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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Weak enforcement of restrictions to curb Covid-19 infections in rural Indonesia, coupled with farmers opting for cheap ways to clear land, could see a repeat of the forest fires and smoke that choked south-east Asia last year, environmentalists said.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - While city dwellers around the world take some consolation in improved air quality thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, festering garbage dumps, dirty diesel-fuelled generators and frequent forest fires have ensured Mexico City remains smog-filled.
TAKING a lesson from the SARS epidemic in 2003 that shut down universities in Hong Kong and Singapore, Taylor’s invested RM50mil in its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which it had also previously utilised whenever Malaysia’s haze situation caused campus closures.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's air quality saw "incomparable" improvements in the first quarter of this year as a coronavirus outbreak led to rapid declines in industrial activity and transportation, an environment ministry official said on Friday.
SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has scaled back protection for some of the world's most important tropical forests ahead of the worst season for fires because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.
(Reuters) - A massive plume of dust whipped up from the Sahara desert will hover over the U.S. Southeast this weekend, forecasters say, shrouding the region in a brown haze and raising more health concerns in states where the coronavirus crisis is worsening.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian groups are getting together and advocating for reusable face masks to protect the environment.
It has just been under three years since Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim helmed the country’s oldest varsity, University Malaya (UM), but it is in this period that UM has achieved its highest position in the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings since the rankings began in 2004.
PETALING JAYA: Just as most Malaysians are heaving a sigh of relief that the country is in the recovery stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, another problem is looming – the annual haze.