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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.
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.
2016/12/21 | Beth Walker
Murder in Myanmar: Reporter's Death Linked to Illegal Logging
Journalist’s death highlights plight of Myanmar’s forests and corruption of illegal logging trade to India and China
2016/12/19 | Martin Rowe
A Sad Slice of Pizza
The plight of Pizza the polar bear is a sad reflection of our relationship with wildlife and nature.