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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.

2019/02/06 | Mongabay

Asian Banks Are Giving Billions to Companies Linked With Deforestation

According to a recent analysis and report, financial backing for palm oil, pulp and paper and other industries associated with forest loss in Southeast Asia is estimated to have topped US$60 billion over the past five years.

2019/08/09 | Mongabay

The Hottest Summer on Record Threatens Stability of Life

World Meteorological Organization recorded the hottest June and July ever.

2018/12/28 | AsiaGlobal Online

Mind Pollution: How Dirty Air Harms Human Cognition

A study shows that air pollution has a massive detrimental impact on human cognition.

2018/10/23 | Mongabay

VIETNAM: Formosa Spill Blogger 'Mother Mushroom' Released From Prison

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was imprisoned last year after criticizing the government's lackluster response to the 2016 Formosa environmental disaster.

2020/12/21 | TAIPEI

Food Sustainability in Taipei, One Neighborhood at a Time — Starting in Nanjichang

Two decades ago, a village chief in Taipei set up the city's first food bank to redistribute unused or unwanted food to those in need in the community. As people are becoming more conscious of food sustainability, he is looking to spread the revolution of “continuous food” across Taipei.

2020/01/21 | Deutsche Welle

China to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws

One of the world's biggest users of plastics is seriously rethinking its environment policy. Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30% in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.

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.

2019/08/29 | Mongabay

OPINION: Brazil's Sovereignty Depends on a Healthy Amazon

A healthy and productive Amazon actually underpins Brazil’s sovereignty by strengthening food, water, and energy security, while supporting good relations with its neighbors.

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.

2017/03/02 | 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.

2020/01/06 | Mongabay

How a Thai Entrepreneur Turned Used Flip-Flops Into a Sustainable Business

A university team in Thailand named “Tlejourn” has created a profitable product from discarded flip-flops. Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of trash floating in the ocean, old flip-flops are one of the most commonly found items.

2020/03/02 | TNL Staff

Indonesia Expands Textile Production, Claiming Sustainability

Indonesia opened its largest manufacturing plant for viscose, a type of fabric made from trees. The plant claims to be working towards sustainable fashion.

2019/01/26 | Nick Aspinwall

INTERVIEW: '10 Years Taiwan' Directors Dish on Taiwan's Future and Its Present

The News Lens caught up with '10 Years Taiwan' directors Lekal Sumi and Rina Tsou, who discussed what inspired them as directors and how Taiwan can avoid the film's dismal vision of the future.

2019/02/21 | Mongabay

Chinese 'Queen of Ivory' Gets 15 Years in Jail for Trafficking Elephant Tusks

Tanzania has sentenced Yang Fenglan to 15 years in prison for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 African elephants over several years.

2016/12/13 | Stam Lee

PHOTO STORY: Mined-Out Cities, the True Cost of Coal in China

Chinese cities that were once rich from mining are now facing the gruesome aftermath from the depletion of their 'black gold.'