Getting Back to the Main Purpose of Going Environmental
The title of today's post might sound weird, but it is what all of us should do because we often tend to accidentally miss out the point of going green when we are pushing for a sustainable cause. As an environmentalist (no matter you are studying or working in any field), we want the best for the environment and we also hope that people around us do the same as well. Besides showering our peers with 'environmental-friendly behaviour', we might involve ourselves as the organisers or volunteers f... Read more
Interview with ThuleTuvalu’s director, Matthias von Gunten
For the MESYM Documentary Night #21 we'll screen ThuleTuvalu, a film featuring the people living in Thule, the northernmost city in Greenland, and Tuvalu, a remote pacific island state. Whereas in Thule the ice is melting, Tuvalu is slowly drowning in the rising sea. Thus Thule and Tuvalu, even though far away from each other, are intimately related due to climate change.
After watching the film, we will have a Skype Q&A with the film director, Matthias von Gunten. To understand more ... Read more
Borneo orangutan dies
I got an email from sumofus.org with some horrifying news. I'm sorry to have to share this.
Devastating news. An orangutan has died after being found on a palm oil plantation in Borneo with 40 air rifle pellets in her body.
She was found inside a palm oil plantation in the Central Kalimantan province, the third largest province in Indonesia that’s covered in dense tropical rainforest and peatland swamps, and internationally acknowledged as a sanctuary for the endangered orangutan.
I... Read more
What Is Wrong with Mega Dams? – The Baram Dam Project
When we talk about renewable energy, it is about the production of electricity using renewable resources such as sun light and wind, which won't be depleted. Some people might suggest hydroelectricity which is obtained through the turning of turbines using the gushing of water from a higher elevation (potential energy to mechanical energy to electrical energy) which does not use up any resource as well. The most renowned hydroelectrical dam in China - Three Gorges Dam at Yangtze River which cov... Read more
A look into the TPPA: Environmental risks abound
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement in the process of negotiation by 12 countries including Malaysia, the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan. It contains 29 chapters covering trade and other aspects, and is controversial for its opacity, as the content of the agreement is kept secret before signing.
Over the weekend, the Bar Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee organis... Read more
Malaysia Human Development Report 2014
Hi, I just received an email from UNDP about the release of the first Malaysia Human Development Report 2014, so below I share it with everyone.
The Malaysia Human Development Report 2013 (MHDR) is the country’s first nationally-owned, independent report of its kind, with a focus on inclusive growth. Themed Redesigning an Inclusive Future, the report is an analysis of the country’s development since the New Economic Policy (NEP) was implemented in 1971.
What's the connection between... Read more