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2017/10/01 | The Third Pole
Soaked China Sees ‘Sponge Cities’ as Flood Solution
Permeable surfaces and green infrastructure are essential to absorbing rainwater, but China needs strong environmental governance and investment for this initiative to succeed.
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.
2017/04/15 | Rosemary Chen
US$6 Billion Not Enough to Tackle Air Pollution in Taiwan
Taiwan has announced new emission reduction targets and policies to combat air pollution but environmental groups say they still do not go far enough.
2017/01/24 | Sarah Laskow
The First Observations of Sea Ice Came From 8th-Century Irish Monks in Iceland
In 1978, satellites started collecting data on sea ice to create a continuous record, and that’s the data that shows that this year is the worst of those 38 for sea ice. But those satellites are aging, and there’s no guarantee they will be replaced.
2017/03/27 | Saigoneer
Coffee Production in Vietnam Faces Dark Future Under Climate Change
Rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns may cost Vietnam 50 percent of its current Robusta coffee production areas by 2050.
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.
2017/02/21 | Sarah Karacs
Should Hong Kong Keep its Zoo?
The debate around the existence of Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden comes at a time of shifting values towards animal rights in the city and across Asia.
Anti-Pollution Protesters Make Voices Heard in Taichung
Thousands took to the streets in front of a strong showing of Taiwanese politicians, but will it be enough to instigate meaningful policy change?
2017/03/06 | Alok Gupta
Bihar’s Toxic Textile Industry
The textile industry of Patwa Toli is polluting rivers and groundwater in the Indian state of Bihar, but businesses have failed to clean up their act claiming they provide essential jobs
2017/03/13 | Kyodo News
FEATURE: Taiwan's Penghu Islands Say No to Casinos, Yes to Green Energy, Turtles
The Penghu islands are an example of how a properly supported community can manage its resources without betraying what made it a community in the first place.
2017/12/06 | Jeffrey Warner
Asia Cement: Following Rules or Pit Mining Human Rights?
Asia Cement's permit to mine on indigenous land was renewed in double quick time, leading to mass protests and opening debate over how Taiwan's government allows big business to ride roughshod over civil rights.
2017/11/14 | The Third Pole
Global Climate Summit Dominated by Budget Cuts, Red Tape
Many grants promised to countries to help combat climate change have been swapped out for loans.