The Great Barrier Reef is ‘Doomed’

The Great Barrier Reef is ‘Doomed’

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders and its largest living structure. Now brace yourself: it’s in a “terminal” state of decline. Shocking news? Yes. But not all that unexpected, sadly. Two successive mass bleaching events last year and this year across much of the reef have pushed…

The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

The Mass Bleaching of Corals globally may be Inevitable. We must Act Now

If you want to see the future of fragile marine environments being battered by climate change, look no further than Australia’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Last year the corals at the reef underwent an unprecedented mass bleaching episode, which killed off or visibly damaged huge swathes of coral for hundreds of miles….

Could we Refreeze the Arctic?

Could we Refreeze the Arctic?

The planet is warming. The polar ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising. We are in for an impending environmental meltdown (literally). But there is not much we can do. Or is there? What if we could refreeze the ice at the Arctic artificially? Say, we could do that by building…

Indian chemical Plant turns its CO2 emissions into Baking Soda

Indian chemical Plant turns its CO2 emissions into Baking Soda

Turning carbon dioxide to baking soda. That’s what a chemical plant in India does. Sound like a swell idea? It should because it is. The Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals plant, located in the industrial port city of Tuticorin, plans to convert some 60,000 tons of its own CO2 emissions into baking…

World’s Poorest nations are set to become ‘Climate Pioneers’

World’s Poorest nations are set to become ‘Climate Pioneers’

One of the ironies of climate change is that the better we live, the worse the world’s prospects become. That is because our modern lifestyles in industrialized societies still require the burning of plenty of fossil fuels. Here’s another irony: the more poorer nations become prosperous, the worse it will get for…

Russia’s Reindeer Apocalypse may be a Foretaste of things to Come

Russia’s Reindeer Apocalypse may be a Foretaste of things to Come

Despite all the dire warnings about the impending environmental impacts of global warming, climate change remains an abstract concept for many people around the world, Malaysians included. That is because the effects of climate change still remain largely unnoticeable in many parts of the world. The days may feel a…

We may be in for a Climate Apocalypse

We may be in for a Climate Apocalypse

Take a deep breath because you won’t like this. Scientists from the US and Germany say the long-term effects of global warming could be even worse than we’ve thought. In fact, we could be in for an apocalyptic world where global temperatures are set to rise to extremes within a lifetime….

Nations agree to Phase out HFCs … but Not Just Yet

Nations agree to Phase out HFCs … but Not Just Yet

We sure love our refrigerators and air-conditioners. Without them, life in a tropical country like Malaysia would be a whole lot harder. The trouble, though, is that these appliances currently use harmful hydrofluorocrabon gases (HFCs), which have been proven to contribute to climate change. In other words, just as we…

It’s Official: We’ve Reached a ‘Tipping Point’ on Global Warming

It’s Official: We’ve Reached a ‘Tipping Point’ on Global Warming

We’ve set another record on climate change. But there is nothing to celebrate about that. In late September, levels of atmospheric carbon surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) – well above 350ppm, which is still considered safe by scientists. Worse: the increased level of atmospheric carbon is here to stay permanently….

SAM: Malaysia must do more on Climate Change

SAM: Malaysia must do more on Climate Change

Ask Prime Minister Najib Razak and his ministers, and Malaysia is among the world’s leading nations when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, the date when an international action plan on carbon reductions comes into effect, Malaysia will have reduced its emissions by 40% compared to 2005…

Saving Malaysia’s Coral Reefs

Saving Malaysia’s Coral Reefs

Even with the parlous state of wildlife preservation, it is rare to witness the slow but seemingly inexorable death of entire ecosystems in real time right before your eyes. Yet that’s what’s happening to the region’s coral reefs far and wide. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a wonder of the planet’s…

Malaysian Coral Reefs are at increasing risk of Mass Bleaching

Malaysian Coral Reefs are at increasing risk of Mass Bleaching

Coral bleaching. The very term evokes something ominous – and an ominous development it indeed is. As water temperatures rise, often as a result of climate change-triggered heat waves, corals (fragile creatures as they are) begin to turn white. That’s because warmer water temperatures cause corals to shed the zooxanthellae…