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2017/02/13 | Timo Räsänen

The Ups and Downs of Chinese Dams on Mekong: New Report

A new study shows the significant impact of Chinese dams on the Mekong, but it is not all bad.

2017/02/07 | Tom Fawthorp

Blasting the Mekong for Commercial Shipping

Thai government moves ahead with plans to demolish rocks and islets to allow cargo ships from China, sparking outrage among environmentalists.

2017/02/06 | The Japan Times

Japan Seeking Nature Heritage Status for Islands

The Japanese government recently submitted a proposal to UNESCO for two islands in Kagoshima Prefecture.

2017/01/29 | Steven Crook and Katy Hui-wen Hung

Fungus Among Us: The History of Mushrooms in Taiwan

Taiwan has a long history of growing a wide variety of mushrooms, and was once a major exporter.

2017/01/28 | Geoff Goodwin

BOOK REVIEW: 'Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives'

In 'Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives' editors Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai and Jose Puppim de Oliveira bring together a range of contributors to challenge the green growth paradigm and outline alternative approaches. This is a rigorous and compelling book that Geoff Goodwin recommends to all those looking to better understand our current environmental crisis.

2017/01/25 | Shi Yi

Chinese Demand for Bloodwood Cuts Into Congo’s Ecosystem

Corruption and lack of oversight allow illegally logged timber to be traded from Africa’s heartland to the coast of China.

2017/01/24 | Sarah Laskow

The First Observations of Sea Ice Came From 8th-Century Irish Monks in Iceland

In 1978, satellites started collecting data on sea ice to create a continuous record, and that’s the data that shows that this year is the worst of those 38 for sea ice. But those satellites are aging, and there’s no guarantee they will be replaced.

2017/01/24 | The Japan Times

Japan Needs to Provide Relief for Minamata Victims

The government has not responded to requests from Minamata disease victims, doctors and experts on pollution that it carry out comprehensive medical examinations to grasp the overall picture of damage from the disease.

2017/01/20 | Joanna Mills

Coal, Development and Death in Asia

A new report from Greenpeace and Harvard says Chinese-financed coal projects in Asia could lead to 70,000 premature deaths a year.

2017/01/16 | Mohammad Zubair Khan

An Asthma Patient in Every House

Often overlooked, the massive amount of air pollution created by stone crushing machines is a major health hazard for mountain communities from where the stone is mined.

2017/01/11 | The Japan Times

Japan's Energy Policy Needs Overhaul

The government’s long-standing claim to the cost advantage of nuclear power over other energy sources must be reassessed and the energy policy should be reviewed.

2017/01/11 | Edward White

Are Apps in Asia Killing the Planet?

'Without key policy changes, the rapid growth of the internet in East Asia will likely be powered by coal and other dirty sources of electricity,' Greenpeace says.

2017/01/11 | Edward White

My Party or My People? Indigenous Legislator on the Fight for Self-Determination in Taiwan

Taiwan looks set to open the door for its indigenous people to achieve some degree of autonomy. Will the rest of the population accept it?

2017/01/04 | Jeffrey Hutton

From Turning Tricks to Stomping Kickflips in Jakarta

Park life in the slums: Why the problems facing the controversial Jakarta governor could hurt the city’s skateboarding community.

2016/12/27 | Joydeep Gupta

Green Smudge on the Sahara

At the western edge of the desert that stretches from India to North Africa, an experimental Jatropha plantation shows promise

2016/12/27 | The Japan Times

The Cost of Cleaning Up Fukushima

Tepco should pay for the decommissioning of its reactors, compensation for the victims, and cleanup of the contaminated areas.