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Published on 29 May 2019
Malaysia can generate 1.4 times more electricity if all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are fitted with solar panels, compared with the conventional electricity generation of fossil fuel burning. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said there are over 4.12 million buildings with solar rooftop potential in the peninsula. If all these buildings are fitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems,…
Published on 28 May 2019
Malaysia, which has become the dumping ground for the world's plastic waste, will send back non-recyclable plastic scrap to the developed countries that sent it there, its environment minister said on Tuesday.Malaysia last year became the leading alternative destination for plastic scrap after China banned imports of such waste, disrupting the flow of more than 7 million tonnes of plastic scrap a year. Dozens of…
Published on 11 April 2019
KUANTAN, MALAYSIA — Companies and governments around the world are anxiously watching the fate of a sprawling industrial facility 30 kilometers north of this city on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. The 100-hectare Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) produces 10% of the world’s output of rare earth oxides (REOs), minerals needed in technologies including mobile phones, hard drives, fiber optic cables, surgical lasers, and cruise…
Published on 2 April 2019
Palm oil has become a key ingredient in everyday goods from biofuels to chocolate, leading to a production boom in the world’s top two growers, Indonesia and Malaysia. But green groups blame rapid expansion of plantations for laying waste to the jungle that is home to orangutans and other animals, as well as tribespeople’s lands, and sustained environmental campaigns have damaged its image in the…
Published on 20 February 2019
Sustainable consumption is an activity defined by population growth, economic activities, technology choices, social values, and policies. In stimulating sustainable consumption, the involvement of the government in environmental issues is fundamental. The role of government is necessary to provide supervision and legislation. The degree of global climate change as evidenced by global warming, ozone layer depletion and a variety of other problem have boosted…
Published on 15 January 2019
Holistic, Structured At Malaysia Airports, we are keenly observing the global trends. And we are translating many of them into action. To begin with, Malaysia Airports’ CSR is a subset of its corporate sustainability framework and is embedded within the community-friendly organization strategy (see diagram). It covers all-touch points of the company. These include employees, community, environment and ethical business practices. Our community-friendly…
Published on 14 January 2019
Some 90% of the world’s waste is exported, but just 9% of it is recycled. The remainder is either burnt, stored in landfill, or dumped. China’s ban changed the dynamics of the recycling industry China introduced a ban on the import of any plastic less than 99.5% pure in January 2018. It had an enormous impact on the global recycling market, which is worth…
Published on 14 January 2019
EU should reconsider the proposal so that it does not affect the livelihood of small farmers, Tiow WengTheongsaid. He said Malaysia had taken the necessary steps and successfully implemented environmental control measures while enhancing the community’s living standards through oil palm cultivation activities. The EU had claimed that Malaysia cultivated oil palm at the expense of damaging the environment, affecting climate change and impacting…
Published on 9 November 2018
The 1.5°C target was derived from a global pact made by 195 nations in Paris in 2015 to strengthen global response to climate change by “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.” Alarmingly, current levels ofhuman–inducedwarming are already about 1°C above pre-industrial levels. Even this increase…
Published on 25 September 2018
At the forefront of this mission is the Roadmap to Zero Single-Use Plastic 2018-2030, which will be unveiled on Oct 17, says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin. “Malaysia is the eighth largest producer of plastic waste in the world. Plastic waste is the second biggest type of waste in the country after food. “We need a proper roadmap with…
Published on 20 September 2018
WWF-Malaysia said in a statement that this proposal to use coal as an energy source had been strongly opposed and turned down during the previous government. “WWF-Malaysia supports the Malaysian government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement of holding temperature increase to below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels,” it said. This statement was issued in response to…
Published on 26 July 2018
This is the third year it is being celebrated after it was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) at its 38th General Conference in Paris on Nov 6, 2015. Mangroves are established mainly on sheltered tropical and subtropical coastlines. Although mangroves cover one percent of the earth’s land mass, they play important roles and contribute significantly to global sustainability. Maintaining…
Published on 26 July 2018
Malaysian Green Technology Corp (GreenTech Malaysia) is currently spearheading a working paper on a potential electric-based second national car project. GreenTech Malaysia CEO Dr Mohd Azman Zainul Abidin (picture) said the national car proposal is being worked on by a high-level committee within the Ministry of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment (METSCE). “The committee is working on a proposal to be presented at…
Published on 24 July 2018
Our experience with the tsunami in 2004 and the frequent landslides, hill slope collapses, and sinkholes compel us to take measures. Although we do not have earthquakes and typhoons, as faced by neighboring countries, we have our fair share of natural disasters. As such, it is to our interest to enhance our efforts to minimize the risk of disasters. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr…
Published on 29 May 2018
They approached Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Faculty of Environmental Studies to help them deal with the problem. The problem was relevant to the faculty not only because it was an environmental concern, but it was specifically within the faculty’s research niche, which included the fields of Environmental Quality and Conservation and Environmental Pollution Control Technology. The two parties embarked on a collaboration, comprising environmental forensic…
Published on 26 March 2018 Malaysia
Caring for mangroves is a simple, straightforward love affair. Just by setting them free from vicious anthropogenic disturbances, they in return shall unconditionally defend and serve us to the best of their ability. As a matter of fact, they have been doing this for a very long time. Mangrove forests provide multiple ecosystem services and benefits to humans and nature. Their full functions and roles…
Published on 10 March 2018 Malaysia
There are a number of policies and initiatives, however, which the Malaysian government could introduce to bring its emissions down to levels more comparable to the rest of ASEAN. A peer review was recently conducted under the auspices of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on the Malaysian government’s energy efficiency initiatives, which commended these efforts. But it is Malaysia’s energy mix, or lack thereof, that causes…
Published on 17 January 2018
And among the casualties could be the UNESCO certified World Heritage Site in George Town where a majority of the colonial structures and buildings are within a 109.38 ha area, located in the low lying stretches of the island. This was among the admissions made and discussed at a just concluded symposium on a sustainable Penang in Komtar here. Malaysian Nature Society Penang chapter adviser…
Published on 10 December 2017 Malaysia
Its executive director, I. S. Shanmugaraj told theSun that they have observed the changes in fruiting seasons in both local fruit trees like durians and in wild trees in the forest. "Fruit seasons, even in the trees in the wild, have changed due to the changes in rain and heat patterns. Even the pattern of flowering in plants and trees has changed. When it rains…
Published on 9 December 2017 Malaysia
“I am pleased to announce that Semporna is the first district in Sabah to launch a Coral Bleaching Early Response Plan,” he said, adding that the Semporna Priority Conservation Area had the largest coral reef coverage in Malaysia. The conservation area, which is in the Coral Triangle, is the center of marine biodiversity and provides ecosystem services to people in, and beyond the area. Universiti…
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