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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.
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?
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.
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.
2020/01/28 | The Conversation
Blue Acceleration: Our Dash for Ocean Resources
The "Blue Acceleration" is consuming ocean resources faster than ever, destroying million of marine species that could help develop the antibiotics and medicines of tomorrow.
2020/01/22 | Mongabay
Award-Winning Environmental Editor Arrested in Indonesia
Mongabay editor Philip Jacobson was detained in Indonesia on December 17, 2019 over an alleged issue with his business visa.
2020/01/21 | Deutsche Welle
China to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws
One of the world's biggest users of plastics is seriously rethinking its environment policy. Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30% in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.
2020/01/18 | Coco Dollanganger
Will Philippines Impose Plastic Ban in 2020?
Philippines is the world's third largest source of ocean plastics. How can it reduce plastic waste nationwide?
2020/01/06 | Mongabay
How a Thai Entrepreneur Turned Used Flip-Flops Into a Sustainable Business
A university team in Thailand named “Tlejourn” has created a profitable product from discarded flip-flops. Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of trash floating in the ocean, old flip-flops are one of the most commonly found items.
2019/12/30 | Sally Jensen
Beyond 2020: Taiwan Needs to Take Climate Chaos Seriously
Whoever wins January’s election will have to effectively manage the global, indiscriminate forces of climate chaos.
2019/12/03 | Mongabay
Indonesia Must Stop Its Coal Plant Building Spree By 2020 to Meet Climate Goals
Indonesia must stop building coal-fired power plants by next year if it’s to keep up its commitments to the Paris climate agreement, according to a new analysis.