Another Pygmy Elephant is Shot Dead

The wild pygmy elephant was found dead near a small river at an oil palm plantation in Tawau. The pachyderm’s remains were riddled with three bullets. It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out what happened: the bull elephant had been killed either by plantation workers or local farmers…

Bushmeat Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

Bushmeat Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

The bushmeat trade in Sabah is an acute problem, posing as it does an grave threat to the continued survival of endangered species in the wild. Poachers around the state’s forests carry on killing protected animals just so that someone can eat them. Encouragingly, however, local authorities are aware of…

Planting Trees to save Malayan Tigers

Planting Trees to save Malayan Tigers

One hundred newly planted saplings may not seem like all that many, yet these new saplings could now serve a vital function in helping save Malaysia’s last few wild tigers. That is because the saplings were planted at a strategic location in Puncak Botak within Pahang’s Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor….

A new Environmental Protection Act is in the Making

A new Environmental Protection Act is in the Making

When the current Environmental Quality Act was enacted in 1974, Malaysia’s environment was in a significantly better shape. Most of Sabah and Sarawak were still covered in thick forests, while mainland Malaysia, too, boasted large swathes of virgin forest. Air and water pollution were yet endemic and the nation’s marine…

Three Sunda Clouded Leopards were Caught … on Camera

Three Sunda Clouded Leopards were Caught … on Camera

Sunda clouded leopards aren’t just rare. They are also highly elusive. They are so elusive in fact that mere sightings of them can qualify as newsworthy occurrences. Thus the feat of a foreign photographer in capturing on camera a female clouded leopard walking through a forest with her two cubs…

Pangolin Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

Pangolin Traders are Nabbed in Sabah

A man and a woman at a parking lot in the town of Donggongon, in Sabah. That seems innocuous enough. Except the pair were there to sell a live pangolin, which is illegal. “They were trying to sell the pangolin to a ‘customer’ at the parking lot, where the transaction…

In its Fight against Floods, Penang needs to Stop Hillside Developments

In its Fight against Floods, Penang needs to Stop Hillside Developments

Large parts of Penang are prone to occasional flooding. Climate change makes weather patterns more erratic and exposes tropical islands like Penang to increased risks of severe flooding. There’s next to nothing people on Penang can do about climate change, which is a global phenomenon and needs a global response….