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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 Malaysia
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 Malaysia
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 Malaysia
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 Malaysia
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 Malaysia
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
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…
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