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2017/10/31 |

Building a More Sustainable Belt and Road

China’s Belt and Road Initiative involves significant risk in investing in countries and projects that have failed to attract financing elsewhere. More multilateral financing can help ensure that these projects are environmentally sustainable rather than under-utilized white elephants.

2017/10/30 | Mark Stocker

Taiwan Must Own its Global Leadership in Recycling

Taiwan is second only to Germany when it comes to recycling, but the country and its ambassadors are too humble when it comes to marketing leadership in the sector.

2019/12/04 | 廣編企劃

Five Things You Should Know About “Motorbike Electrification” with the Advent of the New Motorbike Era

Taiwan, known as the “kingdom of motorbikes,” not only has a mature motorbike supply chain, but also is an important ICT industry export nation. However, the government resorted to “the coexistence and co-prosperity of gasoline & electric powered vehicles”. What are the blind spots of such a practice?

2017/10/25 | Dinah Gardner

Will Taiwan’s New Plastic Bag Ban Work?

Taiwanese use more than 700 plastic bags per person per year; recycling is not the answer; much better to use other kinds of long-lasting containers; and special compost areas for biodegradable bags would be a good place to start.

2017/10/24 | Tim Ferry

Operating on the Edge: Huge Pressure on Taiwan's Power Supply

Concern is growing as to whether Taiwan can meet its objectives to both eliminate nuclear power and greatly cut carbon emissions by 2025. The reliance on nuclear has already fallen sharply, as several reactors that had to be temporarily shut down have not been brought back online. In the meantime, increased generation from coal-fired plants is taking up most of the slack. Due to regulatory and environmental obstacles, solar and wind projects are behind schedule.

2017/10/23 | Sally Tyler

End to 'War on Coal' Puts Asia's Renewable Future at Risk

New Trump administration moves to bolster coal-fired electricity production echo recent moves to embrace the polluting fossil fuel in Southeast Asia, and threaten both renewable energy goals and greenhouse gas emission targets of the Paris climate change accord.

2017/10/21 | Diao Fanchao

Flaming Forests in Northeastern China

After a devastating forest fire, a man devotes 30 years to protecting the Greater Hinggan Mountains.

2017/10/19 | Chen Ronggang

China's Cities Are Drowning in Takeout Trash

Every day, tens of millions of food containers, plastic bags, and disposable chopsticks eat away further at the environment.

2017/10/18 | Scott Simon

Questioning Tsai's Sincerity over Indigenous Land Rights

'Only time will tell if the DPP government is merely cultivating its own local supporters, or is sincere about recognizing indigenous sovereignty,' writes Simon Scott.

2017/10/17 | Andrew Kerslake

Pollution and Industrial Smog Cloud Taiwan's Bicycle Paradise

Taiwan's ambitions to be a cycling paradise are blighted by industrial eyesores and local governments that turn a blind eye to polluters flaunting regulatory loopholes.

2017/10/14 | TNL 編輯

Six Shops in Taipei for Islandwide Ingredients

Produce and tastes nurtured by Taiwan in the latest from 'Good Eye Taipei.'

2017/10/13 | Mong Palatino

Malaysian's ‘Mother GAIA’ Artwork Calls for Environmental Protection

A new exhibit in Penang, Malaysia features the latest paintings of Jennifer Mourin, an artist known for actively promoting the protection of the environment through her art.

2017/10/12 | Dinah Gardner

Nano this Plastic Should Be in Our Water

For the first in a regular bi-weekly series on the environment in Taiwan, Green Bulletin interviews the policy head of the Taipei American School's team as they prepare to solve Taiwan's nanoplastic problems for iGEM, a world-leading student synthetic biology competition.

2017/10/12 | Max Martin

Rohingya Face Conflux of Conflict, Development and Disaster

The ethnic cleansing and wholesale expulsion of Rohingyas from Rakhine state in Myanmar highlight how forced migration of minority communities is driven by identity politics and land grabs for development.

2017/10/09 | Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley

Real Solutions for Plastic Problems

Plastic bags and bottles are a global menace, but the emergence of microplastics will test the policy courage of governments in new ways, write Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley.

2017/10/01 | The Third Pole

Soaked China Sees ‘Sponge Cities’ as Flood Solution

Permeable surfaces and green infrastructure are essential to absorbing rainwater, but China needs strong environmental governance and investment for this initiative to succeed.