Corals in the Pacific are in Trouble

Corals in the Pacific are in Trouble

As global warming continues to take its toll, corals in the Pacific Ocean are dying off en masse. Reefs in several areas have experienced alarming mass bleaching episodes, leaving large swathes of coral dead or near-dead. Corals are tiny creatures that live in colonies and require algae to provide them…

Spoiling our Pet Cats and Dogs Rotten can Harm the Climate

Spoiling our Pet Cats and Dogs Rotten can Harm the Climate

For many of us, pets are invaluable parts of our lives. Cats and dogs and other beloved animals are members of our families and we treat them accordingly by lavishing attention on them. That’s great, of course. But there’s a drawback. By spoiling our animal companions too much, we risk…

Experts: Malaysia isn’t well Prepared for Extreme Weather Events

Experts: Malaysia isn’t well Prepared for Extreme Weather Events

Summer floods in neighboring Thailand have been especially bad this year. The deluge, triggered by heavy seasonal rains, has killed at least 23 people in the country’s north and eastern regions. Flash floods have caused damage in excess of $300 million (RM1.3 billion) and affected rice farming over 1,554 square…

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….