Category Green News
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 23 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced an indigenous hardwood species the Merbau as Malaysia’s national tree.
The prime minister said Merbau was chosen as a symbol of national pride and to show the government’s commitment towards sustainability.
“I would like to take the opportunity to announce that the Merbau tree (Malacca teak) has been chosen as our National Tree. With its hardy nature, I believe that all Malaysians, can take the Merbau as a symbol of national pride.
“I hereby reaffirm Malaysia’s commitment to maintain at least 50 per cent of our land area under forest cover in accordance with our commitment made at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992,” he announced at the launch of the Hutan Kita exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Tower here.
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Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil – the most intense blazes.
The northern states of Roraima, Acre, Rondônia and Amazonas have been particularly badly affected.
The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) says its satellite data shows an 85% increase on the same period in 2018.
The official figures show more than 75,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year – the highest number since 2013. That compares with 40,000 in the same period in 2018.
Forest fires are common in the Amazon during the dry season, which runs from July to October. They can be caused by naturally occurring events, such as by lightning strikes, but also by farmers and loggers clearing land for crops or grazing.
The fires have been rel...Read More >
Singapore Botanical Gardens (Singapore)
Almost in the centre of the modern metropolis is a real Paradise – Singapore Botanic gardens (Singapore Botanic Gardens) in complex with the National Orchid garden and “Gardens by the Bay”. This exotic oasis is more like a fantastic Park, decorated in a futuristic style, and has been operating for over 150 years.
Its open spaces, visitors can see not only the unusual trees and plants of strange form but many bridges, ornate structures of the supertree. Each fantastic creation is a special frame, which is planted with ferns and tropical flowers.
On the territory of this unique natural complex created by the national Orchid garden, which houses the world’s largest collection of these magical plants...Read More >
Sea levels are rising. According to a group of scientists reporting to the United Nations, climate change has become a threat worldwide. They say we have only one or two decades to act before irreversible and catastrophic consequences. City planners and municipal authorities must prioritise environmental issues and strike a balance between green spaces and urban environments which many refer to as the “concrete jungle”. This is especially important now that cities, especially in regions like Southeast Asia, have continued to expand rapidly.
It is well-known that an urban environment with ample mature trees feels much cooler than one without trees...Read More >
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Plants, People, Planet
Issue1 of Plants,People, Planet,which will be published today, includes insights into the unbreakable bon...Read More >
The Middle Eastern country of Oman is set to be the location of what will be the worlds largest botanic garden.As the brainchild of Haley Sharpe Design, Arup and Grimshaw, the future Oman Botanic Gardens will include 8 habitats, a green forest area, and extensive research and visitor facilities.
The architecture, engineering, landscaping, and interpretive design in a scheme of over 1,000+ acres Construction begins in 2018, but in the meantime, you can see images of the proposed project below.
Images: Haley Sharpe Design
The gardens, with guidance offered by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said will celebrate the country’s botanic diversity in the foothills of the Al Hajar Mountains...Read More >
A HOUSE is likely to sell faster when it has a beautiful garden than a property that without plants. An interesting garden can help you achieve high-value returns.
A recent report found that a broad-leafed tree located on a street verge in front of a home increases the median property price by about AUS $16,889 (that’s RM52939.04).
Some popular ways to elevate your property’s value before auctioning or selling it is to give the walls a new lick of paint and repair any damaged areas to woo potential buyers.
But, according to University of Queensland researcher Lyndal Plant, we can add “planting a few trees” to the pre-sale agenda, which makes a solid economic case for retaining or increasing the amount of greenery in our area.
Her research was to help justify investment in leafy stree...Read More >
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