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ASIA’s responses to global climate change underpin the very survival of humankind and other life forms on this planet.

Read more: Towards a carbon-neutral Malaysia by 2050

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A man walks through a muddy road after a flood in George Town, Penang, Malaysia November 6, 2017. Source: Reuters

Malaysian authorities are taking steps to help the thousands of people in its northeastern states of Penang and Kedah who have been hit by one of the worst floods in its history, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Jaafar says today, adding that climate change is one of the causes for the abnormal downpour.

At least seven have been reported dead and thousands have been affected by floods that have submerged cars, damaged buildings and uprooted trees last weekend. Heavy monsoon rains exacerbated by the effects of climate change have caused water levels to rise up to 2.7m, the minister said.

Read more: Malaysia: Climate change behind Penang’s devastating floods

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After the mass coral in 2010, researchers discovered that between five to ten percent of the coral reefs in Malaysian Marine Parks  had died.

Hard coral species at dive sites in Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil are in danger of being completely destroyed by divers and snorkellers who ignore warnings by marine parks not to step on them.

Read more: Careless people damaging our corals

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