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2017/05/21 | Shreya Dasgupta
Smuggler's Paradise: Hundreds of Tortoises Seized in Malaysia
The tortoises included 325 critically endangered Radiated tortoises and five critically endangered Ploughshare tortoises.
Murky Waters: Stop Blaming China for the State of the World’s Fishing Stocks
China might be the biggest player in global fishing, but Western countries are also in deep water when it comes to industry rights abuses and environmental damage, Siddharth Chakravarty writes.
2017/05/19 | Morley J Weston
INFOGRAPHIC: Taiwan’s Cities are One Giant Heat Sink
If you want to keep cool in Taiwan, start growing some rice or fish.
2017/05/18 | Shreya Dasgupta
Rare and Secretive Bay Cat Caught on Camera in Borneo
The secretive bay cat was photographed and filmed in a new location that is about 40 miles outside its currently known distribution range in Borneo.
2017/05/16 | Rosemary Chen
Vietnam Rounds-Up Activists Who Led Protest Against Taiwan Toxic Spill
Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on protest leaders and officials one year after a toxic spill in central Vietnam devastated the fishing and tourism industry.
Millions of Ragpickers are Critical for Waste Management in India
When waste is disposed of in India, it is done with little concern for those who will be handling it later. For example, both soiled diapers and sanitary napkins need to be treated as medical waste.
2017/05/14 | Shreya Dasgupta
Smuggled Ivory is Still Getting into Hong Kong
Several licensed ivory dealers in Hong Kong are offering strategies for buyers to take ivory out of the city illegally, according to a new report by wildlife trade and monitoring group TRAFFIC.
2017/05/11 | Keith Schneider
Big Business Wins in the Philippines: The Rise and Fall of a Maverick Environment Minister
After a 10-month battle to shut down polluting mines, Philippine environment secretary Regina Lopez lost her post last week.
Green Energy for a Nuclear-Free, Low-Carbon Future
The key factor explaining the optimism surrounding green energy in Taiwan is not the rate of current progress, but rather belief that finally, the government is solidly behind the industry.
2017/05/11 | John Gillespie
Social Media Powers Citizen Resistance in Vietnamese Land Disputes
What has changed in Vietnam is the population’s use of social media, which has allowed citizens to mobilize opposition to land taking and monitor official responses to public protests.
2017/05/09 | The Third Pole
Sandmining is Destroying Asia’s Rivers
Uncontrolled and mostly illegal extraction of sand and rocks from riverbeds for construction is killing rivers across South Asia and China, and must be tightly controlled.
The Secret to Winning the Fight Against Illegal Logging in Myanmar: Chainsaws
Fresh off a one-year ban on logging, the Southeast Asian nation faces an uphill battle enforcing a new chainsaw registration law.
2017/04/29 | Maxine Chen
The Meat Hook: Satiating Asia’s Demand for Beef
Environmentalists are watching Asia’s rocketing demand for beef because any shifts in Asian appetites could make a world of difference to the planet’s environmental health.
2017/04/18 | Millie Kerr
Apes in Asian Circus-Style Shows on Rise — So is Trafficking
Chinese and Thai animal attractions increasingly force young chimpanzees and orangutans — many illegally wild-caught — to perform for visitors.
2017/04/17 | FORTUNE
Japan Faces Dire Potato-Chip Crunch
Japan's potato harvest has fallen short, forcing chip makers to halt production.