Environment

Air pollution might be causing you to lose hair

For the first time, research shows that exposure to common air pollutants known as particulate matter (PM), is linked to hair loss in humans. The study was conducted by exposing cells at the base of hair follicles from the human scalp, known as human follicle dermal papilla cells (HFDPCs), to various concentrations of PM10-like dust...

Human Writes: Rising heat on climate change

A shocking video went viral on social media recently showing a sky drenched a dark blood-red in the middle of the day. This ominous, apocalyptic-looking scene was taken in Jambi province, Sumatra, in late September. For locals of Mauro Jambi, there was no second-guessing the cause: the haze. Nearby fires had created such a thick...

‘BeeBlitz’ projects turn to ‘citizen science’ to help data researchers

Dozens of volunteers have spent hours this summer in Forest Park, trying to photograph every bee that passes through homemade 2sq m grids. Known as a “BeeBlitz”, it’s an experiment in citizen science that researchers hope will allow them to collect detailed data on area bee populations. “The project is important,” said volunteer and aspiring...

Why not have a plastic tax? Just tax the people using plastic bags

Will imposing a tax on plastic help to reduce its consumption, and ultimately – hopefully – solve much of the world’s problem with plastics waste? That’s a possibility that the Finnish government wants to study in the country’s Reduce and Refuse, Recycle and Replace plastics roadmap. Its Environment Ministry’s Moisture and Mould Programme director Merja...

Getting supermarket shoppers to stop relying on single-use plastic bags

While most Malaysians may seem reluctant to change their wasteful habits – even at the expense of our country’s environment – Tesco Malaysia corporate services director Azliza Azmel is optimistic that we can. Recounting her visit to a recently opened store in Bagan Ajam, Penang, Azliza says she was surprised to see even the “aunties”...