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2017/07/05 | Peter J. Li.

China, Ivory, and the Global Wildlife Trade

'I believe the Chinese authorities can, should and will do more to support wildlife conservation. China’s increasing affluence improved awareness, and accelerating urbanization is helping to create not only the material and philosophical conditions necessary for major policy changes.'

2017/07/06 | Philip Nyhus, Yue Yu, Jiaqi Wu

Spots and Stripes: Will a Dragon Save a Tiger?

Just as China is surprising the world by the speed of its economic and energy transformations, there is hope that the country will surprise the world with a more robust commitment to conservation as well.

2017/07/07 | Shreya Dasgupta

Dried Lizard Penis: Sold Worldwide via Amazon, Alibaba, eBay as a ‘Magical’ Plant Root

Lizard penises are being passed off as a good-luck charm to unwitting customers looking to buy a rare Indian plant root called “Hatha Jodi”.

2017/07/12 | Colum Murphy

The Story of China’s Forgotten Frontier

Sixth Tone takes a five-week, more than 5,000-kilometer road trip through the nation’s heartland.

2017/07/13 | The Third Pole

The Loss of Glaciers in China has been Overestimated

Chinese scientists, with new data from satellites, have found that glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are melting slower than expected.

2017/07/14 | Kayla Walsh

Dolphins are Struggling to Survive in Myanmar

Conservationists hope that ecotourism might be the answer to protecting traditional fisheries and the dolphins they partner with.

2017/07/15 | Wei Zhou

Why Aren’t China’s Beloved ‘Minsu’ Making Money?

Despite benefitting stressed city dwellers and cash-strapped rural communities, the country’s budget inns have trouble staying afloat.

2017/07/19 | Saigoneer

Q&A: How Saigon and the Mekong Delta Can Confront Climate Change

'Vietnam could raise more awareness about climate change and risks. There is little awareness among local people and farmers. In a way it's similar to the Netherlands: people are not very interested, it's still a very abstract discourse.'

2017/07/22 | John C. Cannon

Asia's Rhino Horn Trade is Thriving

The Elephant Action League sent undercover investigators into Vietnam, China and several other Asian countries to understand the intricate network involved in getting rhino horn from African countries into the hands of Chinese consumers.

2017/07/26 | Shreya Dasgupta

Endangered Green Peafowl on Last Legs in China amid Illegal Mining

Greenpeace East Asia says its has found evidence of illegal mining within the core zone of the Konglong River Nature Reserve in Shuangbai County of Yunnan Province, a key habitat of the endangered green peafowl.

2017/07/27 | Yuan-Ming Chiao

Why China’s Attempts to Curb Air Pollution are Facing Resistance

According to a report by Caixin earlier this month, 33 incidents of industry obstructions occurred in more than half the localities under inspection since April.

2017/08/04 | DDG

Made in Taiwan: Re-Positioning a Behind the Scenes Business Success Story

With production for top brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and Lululemon, Taiwan already accounts for 70% of the world’s output of functional fabrics, but can the country's textile industry take a bold step forward?

2018/04/04 | Nick Aspinwall

Can Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau Reform the Timber Supply Chain?

New initiatives such as a proposed DNA database to identify illegally harvested wood show promise, but questions remain as to whether the government is doing enough at the point of sale.

2018/04/10 | Nate Maynard

TCI Becomes First Taiwanese Company to Commit to 100% Renewable Energy

A white label manufacturer is showing the way for Taiwan's companies to fall into line with a greening global supply chain.

2018/02/27 | Mark Beeson

Coming to Terms with China's Climate Policy

The global economy and the global environment are increasingly affected by what China’s leaders do.

2018/03/02 | Nate Maynard

Crashing Dreams: The Problem with Sky Lanterns

If you're going to go set fire to lanterns and litter the countryside, at least use a lantern that has a sustainable design.