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2017/06/01 | Shreya Dasgupta

Singapore’s Massive Role in Trading Shark Fins Exposed

According to trade records in 2012-2013, Singapore’s shark fin exports were worth US$40 million, closely following Hong Kong’s US$45 million.

2017/05/31 | Raina Paul & Prabhpreet Singh Sood

India's Filthiest Rivers

Fishermen and farmers are paying for India's loosely enforced waste water environmental regulations.

2017/05/30 | Wang Yan

Living With Snow Leopards in China's First National Park

A far-flung locale in Qinghai province will become China’s first official national park. There, Tibetan nomads are long accustomed to living with their snow leopard neighbors. However, tensions between people and the endangered cats persist.

2017/05/24 | Moushumi Basu

Two to Tango: Skewed Sex Ratio Spells Danger for Rhinos in India

Although the numbers of rhinos are still increasing, when it comes to long-term viability, having more males than females could be as a big a threat as poaching.

2017/05/21 | Shreya Dasgupta

Smuggler's Paradise: Hundreds of Tortoises Seized in Malaysia

The tortoises included 325 critically endangered Radiated tortoises and five critically endangered Ploughshare tortoises.

2017/05/21 | Siddharth Chakravarty

Murky Waters: Stop Blaming China for the State of the World’s Fishing Stocks

China might be the biggest player in global fishing, but Western countries are also in deep water when it comes to industry rights abuses and environmental damage, Siddharth Chakravarty writes.

2017/05/19 | Morley J Weston

INFOGRAPHIC: Taiwan’s Cities are One Giant Heat Sink

If you want to keep cool in Taiwan, start growing some rice or fish.

2017/05/18 | Shreya Dasgupta

Rare and Secretive Bay Cat Caught on Camera in Borneo

The secretive bay cat was photographed and filmed in a new location that is about 40 miles outside its currently known distribution range in Borneo.

2017/05/16 | Rosemary Chen

Vietnam Rounds-Up Activists Who Led Protest Against Taiwan Toxic Spill

Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on protest leaders and officials one year after a toxic spill in central Vietnam devastated the fishing and tourism industry.

2017/05/15 | Rajanya Bose & Anirban Bhattacharya

Millions of Ragpickers are Critical for Waste Management in India

When waste is disposed of in India, it is done with little concern for those who will be handling it later. For example, both soiled diapers and sanitary napkins need to be treated as medical waste.

2017/05/14 | Shreya Dasgupta

Smuggled Ivory is Still Getting into Hong Kong

Several licensed ivory dealers in Hong Kong are offering strategies for buyers to take ivory out of the city illegally, according to a new report by wildlife trade and monitoring group TRAFFIC.

2017/05/11 | Keith Schneider

Big Business Wins in the Philippines: The Rise and Fall of a Maverick Environment Minister

After a 10-month battle to shut down polluting mines, Philippine environment secretary Regina Lopez lost her post last week.

2017/05/11 | Taiwan Business TOPICS Magazine

Green Energy for a Nuclear-Free, Low-Carbon Future

The key factor explaining the optimism surrounding green energy in Taiwan is not the rate of current progress, but rather belief that finally, the government is solidly behind the industry.

2017/05/11 | John Gillespie

Social Media Powers Citizen Resistance in Vietnamese Land Disputes

What has changed in Vietnam is the population’s use of social media, which has allowed citizens to mobilize opposition to land taking and monitor official responses to public protests.

2017/05/09 | The Third Pole

Sandmining is Destroying Asia’s Rivers

Uncontrolled and mostly illegal extraction of sand and rocks from riverbeds for construction is killing rivers across South Asia and China, and must be tightly controlled.

2017/05/07 | Ann Wang & Genevieve Belmaker

The Secret to Winning the Fight Against Illegal Logging in Myanmar: Chainsaws

Fresh off a one-year ban on logging, the Southeast Asian nation faces an uphill battle enforcing a new chainsaw registration law.