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Asian Development Bank Switch to Renewable Energy

ADB bank
Photo Credit: Elga Reyes

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila has moved a step closer to sustainability by switching completely to 100% renewable energy. This significant initiative, by changing its energy dependency from grid electricity to solar and geothermal energy, is the highlight of ADB’s efforts to promote its second year of its ‘No Impact Week’ project. In addition, it is expected to reduce almost half of ADB’s yearly carbon footprint and achieve CO2 emission reduction of more than 9,500 tonnes.


Date & Source: February 28, 2014;

New Forest Map Uncovers the Secret of Sarawak

Photo Credit: The Green Reporter

The release of new forest maps for Sarawak recently uncovered large-scale destruction of rainforests, peat lands and traditional lands which has occurred over the past 50 years. The new online platform revealed that Sarawak has only 11 percent of its primary forests left, which contradicts the 70 percent value claimed by the Sarawak Chief Minister in 2011. Logging and conversion of forest to oil palm plantation are the main culprits for the loss. The tool published by Bruno Manser Fund aims to enhance the degree of transparency in the State by reducing the problem of mismanagement, corruption and misinformation provided by officials. Sadly, the government still plans to explore more traditional lands for mining, hydroelectric dams and timber plantation, leading to more forest destruction.


Date & Source: February 27, 2014, The Green Reporter

Floating Marine Plastics Become New Home for Microbes

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Scientists are currently investigating deeper into the world of Plastisphere, an ecological group of microbial organisms living on floating marine plastic debris, which was only discovered last year. Previous research found that there are at least 1,000 different kinds of microbes living on the floating plastics and some are known to be harmful to animals and humans. This new research shows that they can colonize rapidly on the plastics and prefer a plastic environment. The research not only provides important information to better understand the potential risks of the Plastisphere but to also urge material scientists to create better materials which have the lowest impact possible.


Date & Source: February 24, 2014, Science Daily

Volcanoes to Balance Global Warming …

Photo Credit: DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A study conducted by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory revealed that volcanic eruptions in the early 21st century played an important role in offsetting the warming produced by greenhouse gases. These eruptions have effectively cooled the planet, ‘slowing down’ global warming. The injection of large amounts of sulphur dioxide from volcanic eruptions into the stratosphere increases the formation of tiny droplets of sulphuric acid known as ‘volcanic aerosols’. These aerosols reflect some of the incoming sunlight back into the space, thus cooling down the Earth’s surface and troposphere naturally. Nature is truly marvellous.


Date & Source: February 24, 2014, Science Daily

Recycled Containers as Olympic Building at Sochi 2014

Photo Credit: Bonnie Alter

As a sponsor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Samsung went all out to impress visitors via its Galaxy Studio in the Olympic Park. The Studio was made up of 16 recycled shipping containers, stacked together like Lego building blocks. The building was used for information booths, walls, and was spacious enough for a performance stage. After the Olympics, Samsung will be donating these reusable containers to an educational facility in an effort to minimise waste production.


Date & Source: February 24, 2014; Treehugger

Malaysia Highlights the World in Pink…

pink world
Photo Credit: Eco-Business

The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Google have collaborated with over 40 partners to develop the free Global Forest Watch (GFW) system, a new web app which can be used by the public to track the gain and loss of tree cover around the globe. The system enables users to identify regions of protected areas, logging and mining activities, forest fire alerts from NASA, agricultural commodities, preserved forest landscape and biodiversity hotspots. The features of near-real time monitoring, speed of cloud computing and crowdsourcing make it easier and faster to detect deforestation hotspots and collect evidence, thus allowing NGOs to take immediate actions on companies that are responsible for illegal deforestation. Malaysia is so pink for all the world to see.


Date & Source: February 24, 2014, Eco-Business

Your Car Could Run Palm Gasoline Soon…

In association with Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd (AsiaBio), Nexfuel Ltd, is planning to construct three biofuel production plants in Johor and Pahang. These plants will have 10 million gallons of capacity using Cool Planet’s technology in the fuel production. Nexfuel will local biomass feedstocks such as agricultural waste from palm oil mills.


Date & Source: February 21, 2014; The Star Online.

Polymer Beads to Clean Clothes and Save Water?

beads                                                                                              Photo Credit: Xeros
A British company, Xeros has recently introduced its innovative washing machine which is more efficient in saving water as compared to standard washing machine by using polymer beads to clean clothes. The Xeros’ washing machine uses bead-cleaning technology as the alternative solution to clean clothes with 70 percent less water than standard washing machine. More than a million of polymer beads are require for each cleaning process and they can be reused for up to 100 times before replacement is needed. Xeros claims that the used beads, after replacement, can then be utilised in other polymer industries.


Date & Source: February 20,2014; Smart Planet

Laos Dam Plan May Hasten the Extinction of Mekong Dolphins

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The Laos government’s decision to proceed with the Don Sahong hydropower project in southern Laos could accelerate the extinction of Freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins from Mekong River, now estimated to be only around 85 individuals. The use of explosives in the dam construction process could potentially kill or injure the dolphins, which have highly sensitive hearing systems. Other stress factors for the dolphins include increased boat traffic, changes in water quality and habitat destruction. In order to protect the endangered species, WWF is urgently requesting suspension of the project in consultation with the affected countries in the Mekong River Basin.


Date and Source: February 19, 2014, WWF

Penang State Embraces the Cycling Culture

bicyclePhoto Credit: Charles Mariasoosay and Arnold Loh

The Penang state government is encouraging the cycling culture by creating more bicycle lanes and placing road signs to remind the other road users of cyclists. In the past few years, cycling has become a new trend in Penang with an increasing demand of road bikes and mountain bikes at local bicycle shops. Now, Penangites are not only cycling for recreational purposes or the adrenaline rush but are also using it to commute.


Date & Source: February 17,2014; The Star Online