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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.

2017/04/08 | Florentine Koppenborg

Will the Silent Comeback of Coal Threaten Japan’s Climate Goals?

Japan’s energy debate demonstrates that phasing out coal from the electricity mix and replacing it with renewable alternatives can be a political challenge.   

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.

2017/04/02 | Shi Yi

What Should China Do with Its Stockpile of Soon-to-be-banned Ivory?

Experts argue that a government buyback is the most cost-effective solution.

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.