Time to get Tough on Animal Trafficking

When even seasoned experts are taken aback by the scale of wildlife trafficking across Malaysia, you know we’re in trouble. Yet taken aback experts are at TRAFFIC, an international anti-trafficking watchdog. And rightfully so. Recent arrests of several wildlife traffickers by Malaysian authorities have provided further evidence (not that any more was…

Orangutans Know when you Don’t Know

Orangutans are a lot like us. They also think a lot like us. A case in point: they can tell truths from lies. Scientists now have the evidence to prove it. German researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology conducted psychological experiments with nearly three dozen great apes,…

Youngsters vie to become Green Idols

Some youngsters want to be celebrities. And some of them want to be eco-warriors. It’s for these latter youths that the Penang Green Council is staging its Green Idol 2017 competition. A worthy initiative, that one. In the public speaking competition, young participants have to acquit themselves by proposing environmental policies and defending environmental causes….

Officials bust Wildlife trafficking Rings

Another day, another major bust of wildlife traffickers. To wit: Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) officials have busted a major network of trafficker who were operating via social media. All we can say: Hallelujah! In the latest crackdown on the exotic pet trade, Perhilitan officials nabbed a total of 11 people…

Here comes Wearable Sustainability

Wearable technologies are becoming increasingly popular: smartwatches, fitness bands, virtual reality headsets. According to some industry experts, by 2020 the wearables market will be worth $34 billion. Wearables that replicate the features of smartphones are cool gadgets. But can they also be tools for sustainability? The answer is yes. Recycling old technologies With…

Bauxite ban in Pahang remains in Place

People in Pahang can now breathe a sigh of relief. It’s official: the country’s federal government has extended the ban on all bauxite mining in the state for another three months. Certainly a welcome development, this. The moratorium was put in place in January last year and has since been extended and re-extended repeatedly….

TV presenter Showcases the Heroic work of Sabah’s ‘Wildlife Warriors’

Let Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski take you on a ride … into the forests of Sabah. The award-winning wildlife photographer and television presenter, aka the “shark selfie guy,” is in the Bornean state to headline an online documentary series for Scubazoo, a Sabah-based underwater production company. Called “Borneo Wildlife Warriors,” the series will explore Sabah’s wondrous…

Now we can Turn E-waste into Dust

As much of the developed world, Malaysia has long been beset by vast and ever-accumulating amounts of electronic waste. Malaysians produce a million ton of e-waste each year, while globally we are on course to produce a staggering 50 million metric tons of e-waste by next year. By 2014, the huge piles…

Another Five Tigers are Dead

Officials in Vietnam have just made a gruesome discovery: the carcasses of five dead tigers in a wildlife trafficker’s freezer. The internal organs of the Indochinese tigers had been removed, likely for use as ingredients in traditional medicine. And there you have it. Despite heroic efforts by conservationists and wildlife officials…

Come and Plant Trees in Shah Alam

Some people cut down trees; others plant new trees. Which one are you? You can be among admirably green-conscious nature lovers this coming Saturday, on March 25, just by attending a tree-planting event in Shah Alam. The state capital of Selangor seeks to become a carbon neutral city and you can help make that…