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A Reflection on Global Startup Youth

About 500 youth around the world was gathered at Kuala Lumpur start yesterday, Oct 8.

The keynote speakers, facilitators, kept talking about the program’s primary objective is to breed a new generation of entrepreneurs which been able to solve some world problems in education, health, women empowerment and the environment.

The expectations are very high, as I start to wonder how in the less than 72 hours, each team, which at least got 10 people around the world were able to come out with an app to solve a particular problem’s addressed.

My teammate from Philippine, Franz have said that the program is just like Startup Weekend but its kind much more challenging because the organiser gave an expectation for us to come out with the prototype of an app by the end of the program and make a pitching to compete for the ideas among the teams.

Like the other team, my team included youth from USA, Philippine, India, Malaysia, Cameroon and Jamaica. And till now we are still waiting for the arriv…

Of Deforestation in Malaysia

Deforestation is a tough guy to beat in environmental crisis nowadays in Malaysia.

The shocking was still after NASA revealed Malaysia has seen a 115% increase in deforestation during the first three months of 2013, according to a forest tracking tool developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) researchers which took us the highest among five countries where deforestation was detected, followed by Nepal (114%), Mexico (92%), Argentina (72%), and Madagascar (51%).

The 5th Assessment Report of IPCC revealed on Sept 27 state human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming, and understanding of the climate system.

According to WWF, tropical forests hold more than 210 gigatons of carbon and deforestation itself representing around 15% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The remaining healthy forests are functioning to absorb greenhouse gasses a…