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Sarawak leading the way in green initiatives

KUCHING: Sarawak is a major player in Malaysia’s fight against global warming, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Ban open burning for good

MIRI: A total ban on the burning of agriculture waste should be imposed to address wildfires and haze in northern Sarawak.

Clear skies can be seen over Kampung Kuala Tutoh in interior Baram, northern Sarawak.

Come down hard on culprits

North view by Stephen Then
MIRI: There are claims that certain unscrupulous landowners are using the current hot weather as an excuse to set fire to clear the forest-vegetation on their unused vacant land in Sarawak.

The skyline over Miri at the peak of wildfires last week. — Stephen Then / The Star

Zero tolerance on open burning

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) will take action against those causing fires through indiscriminate or illegal open burning near power facilities.

Open burning near the 275kV Mambong-Engkilili transmission lines on Aug 15 caused power interruptions to some parts of Kuching.

Blue skies no more

THE haze made an unwelcome return to Sarawak this week, even as it was announced that the 10th Better Air Quality (BAQ) conference will be held in Kuching in November.

A file picture taken last week of the South China Sea fronting Miri city that is not visible due to a veil of haze.

Hotspots and open burning bring back haze

KUCHING: The haze has returned to parts of Sarawak due to the rising number of hotspots in Kalimantan and open burning in the state.

Dousing the flames: A fireman putting out a fire next to a cemetery in Batu Kawa, Kuching. The fire is believed to have started because of extreme heat.

Tackling air pollution

KUCHING: International organisations and delegates will discuss ideas and solutions to air pollution at the 10th Better Air Quality conference to be held here in November.

(From left) The Clean Air Forum Society of Malaysia vice-president Dr Juliana Jallaludin, Peter Sawal and Bathan having a chat after announcing the 10th Better Air Quality conference to be held in Kuching in November.- ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

Need to speed up breakwater project

MIRI: The worsening erosion along the beach at Kampung Batu 1 Kuala Baram has fishermen operating there urging the authorities to expedite the project to construct a breakwater to prevent further erosion.

An early model of the breakwater that is planned for the project.

Awards acknowledge high level of compliance

SIBU: Sarawak Energy has introduced the Contractor Environ­mental Impact Assessment (EIA) Compliance Award 2017 to encourage environmental self-regulation in project implementation.

Sharbini (left) presenting the bronze award to Hock Peng Organisation chairman Datuk Toh Chiew Hock while deputy managing director Dr Francis Toh, (right) looks on.

Focus on self-regulation

KUCHING: The state government has entered into a tripartite agreement with Sarawak Timber Association (STA) and eight timber companies to participate in the Pilot Project for Environmental Compliance Audit.

Sarawak NREB environmental quality controller Peter Sawal (left) exchanging documents with STA honorary secretary Datuk Henry Lau while Len Talif (centre) looks on. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star