Tagged environment

Myth of the perfect soil: Quick, general principles of fertile soils

I was once asked by a gardening enthusiast why the perfect soil could not be “manufactured”; that is, one concocted or formulated in such a way that is perfectly suitable for all plants – to which I replied: such type of soil cannot exist because different plants have different nutrient demand. In other words, different…

Root of all evil: How agriculture became our bane and worst mistake

In 1987, esteemed Professor of Geography, Jared Diamond, stunned many people with his article in the Discover magazine entitled, “The worst mistake in the history of the human race” in which he argued that agriculture, far from being a blessing, was instead our worst mistake. Agriculture has indeed changed the world – but for the…

Environmental statistics 2010 for Malaysia

The Little Green Data Book series is an annual publication by World Bank on the environmental statistics for each country in the world. The latest is The Little Green Data Book 2010 and it is available for free for download. Anyway, I have downloaded the data specifically for Malaysia and place them here as a…

Electricity demand, economic growth, and sustainable energy resources in Malaysia

In my previous blog entry, I wrote about the consequences of large dams, such as Malaysia’s Bakun Dam, on social and environment aspects. Essentially, I remarked that Bakun Dam, as a hydroelectric dam, is not a sustainable energy choice because it causes serious, long term, and irreversible destruction to many social and environmental aspects. Moreover, the expected…

image_pdfimage_print