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PETALING JAYA: Cases of infectious diseases brought about by climate change can be reduced through awareness and education.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai cautioned the public against taking the impact caused by climate change lightly.

He added that a worrisome threat that could emerge during major floods was dengue fever while changes in weather patterns encouraged an increase in mosquito breeding.

Read more: Liow cautions public not to ignore climate change impact

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MALIAU BASIN: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said certain Western critics of Malaysia’s oil palm industry were taking a narrow view of the issue when they ignore the benefits of the industry to those who depend on it for their livelihood.

“The critics fail to understand we have a responsibility to our people who depend on oil palm and this does not include smallholders and companies.

Read more: What we do for environs is SAFE, says Najib

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WITH leading multinational corporations at the forefront to lease green office space, the demand for green buildings in Malaysia will continue to rise as environmental awareness grows and more companies embrace the practice of corporate social responsibility.

Another driver is the growing body of evidence demonstrating that green buildings make financial sense.

CB Richard Ellis (Malaysia) vice-president research, Nabeel Hussain says there is growing recognition that key participants in the country's real estate sector have a responsibility to adopt sustainable building practices and related technologies in order to play a pro-active role in climate change mitigation.

Read more: Demand for green buildings on the rise

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