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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 Malaysia
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
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
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
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
“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…
Published on 17 November 2017
“The judicial system is the only way to get the funds needed to deal with climate change,” Hansen told National Geographic. “Legislation won’t work because that’s where lobbyists rule.”The American climate scientist calls them “carbon majors” and says that a hundred or so companies have been responsible for more than two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, the same year he first warned…
Published on 13 November 2017
Due to the continent’s socio-demographic and economic weight, what happens — or doesn’t happen — in Asia will determine whether the world achieves global sustainability and climate targets. Malaysia is fully committed to being a key part of the global transition to a low-carbon, and eventually carbon-neutral society, with ambitions of achieving this by 2050. The historic Paris Agreement, in force since Nov 4 last…
Published on 6 November 2017
“It all ties up to climate change. The warmer the Earth is, the more water it absorbs. This means the heavier rain,” Wan Junaidi said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today. “Climate change is real. Thousands of scientists believe in it, only a few in America do not.” A flooded residential area in George Town. Source: Reuters As many as 46 evacuation centers…
Published on 3 September 2017
The ignorance of most amateur divers and snorkellers is evident at some of the dive sites closer to the islands, where staghorn and Acropora hard coral species have been damaged, some pulverised after being stepped on by divers posing for pictures. Warnings by dive instructors, who depend on the corals to attract visitors and promote tourism in Pulau Perhentian, have also been also ignored, especially…
Published on 13 August 2017
By burning peatlands to make way for palm oil plantations and vegetable plots, therefore, locals risk destroying these swamps’ ecosystems while simultaneously releasing vast amounts of CO2 back into the atmosphere, thereby exacerbating the effects of climate change. To stop that from happening, Malaysian authorities have pledged to impose harsher penalties on land owners found to burn peat illegally on their properties. There’s a bit…
Published on 9 August 2017
Hosted by the ASEAN Committee in Astana (ACA), which was represented by Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, the anniversary dinner welcomed 400 guests including foreign ambassadors and business industry leaders. The Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), the implementing agency for Malaysia Pavilion at the expo, in a statement, today said celebrating the anniversary in Astana could not have been more apt as the ongoing…
Published on 7 August 2017
Low Carbon Cities, Low Carbon Country Embracing low carbon development approaches for cities and townships is essential towards making Malaysia a low-carbon, climate-resilient green economy. Hence, in 2011, the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water introduced a performance-based system called the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) to guide local authorities and developers in making decisions on greener solutions. There has been a growing interest…
Published on 6 August 2017
For most parts, the changing weather is easy to ignore; we live in towering concrete blocks and retreat to places with air-conditioning on a daily basis. But hundreds of kilometres away from us is truly where the trouble is brewing. Deep in the heart of our jungles, the roar of armies of chainsaws is eliciting the silent cry of our diminishing rainforests. The impact of…
Published on 3 August 2017
He added that Greenpeace is looking forward to working with these organisations in the future. The office is located in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, and serves as a base for 10 Malaysian employees. It also complements the NGO’s other centres in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Sano said Malaysia was an important location to campaign against severe environmental issues in the region such as climate change…
Published on 3 August 2017
This is according to a study released by global pump leader Grundfos and sustainability-focused social enterprise Eco-Business Research titled “Flood controls in Southeast Asia”. The study surveyed 417 sustainability industry leaders across Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. About 20% or 86 respondents, were from Malaysia. The study revealed, nearly 70% of respondents across Southeast Asia predicted that their home country will continue…
Published on 3 August 2017
Renewable energy or clean energy simply refers to energy taken from a source that will not deplete when used. As we all know, the world now runs on fossil fuel which is not renewable. Some of the leading sources of renewable energy technology available in the world today includes solar power, wind power, hydro power (power generated from water) and biomass energy (energy produced by…
Published on 31 July 2017
It’s been an exciting 11 years since the launch of Iskandar Malaysia. We have achieved many milestones. To date, more than 700,000 employment opportunities have been created in the southern Johor region. This exceptional achievement goes in line with Goal 8 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of promoting productive employment and decent work for all. I want to highlight a testimony of a…
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