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Malaysia: Warming to climate change

Source:  Copyright 2006, New Straits Times
Date:  November 21, 2006
Byline:  Editorial
Original URL: Status ONLINE

THE only time that we seem to notice that there is something wrong with the air we breathe is when the thick smoke from the forest fires in Indonesia cloud our vision and choke our nostrils.

While we rightly chafe at the little that has been done to stamp out the haze, we now stand accused of doing even less than our neighbour in controlling man-made greenhouse gases.

Indonesia ranks 43th in the 2007 Climate Change Performance Index compiled by the Berlin-based NGO Germanwatch, 12 places above us. Only Saudi Arabia prevents us from propping up the table.

In the big picture of climate change, what we do or do not do about global warming counts for little. This much is clear from the country’s status as a Non-annex 1 nation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the dispensation from reducing emissions that it carries.

Even Sweden and Britain, who are doing the most to protect ...

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