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Month: October 2022

An undeclared conflict with the elephants

Elephants in Peninsula Malaysia are running out of space as evidenced by frequent reports of human-elephant conflict (HEC) in the local media.  HEC is the result of habitat loss and habitat fragmentation which are the main threats to elephants in Peninsula Malaysia. Hemmed in from all sides, elephants meet many challenges: construction of dams and highways, intensive agricultural activities,...
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ANTS CAN BE BETTER THAN PESTICIDES

Ants can reduce pests on a level on par with pesticides, says a new study from Brazil. Researchers looked at 52 studies on 17 different crops. The crops included citrus, mango, soya cauliflower, cotton, and sweet potatoes, grown in countries including the US, the UK, Brazil, and Australia. Ants were found to be efficient at keeping a range of pests at bay. The more diverse the ant population was,...
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Transformative Cities

Dear CAP supporters and friends, Thank you for voting CAP's initiative for the Transformative Cities People's Choice Award 2022. Half way through the voting process, CAP is in second place. Please circulate this link and request your friends to vote for CAP. If you haven't voted, please do before 6th November at  
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ARE YOU REALLY HUNGRY?

Mindful Eating Benefits Health Mindful eating – being aware of all facets of the eating process – promotes healthy eating and improves mental health. It improves eating behaviours (thus reducing overeating and binge eating) and keeps you full with less food (thus encourages weight control), promotes better digestion, and helps you make healthier food choices. Many dietary guidelines now...
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CAP & Penang Forum: How is MBPP ensuring effective public participation?

We welcome the MBPP’s announcement that the Penang Island Draft Local Plan will be on display and for review from members of the public for 2 months from 14 October to 13 December. Public Participation in connection with the Draft Local Plan is provided for under the Town and Country Planning 1976 (Act 172), Section 13. In 2001, the TCPA was amended to include section 12A which requires...
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POOR QUALITY MEDICINES – THE LESSER KNOWN PANDEMIC

Poor quality medicines cause alarming rates of death and worsened illness across the globe. An estimated 10.5% of medicines worldwide are sub-standard or falsified, according to the World Health Organization. Generic and branded medicines for infectious diseases as well as for chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer have become prime candidates for poor-quality medicines....
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