Air Pollution can cause Preterm Births

Air Pollution can cause Preterm Births

Air pollution debilitates and kills. It may cause Alzheimer’s disease. It may increase the risk of obesity. And it may make us perform worse at work. Now here is another adverse health effect that air pollution may cause: premature births. According to a new scientific study conducted by The Stockholm Environment Institute…

Harsher Penalties for Open Burning

Harsher Penalties for Open Burning

And here it comes – trans-boundary haze from Indonesia, that is. Every summer, regular as clockwork, forest and peat fires set in Indonesia for clearing land waft over the border with Malaysia to cover much of the countHry in noxious fumes for days and weeks at a time. The haze…

Air Pollution ‘Increases Risk of Obesity’

Air Pollution ‘Increases Risk of Obesity’

The twin evils of sedentary urban lifestyles are obesity and pollution, and for many people exposure to pollution and a risk of obesity both start in childhood. But here’s the kicker: being exposed to high levels of pollution boosts children’s chances of developing obesity with its attendant cardiovascular and metabolic…

Haze in Malaysia 2015: Same Old Script, New Solutions

Haze in Malaysia 2015: Same Old Script, New Solutions

This article is an exclusive contribution from Eliani Ezani.  Eliani holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health and is conducting research on airborne pollution for a PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.  Originally from Malaysia, Eliani combines her personal experience with…

Solution for Air Pollution in Malaysia Finally Aided by Indonesia

Solution for Air Pollution in Malaysia Finally Aided by Indonesia

Less than a year ago, Indonesia finally ratified the ASEAN Agreement on Tranboundary Haze Pollution. Malaysia can now hold Indonesia accountable to reduce the amount of air pollution it unintentionally exports to Malaysia. Though transboundary air pollution is common in Southeast Asia, the relationship between Malaysia and Indonesia has been…