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….

Let’s Let our Corals Save Themselves

Let’s Let our Corals Save Themselves

When it comes to corals in tropical waters, good news is hard to come by. Battered by global warming and pollution, these fragile creatures, and their ecosystems, are increasingly under threat of mass bleaching worldwide. Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef may be doomed, and Malaysia’s own stunningly beautiful reefs, which are…

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….

Climate Change will worsen Turbulence

Climate Change will worsen Turbulence

Turbulence. Don’t we all hate it? There we are, nice and easy in our seats on a flight, when suddenly the plane starts rattling like it’s going to come apart in midair. All we can do is buckle up, grab the armrests and ride it out. Turbulence is a routine part of…

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….

Global CO2 emissions have Flatlined

Global CO2 emissions have Flatlined

We continue to pump vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That much we’ve known, of course. But here’s a bit of good news (such as it is): We’re not pumping more of those gases than we did a few years ago. Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have…

Clean Energy is on the Way Up and Up

Clean Energy is on the Way Up and Up

It often seems like there is nothing but gloom and doom when it comes to the environment. We’ve reached a point of no return on climate change. We’ve been making our oceans sick with global warming. We’ve been driving myriad animals like Malaysia’s iconic tigers to the brink of extinction. But…

Malaysia ‘will sign’ the Paris Agreement

Malaysia ‘will sign’ the Paris Agreement

Come November, Malaysia will sign the Paris Agreement, according to Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. “God willing, Malaysia will ratify the agreement after Nov 4, because we will present the paper to the Cabinet to decide (whether to ratify or otherwise),” he announced at a press…

Plankton Bloom in the Ocean is a sign of Climate Change

Plankton Bloom in the Ocean is a sign of Climate Change

Here comes one of the latest signs of global warming: plankton blooms in the ocean. A large area on the surface of the sea east of New Zealand, say local scientists, has become covered in white algae known as coccolithophores. Under favorable conditions, these algae begin to “bloom,” turning the…

Oceans are getting Sicker and making us Sicker Too

Oceans are getting Sicker and making us Sicker Too

When we think of oceans, we tend to think of calming azure waters, eye-catching corals and a Poseidon’s cornucopia of marine species. We rarely think of disease. We might as well begin to do that, though. Here’s why: Oceans, say scientists, are becoming conduits of disease worldwide. The main culprit…

We’ve been Warming the Climate longer than We’ve Thought

We’ve been Warming the Climate longer than We’ve Thought

As mass industrialization got underway in England, and much of the rest of Europe, we began to change the planet’s climate by emitting vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. From the mid-19th century onward we set global warming unwittingly in motion. Or so the story goes. Turns out…