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KOTA KINABALU: While awareness on climate change has been progressing over the past couple of years, lack of research, which is needed to influence government policies, dims the light for a sustainable future in the country.

Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Work Group 1 vice-chair Professor Dr Fredolin Tangang opined that when it came to dealing with climate change, Malaysia was one of the countries that still lacked research on the subject to push for better policies encouraging sustainable living.

“We’ve heard of many meetings around the world on this issue but not much has been done in terms of agreement on what should be done,” said Tanggang, when met at the Climate Change (Latest Report) public lecture held at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) here yesterday.

Read more: Malaysia lacks research on climate change – Professor

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PETALING JAYA: The current cooler weather in Malaysia cannot be blamed solely on climate change, said the Metrological Department.

Its National Weather Forecast Centre director Muhammad Helmi Abdullah said natural climate variability was also a huge factor.

Read more: Don’t blame climate change for cooler weather

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Don’t blame the rain (or the lack of it) or politicians for the severe water disruptions that have hit parts of the Klang valley in recent days because its origins can be traced back to human activity.

According to water industry experts, water disruptions such as the one taking place now  as well as flash floods, are going to be more frequent because of human-induced climate change and Malaysia's unwillingness to adapt to it.

Read more: When taps run dry, look in the mirror first before blaming anyone, say experts

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