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2021/06/12 | Gregory McCann

Taiwan’s Bygone Species and Their Possible Return

Bringing extinct species back from oblivion is no easy task. But the good news is Taiwan has experience in this realm.

2021/04/20 | TNL Staff

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Drought?

Most reservoirs in Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli are less than 15% full. Several in central Taiwan are less than 10% full.

2019/12/04 | 廣編企劃

Five Things You Should Know About “Motorbike Electrification” with the Advent of the New Motorbike Era

Taiwan, known as the “kingdom of motorbikes,” not only has a mature motorbike supply chain, but also is an important ICT industry export nation. However, the government resorted to “the coexistence and co-prosperity of gasoline & electric powered vehicles”. What are the blind spots of such a practice?

2021/03/18 | Bryan Chou

Reactivating Controversial Nuclear Site Not an Option: Tsai

The controversy over Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant resurfaced due to a construction plan for a liquified natural gas terminal.

2021/03/12 | TNL Staff

Is Taiwan’s Water Too Cheap?

Currently, Taiwanese people enjoy the cheapest water in Asia, with NT$9.2 charged per unit on average.

2021/03/11 | TNL Staff

Fukushima 10 Years On

Few earthquakes leave scars in the environment and society that are felt 10 years on. Not, however, for the disaster that struck Fukushima on March 11, 2011.

2021/01/05 | Mongabay

As World Sours on Coal, Top Producer Indonesia Tries To Sweeten It at Home

Indonesia’s coal industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. The government’s solution triggers debate on the future of the country’s energy policy.

2020/12/21 | TAIPEI

Food Sustainability in Taipei, One Neighborhood at a Time — Starting in Nanjichang

Two decades ago, a village chief in Taipei set up the city's first food bank to redistribute unused or unwanted food to those in need in the community. As people are becoming more conscious of food sustainability, he is looking to spread the revolution of “continuous food” across Taipei.

2020/09/16 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Bird Conservation Group Expelled From BirdLife International

Taiwan's Chinese Wild Bird Federation declined demands to change its name and sign a statement "not to promote or advocate for Taiwan independence."

2020/08/20 | TNL Staff

Taipower Brings in Cows to Assist in Taiwan’s Energy Transition

To avoid harming the environment, Taipower prohibited the use of herbicides for the task of protecting its solar panels from weeds. It's called on cows instead.

2020/08/19 | The Conversation

Mauritius Still Reeling From a Spreading Oil Spill

The Mauritian government has told volunteers to stop and leave any efforts to officials. But residents and local organizations are carrying on with the cleanup, risking arrest.

2020/08/13 | Mongabay

Illegal Trade of Philippine Pangolins Is Surging, Report Shows

Illegal pangolin trade in the Philippines increased nine-fold in the last two years, with the authorities confiscating an estimated 6,894 pangolins between 2018 and 2019.

2020/08/10 | Sally Jensen

Covid-19 Casts New Light on Taiwan’s Pangolin Conservation

Pangolin conservation is all the more important during Covid-19 as the endangered species may offer researchers insights into new treatment strategies for the virus.

2020/07/09 | Abby Huang

TSMC Makes 'World's Largest' Corporate Green Power Purchase Agreement

TSMC will purchase the entire productive capacity of two wind farms off the coast of Changhua, Taiwan. According to Ørsted, the agreement is the largest of its kind in the world.

2020/07/03 | Deutsche Welle

Electronic Waste: When Billions in Gold, Other Precious Materials Are Discarded

Record levels of e-waste were produced globally in 2019, weighing the same as 350 mega cruise ships, a UN report shows. The surge in global e-waste is not only a major environmental risk but also a health hazard.

2020/07/02 | The Conversation

Persistent Extreme Heat and Air Pollution Threaten Global Health

The frequency of days with both extreme heat and pollution – and the number of people that will be affected by those days – could massively increase by 2050.

2020/04/22 | Sustainability Times

Earth Day at 50: What We Need to Do for the Next 50 Years

We've made progress as a planet in the past half century, but we have a lot more to do in the next 50 years.

2020/03/11 | Will Peyton

China’s Water Ambitions May Leave Neighbors Dry

China's extensive dam projects are drying up rivers, often leaving neighboring countries in the dust with little to bargain.

2020/03/02 | TNL Staff

Indonesia Expands Textile Production, Claiming Sustainability

Indonesia opened its largest manufacturing plant for viscose, a type of fabric made from trees. The plant claims to be working towards sustainable fashion.