Eco & Green Syndicate content

Aug 07, 2020

Taiwan’s solar power policies are threatening the environment by putting pressure on coastal ecosystems and wild animal habitats and turning power plant land and licenses into mere financial commodities. What has gone wrong?

Head south in the Changhua Coast Industrial Park’s Xianxi Section and a big lagoon...

Jul 31, 2020

BANGKOK – Over one year after an inaugural sustainable coconut roundtable(link is external) was held in Malaysia, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and global cacao corporate, Barry Callebaut, reconvened coconut buyers via webinar on June 30 to continue efforts to prevent a global...

Jul 30, 2020

Bangkok-based BCPG Plc, a renewable energy division of petroleum and energy conglomerate Bangchak Corporation Plc, said its plans to build Southeast Asia’s largest wind farm in Laos at an investment of $840 million.

The park with a capacity of 600 megawatt is planned to be located on 64,000 hectares near the...

Jul 24, 2020

Taiwanese electric scooter powerhouse Gogoro has talked of overseas expansion for years, but those plans have been put on hold. As it looks to deepen its presence in Taiwan, what other obstacles is it facing and how serious are they?

“You can’t be too worried about making it abroad. You have to first see if...

Jul 23, 2020

A Hong Kong start-up is creating autonomous plastic gathering robot swarms which could clean up the world’s waterways.

Plastic pollution in oceans, rivers, harbours and lakes has become a hot-button issue around the world, including in Hong Kong where most people live and work near waterways and see the...

Jul 11, 2020

BANGKOK - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the five winners of the first WE4F Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (EDGE) Agriculture-Energy Prize.

Jul 09, 2020

For more than 20 years, professor Huang Huan-chang has been tracking illegal dumps of industrial sludge and heavy metals, exposing the dark side of Taiwan’s economic prowess. Yet despite his best efforts, strong incentives remain for the illicit practices to continue.

A delicious feast was laid out on a red...

Jul 02, 2020

An international collaborative study led by Professor Derrick Yuk Fo Lai at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), joined by top-tier scientists from around the world, has discovered that sustained methane emissions from the subtropical estuarine mangroves can reduce its climatic cooling effects by over 50%,...

Jun 27, 2020

Silent, emission-free electric buses have quietly become the new normal in Taichung, once notorious for its dirty public transport. Taiwan’s second-largest city used a mix of measures to turn the public bus system around. Today, Taichung has the highest number of electric city buses, encouraging neighboring...

Jun 21, 2020

Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre proudly presents its second themed exhibition Ecology in the Making - a History of Amateur Naturalists in Hong Kong. Based on original research conducted by the centre and guest co-curator, Maxime Decaudin, the exhibition spans the period between 1816 and 1984; it...

Jun 21, 2020

Joe Lee discovers the amazing carbon-storing power of mangroves

The cobra was slinking its way into his hut when Prof. Joe Lee, studying for his doctorate at the time, first caught sight of it. He watched closely. But he didn't see it come back out.

The ecologist wanted nothing more than to rest,...

Jun 08, 2020

Hong Kong, 8 June 2020 -- ( ASIA TODAY ) -- SUEZ, together with its subsidiary, Macao Water, recently signed a framework agreement with the University of Macau (UM) to develop a robust research partnership platform that will combine the three parties’ resources and strengths in scientific research and marine...

Jun 08, 2020

People living on an isolated island community in the Pacific Ocean are finding ways to reduce their dependence on expensive imported food while promoting climate resilient farming techniques, thanks to a programme supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Islanders in Kiribati have long recognized...

Jun 08, 2020

VĨNH LONG — While it is said that “land is as precious as gold”, a 74-year-old farmer has decided to leave 20,000sq.m of land alone to give storks a home to nest and lay eggs.

Lê Văn Chìa, a resident from Tân Mỹ Commune in Vĩnh Long Province’s Trà Ôn District, has been called crazy for forgoing profit from...

Jun 07, 2020

An international study found that global mean sea-level rise could exceed 1m by 2100 and 5m by 2300 with unchecked emissions. The study, published in npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, was led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Hong Kong,...

May 25, 2020

“Every tree is a living thing,” says Prof. WANG Yu-Hsing, Associate Head and Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, while admiring a tree on the hillside near HKUST’s waterfront. Typhoon Mangkhut in September 2018 cracked the tree almost in half. Severely damaged, Prof. Wang thought it...

May 15, 2020

Bangkok, Thailand ─ Climate change could push 62 million people into extreme poverty in South Asia. Those who are living on the edge and above the poverty line are also likely to be affected by extreme weather, floods, heatwaves, and other climate-induced hazards. A World Bank study has concluded that, without...

May 15, 2020

On May 6, Taiwan’s Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) announced the parameters of the country’s first renewable energy projects under which solar power producers can directly distribute electricity to an end user outside the established grid.

May 13, 2020

BANGKOK, THAILAND – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Green Invest Asia project, successfully facilitated an equity investment by international financial institutions into Grandis Timber,(link is external) Cambodia’s first and only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified...

May 13, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region are edging closer to a tipping point due to the unprecedented pace of marine pollution, overfishing and climate change in recent years. However, a new report released today by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and...

May 06, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP News) – (ASIA TODAY) -- The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the Government of Japan, today launched a new project which aims to reduce the environmental impact of cities in South East Asia by addressing plastic waste pollution in...

Apr 25, 2020

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) have launched a report that outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to power their ships. This will help them meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission...