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NRECC, The Ocean Cleanup collaborate to reduce plastic pollution in Malaysian rivers
Environment

NRECC, The Ocean Cleanup collaborate to reduce plastic pollution in Malaysian rivers

The government is committed to fighting river pollution and providing a cleaner and healthier environment for the country through a collaboration with The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit international project with a mission of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic. The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC) in a statement today said the collaboration was inked through a Memorandum of Cooperation, signed by the ministry’s secretary-general Dr Ching Thoo Kim and The Ocean Cleanup founder and chief executive officer Boyan Slat. The ministry said via the memorandum, the two parties will promote and develop cooperation in the removal and management of river plastic waste in Malaysia, to reduce ocean inflows of plastic. “Through this collaboration, the te...
Sarawak Sets National Precedent with Landmark Climate Change Legislation
Environment

Sarawak Sets National Precedent with Landmark Climate Change Legislation

The Sarawak Legislative Assembly achieved a historic milestone by passing the groundbreaking Environment (Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Emission) Bill. This landmark move makes Sarawak the first state in the country to enact legislation specifically targeting climate change. Deputy Minister in the Premier's Department, Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, highlighted the bill's primary goal: safeguarding Sarawak's environment. The legislation outlines strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with the ambitious target of achieving net zero carbon emissions in the state by 2050. Sharifah Hasidah emphasized the absence of parliamentary laws addressing Malaysia's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 20...
Indonesia’s Kalimantan and Sumatra have 466 hotspots causing haze
Environment

Indonesia’s Kalimantan and Sumatra have 466 hotspots causing haze

A total of 353 hotspots have been found in Kalimantan and another 113 in Sumatra, Indonesia, which are predicted to generate haze in numerous Asean countries. Director-general of the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia), Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, stated that several states in east Malaysia would be affected by the effect from Kalimantan. He stated that this condition are expected to last for a few days. "The Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) Model output has shown the forecasted haze trajectory for a period of 72 hours, starting from 0000 Coordinated Universal Time (8am) on Sept 30, until 0000 UTC (8am) on Oct 3. "The trajectory of the haze from Kalimantan is expected to affect Kuching, Serian and Samarahan (in Sarawak) during th...
World’s largest flower risks extinction
Environment, Science

World’s largest flower risks extinction

Most species of the famously large Rafflesia flower, which has long captured the imagination with its enormous speckled red petals, are now at risk of extinction, new research warned last Wednesday. Rafflesia is actually a parasite and lives on tropical vines across parts of South-East Asia, producing blooms that are among the largest in the world. It is something of an enigma, with its flowers emerging unpredictably, and botanists have had limited success propagating it outside its natural environment. One species of the flower is currently classed as “critically endangered”, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). To better understand the plant and its conservation status, an international group of botanists examined 42 known Rafflesia specie...
Malaysia’s largest renewable energy power plant launched
Environment, News

Malaysia’s largest renewable energy power plant launched

Credit: Bernama The largest renewable energy power plant in Malaysia, with a capacity of 12 megawatts (MW), has begun operations at Bukit Tagar Enviro Park (BTEP), Hulu Selangor, Selangor. The trash-to-energy (WtE) facility is one approach for processing solid trash while producing fresh renewable energy. A total of 339 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy can be produced by BTEP from methane gas produced by solid waste at the landfill. According to Nga Kor Ming, Minister of Local Government Development, BTEP is Malaysia's biggest landfill gas power plant. “This energy production can reduce 2.7 million tonnes of carbon under the Clean Development Mechanism, equivalent to planting 43.6 million trees over ten years, reducing the consumption of 296 million litres o...
Malaysia holds great opportunity for solar energy
Business, Environment, Innovation/ Technology

Malaysia holds great opportunity for solar energy

Malaysia and other Southeast Asian nations have a lot of opportunities as a result of the shift toward renewable energy, particularly biofuels. Gavin Towler, chief sustainability officer at Honeywell, stated that roughly 20 years ago, there was a compelling argument for using "more expensive energy" in developing nations. The prevailing concept was to exploit accessible, low-cost energy to increase the standard of living. Towler pointed out, however, that some of the renewable resources already in use are less expensive than non-renewable resources like fossil fuels, a type of energy that has been extensively used. "What has happened is that when the scale of renewable power has grown, renewable energy resources like wind and solar have become cheaper than fossil fuels. So...