Making Solar Panels Greener. Literally

Making Solar Panels Greener. Literally

Solar panels are mainstays of renewable energy and for good reason. By converting the sun’s rays into energy, they can serve as a clean and green source of inexhaustible power. There’s a bit of a problem, though: solar panels tend to be unsightly. They hardly blend into their natural surrounds…

Malaysian researchers create an Ecofriendly Biopesticide from Plants

Malaysian researchers create an Ecofriendly Biopesticide from Plants

Pesticides can be a scourge on the environment. To be sure, they are widely used for good reasons: to boost crop yields and to control disease vectors like mosquitoes. Yet they can also cause severe health problems, especially in larger quantities. Pesticides are poison and pesticide poisoning remains an acute…

New Buildings ‘should have’ More Green Spaces

New Buildings ‘should have’ More Green Spaces

The government mandates a minimum of 10% for green spaces in new commercial and housing developments around Malaysian cities. But that amount is precious little. So says an architect, Alan Teh. “The design of many high-rise buildings tend to alienate people, meaning they don’t get to interact with others as…

We can now Sequester CO2 a lot Faster

We can now Sequester CO2 a lot Faster

We’ve pumped massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere, thereby irreversibly altering its climate for the worse. We’ll need to stop doing that. But that alone will no longer be enough. We’ll also need to suck plenty of that CO2 out of the atmosphere and lock it away…

Natural Sugar-based Filter can Purify polluted Water

Natural Sugar-based Filter can Purify polluted Water

Water contamination is a serious problem in Malaysia not least because polluting water sources is easy but cleaning them up may involve a Herculean task. Yet help is on the way, in the form of science. Scientists at Northwestern University in the US have come up with a cheap and…

Trash taxis? Now there’s an Idea!

Trash taxis? Now there’s an Idea!

Walk along many a street in Malaysia, and you’ll pass mounds of uncollected garbage. Waste disposal services remain rather wanting around the nation. But it’s not always that the municipal garbage collectors have fallen behind with their jobs. Malaysians have a propensity for littering and dumping trash almost at random….

India ‘will Sell’ only Electric Cars

India ‘will Sell’ only Electric Cars

India is known for many things, but a commitment to environmentalism tends not to be among them. The country has some of the world’s most polluted cities, wildlife crime remains rampant in the land, and natural habitats around the subcontinent have been shrinking alarmingly. Then again, some things are changing…

Solar-powered CO2 Reduction has just Got a major Boost

Solar-powered CO2 Reduction has just Got a major Boost

Splitting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen has been a challenge, especially doing so cheaply. Yet the process is key if we are to improve our use of renewable energy because it can help turn renewable energy into fuel directly without adding to the amount of CO2 in the…

Turning chicken Waste into Biofuel

Turning chicken Waste into Biofuel

Chickens. Don’t we just love them? Chickens are a regular staple of Malaysian diets, and for good reason: they’re tasty and inexpensive. Yet anyone who has raised chickens knows that like all animals they produce a lot of, erm, waste. Chicken droppings, especially in mass at poultry farms, can pollute…

California reaches a new Renewable energy High

California reaches a new Renewable energy High

Chalk up another seminal success for renewable energy. Thanks to a spell of windy days with lots of sunshine recently, California reached a renewable energy milestone one day by producing two-thirds (67.2%) of the state’s electricity from renewable sources. Add in hydropower facilities, and the result is more impressive still:…

Air Pollution can be a Power Source

Air pollution is everywhere there is air these days. Like other forms of pollution, air pollution is pervasive and getting increasingly worse. But what if you could put it to good use? What if we could turn at least some of it into a source of power? Belgian scientists have done…

Here comes Asia’s first ‘Vertical Forest’

Here comes Asia’s first ‘Vertical Forest’

If the city of Nanjing is known for anything, it’s definitely not a clean and green environment. In the capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province, air quality hovers at dangerously high levels all year round. At times it’s not uncommon for air pollution to get so bad that the sky turns pink…

Worms may help us Solve the Scourge of Plastic Waste

Worms may help us Solve the Scourge of Plastic Waste

A solution to the scourge of plastic waste around the planet may come from an unlikely source: worms. Wax worms, to be precise. Federica Bertocchini, a European scientist who is an amateur beekeeper, recently discovered that Galleria mellonella grubs, which are small parasitic creatures that feed on beeswax inside honey combs, also chow down…

Bio-based Electrode could revolutionize Solar Energy Storage

Bio-based Electrode could revolutionize Solar Energy Storage

Imagine if you could power your smartphone and laptops with solar energy so their batteries would never run out of power. Ladies and gentlemen, here comes a brand-new electrode that could help you do just that by increasing solar energy storage by … wait for it … a stunning 3,000%. A team of researchers at RMIT…

Switching to Green Cars in Malaysia

Switching to Green Cars in Malaysia

In a little over a decade, Malaysia will be a regional hub for electric vehicles. Come 2030, the country will boast some 100,000 electric cars and 2,000 electric buses. Nor will owners lack for charging stations: there will be 125,000 of those around the country. This is according to Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister…