KUCHING, Malaysia: The world hydroelectric industry's decision to meet in a Malaysian state where dams have uprooted rainforests and native peoples is drawing bitter fire from environmental and tribal groups.

The International Hydropower Association's (IHA) four-day biennial meeting to push "sustainable hydropower" opens Tuesday in Kuching, the languid capital of Sarawak state on Borneo island, and a highly contentious choice.

Read more: Malaysia hydropower meeting to open amid controversy


Fruit vendors in MalaysiaPETALING JAYA - The erratic weather is driving up the price of local fruits, according to wholesalers.

Responding to consumer complaints of recent price hikes, fruit sellers said they had no choice as supply had been low due to the changing weather pattern.

Taman Tun Dr Ismail market fruit wholesaler Rizal Hadi said the price of bananas had increased to RM5 per kilo compared to RM4 per kilo in 2012.

Read more: Malaysia fruit price hikes due to erratic weather


The government and businesses need to have strategic planning to deal with the complex variations of the climate caused by the climate change, an academician said.

Emeritus professor of climate modelling/honorary professor of mathematics at the University College London, Lord Julian Hunt, said global climate change was real and serious with steady increase in the average temperature over land areas of the world and steady rise in sea level especially in equatorial regions.

Read more: Govt, businesses need strategic planning to deal with climate change


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