California reaches a new Renewable energy High

Chalk up another seminal success for renewable energy. Thanks to a spell of windy days with lots of sunshine recently, California reached a renewable energy milestone one day by producing two-thirds (67.2%) of the state’s electricity from renewable sources. Add in hydropower facilities, and the result is more impressive still:…

NGOs: Hands off Ulu Muda!

The Ulu Muda forest reserve is a 160,000-hectare hotspot of biodiversity in Kedah and one of the largest swathes of lowland dipterocarp forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Its wildlife boasts well over a hundred species of mammals, including Asian elephants, Malayan tigers, Malayan tapirs, Malayan sun bears, gaur and flying squirrels….

Taking stock on Endangered Species Day

Malayan tigers. Malayan sun bears. Bornean orangutans. Bornean pygmy elephants. Sunda pangolins. Clouded leopards. Marbled cats. Helmeted hornbills. Hawksbill turtles. The list goes on. The list of endangered animals in Malaysia, that is. May 20 is Endangered Species Day, which has been held for a dozen years worldwide by conservationists…

Lasah can’t be Doing that well in LEA

If you ask Malaysian authorities, Lasah the elephant is well fed, well kept and well and truly happy at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah, where he has been kept for years for the amusement of visitors. Recently, government-appointed wildlife officials and animal experts tasked with investigating…

Yet more Reefs may be Doomed … this time in the Indian Ocean

First it was the Great Barrier Reef, off Australia, which underwent extreme mass bleaching that placed the very existence of many corals there in jeopardy. Now it’s corals in the Chagos Archipelago, a smattering of 60 small coral atolls, in the Indian Ocean that are likewise experiencing the threat of death by mass bleaching….

An Oil Spill befouls an island Beach

The black sludge of oil relentlessly made its way up the white sand of Long Beach in Pulau Redang, in Terengganu, instantly befouling it with a suffocating thick cover of oozing toxicity. The engine oil that washed upon the beach had likely been dumped deliberately into the sea. “Someone put the oil…

Hundreds of rare Tortoises from Madagascar are Discovered at KLIA

Another day, another seizure of exotic animals smuggled surreptitiously into Malaysia. This time alert customs officials seized 330 tortoises flown into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which has been serving as a favored destination for international smuggling syndicates. Acting on a tip-off, Malaysian officials discovered 325 Indian radiated tortoises and five ploughshare tortoises packed into…

Lasah will remain at Langkawi

Here comes bad news for friends of Lasah, the ageing work elephant: Despite public outrage at his alleged  ill treatment and a long campaign to secure his release, Lasah will remain at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) amusement park on Langkawi island in Kedah. Malaysian wildlife authorities have decided they saw no reason…

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…