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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.

2017/06/17 | Mike Gaworecki

New ‘Elfin Toad’ Discovered in Vietnam

A new species of Asian mountain toad belonging to the genus Ophryophryne has been discovered in the Truong Son or Annamite mountains of Vietnam, an area of high diversity for the group.

2017/06/17 | Mongabay

Vaquita Porpoise Nears Extinction: International Fish Swim Bladder Trade to Blame

The hunt for totoaba and the trade of the fish’s highly valued swim bladders from Mexico through the U.S. to China is decimating a Critically Endangered porpoise called the vaquita.

2017/06/22 | Li You

Navigating the Muddy Waters of China’s Cadmium Rice Paddies

The government is spending millions on cleaning up polluted soil, but progress is slow in the country’s rice heartland.

2017/07/01 | Liu Qin and Zhang Chun

Are Bike-Sharing Schemes Running Riot?

One year in and bike sharing apps are transforming Chinese cities, but oversight and environmental impacts are a concern.

2017/07/01 | James Fahn

Can the World Negotiate a ‘Paris Agreement' for the Oceans?

Global cooperation on the protection of our seas has been one of the weak points of the environmental movement, reports James Fahn.

2017/07/05 | Peter J. Li.

China, Ivory, and the Global Wildlife Trade

'I believe the Chinese authorities can, should and will do more to support wildlife conservation. China’s increasing affluence improved awareness, and accelerating urbanization is helping to create not only the material and philosophical conditions necessary for major policy changes.'

2017/07/06 | Philip Nyhus, Yue Yu, Jiaqi Wu

Spots and Stripes: Will a Dragon Save a Tiger?

Just as China is surprising the world by the speed of its economic and energy transformations, there is hope that the country will surprise the world with a more robust commitment to conservation as well.

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.

2017/07/18 | Shannon Lin

PHOTO STORY: Sustainable Grain Cropping and 'Adopting' a Paddy Field on Taiwan's Northeast Coast

A new venture between local farmers and an agricultural company are letting people experience the life of a rice farmer in Yilan county.

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.'

2017/07/26 | 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.