Even as Asean goes about forming the Asean Community in 2015, a major regional controversy is brewing in the Mekong Delta, where a Malaysian firm Mega First Corporation Bhd plans to build a 256MW dam. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m25!1m8!1m3!1d7806242.792431344!2d105.313198!3d17.187618!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m14!1i0!3e6!4m5!1s0x3128a6c7420d0173%3A0x7a3a73a18748e18a!2sXayaburi+Dam!3m2!1d19.254016999999997!2d101.813667!4m5!1s0x31130ff0c26e905d%3A0x60650fedcf8f235a!2sDon+Sahong+Dam!3m2!1d13.943852999999999!2d105.956283!5e0!3m2!1sen!2smy!4v1418460504950&w=600&h=450] The Don Sahong...
A waterspout was spotted in the northern channel of Penang on 26 November 2014. It is the latest in unusual weather phenomena in the northern region, coming on the heels of a mini-tornado in Kedah a few weeks earlier. The...
A flash of lightning streaks down and seemingly strikes a high-rise building in Penang. Lawyer Karen Lai snapped this photo on 21 October from Komtar, facing south towards Penang Bridge. So this is probably along the Jelutong Expressway...
Environmentalist Leong Yueh Wong weighs in with what he thinks are the possible causes of the flash floods in Penang on 3 October 2014. But before that, here are some words of wisdom (author unknown): Less absorption = MORE runoff More...
Listen to Marshallese poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a journalist, teacher and co-founder of an environmental NGO, read out this poem on behalf of civil society at the UN Climate Summit in New York City last week. And this is the...
On the heels of the 400000-strong People's Climate March in New York, several thousand protesters have descended on Wall Street to "confront the root cause of the climate crisis – an economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers...
Some 400000 people turned up yesterday in New York City for the People’s Climate March, the largest climate rally so far. And this is a view from the ground: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di9hcfgLb5k?rel=0&w=640&h=360] The event was held ahead of the United Nations...
This acoustic solo recording of Neil Young's song, Who’s Gonna Stand Up, was released to coincide with the People's Climate March in New York yesterday. Lyrics below: Who’s Gonna Stand Up Protect the wild, tomorrow’s child Protect the land from the...
As World Environment Day draws to a close, here is some food for thought. The graph speaks for itself. (Does climate change ring a bell?) Another reason to protect our hills and green spaces from the onslaught of...
We are not paying enough attention to climate change and rising sea levels. Even sand mining will affect the environment. The land reclamation for Seri Tanjung Pinang Phase 2 will require 33 millon cubic metres of sand or fill...

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