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The thriving heritage enclave in George Town. — Sunpix by Masry Che Aini

Penang may soon be inundated with more flooding in its low lying areas in tandem with the rise in sea levels, owing to the global climate change phenomenon which has been shaping the environmental reality of this century.

Read more: Climate change may lead to flooding of heritage sites in Penang

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PETALING JAYA- Climate change has disrupted the fruit seasons in Malaysia, according to the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).

Read more: Climate change is disrupting the Malaysian ecology: MNS

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KOTA KINABALU- Semporna is leading the way in adopting the Coral Bleaching Early Response Plan to protect its rich coral reef ecosystem.

Semporna district officerDrChacho Bulah recently launched the plan during the six-day Semporna Marine Eco Week 2017, which ended on Dec 2.

The plan aims to monitor coral bleaching and promotes recovery. Assessment will be carried out 
by Sabah Parks, Reef Check Malaysia, Scuba Junkie SEAS, Reef Dive Resort, Pom-Pom Island Resort, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia.

Chacho said to sustain Semporna’s tourism industry, the district’s coral ecosystem must be healthy and resilient to face climate change.

Healthy coral reefs in Semporna. Reefs are areas of high biodiversity, providing food and habitat to marine life, but they are being threatened by rising sea temperatures. PIX COURTESY OF WWF MALAYSIA

“Most foreigners I have spoken to only know Sipadan as one of the top five diving destinations in the world.

“As the gateway to Sipadan, Semporna has not been recognized as center of marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle region.”

He said there was a need for strong commitment and cooperation between government agencies, tourism players, non-governmental organizations(NGOs) and local communities to conserve marine life and coral reefs.

Read more: Semporna leads the way in coral reef protection

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