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Category: Development EN

Mining rare earths poses toxic risks: CAP warns Kedah MB

We refer to the announcement by the Kedah Menteri Besar (MB) last week that the State intends to mine for a rare earth element (REE) which could be worth RM62 billion. REEs are extracted from ores and minerals as they are not often found concentrated in mineable deposits. REEs are almost always found in conjunction with significant radioactivity as these ores and minerals naturally contain...
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Good Description of the Working Class

You may wear the most expensive, best and cleanest clothes but are your hands clean? Your hands might be tainted with corruption, exploitation and dehumanisation? The working class does all the dirty and most dangerous and menial jobs for us. They are poor and exploited and suffer horrible living conditions. And wearing torn and dirty clothes. They are the marginalized of society. And they built...
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What is normal?

  What we regard as “normal” is the acceptance of many dysfunctional systems of food production, agriculture, economics, industrialization and science that have lead to our ill-health, inequalities, injustices, domination and the destruction of the planet earth. We accept it because it is the norm and the only world we know. It is like a biologist who has only seen cancerous tissue and...
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ALIENATION and DEHUMANISATION in our Society

"...Let me right at the outset define what I mean by alienation. It is the cry of men who feel themselves the victims of blind economic forces beyond their control. It's the frustration of ordinary people excluded from the processes of decision-making. The feeling of despair and hopelessness that pervades people who feel with justification that they have no real say in shaping or determining...
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The Modern Life

  Almost every aspect of modern life is there, both for good and for ill — our sense of speed, drama, and aggression, the worlds of advertising and consumer goods, engineering and mass-manufacture, and the shared experience of moving together through an elaborately signaled landscape.” — J. G. Ballard (in 1971), novelist
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RECYCLING ISN’T ENOUGH to Tackle the World’s Worsening PLASTIC POLLUTION CRISIS

"Plastics are commonly tossed into mixed-recycling bins to be conveniently collected and — we incorrectly assume — remade anew. The reality is that we’re “wishcycling.” In fact, less than 10 per cent of plastics are recycled. Virgin plastics are cheaper to produce than recycled products, undermining the viability of the recycling sector. For example, in 2019, California’s largest...
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Fast Fashion, Fast Destruction

Trendy, fast and changing, “fast fashion” is destroying planet earth. In Europe, fashion companies offer an average of 2 collections per year. Now some brands like Zara offers 24 collections per year, while H&M offers 12-16. Fast fashion encourages a throwaway clothing culture. Lots of them end up in the dump. About one garbage truck full of clothes is dumped every second. In total, up...
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Sand mining benefits few but detrimental to most

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked that a private company Ageson Bhd has entered into joint venture (JV) agreements with Bintang Dayang Sdn Bhd (BDSB) for river sand and Menteri Besar Kedah Incorporated (MBI Kedah) for silica sand to mine and export 50,000 tonnes of river sand monthly to China and Hong Kong by end 2020. Such sand mining is sheer exploitation of Malaysian...
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Cyclists Less Exposed Than Car Drivers

"Cyclists are the least exposed to air pollution on daily commutes into a congested city centre, research has shown. People in cars and buses spent longer in toxic air, as did walkers unless they made detours to avoid main roads. The work, conducted in Leeds, supports the investment in cycle lanes to both reduce air pollution by cutting vehicle journeys and improve citizens’ health. It also...
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