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2020/08/13 | Mongabay

Illegal Trade of Philippine Pangolins Is Surging, Report Shows

Illegal pangolin trade in the Philippines increased nine-fold in the last two years, with the authorities confiscating an estimated 6,894 pangolins between 2018 and 2019.

2020/08/10 | Sally Jensen

Covid-19 Casts New Light on Taiwan’s Pangolin Conservation

Pangolin conservation is all the more important during Covid-19 as the endangered species may offer researchers insights into new treatment strategies for the virus.

2020/07/09 | Abby Huang

TSMC Makes 'World's Largest' Corporate Green Power Purchase Agreement

TSMC will purchase the entire productive capacity of two wind farms off the coast of Changhua, Taiwan. According to Ørsted, the agreement is the largest of its kind in the world.

2020/07/03 | Deutsche Welle

Electronic Waste: When Billions in Gold, Other Precious Materials Are Discarded

Record levels of e-waste were produced globally in 2019, weighing the same as 350 mega cruise ships, a UN report shows. The surge in global e-waste is not only a major environmental risk but also a health hazard.

2020/07/02 | The Conversation

Persistent Extreme Heat and Air Pollution Threaten Global Health

The frequency of days with both extreme heat and pollution – and the number of people that will be affected by those days – could massively increase by 2050.

2020/04/22 | Sustainability Times

Earth Day at 50: What We Need to Do for the Next 50 Years

We've made progress as a planet in the past half century, but we have a lot more to do in the next 50 years.

2020/03/11 | Will Peyton

China’s Water Ambitions May Leave Neighbors Dry

China's extensive dam projects are drying up rivers, often leaving neighboring countries in the dust with little to bargain.

2020/03/02 | TNL Staff

Indonesia Expands Textile Production, Claiming Sustainability

Indonesia opened its largest manufacturing plant for viscose, a type of fabric made from trees. The plant claims to be working towards sustainable fashion.

2020/01/28 | The Conversation

Blue Acceleration: Our Dash for Ocean Resources

The "Blue Acceleration" is consuming ocean resources faster than ever, destroying million of marine species that could help develop the antibiotics and medicines of tomorrow.

2020/01/22 | Mongabay

Award-Winning Environmental Editor Arrested in Indonesia

Mongabay editor Philip Jacobson was detained in Indonesia on December 17, 2019 over an alleged issue with his business visa.

2020/01/21 | Deutsche Welle

China to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags and Straws

One of the world's biggest users of plastics is seriously rethinking its environment policy. Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30% in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.

2020/01/18 | Coco Dollanganger

Will Philippines Impose Plastic Ban in 2020?

Philippines is the world's third largest source of ocean plastics. How can it reduce plastic waste nationwide?

2020/01/06 | Mongabay

How a Thai Entrepreneur Turned Used Flip-Flops Into a Sustainable Business

A university team in Thailand named “Tlejourn” has created a profitable product from discarded flip-flops. Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of trash floating in the ocean, old flip-flops are one of the most commonly found items.

2019/12/30 | Sally Jensen

Beyond 2020: Taiwan Needs to Take Climate Chaos Seriously

Whoever wins January’s election will have to effectively manage the global, indiscriminate forces of climate chaos.

2019/12/03 | Mongabay

Indonesia Must Stop Its Coal Plant Building Spree By 2020 to Meet Climate Goals

Indonesia must stop building coal-fired power plants by next year if it’s to keep up its commitments to the Paris climate agreement, according to a new analysis.

2019/11/29 | Mongabay

South Korea Exports Pollution By Funding Overseas Coal Plants

South Korea is the third biggest public investor in overseas coal plants, virtually exporting pollution to Southeast Asian countries and reaping the financial rewards from the investments.

2019/11/10 | Mongabay

China Keeps Quiet About the Amazon Crisis Despite Its Leverage Over Brazil

The Brazilian president met with the Chinese leader last week on trade, but China remained silent on the Amazon fires, deforestation, and other environmental issues.

2019/11/07 | Mongabay

How Researchers Located Pygmy Seahorses in Taiwan via Social Media

A few marine biologists hunted for pygmy seahorses in Taiwan via Facebook and Instagram, and discovered that Taiwan is one of the world’s pygmy seahorse diversity hotspots.