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2017/02/06 | The Japan Times

Japan Seeking Nature Heritage Status for Islands

The Japanese government recently submitted a proposal to UNESCO for two islands in Kagoshima Prefecture.

2017/02/07 | Tom Fawthorp

Blasting the Mekong for Commercial Shipping

Thai government moves ahead with plans to demolish rocks and islets to allow cargo ships from China, sparking outrage among environmentalists.

2017/02/13 | Timo Räsänen

The Ups and Downs of Chinese Dams on Mekong: New Report

A new study shows the significant impact of Chinese dams on the Mekong, but it is not all bad.

2017/02/17 | Poppy McPherson

Chainsaw Injuries in Myanmar Tied to Illegal Logging

Despite Myanmar’s nationwide commercial logging ban in 2016, illegal loggers continue to find work cutting down trees with chain saws, imported largely from China and often obtained illegally and used without training or protective gear, according to a months-long investigation by Mongabay.

2017/03/30 | Shreya Dasgupta

Survey of Previously Inaccessible Region of Myanmar Reveals Many Endangered Species

Recent surveys recorded 31 species of mammals in Karen state in southeast Myanmar, a region that has been excluded from previous scientific assessments due to military conflict.

2017/04/01 | Claire Salisbury

Paying for Healthcare With Trees: Win-win For Orangutans and Communities

Borneo’s exhilaratingly innovative ASRI program is 'saving the rainforest with a stethoscope,' using healthcare to decrease logging and increase organic farming.

2017/04/02 | Shi Yi

What Should China Do with Its Stockpile of Soon-to-be-banned Ivory?

Experts argue that a government buyback is the most cost-effective solution.

2017/04/05 | Rosemary Chen

Q&A: Taiwan 'Soil Doctors’ Startup and the Future of Organic Farming

Referring to themselves as ‘soil doctors,’ an interesting startup, TSBiotech, has big dreams for transforming the future of organic farming in Taiwan and beyond.

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.

2017/07/15 | 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.