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2018/04/04 | Nick Aspinwall
Can Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau Reform the Timber Supply Chain?
New initiatives such as a proposed DNA database to identify illegally harvested wood show promise, but questions remain as to whether the government is doing enough at the point of sale.
2018/04/04 | New Mandala
Ancient Asian Cities May Hold the Key to Resisting Climate Change
While there is much talk of futuristic sci-fi solutions to climate change, there is no talk of the past.
2018/04/03 | Nick Aspinwall
Lost at Sea? Taiwanese Fishery Regulation Faces Continued Scrutiny
As Taiwan’s fishing industry awaits a critical EU decision, nonprofits and NGOs call for assistance for migrant workers and improvements in deep sea regulation.
2018/04/02 | Mongabay
Green Paradox: Indonesia's Electricity Future Defined by Coal, Renewables
Indonesia put itself back on track to meet to meet renewable energy targets by promising to produce less energy in total.
China Is Ensnared in an Energy Security Dilemma
China's faces hard ethical questions regarding its energy policies.
2018/03/27 | AsiaGlobal Online
Air Conditioning Is Choking Tropical Asia
Access to cool air is a matter of class and wealth in cities like Manila.
China and Russia Make Strange Arctic Bedfellows
A tentative 'Polar Silk Road' seeks to help Russia and China reinforce each other's interests in the arctic.
2018/03/19 | The Third Pole
What Can Fix the Disjointed Management of the Mekong River?
Decades of distrust between governments means that the world's 12th longest river has only the loosest management.
2018/03/16 | Nate Maynard
5 Highlights from Mapping Taiwan's Circular Economy Projects
Circular economy is something of an abstract concept, so here are five real world examples of CE projects in Taiwan.
2018/03/16 | Mongabay
Plans to Protect Indonesia's Orangutans Must Involve Business, Local Government
As a 10-year program to protect the great apes in Indonesia comes to an end, the pressure is on to enact a workable conservation plan for the decade ahead.
2018/03/15 | Jennifer Hsieh
Taiwan's Anti-Noise Pollution Movement Struggles to Be Heard
Efforts to counter noise pollution suffer from subjectivity problems and have not attracted the same level of public support as efforts to counter PM2.5.
2018/03/15 | David Green
Taiwan under Pressure over Illegal Fishing, Human Rights as EU Takes Stock
A video spotlighting Taiwan's ongoing problems with illegal fishing and human rights abuses aboard its offshore vessels could not have come at a worse time.
2018/03/09 | Shreya Dasgupta
New Maps Reveal the Extent of Global Industrial Fishing
By one measure, Taiwan was the second-largest fishing nation in the world, beaten only by China.
2018/03/08 | Damian Profeta
The South Atlantic is a Scrum of the World's Illegal Fishing Vessels
Political disunity means that waters off the coast of Argentina are a hotspot for vessels looking to catch illegal fish.
2018/03/02 | Nate Maynard
Crashing Dreams: The Problem with Sky Lanterns
If you're going to go set fire to lanterns and litter the countryside, at least use a lantern that has a sustainable design.
2018/02/27 | Mark Beeson
Coming to Terms with China's Climate Policy
The global economy and the global environment are increasingly affected by what China’s leaders do.