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2018/07/09 | Mongabay

The Crushing Carbon Cost of Palm Oil Plantations

New research has found that each hectare of rainforest used for oil palm production is responsible for even higher carbon emissions than originally believed.

2018/07/17 | Eileen Nasert

OPINION: How to Reduce Hong Kong’s Plastic Waste in 5 Steps

All of Hong Kong's remaining landfills are expected to reach capacity before 2020. With waste exports to China off the table, sustainable action is needed – fast.

2018/07/18 | Nate Maynard

ANALYSIS: Solar Lessons for ASEAN from Thailand's Feed-in Tariff Success

Thailand has powered past regional peers when it comes to solar power capacity via astute implementation of feed-in tariffs.

2018/07/19 | Greg Brost

New Hotspot Maps Show Global Snakebite Vulnerability

Up to 92 million people are vulnerable to potentially fatal venomous snakebites, many in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan countries.

2018/07/23 | Abby Huang

Taiwan's Electricity Shortage and the 'Demand Response' Solution

Taiwan’s daily electricity consumption in May repeatedly hit record highs. Could power be in short supply this summer? Who is sucking up all the power, and could new initiatives encourage them to cough it back up?

2018/07/24 | AsiaGlobal Online

ANALYSIS: China Strides Towards Cleaner Air

China presents a unique opportunity to measure the long-term effects of air pollution on life expectancy.

2018/07/26 | Chinadialogue

ANALYSIS: AIIB's Belt and Road Plans Augur Ill for the Environment

The AIIB's transport strategy for the Belt and Road Initiative does not even mention the new environmental pressures to which it will expose vast swathes of the globe.

2018/07/27 | Green News Taiwan

Taiwan EPA Data Shows Strong Impact of Plastic Bag Ban

Taiwan's plastic bag ban introduced at the start of the year has reduced usage by an estimated 70 percent.

2018/07/27 | Mongabay

VIETNAM: World's Largest Cave Threatened by Cable Car Plans

Tourism at Vietnam's colossal and stunning Son Doong Cave, restricted for years, is set to boom once a cable car system is installed by developers.

2018/07/27 | Mongabay

Modernizing Malaysia: The Blessings and Stresses of an Infrastructure Explosion

Malaysia is undertaking a breakneck building spree that is lifting its economy while placing its environment and politics under pressure.

2018/07/30 | Chinadialogue

ANALYSIS: Belt, Road, and Grid? China's Risky Global Power Play

China is kick-starting an audacious plan for a global energy 'supergrid' as part of its Belt and Road portfolio.

2018/07/31 | Steven Crook and Katy Hui-wen Hung

The Paleo Diet: What the Ancient Taiwanese Ate

Archaeological evidence suggests dog offered a meaty supplement to farmed produce as far back as 5,000 years ago.

2018/08/01 | Mongabay

Modernizing Malaysia: Can Penang Island Handle Its Development Boom?

An October 2017 landslide that killed 11 construction workers was a warning shot that unrestrained development could put life on Penang in danger.

2018/08/06 | Mongabay

China's Belt and Road Might Endanger the World's Rarest Ape

A key Belt and Road hydropower dam project in Sumatra, Indonesia could threaten the rarest species of great ape in the world. Only about 800 Tapanuli orangutans remain, and they may be right in China's path.

2018/08/09 | The Conversation

Lombok's Earthquakes Explained

Lombok is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis.

2018/08/13 | Mongabay

Modernizing Malaysia: A Glistening River Revitalizes Kuala Lumpur

The River of Life, a project spearheaded by former Malaysia PM Najib Razak, has reinvigorated Kuala Lumpur's public spaces and improved the water quality of the Klang River.

2018/08/17 | The Third Pole

OPINION: Laos Dam Disaster Offers Chance to Reassess Renewables Plan

The decision to suspend hydropower projects offers Laos a chance to work with international partners and switch to less environmentally impactful renewables.

2018/08/21 | The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Choked by Waste and Overfishing, Asia's Marine Habitats Are Dying

Only 13 percent of the planet’s oceans are untouched by human activity, according to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society.