Budget allocations to protect natural reserves a welcome move
Malaysia Kini, 19 November 2018
The budget announcement on Nov 2, 2018 by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng followed the release of two major global environmental reports – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, and the WWF Living Planet Report (LPR) 2018.
Sustainable finance ideals thrive in Asia
Green Biz, 16 November 2018
Finding the right balance between rapid economic growth and the demands such growth imposes on the environment has been a significant source of debate in developing Asia. In recent years, however, a greater focus on climate-related issues in Asia has resulted in a significant interest in sustainable finance in the region, according to Herry Cho, head of sustainable finance for Asia Pacific at ING Bank.
China's ban on trash imports shifts waste crisis to Southeast Asia
National Geographic, 16 November 2018
When President Donald Trump signed legislation renewing the federal marine debris program, he blamed Asia for fouling the world’s oceans. He named Japan, China, and “many, many countries” for dumping plastic waste that floats over to the West Coast.
Pollution charge on use of plastic bags in Malaysia by 2021
UMMID, 10 November 2018
Malaysia may introduce a state-enforced pollution charge on plastic bags used in hypermarkets, chain stores and restaurants within three years from 2019, said Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin.
Three major unaddressed/unrecognised challenges to health of Malaysian children
Malay Mail, 8 November 2018
There are many challenges to the health of our children in Malaysia. The health needs and challenges have dramatically changed in the past four to five decades. Previously they were predominantly infection related and concerned with mortality of small children. However today, problems that cause significant morbidity have emerged as equally important.