Best of our wild blogs: 25 Jun 19

29 Jun (Sat): Ubin Day
wild shores of singapore

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Air quality in Singapore unaffected by Johor incident: NEA

Rei Kurohi New Straits Times 25 Jun 19;

The air quality in Singapore has remained good and has not been affected by what has been described as an "air pollution incident" which resulted in the closure of schools in the Taman Mawar area of Pasir Gudang in Johor.

In response to queries, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said yesterday that it is in contact with its counterparts in Johor's Department of the Environment, and that the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) and the PM2.5 readings in Singapore have remained in the "good" and "normal" ranges since last Thursday.

NEA added that the wind has been blowing over Singapore from the south and south-east, and that it expects this to continue for the next few days.

The ambient levels of volatile organic compounds along Singapore's coast have also remained low and within safe levels, NEA said.

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Businesses can soon buy 'green' commercial dishwashers; manufacturers urged to get products certified

Ng Huiwen Straits Times 24 Jun 19;

SINGAPORE - Businesses will soon be able to buy certified commercial dishwashers and washer extractors that are water efficient, helping them to save up to 44 per cent of water.

National water agency PUB and the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) said in a joint statement on Monday (June 24) that two manufacturers - Electrolux SEA and EcoLab - have submitted applications to certify their products under the new Singapore Green Labelling Scheme for commercial water use appliances.

The scheme for commercial appliances, which was developed in April, is the PUB's latest initiative to drive efficient water usage in the non-domestic sector, the statement said.

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Malaysia: Authorities confirm - Latest Pasir Gudang pollution caused by Sg Kim Kim toxic waste

Siti A'isyah Sukaimi New Straits Times 24 Jun 19;

PUTRAJAYA: The authorities have confirmed that the airborne contaminants, which left a number of students in Pasir Gudang hospitalised since last week, was due to excess toxic waste from Sungai Kim Kim, which first affected residents back in March.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said this was the information obtained from the Fire and Rescue Department, who were conducting investigations in the area.

“I have received information from the department that the case appears to be a repeat of the Sungai Kim Kim incident. I was made to understand that a contractor had previously been tasked with cleaning up and removing the harmful substances from the river.

“However, the substances were not 100 per cent removed. As such, the substances, left in Pasir Gudang exposed to the elements such as wind and rain, began spreading,” she told reporters after attending a ministry event here on Monday.

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Malaysia: Pangolin santuary to be Sabah's new wildlife tourist attraction

Avila Geraldine New Straits Times 24 Jun 19;

KOTA KINABALU: A pangolin sanctuary, to be established within the protected Tawau Hills National Park, is set to become Sabah’s new wildlife tourist attraction.

Funded by Arizona Sabah Pangolin Sanctuary and Research Institute (Sapsari) with an initial start-up investment of RM1 million, the sanctuary is an effort by the state government to further protect arguably the world’s most poached and trafficked animal.

Deputy Chief Minister cum state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew said Tawau was picked as a suitable location for the pangolin sanctuary because it has a vast forest.

“It will be a suitable place for pangolins because there’s plenty of food supplies there in the form of insects such as termites and ants.

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Malaysia: Devoting her life to saving the orangutans

Olivia Miwil New Straits Times 24 Jun 19;

KOTA KINABALU: When Sue Sheward visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan for the first time 18 years ago, she saw the challenges faced by the state in translocating and rehabilitating the protected species.

After being briefed by the centre’s then officer-in-charge Dr Sen Nathan, the Briton decided to devote her life towards wildlife conservation, specifically the orangutan.

Sabah Wildlife director Augustine Tuuga recalled that Sheward, who had founded Orangutan Appeal UK in 2000, started to raise funds through humble ways.

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Indonesia: Hot spots begin appearing in Riau - BMKG

Antara 24 Jun 19;

Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA) - The Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) revealed on Monday afternoon that five hot spots, which indicate possible occurrences of bush and forest fires, have begun appearing in four districts of Riau Province.

The confidence level of those hot spots that the Terra and Aqua Satellites detected on Monday at 04.00 pm local time reached above 50 percent, Head of the Pekanbaru-based BMKG, Sukisno, revealed.

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Indonesia: Environmental lesson to learn from flooding in Southeast Sulawesi

Antara 24 Jun 19;

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Parts of Indonesia have begun to experience extreme dry season that causes water crisis, while other parts still have rains with high precipitation leading to major floods in Samarinda (East Kalimantan Province), Morowali (Central Sulawesi), and Konawe and North Konawe Districts in Southeast Sulawesi Province.

Flooding in Morowali District recently destroyed four bridges and caused extensive damage to over 10 homes, and affected more than 16 thousand people in three sub-districts.

In Samarinda, East Kalimantan, floods affected 9,358 families constituting 30,580 people living in of North Samarinda, Sungai Pinang, and Samarinda Ulu sub-districts.

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Best of our wild blogs: 24 Jun 19

The Bamboo Feeders (Part 1)
Butterflies of Singapore

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About 900 households fined between January and May as NEA calls for 'collective effort' to tackle dengue surge

Channel NewsAsia 23 Jun 19;

SINGAPORE: About 900 households have been fined for mosquito breeding as of May this year, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) as it called for a "national collective effort" to tackle the high number of dengue cases in Singapore.

More than 372,000 inspections were carried out islandwide between January and May this year and about 6,500 instances of mosquito breeding habitats were uncovered, said NEA in a media statement on Sunday (Jun 23).

During the same period, the proportion of breeding detected in homes in cluster areas was 74 per cent, much higher than the national average of 60 per cent.

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Working to keep Singapore's beaches clean

John Tan The New Paper 24 Jun 19;

Dressed in neon shirts and vests, with bright yellow construction boots, Mr Wong Hua Sun and Mr Chan Chee Yan gather at East Coast Park at 6am, along with eight other men.

They are part of a team responsible for a stretch along East Coast Park, from Area G to Area H, which is about 1.6km.

Part of Ramky Cleantech Services, a company hired by the National Environment Agency to clean public parks, these men are a reason why the park remains litter-free.

The men start their day with area cleaning, tidying up the barbecue pits and the surrounding area.

At first light, usually around 7am, their team moves down to the beach to clean it.

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10 new land parcels in Lim Chu Kang on sale for farming

The plots come with a 20-year lease and six of them are for bean sprouts
Cheryl Teh Straits Times 20 Jun 19;

The humble bean sprout continues to be a major part of Singapore's journey towards self-sufficiency in producing its own food.

In another step along this path, 10 land parcels for food farming in Lim Chu Kang were put up for sale yesterday by public tender by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

These include six land parcels for bean-sprout farming, three land parcels for general agriculture (food) farming and one land parcel for vegetable farming, the agency said in a statement.

The land parcels for general agriculture (food) farming may be used to farm food crops, seafood, quail eggs, cattle or goats for dairy milk, and/or frogs reared for food.

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