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  Malaysians need to chart the right path of action against global warming – WWF
Posted by: superadmin - 52 minutes ago - Forum: Environment Protection News - No Replies

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THE coming National Environment Day 2021 presents Malaysia the golden opportunity to commit ourselves in charting the right course of action against global warming.

This means protecting our environment, reducing our carbon footprint and at the same time creating a competitive edge in a green economy, as well as a holistic formal education that promotes our relationship with nature, said WWF-Malaysia Conservation Director Dr Henry Chan.

“Climate change and climate crisis are no longer buzz words among scientists and environmentalists,” he said in a statement yesterday, in conjunction with the National Environment Day celebration.



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  Climate change putting national rice security at risk: Kiandee
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KUALA LUMPUR – Climate change is posing a threat to the production levels of Malaysia’s staple food, rice, and this is expected to have an adverse impact on the nation’s rice security.

The effects of climate change are being felt increasingly in recent years as the higher risk of occurrence of natural disasters such as floods and prolonged dry spells, as well as shifting rainy seasons and rising sea levels, have influenced water availability.

According to Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (Mafi) data, between 2017 and 2021, a total of 40,828.28ha of padi fields nationwide were destroyed by floodwaters while another 9,336.45ha were damaged due to drought.

In a recent interview, Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said Malaysia’s food security has been affected by the increase in the average annual rainfall every decade, based on the nation’s rainfall records for 40 years, that is, between 1978 and 2017.

Mafi, meanwhile, has also observed an increase in the size of localities experiencing a reduction in average annual rainfall distribution, particularly in the west coast and southern and central parts of Peninsular Malaysia, such as the Sg Pahang and Sg Kuantan basins.


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  Difficult choices could make Melaka polls messy for coalitions, say analysts
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PETALING JAYA: Almost all parties going into the state polls are trapped in internal conflicts and face possible sabotage.

Former academician Azmi Hassan said the coalitions and parties entering the state election would have to take decisions that would affect the results and cooperation between them.

He noted that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had expressed unhappiness over the possibility that one of the four assemblymen who pulled the plug on chief minister Sulaiman Md Ali’s administration, triggering the snap polls, would stand under a Pakatan Harapan ticket.

This is said to have come about after PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim met the four assemblymen.

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  PH risks marring image if it fields gang of four in Melaka polls
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PETALING JAYA: Political analyst Azmi Hassan has cautioned Pakatan Harapan against accepting former Melaka chief minister Idris Haron and his three colleagues into its fold and fielding them in the coming state election.

He said PH’s principles would come into question and it risked being punished by voters.

“By accepting them, I think PH will be demonstrating that it can put its principles aside as long as it can achieve its political objective,” Azmi told FMT. “It will not serve PH’s political purpose. Instead, it will backfire.”

Another analyst, Wong Chin Huat, said questions would be asked about PH’s stand on party hopping should it accept the four assemblymen, whose resignation caused the fall of the state government.

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  Man wants to invite 10,000 strangers to his home for dinner
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A 35-year-old man in Chongqing who plans to invite 10,000 strangers to his home for dinner within 10 years has grabbed attention recently.

Hao Shuai launched the project in January and has hosted free dinners in his downtown apartment in Chongqing's Yubei district.

Each month, Hao holds four to six dinners in his 30-square-meter kitchen, accommodating 10 to 12 people each time. So far, he has invited more than 1,600 people, spending more than 10,000 yuan ($1,554).

He said the food cost for each meal is less than 200 yuan, and the real cost is time. "But if you consider cooking a relaxation and enjoyment, it is not a burden at all," he said.

Born in a village in the district in 1986, Hao was raised with a natural love for food — his father was a chef, and his mother ran a food stall for more than 30 years.

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  How trading CO2 could save the climate
Posted by: superadmin - Yesterday, 06:39 PM - Forum: Environment Protection News - No Replies

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For its proponents, a global carbon market could significantly reduce the world's carbon emissions. But its critics say that giving polluters the option to pay for their emissions is not the answer to climate change.

In July, wildfires scorched vast swathes of North America. In Oregon, the Bootleg fire destroyed more than 400,000 acres of forest. As the trees went up in smoke, so did a large number of carbon offsets, including ones that had been bought by firms such as BP and Microsoft.

The Bootleg fire highlighted one of the flaws of the carbon offsetting market: how can we ensure the carbon removal projects we invest in will still be there in 10 years, let alone 100 years? As climate change leads to more intense wildfires and prolonged droughts over the next few decades, the question is whether these offsets are effective tools that can help us drastically reduce carbon emissions.

The largest market for carbon offsetting to date will be under discussion in November at the 26th United Nations' Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), in Glasgow. Governments say carbon credits, and a global carbon market where these credits can be bought and sold, can help them achieve ambitious emissions reduction targets. But campaigners warn that such a system provides rich countries with a license to keep polluting.


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  Luna the sun bear cub’s birth a pleasant surprise
Posted by: superadmin - Yesterday, 06:31 PM - Forum: Environment Protection News - No Replies

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SANDAKAN – On May 20 this year, the world’s only conservation centre for sun bears, the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in Sepilok, here, was shocked over a pleasant surprise. 

One of its female captive bears, Bintang, had given birth to a female infant bear.

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) founder Dr Wong Siew Te said the birth was completely unexpected. But it was bound to happen as the rescued bears at the centres have grown older. They are also kept mixed at a compound that is surrounded by the forest.

It was the first sun bear’s birth in captivity at the centre in the last 10 years.

The cub, later named "Luna" by supporters of BSBCC on Facebook, was at first taken care of by Bintang. 

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  Don’t take Zahid’s word on Muafakat as law: Idris
Posted by: superadmin - Yesterday, 06:25 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

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KUALA LUMPUR – PAS is still awaiting the Umno Supreme Council’s decision on their political cooperation under Muafakat Nasional (MN), said PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad.  

He insisted that Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s desire for his party to contest solo in the Melaka election should not be accepted as an official decision.

“As of now, the Umno Supreme Council has not said such a thing. Therefore, we will only depend on the official decision. Don’t divide us,” he said today when met by press members after attending a Maulidur Rasul celebration in the capital today.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) said his party’s main focus now is to ensure that Pakatan Harapan does not return to power in the state. 

The MN political alliance between Umno and PAS was formed in September 2019.

Last Tuesday, Zahid raised questions over the Umno-PAS cooperation under MN as the Melaka election looms. 

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  Why didn’t you object to Najib’s passport application, AGC asked
Posted by: superadmin - Yesterday, 06:09 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

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PETALING JAYA: The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) has urged the attorney-general’s chambers (AGC) and the prosecution team to explain why there was no objection to Najib Razak’s application for temporary custody of his passport.

In a statement, C4 said it was appalled that the former prime minister has been allowed to travel abroad, especially since he had already been convicted for corruption and criminal breach of trust.

It was reported yesterday that the Court of Appeal had allowed the temporary release of Najib’s impounded passport to enable him to visit his daughter Nooryana Najwa, who is due to give birth in Singapore.

A three-member bench chaired by Kamaludin Md Said unanimously agreed to allow the application after hearing submissions from Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Fairuz Johari did not raise any objection.


“There are real reasons for concern about flight risk, as he (Najib) is appealing (against) his conviction and continues to face more daunting charges in court, all related to 1MDB and its subsidiaries. He is also appealing against the RM1.69 billion in fines to be paid to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

“In addition, the 1MDB scandal was again named in the Pandora Papers, and linked to Russian and Indian frauds, signalling no end to this gargantuan financial heist, in which he is a central figure,” it said.


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  Israel said to approve $1.5 billion budget for potential strike on Iran
Posted by: superadmin - Yesterday, 01:59 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

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Israel has approved a budget of some 5 billion shekels ($1.5 billion) to be used to prepare the military for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear program, Channel 12 reported Monday.

The NIS 5 billion budget is made up of NIS 3 billion from the previous budget and an additional NIS 2 billion from the next budget slated to be approved by the government in November,

It includes funds for various types of aircraft, intelligence-gathering drones and unique armaments needed for such an attack, which would have to target heavily fortified underground sites, the unsourced report said.

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