Environment

LUSH green fields blanket northern Egypt’s Nile Delta, but the country’s agricultural heartland and its vital fresh water resources are under threat from a warming climate. The fertile arc-shaped basin is home to nearly half the country’s population, and the river that feeds it provides Egypt with 90% of its water needs. But climbing temperatures
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Like most of the more than two million Twitter users in Malaysia, Muhammad Hazwan Azahar (@HzwnAzhr) usually tweets out memes and bits about his life to his 370 followers. Until the day he tweeted about the Malayan tiger…. After reading a news article about the Indonesian government closing Komodo National Park for a year to
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Come Feb 5, 2019, the Chinese calendar will be starting a new year, and based on the 12-animal Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Earth Pig. Those born in the year of the pig are said to be good-tempered, kind-hearted and loyal, although a tad gullible. However, the animal itself has a less
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The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent bulletin contained an article focused on the palm oil sector. The article was full of errors, omissions, assumptions and other evidence of bias. The fact that those biases exist is a major problem, but the wider problem is the following: The WHO article’s stated concern was that the palm
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It all started with a Star2 story published on July 18 last year . The article, titled ‘Towards a positive change’, was about Malaysian director/producer Mark Lee becoming a finalist in the Picture This Festival For The Planet film competition organised by Sony Pictures Television Networks, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. His three-and-a-half
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PETALING JAYA: Strong winds from Tropical Storm Pabuk have wreaked havoc in the seas off Kelantan and Terengganu but those in the west coast, especially in the northern states, should also be bracing for such condition as it moves towards the Andaman Islands. Pabuk, which started forming in the South China Sea since New Year’s
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CAMERON HIGHLANDS: A memorandum on issues linked to farmers in Cameron Highlands has been presented to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The memorandum was handed over by six key farmers’ associations and, among others, touched on the temporary occupation licence (TOL), lack of manpower, increased input costs and threats from
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DRIVERLESS cars, sprawling parks, a state-of-the-art railway and disaster-proof infrastructure. These are just some of the highly anticipated features of New Clark City, a flagship project in the US$180bil (RM750bil) “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure agenda of the Philippines. Located 100km north of Metro Manila, New Clark City is designed to become the country’s first smart
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In a dimly lit corner of a bustling market in Mexico City, vendors of amulets, voodoo dolls and other mystical objects sell tiny, taxidermied hummingbirds as charms to bring luck in love. Sold for about US$100 (RM400) each, the lifeless corpses are a symbol of the threats faced by hummingbirds, which are known for their
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THE Katowice Climate Package – ie, the rule book on climate change that was agreed to earlier this month in Katowice, Poland – is disappointing in that it did not make a strong resounding call for enhanced ambition to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on what
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