Environment

‘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”...

3 Malaysians and local groups leading the way in zero-waste

Most of us are familiar with environmental organisations such as WWF-Malaysia, set up in 1972; the Malaysian Nature Society, whose origin dates back to 1940; and Greenpeace Malaysia, established in 2017. For a long time, environment-related activism was largely carried out by such organisations. However, in recent times, we have seen an increasing number of...

Five ways we are exposed to microplastics every day

When humans began mass usage of plastic in the 1940s, it was a miracle and a blessing. It brought more convenience to our lives and some products became more affordable when they were packaged in plastic. But because plastic isn’t easily biodegradable, the disposal of this polymer has become a massive problem in just a few...

Big Smile, No Teeth: As the Amazon burns, world leaders move urgently to … uninspire us

When the G7 countries met recently in Paris, they discussed the big issue on everyone’s minds: the ongoing burning of the Amazon rainforest in a series of devasting fires. Naturally, you’d hope some inspiring climate leadership would emerge when Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States meet. But nothing did. In fact,...