Let’s Weed out Graft to Save Nature … and Ourselves

Malaysia has fairly strong environmental laws that prescribe harsh penalties for wildlife trafficking and other nefarious crimes against the environment. Yet these activities, including wildlife trafficking, continue to persist around the nation. Why is that? For one thing, laws are routinely left unenforced and culprits are let off the hook…

A Wild Boar shows up in a Mosque

First came news of a wild elephant showing up one morning in a canteen at a school in Sabah. Now comes news of a wild boar showing up in a mosque in Selangor. The boar entered Sungai Plong Mosque in Sungai Buloh on a recent evening. Probably alarmed at the…

Indonesian Villagers kill a Tiger

The tiger had been lurking in nearby forests and locals in the village of Mandailing Natal in North Sumatra took it to be an evil spirit. Intrigued by the animal, the villagers gathered for a look-see one day. In response, the tiger attacked them, seriously injuring two villagers. So the…

Take a Night Walk for Planet Earth

Come Earth Hour on March 24 you can do a bit something for the environment, even if symbolically. For starters, you can turn off all your lights and electric appliances for an hour as millions around the planet and Malaysia do each year during Earth Hour. And, if you’re in…

UN: We must Protect Big Cats Better

Big cats are among the planet’s most beloved and most majestic creatures. They’re among its most endangered too. Across the world. from South America to Southeast Asia, several species of big cat are facing the threat of extinction in the wild. “These charismatic creatures are universally revered for their grace…

Drinking Tea in a Greener Way

We all love our daily cups of tea. Well, many of us do. But what we may not realize is that many of those cups of tea may not be all that good for the environment. And it isn’t just because tea cultivation may be done in environmentally harmful ways….