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Thailand's southern coastline and string of islands are home to some of the world's most prized white sand beaches and scuba sites, and the booming tourism industry props up Thailand's lagging economy. -AFP filepic

Thailand closes dive sites over coral bleaching crisis

26 May 2016

BANGKOK: Thailand has shut down 10 popular diving sites in a bid to slow a coral bleaching crisis, an official said Thursday, in a rare move to shun tourism profits to protect the environment.

Indonesia arrests three men accused of poaching Sumatran tigers

26 May 2016

JAKARTA: Three men accused of poaching rare Sumatran tigers in Indonesia have been arrested, an official said Thursday, with police seizing animal hides, bones and teeth during raids.

In this picture taken on May 25, 2016, Matthias Fekl, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, speaks to guests at T-Park, the new sludge treatment facility in Tuen Mun in Hong Kong. -AFP

Hongkongers pooh-pooh waste treatment plant, despite free spa

26 May 2016

HONG KONG: It is billed as a groundbreaking way to deal with Hong Kong’s human waste, and even includes an onsite spa free to residents, but a new eco-friendly sludge treatment plant has not washed with some locals.

Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that does not use any fuel to fly. Photos: Reuters

This amazing solar plane flies long distances without a single drop of fuel

25 May 2016

Developed to be eco-friendly, the Solar Impulse 2 is a plane that uses solar power to fly. The plane is amazing everyone as it tries to fly around the world.

More woes: Two brown patches cleared land are seen within the Kuala Terla water catchment area in Cameron Highlands.
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Bad news for greens and tourism

26 May 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Cameron Highlands is warming at a faster rate, made worse by the El Nino since beginning of this year. And that’s bad news in all sorts of ways.

Fast to act: Firemen tackling the acid spill at the factory in Bayan Lepas.

Acid leak causes scare at Bayan Lepas factory

26 May 2016

GEORGE TOWN: Quick action by firemen averted a disaster when a tank containing hydrochloric acid in a circuit-board making factory in Bayan Lepas sprung a leak.

Don’t blame us, it’s global warming, say farmers

26 May 2016

IPOH: Farmers have been unfairly blamed for causing the temperature to go up at Cameron Highlands.

Alarm raised as La Nina brings wet dampener

26 May 2016

PETALING JAYA: Experts have sounded the alarm over the state of Cameron Highlands with fears that La Nina will hit by the end of the year.

Ongoing battle: Ramakrishnan has seen an increase in illegal land clearing in the area despite efforts by the authorities to crack down on such activities.

A new clearing – in water catchment area

26 May 2016

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Barely a day after 7.28ha of land here was found to be illegally cleared, another new site has opened up.

Glastonbury fined after human waste leaked into river

25 May 2016

LONDON: Glastonbury, one of the world’s biggest music festivals, was fined by a British court Tuesday after human waste from partygoers at the site polluted a river and killed fish.

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