Environment

‘We’re consuming the equivalent of one credit card a week from various sources’

By SL WONG While he was undergoing a health check-up, Malaysian marine biologist Dr Yusof Shuaib Ibrahim had a question for his doctor: “Can you observe plastic in the human gut?” (Photo above shows microplastics on a beach in the Canary Islands; marine animals end up ingesting 5mm pieces that can travel up the food chain and into human stomachs. Photo: 123rf.com) Consultant gastroenterologist...

Extinction rate of flora, fauna, animals is a crisis of humanity

More than 1,300 conservationists from 87 countries descended on Kuala Lumpur to attend one of the world’s biggest conferences on conservation biology. Themed “Conservation Beyond Boundaries: Connecting Biodiversity With Communities, Governments And Stakeholders”, the Inter-national Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) was held for the first time in Malaysia. The five-day event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention...

Curious Cook: Facing up to climate change

There is a little book on climate change that everyone should read. It is only 60-odd pages, written by a young Swedish lady called Greta Thunberg and in it, she questions why our societies are ignoring the warnings from a growing majority of scientists. There are many scientific warnings about how we humans as a...

Human Writes: The guardians of Malaysian forests need your support

Imagine if strangers trespass and wreck your land, ruining your livelihood, then seize it with impunity. This is a habitual reality for native communities in Malaysia. In Sungai Buri, an area in Sarawak’s Baram River basin, this occurred in mid-2013. Villagers found, to their horror, workers felling their communal forests and wrecking family farms. In...

There’s a Finnish company that wants to replace plastic completely

Waste not, want not. This seems like a fitting adage for much of the waste problems plaguing the world now.In Finland, though, there are start-ups and enterprises that actually want the world’s waste as they seek opportunities to make money from garbage.The Nordic country’s government has embraced the circular economy where the lifespan of...