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Cameron Highlands

One of Malaysia's most popular hill stations; it is well known for its cool weather, hill cottages and tea plantations. A soil erosion study in 1995 found the Cameron Highlands to be the hill resort most affected by erosion in the country, due to the rapid increase in inappropriate development. The study found that the road from Tanah Rata to Robinson Falls had an average of two gullies (the most severe category of erosion) every kilometre. The Cameron Highlands Structure Plan disclosed that between 1950s and 1990s, silt levels in Cameron Highlands rivers increased 11-fold. Various surveys from 1993 to 1996 by the DOE, the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) found that land clearance for human settlement has caused more erosion than any other activity.

Acid Rain

Acid rain is caused when coal or oil is burned, which in turn generate vast amounts of polluting gases. Airborne by-products of certain industrial processes add to the pollution. Rain acidity in Peninsular Malaysia is on the rise and the number of areas affected by acid rain is growing. A Malaysian Meteorological Service (MMS) study shows that Malaysia is beginning to experience effects of acid rain similar to those in such industrialized countries as the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. Areas most seriously affected by acid rain are Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Kedah and Selangor, while rain acidity in Petaling Jaya and Senai has gone up four times from 1985 to 1988.

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