Let’s Save our Rivers … from Ourselves

The health of many a Malaysian river is questionable, but it doesn’t get much worse than this: Sungai Tebrau in Johor has become so badly polluted that all marine life, save for a few resilient species of fish, has gone practically extinct in it. The cause of the pollution: the rampant…

Wan Junaidi: No Haze this Year

When it comes to the annual haze this year, so far so good. Back in March, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar stressed that the yearly scourge of billowing smoke that can make life hell for days and weeks at a time across much of Malaysia would not happen in…

Let’s Let our Corals Save Themselves

When it comes to corals in tropical waters, good news is hard to come by. Battered by global warming and pollution, these fragile creatures, and their ecosystems, are increasingly under threat of mass bleaching worldwide. Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef may be doomed, and Malaysia’s own stunningly beautiful reefs, which are…

An albino Orangutan is found in Borneo

Albinism is a genetic disorder characterized by a lack or complete absence of pigmentation in the skin, fur and eyes. As a side-effect, albinos are sensitive to light and sunshine. In orangutans it’s a very rare condition so it has become global news that a rare albino orangutan with pale blonde hair and…

Protecting forests for Malayan Tigers

If Malaysia’s beleaguered tigers have something to fear more than poaching, it’s habitat loss. The majestic predators have seen their numbers drop precipitously over the past decades in tandem with the loss of the country’s forests and jungles. Once there were thousands of tigers roaming vast swathes of jungle. Today, a mere 340 tigers (at most)…

Shark finning in Sabah causes Outrage

Ask officials in Sabah, and shark finning is practically nonexistent in the country’s waters. Ask conservationists, though, and it does happen, and rather too often. And not only that, but it can happen in broad daylight in what should be pristine and idyllic marine environments. The Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah has…

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…

Food Waste is a Grave Concern

Food waste, as we’ve pointed it out, is reaching epidemic proportions in Malaysia. Out of the 38,000 tons of waste Malaysians leave behind every single day, some 15,000 tons is food waste. More than half of that waste, some 8,000 tons, could easily be avoided with better management of resources. Meanwhile, 3,000 tons of food that…

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…

Stop befouling the Cameron Highlands

It’s easy to wax lyrical about the Cameron Highlands in Pahang. They are among Malaysia’s most picturesque spots, and travel writers routinely trot out superlatives and poetic imagery to describe the mountainous area’s natural wonders. “From your first lungful of fragrant highland air, sweat and stress evaporate,” notes Lonely Planet. “In Malaysia’s largest hill-station area, the…

Pedal away for Sharks and Orangutans

You can run for sharks. And now you can ride for sharks too. On bicycles, that is. This year’s Ride for the Wild 2017 in Kuching will take place at Swinburne University of Technology’s Sarawak campus on May 20, and its organizers are inviting local bicycle enthusiasts to come and pedal away…