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On 2nd of June 2017, the whole world was shocked by the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement.

This unprecendented move means the USA as the first major superpower in the world to pull out from the agreement, joining only Syria and Nicaragua as the countries in the United Nations not acceding to the Paris Agreement.

With the USA pulling out of the Paris Agreement, it sparked a whole debate again on whether climate change is real, and is it an issue that we should be wary of.

Because if even the leader of the free world doesn’t seem to believe in climate change, then is it something that we should concern ourselves with?

Even the Malaysian Climate Change Group has spoken out against President Trump’s decision, calling it “unethical and immoral”.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, perhaps due to our year round hot and humid weather, many of us seem not to really care about global warming, especially in the grassroots level. Maybe it is because in Malaysia, the effect of global warming is not so apparent as other countries.

But still, although it might not be an immediate concern right now, it is still imperative that Malaysians are educated about the dangers of climate change and global warming, and start taking action.

So, what can we do to raise awareness and action against climate change in Malaysia? To understand more about this topic Malaysian Digest decided to speak to a few experts in the field of climate change, so that they can share their thoughts.

Read more: You Think Climate Change Is Someone Else’s Problem? Here's How Malaysia Is Already At Risk

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Traditional agricultural education is focused on increasing production to sustain a growing and increasingly urban and industrial population. FILE PIC

AGRICULTURE is a major contributor to the Malaysian economy as a supplier of food, export earnings and employment generation. Thus, ensuring an appropriately skilled workforce is critical to maintaining and improving our agricultural productivity and global competitiveness.

Read more: Repositioning agricultural education for development

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ZIPPING up his wet suit, Dr Affendi Yang Amri dives overboard 24 nautical miles (37 km) southeast of Mersing, Johor, to inspect a section of Pulau Tinggi’s coral reefs. His “living” laboratory lies in the depths of the ocean where corals grow in abundance, forming the foundation of many marine ecosystems.

Diving in the open seas is all in a day’s work for Affendi, and forms part of his continuing research to understand the effects of climate change in the oceans, such as rising water temperatures and rising levels of acidity on coral reef population.

Coral reefs occupy one-tenth of one per cent of the ocean floor, but they provide habitat for a quarter of the world’s fish. With the world so dependent on the oceans for food and natural resources, he wants to understand how coral reefs would adapt to a changing environment.

Discovering the hidden treasures of Tioman, Pahang.Pictures COURTESY OF Dr Affendi Yang Amri.

Read more: The coral champion

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