The Plight of the Great Barrier Reef serves up a Warning

The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders, is in terminal decline. And there is little anyone can do about that because of the relentless onslaught of climate change. So say experts tasked with saving the reef from extinction. “Members agreed that in our lifetime and on our watch,…

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…

We were Polluting the Air long before We even Knew It

In centuries past, people lived in harmony with nature. They led sustainable lifestyles and kept environmental pollution to a minimum. Then came the Industrial Revolution in the 17th century and everything changed: we began polluting the environment disastrously and carry on doing so. So goes a common narrative about our…

Puntung the Rhino will be Put Down

First the news was bad: Puntung, one of Malaysia’s last three Sumatran rhinos, was gravelly ill. Then came better news: after undergoing life-saving surgery, she managed to pull through. Her recovery delighted animal lovers and conservationists alike. Sadly, here now comes yet more bad news: Puntung has terminal cancer. According…

PM calls for better Water Management

That Malaysia is blessed with abundant water sources is well known. So is the fact that many of those water sources are badly polluted and poorly treated. But it’s good to know that the country’s politician are aware of this and want to do something about it, including Prime Minister…

Where Leopards (still) Roam

It’s not as if we needed another reason for saving the rainforests of Ulu Muda, but here’s one anyhow: it’s only one of two areas in Malaysia where spotted leopards still roam. The forest reserve of Ulu Muda in Kedah serves as a wildlife corridor between the fo­rests in southern…

Sabah’s Bushmeat Trade remains Unabated

It’s not as if people in Malaysia lack for meat but some of them, unfortunately, have a taste for bushmeat. And so it happened that officials from the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) in Sabah discovered a sack inside a polystyrene box. Inside were 4.6kg of deer meat, 2.3kg…

Tiger poachers are Nabbed in Sumatra

Sumatran tigers are much like their Malayan cousins: they’re rare, majestic … and critically endangered in the wild. They share another thing in common: they’re frequently targeted by poachers. A case in point: Acting on a top-off, Indonesian authorities arrested two men for allegedly trafficking in the body parts of…

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:…

NGOs: Hands off Ulu Muda!

The Ulu Muda forest reserve is a 160,000-hectare hotspot of biodiversity in Kedah and one of the largest swathes of lowland dipterocarp forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Its wildlife boasts well over a hundred species of mammals, including Asian elephants, Malayan tigers, Malayan tapirs, Malayan sun bears, gaur and flying squirrels….

Taking stock on Endangered Species Day

Malayan tigers. Malayan sun bears. Bornean orangutans. Bornean pygmy elephants. Sunda pangolins. Clouded leopards. Marbled cats. Helmeted hornbills. Hawksbill turtles. The list goes on. The list of endangered animals in Malaysia, that is. May 20 is Endangered Species Day, which has been held for a dozen years worldwide by conservationists…

Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

If you ask Malaysian authorities, Lasah the elephant is well fed, well kept and well and truly happy at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah, where he has been kept for years for the amusement of visitors. Recently, government-appointed wildlife officials and animal experts tasked with investigating…

Yet more Reefs may be Doomed … this time in the Indian Ocean

First it was the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia, which underwent extreme mass bleaching that placed the very existence of many corals there in jeopardy. Now it’s corals in the Chagos Archipelago, a smattering of 60 small coral atolls, in the Indian Ocean that are likewise experiencing the threat of death by mass bleaching….