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Apart from the unique architecture, the clothes are also an important aspect of the Minangkabau, who make up the majority ethnic group in Negri Sembilan.
While the white-rumped shama is the most trafficked songbird, other Malaysian species are also catching the eye of enthusiasts and being illegally trapped and sold.
A fowl trade on the rise is emptying forests in Malaysia and the region of the lovely sounds of the murai batu as poachers catch them to sell to Indonesian bird enthusiasts.
A scientific expedition into the Panti Bird Sanctuary turns up a host of ecological treasures that have no business thriving at this level on a mountain.
The 30-member team grapples with sexist stereotypes in ultra-conservative Aceh province, and authorities who are indifferent to the environmental destruction wrought by illegal logging and land clearance for the region's many coffee plantations.
An Indian social business that leads Himalayan treks to set up solar micro-grids in remote mountain villages plans to expand its clean-energy work to other countries facing similar challenges, after winning a United Nations climate award.
Ancient peatlands drained for development are sinking, drying out and releasing tonnes of greenhouse gases.
Environmental groups won't be happy, as they have warned that such projects mostly exploit peatland areas and encourage forest fires.
Check out these drawings by Malaysian children on endangered orangutans