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China Suspends Commercialisation of Genetically Engineered Rice and Wheat

Photo Courtesy: Cifor.org

by Chee Yoke Ling After several years of scientific and public debates it is reported that China will not commercialise genetically modified (GM) staple food crops such as rice and wheat for the next 5 to 10 years. The widely read Economic Observer, a financial weekly publication, citing a source close to the Ministry of Agriculture […]


October 6th, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture/Food,Biodiversity & Ecosystems,China,World | Read More »

Indigenous tribe in Borneo lose land to Bakun Dam

Bakun Dam Photo: Sarawak Report.org

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Members of an indigenous tribe in Borneo lost a case in Malaysia’s top court Thursday challenging the state’s seizure of land to build a massive dam. The verdict capped a decade-long legal struggle by a group of villagers who claim authorities in Malaysia’s eastern Sarawak state unlawfully wrested away land occupied by […]

September 8th, 2011 | Posted in Biodiversity & Ecosystems,Malaysia/Thailand/Myanmar/Cambodia,S.E.Asia/Australasia | Read More »

What can shore lovers do about the oil spill in Singapore?

Oil spill reaches Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin, Singapore  Photo: Hang Chong

Just as the Gulf Coast of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, USA is grappling with a major oil spill from the BP operated offshore rig, the hard reality of an oil spill hit home in Singapore. Two oil tankers collided to spill 2,500 metric tons of crude oil in the Singapore Strait, 13 kms off the […]

May 29th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity & Ecosystems,S.E.Asia/Australasia,Singapore | Read More »

Nestlé buckles to Greenpeace pressure on Unsustainable Palm Oil

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Greenpeace’s two month long campaign against the multinational food and consumer goods giant, Nestlé’s use of unsustainable palm oil sources has shown results. Nestlé announced in a press release that they will partnering with the non-profit organisation, The Forest Trust, to systematically identify and exclude companies owning or managing high risk plantations or farms linked to deforestation. According […]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Biodiversity & Ecosystems,Green Events/Campaigns,S.E.Asia/Australasia | Read More »

Global Biodiversity Outlook: Bleak but not too late


by Ria Tan The report card on global biodiversity is out. And the results are not good. But there is still hope. What is the Global Biodiversity Outlook? It is a report based on scientific assessments, national reports submitted by governments and a study on future scenarios for biodiversity. It is produced by the Convention […]

May 13th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity,Biodiversity & Ecosystems | Read More »

“Biodiversity loss rampant: everyone must act now”

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In 2002, world leaders agreed to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. Sadly, a recent study found that “biodiversity is still being lost as fast as ever, and we have made little headway in reducing the pressures on species, habitats and ecosystems.” Published in the journal Science, the study confirms what conservationists […]

April 30th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity & Ecosystems | Read More »

Stanford scientists link ocean acidification to prehistoric mass extinction


In a new study released by Stanford University in April 2010, scientists have found evidence that links ocean acidification due to volcanic eruptions 250 million years ago, with the wiping out of 90% of marine species and 75% of land species. This event called the “end-Permian” extinction has conditions parallel to the combination of ocean acidification that […]

April 29th, 2010 | Posted in Biodiversity & Ecosystems,Climate Change,Water,World | Read More »


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