Best of our wild blogs: 21 Apr 19

More Than Words
Flying Fish Friends

What are the millenials up to lately?
BES Drongos

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Recycling makes you feel less guilty but doesn’t change how huge our plastic problem is

Singapore’s focus should be on reducing recycling needs and prioritising efforts that encourage a less consumerist lifestyle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says Singapore Institute of Technology’s Assistant Professor Seck Tan.
Seck Tan Channel NewsAsia 20 Apr 19;

SINGAPORE: Plastic products are heavily used in Singapore.

A study by the Singapore Environment Council last year found that Singaporeans use at least 1.76 billion plastic bottles, bags and other disposable items yearly, of which only less than 20 per cent are recycled. The rest becomes discarded trash, left to burn or be put in landfills.

Worldwide, humans have created over 9.2 billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950s, scientists revealed in 2017, and only 25 per cent were recycled.

The popularity of plastic stems from its wide-ranging functions that satisfy consumer needs.

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Malaysia: Three dams in Johor fall below critical mark

razak ahmad The Star 21 Apr 19;

PETALING JAYA: Three dams in Johor, which supply raw water to treatment plants that serve about one million people in the state, are below the critical mark.

This comes about as the hot weather dries up parts of the country despite the occasional thunderstorms in other areas.

The National Water Services Commission (Span) said the water level at the Lebam dam was at 15.9% while the Upper Layang dam was at 21.8% and Pulai 2 dam at 36.1% as of Thursday.

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