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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.

2017/04/29 | Maxine Chen

The Meat Hook: Satiating Asia’s Demand for Beef

Environmentalists are watching Asia’s rocketing demand for beef because any shifts in Asian appetites could make a world of difference to the planet’s environmental health.

2017/04/18 | Millie Kerr

Apes in Asian Circus-Style Shows on Rise — So is Trafficking

Chinese and Thai animal attractions increasingly force young chimpanzees and orangutans — many illegally wild-caught — to perform for visitors.

2017/04/17 | FORTUNE

Japan Faces Dire Potato-Chip Crunch

Japan's potato harvest has fallen short, forcing chip makers to halt production.

2017/04/15 | Michael Tatarski

Graffiti Campain Brings Rhino Conservation Message to Urban Vietnam

The art campaign is aimed at educating locals and engaging neighborhood residents about the cost of sought-after rhino horn.

2017/04/15 | Rosemary Chen

US$6 Billion Not Enough to Tackle Air Pollution in Taiwan

Taiwan has announced new emission reduction targets and policies to combat air pollution but environmental groups say they still do not go far enough.

2017/04/11 | Li Zhi

The Coming Wake-Up Call for China’s Tourism Industry

Crowds of visitors to the country’s scenic areas have investors taking rash, risky and unsustainable decisions.