Monday, January 23, 2017

How to manage plastic bags at home and landfill sites? We need to work hard to change our mind set and life style from public to politician. We are going to live in developed country so we must change our thinking and life style. Leave primitive way of life behind and make it as a history of our life.
Published on Jan 16, 2017
AHLI PANEL - ISMAIL MOKHTAR, Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal Negara dan PROF. DR. AHMAD ISMAIL, Presiden Persatuan Ekologi Malaysia.

Japan streets ahead in global plastic recycling race: Are we going to politicise the plastic issues in our country OR we want to let our future generations inherit the effect of plastic contamination.

Japan is one of the most successful countries in the world for recycling plastics. In 2010, 77% of plastic waste was recycled, up from 73% in 2006 and 39% in 1996, according to the nation's Plastic Waste Management Institute.
The country has passed several recycling laws to address the disposal and treatment of plastic waste since 1997, when businesses and consumers were obliged to separate plastic waste for the first time.

At 77%, Japan's plastic recycling rate is about twice that of the UK, and well above the 20% figure for the US, which still depends largely on landfill, according to institute spokesman Takushi Kamiya. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Alhamdulliah after retired I still move around to give talk on biodiversity and pollution. This is part of my ideas to serve the academic community in my field. Government should take the opportunity to use all the retired professors to continue serving the academic community. We don't have to pay them but just to sponsor their time and millage. We don't have to pay them high if we don't have the money. BUT we cannot sacrifice their knowledge and experience if they are strong and willing.

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Malaysia is also famous with important sites for migratory shore birds. Migratory bird from northern hemisphere migrate south to escape from cold weather. Malaysian must know this and together with naturalist and birds lovers to protect all stop over sites and roosting sites for migratory birds. Malaysian Government is supporting now BUT we still have gaps at the local community, local authority and local agencies.

Another contribution in conserving nature, creating natural environment and educating public old and new generation. Commitment and government intention to develop this Taman Tugu should be supported by all. I really hope the planner and the developers are really understand the concept of rain forest and their ecology. They must consult the right person and experts in the process of planning and developing it. This project is for lonf term and may be permanent, so the good planning is very important.

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Government promise to keep 50% of the country covered by forests is not now but long tome a go. But the deforestation in this country keep continue. We need to work hard to educate the public, policy maker, the politician and the greedy business community. Keeping natural forest is for long term benefit to the country either local community or the country as the whole and including the world climate. All Malaysiian and the Government must understand the important of nature and committed in protecting and conserving nature. Not just protecting but understanding why protecting and conserving nature. For examplwe for pharmaceutical, agriculture, tourism and wildlife conservation.