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2017/02/21 | Rosemary Chen

Thousands Show Up for Air Pollution Protest in Taiwan

In 2015, more than 6,000 people in Taiwan died from diseases directly related to poor air quality, making up 19 percent of the death toll that year.

2017/02/21 | Ramesh Bhushal

New Threats Emerge as Rhino Numbers Recover

Rhino numbers have slowly recovered after stringent steps against hunting and poaching, but climate change and invasive species offer new threats.

2017/02/20 | The Japan Times

Tokyo Olympics Pose Challenge for Japanese Farmers

Time is running out for Japanese farmers to obtain the Global GAP certificate in order to serve their products at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

2017/02/17 | Poppy McPherson

Chainsaw Injuries in Myanmar Tied to Illegal Logging

Despite Myanmar’s nationwide commercial logging ban in 2016, illegal loggers continue to find work cutting down trees with chain saws, imported largely from China and often obtained illegally and used without training or protective gear, according to a months-long investigation by Mongabay.

2017/02/16 | TNL Staff

INFOGRAPHIC: How Wide Does the Sky Lantern Clean-Up Need to Be?

The once annual event has now turned into a daily tourist attraction that harms the environment.

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.