Environment

TikTok inspires Singapore’s next-generation leaders to act on Sustainable Development through the #Zerowaster Challenge

TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, is partnering with Global Initiatives to launch the environment-themed #zerowaster challenge in Singapore from 8-10 November 2019. By offering a home for creative expression, TikTok sees millions of creators around the world showcasing their authentic selves and incredible skills every day. The #zerowaster campaign is set to mobilize TikTok’s creative community in Singapore and …

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Malaysia hands jail term to laundrette cat killer

A Malaysian man who killed a pregnant cat by putting it into a laundrette dryer has been sentenced to 34 months in jail, official media reported, in a case that sparked outrage. K. Ganesh was handed the prison term Tuesday after being found guilty of breaking animal protection laws at the self-service laundry outside Kuala Lumpur in September last year, …

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Indonesia must probe environmentalist’s ‘suspicious’ death: HRW

The death of an Indonesian activist leading a lawsuit to block a Chinese-funded hydroelectric dam has raised “numerous alarm bells” and should be investigated, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. Golfrid Siregar, 34, a lawyer and activist at the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), was found injured and unconscious on a street in Sumatra’s Medan city last week. He died …

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Malaysia finds hornbill ‘ivory’ in massive wildlife seizure

Almost 800 animal parts including a huge stash of hornbill “ivory”, pangolin scales and deer’s antlers, have been seized in a raid on Borneo island, officials in Malaysia said on Thursday. Borneo’s vast jungles are home to a kaleidoscope of rare creatures but they are frequently targeted by poachers who sell their parts to collectors and for use in traditional …

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Suspects of Indonesia’s forest and land fires largely comprise S’pore and M’sian firms: Environment and Forestry Ministry Director-General

A large number of the companies being investigated by the Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) for their involvement in forest and land fires leading to haze are foreign ones, including those from Singapore. Indonesian daily Tempo reported Wed (2 Oct) that two of the 20 foreign companies that have been publicly identified by KLHK as suspects are Singapore-based …

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Ocean plastic waste probably comes from ships, report says

by Ivan Couronne Most of the plastic bottles washing up on the rocky shores of Inaccessible Island, aptly named for its sheer cliffs rising from the middle of the South Atlantic, probably come from Chinese merchant ships, a study published Monday said. The study offers fresh evidence that the vast garbage patches floating in the middle of oceans, which have …

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Haze: S’pore sends diplomatic note to Indonesia on hotspots, NEA requests more information on S’pore firms being investigated, says Masagos

Singapore has sent a diplomatic note to Indonesia “over the escalation of hotspots”, in addition to seeking and offering in return assistance in managing said hotspots, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli in a Facebook post yesterday evening (26 Sep). Stating that “stronger action” is needed to prevent the reoccurrence of haze in Southeast Asia, which …

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Inconvenient truth about palm oil’s role in the haze

Written by The Oil Palm, a project of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), dedicated to promoting the benefits of Malaysian Palm Oil, the world’s essential oilseed crop. No doubt, the haze currently engulfing much of South-East Asia, including Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia is horrible – both for humans and their health, and the planet and her lungs. This year it …

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