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There’s a Finnish company that wants to replace plastic completely

Waste not, want not. This seems like a fitting adage for much of the waste problems plaguing the world now. In Finland, though, there are start-ups and enterprises that actually want the world’s waste as they seek opportunities to make money from garbage. The Nordic country’s government has embraced the circular economy where the lifespan […]

Waste and polluting materials like fossil fuels and plastic are being turned green by Finnish companies

Grey whales are dying from malnutrition due to sea ice changes

The grey whales are suffering from malnutrition, and it is because of larger sea ice changes. As sea ice retreats because of our warming climate, the whales are being forced to forage farther north for the abundant food produced when plankton blooms at the edge of the ice.


Malaysia is overflowing with waste and we’re running out of options

Since the Sg Kim Kim crisis broke and sickened almost 4,000 people with noxious fumes in Pasir Gudang, Johor, in March, Malaysians seem to have woken up to a new reality about waste. It’s not just the river that runs through the maze of factories in the industrial area that is a dumpsite for tonnes […]

Waste Is Piling Up in Malaysia And We're Running Out Of Room

Mount Everest has so much garbage left by climbers

After every party it’s time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world’s highest mountain this season has left a government clean up crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that threatens drinking water. Budget expedition companies charge as […]


Berlin’s Tiergarten park attracts singing nightingales

Nightingales flock to the scruffy parks in the German city or Berlin, and sing their little hearts out. Scientists estimate that the population has grown by 6% annually over the past 15 years in Berlin. There are believed to be between 1,200 and 1,700 nightingale pairs in the capital now.


Beautiful beaches in parts of Mexico are getting stinky

Tulum is the kind of beach that vacation dreams are made of: Turquoise water, white sand and an ancient Mayan pyramid overlooking it all. But an unwelcome visitor has invaded this Caribbean paradise: Sargassum, a thick seaweed that has turned the crystalline water brown, filled the air with a rotten-egg smell and washed up on […]


Human Writes: Pretending plantations are forests is killing Orang Asli

It was a tragedy that should not have happened – 18 reported deaths (three official) and 112 people sick among Bateq Orang Asli in Kelantan. Som Yai had to watch helpessly as her husband, Hamdan, turned into a “bag of bones”. She had barely begun to mourn when her three children fell ill and died. […]

Protect orang asli land rights

The many ways to control Aedes and reduce dengue

The dengue virus is transmitted from person to person via the Aedes aegypti mosquito; therefore, decreasing the number of these mosquitoes will mean decreasing the number of dengue cases.

Dengue, dengue control, dengue fever, community initiatives, gotong-royong, Star2.com

Curious Cook: Is sustainability sustainable?

Curious Cook columnist Chris Chan looks at sustainability issues like food waste, toxins in fish and what will happen if bees die.

Why we shouldn’t feed ducks with bread

Bread is a totally unsuitable food for ducks, according to German animal protection organisation Vier Pfoten. This is mainly because it can easily get stuck in their throats, leading to suffocation. When dry bread absorbs water, it can expand in the duck's throat or stomach.