Earth is undergoing a Mass Extinction

Earth is undergoing a Mass Extinction

Sixty-six million years ago Planet Earth experienced one of the largest mass extinctions in its entire history. Within what counts as a blink of an eye in geological time the dinosaurs, which had ruled the planet for millions of years, died out en masse. Time to brace yourself: we’re experiencing…

We have Three Years to save the Planet

We have Three Years to save the Planet

Three years. That’s how much time we have left to save the planet. Unless we permanently lower our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, we may well reach a threshold on climate change beyond which we will be able to do little to save ourselves and the planet from irreversible harm….

Climate Change will bring more and more Heat Waves

Climate Change will bring more and more Heat Waves

The heat in Malaysia often feels next to unbearable. For days on end, the sun is scorching and the heat is sweltering. That, of course, isn’t a surprise. Malaysia is a tropical country, after all. But here is bad news: heat waves are set to become ever more common, and…

Plants alone can’t Heal the Planet

Plants alone can’t Heal the Planet

One way of mitigating the adverse effects of man-made climate change is to plant trees. The more trees there are, the more CO2 they absorb from the atmosphere, thereby alleviating the greenhouse effect because plants build their roots, stems and leaves from the CO2 they suck out of the air….

Malaysia ‘will Stick’ with Paris Agreement despite US Withdrawal

Malaysia ‘will Stick’ with Paris Agreement despite US Withdrawal

In a move that shocked environmentalists around the world, President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, an accord that was adopted by 196 countries worldwide in an effort to moderate their greenhouse gas emissions to keep climate change manageable. The US’s withdrawal has…

The Plight of the Great Barrier Reef serves up a Warning

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,…

Sadly, we’ve Reached a new Record in levels of atmospheric CO2: 410ppm

Sadly, we’ve Reached a new Record in levels of atmospheric CO2: 410ppm

We’re continuing to break records as a species. Unfortunately, they are the wrong sorts of records. A case in point: our relentless pumping of CO2 into the atmosphere at breakneck speed. Only last September we reached an environmental milestone by having levels of carbon surpass 400 parts per million (ppm) in the atmosphere….

A Japanese company has set a new Record for Solar cell Efficiency

A Japanese company has set a new Record for Solar cell Efficiency

We’re getting better and better at harnessing the power of the sun. In 2015, the Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic rolled out the prototype of a rooftop solar panel that set a new world-record of 22.5% for module conversion efficiency with mass-produced solar panels. Before long, a new record was set at 25.6%. Now here comes yet…

We may have turned the Sahara into a Desert

We may have turned the Sahara into a Desert

People once lived in harmony with Mother Nature, leaving barely a footprint on the pristine environment of the planet. Then came the Industrial Revolution and all that changed: technology unleashed our destructive forces on Earth. Right? Wrong. Or at least not entirely right. Buried under the endless sand dunes of the…

Food for Thought: Organic Farming may not be a ‘Holy Grail’

Food for Thought: Organic Farming may not be a ‘Holy Grail’

Organic agriculture is always better. Or so a prevalent school of thinking in environmentalist circles goes. Turns out, however, that this thinking is not entirely correct. Sure, organic agriculture has many things to recommend it, but it’s not a foolproof panacea for human-made environmental ills brought on by farming practices around the planet….

A Teen wants to plant a Trillion Trees

A Teen wants to plant a Trillion Trees

Felix Finkbeiner is 19 years old and in many ways he is just like your average teen. He is gawky and scrawny, wears rimmed spectacles, and has a ready smile. Yet the German teenager is already a world-famous conservationist who has set himself a mighty goal: to plant a trillion trees around the world….

Mangroves are Uprooted in Penang

Mangroves are Uprooted in Penang

The mangrove trees in Bagan Jermal were in the way so they had to go. To make way for a coastal reclamation project in Penang, the trees were uprooted from their ancestral swamp and transplanted in Sungai Acheh on the mainland. All that happened with the approval of the state’s Environment Department (DOE). “The mangrove trees were…

We are Starving the Oceans of Oxygen

We are Starving the Oceans of Oxygen

We all need oxygen to live, and so do marine animals. The trouble is that sea creatures have less and less oxygen to draw upon as a result of human activities. According to a new study, the amount of oxygen in the world’s oceans has dropped by 2% over the past 50 years…

The Arctic is in Meltdown

The Arctic is in Meltdown

That ice sheets at the Arctic have been melting rapidly as a result of global warming we have long known. Here’s something that may come as a surprise, though: the effects of that melting ice will be felt as far away as the Indian Ocean in what may yet become uncontrollable climate change…

Here’s a new Way to speed up Carbon capture in Plants

Here’s a new Way to speed up Carbon capture in Plants

We continue to pump vast quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels like there is no tomorrow. The more we do that, the worse the planet’s prospects get because global temperatures will rise as a result of CO2’s heat-trapping molecules. Yet certain living organisms will thrive….