A new Coal-like Biofuel can be a Clean and Green Energy Source

A new Coal-like Biofuel can be a Clean and Green Energy Source

Coal is one of the most commonly used fossil fuels across much of the world, yet it’s also one of the most pernicious. Coal-fuelled power plants release plenty of CO2, thereby worsening climate change, while the burning of coal is also responsible for horrendous air pollution. A typical coal plant…

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…

Recharging Malaysia’s EV Plans

Recharging Malaysia’s EV Plans

Many people remain wary of transitioning to electric cars for a variety of reasons. One reason is that electric vehicles still tend to cost considerably more than comparable models with internal combustion engines. Another reason is so-called range anxiety. Namely: people are concerned that on longer drives their car batteries…

Singapore adopts Electric Car-Sharing

Singapore adopts Electric Car-Sharing

Malaysian cities are chockfull of cars. They cause plenty of traffic congestion and, worse, pollute the air. The country has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of car ownership and weaning citizens off the habit of driving around might be a Sisyphean task. So what’s the solution? One…

Malaysia and Singapore ‘will step up’ Cooperation on the Environment

Malaysia and Singapore ‘will step up’ Cooperation on the Environment

Environmental issues know no borders. Harm done to natural environments in one area, region, state or country invariably has a way of having its effects felt much farther afield. Polluted air and polluted water can cross manmade boundaries with ease. That’s why effective environmental action requires international cooperation. It is…

Air Pollution is “Worse than You Think’

Air Pollution is “Worse than You Think’

We all know that burning sensation: acrid smog stings the eyes and irritates the throat. During the periodic haze from burning forests in Sumatra that envelopes much of Malaysia for days and weeks at a time, millions of Malaysians are exposed to massive amounts of harmful air-borne pollutants. Yet not…

Slash-and-Burn Agriculture must Stop

Slash-and-Burn Agriculture must Stop

Malaysia has been losing much of its peatlands and their ongoing loss bodes ill for the country’s environment. Peat swamps are home to a great deal of biodiversity with a fascinating kaleidoscope of species. They also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. In fact, peat swamps in Malaysia may store…

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…

We were Polluting the Air long before We even Knew It

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…

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…

Pollution can be Deadly to Children

Pollution can be Deadly to Children

Pollution kills. Literally. Worse, it routinely kills the most vulnerable: children, the inform, the elderly. Young children are especially at risk of severe health hazards from pollution, with almost two million of them dying as a result each year. Pause to think about that: millions of young lives lost because…

There ‘won’t be’ a Haze this Year

There ‘won’t be’ a Haze this Year

The annual transboundary haze that has long been a scourge on the lives and environment of Malaysians will not materialize this year. Or even if it does, I won’t be too bad. Certainly not like in 2015, when the Air Pollution Index (API) reached a level of more than 200, or “very unhealthy,” around parts of…

Air Pollution can cause Preterm Births

Air Pollution can cause Preterm Births

Air pollution debilitates and kills. It may cause Alzheimer’s disease. It may increase the risk of obesity. And it may make us perform worse at work. Now here is another adverse health effect that air pollution may cause: premature births. According to a new scientific study conducted by The Stockholm Environment Institute…