Malaysia - Environment

The Environmental Quality Act of 1974 and other environmental laws are administered by the Division of Environment of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment. Discharge of untreated sewage has contaminated the nation's water; the most heavily polluted areas are along the west coast. Malaysia's water pollution problem also extends to its rivers, of which 40% are polluted. The nation has 580 cu km of water with 76% used for farming and 13% used for industrial activity. Malaysia's cities produce an average of 1.5 million tons of solid waste per year.

Clean-air legislation limiting industrial and automobile emissions, was adopted in 1978. However, air pollution from both of these sources is still a problem. In the mid-1990s, Malaysia ranked among 50 nations with the world's highest industrial carbon dioxide emissions, which totaled 70.5 million metric tons per year, a per capita level of 3.74 metric tons per year. Discharge of oil by vessels in Malaysian waters is prohibited.

Of Malaysia's total land area, 59% is tropical rainforest. Malaysia has the world's fifth most extensive mangrove area, which total over a half a million ha (over 1.2 million acres). The country's forests are threatened by commercial interests.

In 2001, 42 of the nation's mammal species and 34 bird species were endangered. Endangered species in Malaysia include the orangutan, tiger, Asian elephant, Malayan tapir, Sumatran rhinoceros, Singapore roundleaf horseshoe bat, four species of turtle (green sea, hawksbill, olive ridley, and leatherback), and two species of crocodile (false gavial and Siamese).

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Please can you people make this issue bigger to solve it faster. We must pressure the government to solve it fast,49% can be 60% at the next few months ,than it increases more , it get worse,so we should viral this by many way, like viral it in all internet website,news channel,make it every time must remember the environment of Malaysia , make a strike against the pollution reasons , the factories,and many more. By your help can change the big future. THANK YOU
Hello we are from Australia and have just visited the beautiful island of Pangkor. What a stunning country Malaysia is! However we have been heartbroken at the rubbish in the ocean, the clearing of the land for palm oil trees. Eco tourism could be another source of income? The whole world needs to address the environmental issues and loss of biodiversity. We would be reluctant to visit Malaysia again unless there was a real effort to care for the environment the beautiful animal, plant and marine species . Kind regards

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