Scientists scramble as rising sea temperatures are expected to decimate coral reefs. A story in the Asia’s Water Crisis project.
CORAL REEF ecologist Affendi Yang Amri had hated the idea of coral restoration for most of his 27-year career.
Wary that opportunists would ramp up destructive coastal works if corals could be “restored” elsewhere later, he preferred protecting existing corals rather than fixing damaged ones.
But in 2018, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned of an imminent coral collapse worldwide.
(Summer Bay House Reef at Lang Tengah Island, Terengganu. | Photo: KL Chew)
Lack of action and funding ring the death knell for coral reefs in the face of warming seas, warns marine ecologist Sebastian Szereday.
CORAL REEFS are the ocean’s most biodiverse ecosystems and provide food, coastal protection and income for many Malaysians.
However, the current threats to coral reefs are acute, and as a coral reef ecologist, I am deeply concerned about the lack of action, management and funding for their conservation. Besides local damage, climate change has become the grim reaper of coral reefs.
(Photo: Mass coral bleaching can result in nothing but dead coral rubble. | Pic by Atkinson Tan for Coralku)
Floods might hog the current natural disaster news in Malaysia, but landslides are occurring too. Does Malaysia have what it takes to handle landslides?
CARRYING her one-month-old baby, Pricila Gracelyn rushed out from her hillside house in Penampang, Sabah in terror and pain as a big falling tree and cascading mud almost split her home into two.
“I was just about to lay my baby down on the bed when I suddenly heard a loud sound coming from above us. I thought it was thunder,” remembers Gracelyn.
“Maybe it’s my instincts, I carried my baby and escaped from the room, and in a blink [of an eye], our house was destroyed by the landslide.”
(Composite photo: Soil and trees destroyed Gracelyn’s house in Penampang, Sabah in September | Pics by Pricila Gracelyn)
Coal Can Be Costly—Who's Paying?
Text and Photos: Nicole Fong
Editor: YH Law
Published: 22 December 2021
(Cover Photo: Pieces of coal litter the beach by a jetty that was used to transport coal in Port Dickson | Pic by Nicole Fong)
Malaysia favours coal as a cheap source of energy. But for the communities living near the power plants, coal exacts a high price. This is Part 2 of a series that examines coal-use. Read Part 1 here.
MALAYSIA runs on coal. The black, solid remains of plants that died millions of years ago now make up 43% of our energy supply.
In 2000, coal contributed to only 7% of our energy mix, but our demand has risen steadily since.
(Photo: The coal-fired Kapar Power Plant in Selangor | Pic by Nicole Fong)
It is in virtually everything that is constructed but cement has a climate impact that needs addressing.
CEMENT is a key material in construction. According to the UN, the cement industry is the fourth largest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitter by fuel type after coal, oil and gas.
And Asia dominates as the emitter of industrial greenhouse gasses emissions from cement, iron and steel, reports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2014).
But compared to fossil fuels, cement is not as widely known for its contribution to the climate crisis.
(Photo: From buildings to pavements, cement is everywhere around us. | Photo by SL Wong)