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Mon 06 Sep 2004
Tekek's coral reefs at Pulau Tioman under threat
Category : envt
An exclusive in The Star reports that "[One of Malaysia's] world-renowned marine dive sites just off Pulau Tioman is set to be destroyed to make way for a RM40mil marina project despite objections from environment authorities.
The marina, located off Kampung Tekek, is right in the middle of the marine park surrounding the island, which was once the top 10 most beautiful in the world.
The project spans 127,000 sq metres and is expected to provide yacht docking areas, an administration building, water breakers and a cargo jetty which is expected to be 30m wide at the tip and stretches 175m into the sea.
The marina will threaten the survival of more than 200 endangered giant clams, 300-year-old corals and other marine life which thrive within it."
Read the complete article: "Tioman dive site set to be destroyed." By Teoh Teok Hoong, Florence A. Samy. The Star Online, Mon 6 Sep 2004 [pdf]
Additional reporting - "Environmental groups express shock and dismay." The Star Online, Mon 6 Sep 2004 [pdf]
"Islanders question need for marina." The Star Online, Mon 6 Sep 2004 [pdf]
Thanks to Cheryl Tan, Zeehan Jaafar and Debby Ng for the alerts.
Mon 06 Sep 2004
New book on tropical trees
Category : books
|Tropical and subtropical trees - a worldwide encyclopaedic guide is a new book by Margaret Barwick featuring mainly those used for ornamental purposes. Listed in alphabetic generic order, each species is described in detail in 1-2 pages, with additional chapters on the ecology, classification, morphology and the identification of trees.
The book is large format (22 x 30 cm), hard cover and illustrated with 1,981 colour photographs and maps, plus additional line drawings. Price is S$131.25.
At present, the Botanic Garden Shop is offering an introductory discount of 15% off this price
Source: Morten Strange, Nature's Niche Pte. Ltd., Tel: 65-6475 2319.