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Protests broke out in Myanmar’s Kachin State following the Kachin Independence Organization’s decision to grant Chinese companies permission to mine in the area near the border with China’s Yunnan Province.
Only 13 percent of the planet’s oceans are untouched by human activity, according to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Greenpeace East Asia says its has found evidence of illegal mining within the core zone of the Konglong River Nature Reserve in Shuangbai County of Yunnan Province, a key habitat of the endangered green peafowl.
Taroko Gorge is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Taiwan, but Asia Cement’s mining in the region has sparked controversies for years. As the new director of EPA recently announced that the mines should be banned by 2017, whether Asia Cement will leave Taroko Gorge or not remains a question.