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2018/10/24 | Mongabay

China's Ivory Ban Pushes Illegal Trade to Neighboring Countries, Study Shows

New research shows the ban has shut down the formerly legal ivory market. But the illegal ivory trade is still alive and kicking.

2016/12/27 | The Japan Times

The Cost of Cleaning Up Fukushima

Tepco should pay for the decommissioning of its reactors, compensation for the victims, and cleanup of the contaminated areas.

2016/12/27 | Joydeep Gupta

Green Smudge on the Sahara

At the western edge of the desert that stretches from India to North Africa, an experimental Jatropha plantation shows promise

2017/01/29 | Steven Crook and Katy Hui-wen Hung

Fungus Among Us: The History of Mushrooms in Taiwan

Taiwan has a long history of growing a wide variety of mushrooms, and was once a major exporter.

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.

2017/03/20 | Matthew Fulco

Trouble for Taiwan’s Paradise

With casino gaming off the table, the economy of the idyllic offshore islands of Penghu is more dependent than ever on shaky seasonal tourism.

2017/03/22 | Shreya Dasgupta

Saving Orphaned Baby Rhinos in India

The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Assam State gives orphaned rhinos a second chance at life in the wild.

2017/03/25 | Karthik Madhavapeddi

Double-Edged Sword: Urbanization Brings Malnutrition and Obesity Problems to India

In India, distress migration to urban areas is creating food security problems and the urban poor is deprived of nutritious food.

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.

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.

2017/04/05 | 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.