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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.
2017/04/29 | 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.
2017/01/25 | Shi Yi
Chinese Demand for Bloodwood Cuts Into Congo’s Ecosystem
Corruption and lack of oversight allow illegally logged timber to be traded from Africa’s heartland to the coast of China.
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.
2017/03/13 | 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.
2017/04/02 | 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.
2017/01/24 | 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.
2017/07/15 | 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.
2017/06/03 | Olivia Kember
Did Trump Actually Help the Climate Cause?
With this level of consensus, the biggest risk of a Trump withdrawal —  that it starts other countries down the same path — is unlikely to eventuate.
2017/03/02 | Shreya Dasgupta
7 New Frogs Discovered in India, Some Smaller Than a Thumbnail
Four of these frogs are only 12 to 16 millimeter in length, making them some of the smallest frogs in the world.
2017/07/09 | Henrik Selin.
Trump’s Exit of Paris Climate Accord Strengthens China and Europe
On global climate change cooperation and a growing number of other foreign policy issues, American exceptionalism now increasingly means that the United States stands largely alone in the world.
2017/01/11 | Edward White
Are Apps in Asia Killing the Planet?
'Without key policy changes, the rapid growth of the internet in East Asia will likely be powered by coal and other dirty sources of electricity,' Greenpeace says.
2017/04/17 | FORTUNE
Japan Faces Dire Potato-Chip Crunch
Japan's potato harvest has fallen short, forcing chip makers to halt production.
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.
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.