Archive for December, 2014

Rumput Miang Mexico Disangka Bunga Cantik

RANAU: Bunga cantik yang dijaga untuk menghiasi halaman rumah sebuah keluarga di sini ternyata membawa musibah kepada keluarga terbabit apabila tumbuhan itu kini dikenal pasti sebagai Rumput Miang Mexico (Parthenium Hysterophorus).

Rumpai berbahaya yang digelar sebagai ‘rumpai paling teruk abad ini’ itu didapati tumbuh di perkarangan keluarga Yong di Kampung Lasing, kira-kira dua kilometer dari pekan Ranau.

Salah seorang ahli keluarga terbabit, iaitu Alexius Yong, 33 memberitahu media, rumpai itu mula-mula tumbuh di hadapan rumah mereka kira-kira empat tahun yang lalu, namun dibiarkan kerana ia menghasilkan bunga yang cantik.“Mula-mula dulu kami hairan juga bagaimana dua pohon bunga ini tiba-tiba tumbuh di hadapan rumah kami. Ia dibiarkan sahaja kerana bila ia mulai berbunga, ternyata bunga putih yang lebat yang dihasilkannya kelihatan sangat menawan.

“Dari hari itu, tumbuhan ini kami biarkan sahaja hidup dengan subur dan merebak tumbuh di antara rumput-rumpai yang lain. Walau bagaimanapun kami terkejut apabila imej tumbuhan itu mulai disebar di media sosial mengatakan ia merbahaya,” jelasnya.Menurut Yong, hal berkaitan rumput miang Mexico itu juga mengundang suasana hiba dan pilu kepada keluarganya dengan pemergian ibunya yang berusia 72 pada 22 Oktober tahun ini.

Baca Selanjutnya: di SINI.

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Two Worlds Collide

Few people would associate Tokyo’s iconic skyline with the rugged rainforests of Malaysia, but the rise of one is literally being built on the fall of the other. Major construction sites across the city contain the remains of one of the world’s most imperiled rainforests.

As Japan prepares to host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, eight new venues will be built, part of an expected construction boom. Japan has committed to making the Tokyo games a model of sustainability, but the current practices of its construction industry raise questions about its ability to deliver.

Japan imports more plywood from tropical forests than any other country, which feeds its huge construction and housing industries. Half of this comes from the rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. Sarawak is losing its tropical rainforests faster than anywhere else on earth, driven by a timber industry riddled with corruption and illegality.

This exposé, the result of a multi-year investigation, explains how Japan’s construction industry is sourcing from major Sarawak logging companies which are well documented to have been involved in illegal and massively destructive logging in the state’s vanishing rainforests. It also details the plight of indigenous communities on the front lines of a long and sometimes violent struggle to prevent logging in their ancestral forests.

Read More: HERE

Two Worlds Collide

Few people would associate Tokyo’s iconic skyline with the rugged rainforests of Malaysia, but the rise of one is literally being built on the fall of the other. Major construction sites across the city contain the remains of one of the world’s most imperiled rainforests.

As Japan prepares to host the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, eight new venues will be built, part of an expected construction boom. Japan has committed to making the Tokyo games a model of sustainability, but the current practices of its construction industry raise questions about its ability to deliver.

Japan imports more plywood from tropical forests than any other country, which feeds its huge construction and housing industries. Half of this comes from the rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. Sarawak is losing its tropical rainforests faster than anywhere else on earth, driven by a timber industry riddled with corruption and illegality.

This exposé, the result of a multi-year investigation, explains how Japan’s construction industry is sourcing from major Sarawak logging companies which are well documented to have been involved in illegal and massively destructive logging in the state’s vanishing rainforests. It also details the plight of indigenous communities on the front lines of a long and sometimes violent struggle to prevent logging in their ancestral forests.

Read More:  HERE.