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May 24, 2010

In Malaysia, Paradise Lost?

Coral reefWith its untouched beaches, coral reefs, and rainforest habitat, the Malaysian state of Sabah, on Borneo, shelters thousands of fish species and hundreds of coral species, many of which are endangered.

However, plans to build a 300-megawatt coal plant on an undeveloped beach in Sabah continue to move forward despite its probable consequences on the region's biodiversity. Many environmental groups argue that the plant's sulfur dioxide emissions will result in pollution and acid rain. Additionally, transmission lines associated with the plant will disturb rainforest land, making even more threatened species homeless.

A group of organizations called Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Repower the Future) is encouraging Sabah to continue opposing the coal plant and to explore other energy options.

Looking to act? Consider sending a postcard to Malaysia's prime minister to express your opposition.

--Kristin Baldwin

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