Malaysians worried about climate change, survey shows after Earth’s hottest year

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A total of 65.3 per cent perceived the temperature in Malaysia to be higher compared to three years ago. — AFP pic

A total of 65.3 per cent perceived the temperature in Malaysia to be higher compared to three years ago. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — Majority of Malaysians are concerned about climate change and dissatisfied with the government’s efforts in managing it, a Merdeka Center survey has shown.

The survey, which was conducted in December 2016, showed that 81 per cent of Malaysians expressed worry about climate change, even as 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded at 1.1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial revolution average.

“When asked about their satisfaction with the government’s handling of climate change, only 37.5 per cent of respondents report satisfaction while close to one-half (49.7 per cent) expressed dissatisfaction,” Merdeka Center said in a statement.

“The survey found that Bumiputera respondents were more likely to be satisfied with the government efforts while those with higher education and incomes were more dissatisfied,” the polling outfit added.

According to Merdeka Center, the survey showed that respondents with a higher income, college education and those aged above 40 years old were more concerned about climate change compared to their peers.

Even though 70 per cent of respondents believed that climate change was caused by human activities, a significant minority at 22 per cent thought that climate change was a result of natural causes. However, scientists blame global warming on human activity.

“Malaysians were also split when assessing their own personal efforts at protecting the environment with 38.9 per cent of the respondents claimed they had done enough while 42.5 per cent of the respondents claimed they had not done enough,” Merdeka Center said. Read more

Remedies for gloomy times — Gurdial Singh Nijar

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(Deputy President, HAKAM)

MANY despair of the gloomy times we are facing in our blessed country: corruption, racial discord, religious acrimony, and much more. To many – no end, no resolution, seems to be in sight.

The world itself faces incredulous challenges as climate change, wars and the subversion of established institutions – like the UN Security Council. Wars are initiated in defiance of established internationally agreed processes; on the basis of bald-faced lies. Leaving in its wake a litany of wasted lives – mainly women and children – murdered through unparalleled sophisticated weaponry. War crimes committed with impunity.

Perhaps it’s time to reflect; and glean wisdom from one of the few colossuses that walked this earth: M. K. Gandhi.

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Malaysia needs to act to ratify Kyoto Protocol amendment — S M Mohamed Idris

Source: The Malay Mail Online


An opinion piece - file pic

An opinion piece – file pic

NOV 2 — I refer to the article in The Star (26 October 2016) ‘Junaidi: We need to focus on Paris Agreement’.

The Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was responding in Parliament to a question posed as to when Malaysia would ratify the 2nd commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to what extent this has been discussed and agreed by the Cabinet.

The Minister’s response as reported in The Star was that more countries are focusing on the Paris Agreement and lack interest in the Kyoto Protocol;that the Kyoto Protocol overlaps with the Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto Protocol will be phased out eventually when the Paris Agreement comes into force in 2020.

In addition, a viewing of the actual Parliamentary session reveals that the Minister also said that the Kyoto Protocol is not binding on developed nations and proceeded to name a number of developed countries that have either not ratified or have withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol, or have not ratified its 2nd commitment period. Read more

Malaysia to ratify global climate change pact this year

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 ― Malaysia will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before December, a minister said.

Local daily The Star quoted Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar saying that he would be attending a United Nations (UN) programme in New York tomorrow, to renew Malaysia’s pledge to combat climate change.

“Malaysia is saying that when we ratify, we are going to give some kind of assurance to the UN that we can perform it.

“But we are now in position to ratify the Paris agreement. I believe we will be one of the 55 countries. Not this trip, but the Prime Minister has already agreed and we can commit before December 2016,” Wan Junaidi reportedly told the daily.

Malaysia is one of the 195 countries that adopted The Paris Agreement, an international legally binding treaty for post-2020 climate action. Read more

Malaysia needs to urgently beef up its climate actions — Sahabat Alam Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online


AUG 12 — With the adoption of the Paris Agreement, an international treaty for post-2020 climate action, at the Paris climate summit last December, signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are committing themselves to enhancing climate actions to halt further alteration of the climate system and its adverse impacts on human societies.

Malaysia, as one of the 197 Parties that negotiated and adopted the Agreement and subsequently was one of the 175 countries that signed the Agreement on 22 April in New York, will now have to walk the talk.

In the run-up to the Paris Conference, Malaysia, like many other countries had also submitted its climate action plan known as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in which it declared its intention to cut its emissions ‘by 45% by 2030 relative to the emission intensity of GDP of 2005’. This consists of a reduction of 35% on an unconditional basis and a further 10% conditional upon receipt of climate finance, technology transfer and capacity-building from developed countries. Read more

COP21 – Outcome and Future of the Agreement

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Hailed as a turning point for action to limit climate change below dangerous levels, The Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Climate Change Summit in Paris last December saw 195 countries come together to adopt a universal and legally binding global climate deal. We speak to Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, Lead Spokesmen for Like Minded Developing Countries and His Excellency Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Malaysia, about the outcome of the summit and what happens next.

Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, Lead Spokesmen for Like Minded Developing Countries | His Excellency Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Malaysia


At last, a climate deal – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sundaily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

PERHAPS the newly-minted climate change agreement may immortalise Paris as the Humphrey Bogart movie did Casablanca. This city of love delivered where Copenhagen and others failed.

Last Saturday, after two weeks of intense and often rancorous overnight negotiations, the French Presidency overseeing the negotiations at the 21st meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), gavelled the Paris Agreement.

It was four years in the making since the 2011 Durban mandate to develop a legally binding document. It could not have come any earlier. Read more

Climate change: what next? – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

AT long last the unprecedented typhoons, tropical storms and massive rains are delivering dramatically a chilling message: climate change is here and must be addressed urgently.

The IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has warned that future global warming should be limited to below 2°C relative to the pre-industrial level. Else even greater catastrophes will follow. This requires drastic cuts in burning coal and fossil fuels (greenhouse gases) – long used to power industries and economies.

Countries sought to do this through a binding UN Framework on Convention on Climate Change – to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human) interference with the climate system”. The convention confirms that developed countries bear primary historical responsibility: their long years of burning coal and other gases for industrialisation produced the carbon that has led to these soaring temperatures. Hence their obligation to reduce carbon emissions. Read more

Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling

Source: The Guardian

Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world’s first climate liability suit.

Urgenda supporter after court ruling, on 14 June 2015, The Hague

Urgenda supporters celebrate at The Hague after court ruling requiring Dutch government to slash emissions. Photograph: Chantal Bekker/Urgenda

June 24, 2015 — A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world.

To cheers and hoots from climate campaigners in court, three judges ruled that government plans to cut emissions by just 14-17% compared to 1990 levels by 2020 were unlawful, given the scale of the threat posed by climate change.

Jubilant campaigners said that governments preparing for the Paris climate summit later this year would now need to look over their shoulders for civil rights era-style legal challenges where emissions-cutting pledges are inadequate.

“Before this judgement, the only legal obligations on states were those they agreed among themselves in international treaties,” said Dennis van Berkel, legal counsel for Urgenda, the group that brought the suit.

“This is the first a time a court has determined that states have an independent legal obligation towards their citizens. That must inform the reduction commitments in Paris because if it doesn’t, they can expect pressure from courts in their own jurisdictions.”

In what was the first climate liability suit brought under human rights and tort law, Judge Hans Hofhuis told the court that the threat posed by global warming was severe and acknowledged by the Dutch government in international pacts. Read more

Gay marriages or the future of human beings? — Surendra Ananth

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This is my opinion


JUNE 30 — The most talked about topic at the moment is the decision of the US Supreme Court, which, perhaps with good reason, overshadowed other news.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is reason to celebrate, but it would be great if the public would be equally passionate on other issues, such as, let’s say, the survival of human beings!

One news which deserves far greater recognition was the decision of the Dutch court in holding the state responsible for the dangers caused by climate change. Read more