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Month: May 2022

NGOs urge all state governments to follow Selangor’s example and stop plastic waste imports

Selangor’s Exco for State Tourism and Environment, YB Hee Loy Sian announced on 19 May 2022 five new policies with regard to the operation of plastic waste recycling factories in the state, including not allowing the import of plastic waste for the purpose of recovery or final disposal by factories that conduct plastic waste recycling processes. Non-governmental organizations comprising the...
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Songbirds need to be protected from human greed

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is as equally concerned as the National Task Force (NTF) agencies at reopening Malaysia’s international borders. The opened borders will certainly entice poachers to return to the Malaysian jungles and help themselves to our wildlife heritage. This may spell doom for the country’s many endangered wildlife particularly our songbirds which are in high...
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10 WAYS TO CUT YOUR FOOD’S CARBON FOOTPRINT

EAT FOR EARTH (Part 3), last in a 3-part series Food is fundamental to life. But the things we eat are fuelling some of the greatest threats to humanity’s survival. A growing body of evidence has found our industrialised food production systems are a source of pollution, a contributor to climate change and a cause of biodiversity loss. You can help change that, though. The United Nations...
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Bees are Nectar of Life: Save Bees for Biodiversity and for Sustenance of Nature

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has been propagating natural farming practices for the past few years.  Realising the danger of pesticide to human health and the environment, CAP has been educating farmers and the general public on the dangers of pesticide, besides recommending and demonstrating safe and productive natural farming practices. Integrated farming is one way of getting...
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EAT A CLIMATE-FRIENDLY DIET

EAT FOR EARTH (Part 2) The food choices we make every day have a big effect on the environment. Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. These greenhouses gases include nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), which all contribute to climate change and global warming. Livestock – animals raised for meat, dairy, eggs – contribute to the emissions. The main...
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WHICH DIET IS BEST for SAVING THE PLANET?

EAT FOR EARTH (Part 1) The science tells us we need to slash the meat and dairy to help tackle climate change. Here’s what New Zealand has found. IN A 2020 STUDY, University of Otago researchers developed a New Zealand-specific food emissions database for 346 commonly eaten foods. The database calculated the total emissions for each food and considered each part of the food’s lifecycle, such...
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CAP: Do not let the pollution of the Skudai River meet the same fate as the Kim Kim River

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Johor Department of Environment (DOE) to take stern action under the Environmental Quality Act 1974 against factory operators identified as being involved in the recent pollution of the Skudai River. CAP is concerned with the incident because it not only pollutes the river but can also affect the health of consumers if the problem persists....
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Set up a special committee to investigate the alleged grievances of trainee doctors

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is concerned about the recent report about a Hospital Pulau Pinang houseman who committed suicide, the second case in two years. While healthcare professionals’ psychologically toxic working environment is much highlighted, the investigation of the doctor’s suicide case should be comprehensive as bullying of trainee and junior medical staff may likely...
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HOW TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF CANCER

THE word “cancer” is enough to strike fear in anyone. There is no cure for the disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, and in Malaysia. About 49,000 people in Malaysia were estimated to be newly-diagnosed with cancer in 2020. And this figure is expected to rise to more than 66,000 new cases annually by 2030. While some cancer risk factors are beyond our control,...
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EXERCISE – THE BEST MEDICINE

Sitting 1 hour less daily and increasing light physical activity can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in just 3 months. This is what a new study in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports has found. Science has time and again shown that exercise can treat and prevent many disabling diseases, even fatal ones. Some examples: heart disease, cancer, stroke, hypertension,...
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