ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY

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Chengte Charity Foundation organizes fun fair to help the needy

2019.06.17

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Chengte Charity Foundation (正德慈善基金會) Taipei Branch held a charity fair on Sunday (June 16), which included a bazaar, food stands, a children’s painting competition, blood donation drive, and live performances.

'Blue tears' not toxic: Taiwan researcher

2019.06.16

Fluorescent blue sparkles, dubbed "blue tears," that glow around Taiwan's offshore Matsu Islands are not caused by toxic algae and a sign of environmental deterioration, a Taiwanese researcher said Sunday in rebutting a recent study.

Taiwan launches tax rebate for energy-saving home appliances

2019.06.15

Taipei (CNA) - Consumers who buy new energy-saving home appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners between now and June 2021 will be eligible for a rebate of the excise tax paid on the items, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Saturday.

Drivers have 31% likelihood of traffic delay in Taiwan's large cities: global Traffic Index

2019.06.14

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – This week, the GPS manufacturer TomTom released the results of its annual survey of automobile traffic congestion in 403 cities around the globe, which reveals which cities suffer from the worst traffic conditions.

Boys at Taiwan high school wear skirts for one week to break gender stereotypes

2019.05.11

Male students at the New Taipei Municipal Banqiao Senior High School (板橋高中) marked the 73rd anniversary of their school Saturday (May 11) with a week-long activity during which they wore skirts to break gender stereotypes and underline the personal freedom of choice.

Tainan seeks opportunity to host 2021 Asia Pacific Cities Summit

2019.05.09

The Tainan chapter of People to People International organization (PPTI) visited Brisbane, Australia to talk about the possibility for Tainan City to host Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors' Forum in 2021, reported the Liberty Times on Thursday, May 9.

Philippine newspaper editorial urges people to draw on recycling experience from Taiwan

2019.05.10

A newspaper in the Philippines has called on locals to learn from Taiwan in waste disposal, hailing the island as one of the countries boasting the highest recycling rates.

Taiwan-made Gogoro 3 released at discounted price of NT$35,980

2019.05.09

Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro unveiled its latest model, the Gogoro 3, on Wednesday (May 8) featuring new batteries with a range of 170 kilometers and selling at a discounted price of NT$35,980 (US$1,162).

100,000 Chinese come to Taiwan for medical treatment a year: Internazionale

2019.05.02

 Despite the fact that China actively works to exclude Taiwan from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its World Health Assembly (WHA), over 100,000 Chinese visit Taiwan each year for medical treatment, according to a report from the Italian magazine Internazionale.

Taipei celebrates animal protection and biodiversity in May

2019.04.30

As May marks World Bee Day, World Turtle Day, and Endangered Species Day, Taipei City Animal Protection Office (APO) will host a variety of events to raise public awareness of the importance of animal protection and biodiversity.

Taichung Power Plant ordered to build new waste treatment facility

2019.04.21

 The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has requested state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) to build a new waste treatment facility for its coal-fired power plant in Taichung in two years, it said Saturday.

Taipei hoping to add more Muslim-friendly certified hospitals

2019.04.16

The Taipei City government is working with Taiwan Adventist Hospital (TAH) to expand the number of Muslim-friendly hospitals, as part of its ongoing policy to make Taipei a more Muslim-friendly city, an official said Monday.

After 30 years, Taiwan National Police prepare for uniform upgrade

2019.04.15

The National Police in Taiwan are preparing to roll out brand new officer uniforms this week, with the new digs scheduled to become the regulation uniform from Thursday, April 18, reports UDN.

Taiwan selected as ‘Eco Destination of the Year’ at Asia Dive Expo

2019.04.14

Taiwan was selected as the 2019 Eco Destination of the Year by Asia Dive Expo (ADEX), the largest, and the longest-running dive show in Asia, as held in Singapore from April 11 – 14 this year.

McDonald's Taiwan to end use of plastic straws by June

2019.04.11

McDonald's Taiwan today announced that in response to the Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) planned ban on the use of single-use plastic drinking straws, all restaurants in the country will stop serving plastic straws, with paper ones provided to those with special needs, such as children.

Is Taipei a "Farm City?'

2019.04.11

In 2014, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-Je (柯文哲) proposed his “Farm City” project, as part of his election campaign platform. Five years have passed since then and the question is: Has he kept his promise and brought back nature to Taipei to make a Farm City?

Taiwan activists deliver anti-nuclear referendum petition

2019.04.02

A local anti-nuclear coalition submitted a referendum petition Tuesday to the Central Election Commission (CEC) for initial screening.

New Taipei and IFOAM promote healthy sustainable agriculture in Taiwan

2019.03.30

New Taipei City in cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM Asia), held a youth seminar on March 29 to promote nutrition and organic farming practices.

Environmentally friendly burials on rise in Taipei

2019.03.26

The number of so-called environmentally friendly burials has increased over the past five years in Taipei, an indication of the growing acceptance among people in the capital of Taiwan that burials should impact the environment as little as possible.

Taiwan ranked happiest country in East Asia

2019.03.21

Taiwan is ranked as the happiest country in East Asia and the 25th happiest in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2019.

Mercury in Taiwan could drop to 13 degrees over weekend

2019.03.21

Although Taiwan will see balmy weather today, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that temperatures could dip down to 13 degrees Celsius over the weekend as a weather front arrives and a northeast monsoon intensifies.

Shocking amount of plastic found inside beached whale in E. Taiwan

2019.03.21

An autopsy of a pregnant whale beached in eastern Taiwan revealed that its stomach was a "chaotic mess" of plastic garbage, according to the Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA).

7 districts in Taichung, Taiwan exposed to 8 cancerous air pollutants

2019.03.18

A study of air pollution in Taichung City has found that seven districts contain unacceptable levels of PM2.5 and eight first-level airborne carcinogens, reported SETN.

Taiwan environmental group showcases role of NGOs as social change agents

2019.03.16

Taiwan's modern development can be categorized into three periods: centralized government oversight from 1945 to 1970, private sector focus from 1970 to the late 1980s and the socially responsible entrepreneurship of today.

Taiwan’s Chiayi County tackles overpopulation of African sacred ibises

2019.03.15

A nesting area of the African sacred ibises has been removed in Chiayi County after fears it would affect the native bird population, reports said Friday.

Taiwan mulls relaxing control over national park access

2019.03.11

Taiwan is set to relax regulations governing public access to the island’s national parks as soon as June this year, following a thorough examination of the current control measures prompted by the death of a Taiwanese “bikini climber” in a failed rescue attempt in January.

Sea Turtles’ Beauty Only Belongs in Ocean

2019.03.06

Chinese actor Eddie Peng (Peng Yuyan) is reminding the public that beautiful souvenirs are often made from poached Hawksbill sea turtles, contributing to their critically endangered status.

Taiwan eyeing commercial production of indigenous white truffles

2019.03.06

Taiwan is seeking to develop a new technique for commercial growing of an indigenous species of white truffle called "Tuber elevatireticulatum," the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI) announced Tuesday.
 

Same-sex marriage moves forward at Taiwan Legislative Yuan

2019.03.05

A government proposal to legalize same-sex unions moved one step forward at the Legislative Yuan Tuesday, with the next phase in its review likely to occur on April 9 at the earliest.

Taiwan ranked 1st in Asia for women's legal rights

2019.03.05

A recently released study by the World Bank has ranked Taiwan as the top country in Asia and 8th in the world overall for the extent to which it provides equal rights to men and women.

Taiwanese researchers discover dragon fruit best organic source for dye-sensitized solar cells

2019.03.04

A National Chiayi University research team found that dragon fruit, or pitaya, is the best source of organic dye for dye-sensitized solar cells to generate electricity.

Taiwan considers culling African sacred ibis

2019.03.02

The discovery of 2,000 African sacred ibises nesting in Chiayi County has led forestry officials to consider a mass cull of the birds known for driving out native species, the Apple Daily reported Saturday.

Taiwanese experts use indigenous term to name new termite species

2019.03.01

For the first time, a new species of termite has been named by Taiwanese scientists, who used the Bunun indigenous term “halum” to register the “Stylotermes halumicus” found in Taitung County.

Tsai attends opening of Taiwan's first self-driving car test site

2019.02.25

President Tsai Ing-wen and former premier William Lai (賴清德) attended the opening ceremony of Taiwan’s first intelligent driving vehicle test center on Monday.

Overseas Taiwanese community in New York commemorate 228 incident with special event

2019.02.25

As the anniversary of the 228 massacre approaches, overseas Taiwanese communities are coming together to commemorate the lives lost and lessons learned from Taiwan’s period of White Terror.

Taiwanese scholars reluctant to declare Formosan clouded leopard extinct

2019.02.25

The latest reported sightings of the Formosan clouded leopard are adding to the reluctance by scholars and indigenous tribes to remove the animal from the endangered species list and declare it extinct, despite the lack of an officially confirmed sighting in over thirty years, according to CNA.

Wutip becomes first super typhoon in February since 1911

2019.02.25

Wutip is the first super typhoon recorded by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) for the month of February since 1911, but forecasters believe "Taiwan's Shield" will hold up yet again and prevent it from impacting the country directly.

'Extinct' Formosan clouded leopard spotted in E. Taiwan

2019.02.23

 A leopard thought to be extinct, the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura), has been spotted by several witnesses in the wilderness of southeast Taiwan, reported CNA.

Snow could fall on 3 of Taiwan's peaks this weekend

2019.02.22

As a continental cold air mass arrives tonight, there is a "high probability of snowfall" on three of Taiwan's mountains over this weekend, according to Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecaster Lee Meng-shuan (李孟軒).

Young athlete clocks 21.65 in 200m dash, becoming fastest junior high boy in Taiwan

2019.02.21

A junior high school student clocked 21.65 seconds in the 200-meter dash final at the 2019 Kaohsiung Cup Games (高雄港都盃田徑錦標賽) on Thursday, shattering the national record in the junior high boys’ 200-meter dash category.

Tropical Storm Wutip could become typhoon tomorrow

2019.02.20

Tropical Storm Wutip (蝴蝶), the second tropical storm of the year, is expected to reach typhoon strength before passing to the south of Guam tomorrow (Feb. 21), but its future impact on Taiwan is still uncertain.

Taipei ranks 6th best city for millennials in Asia-Pacific

2019.02.19

Taipei has been ranked as the sixth best city for millennials living in the Asia-Pacific region according to a new index released by CEOWorld Magazine.

Taiwan Lantern Festival lights up tonight

2019.02.19

The annual Taiwan Lantern Festival (台灣燈會) kicks off tonight (Feb. 19) and will last until March. 3 in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County.

Taiwan satellite Formosat-7 to be launched soon in the US

2019.02.18

Taiwan’s Formosat-7 satellite (福衛七號) is soon to be launched in the U.S.

Taiwan ranks first in Asia for gender equality

2019.02.18

 Taiwan comes out on top in Asia for gender equality according to a visual report published recently by the Executive Yuan’s Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

Taoyuan's household registration offices to open services to passport applicants

2019.02.14

Starting this Friday, the household registration offices across Taoyuan City’s 13 districts will allow citizens to apply for a passport at a nearby district office without the need of traveling to the consular office in Taipei.

 

World Pangolin Day Comes Amid Alarming Number of Seizures

2019.02.14

It's been more than two years since the ban on global trade in all pangolin species went into effect. But it has not been enough. Roughly two million pangolins have since been poached.

Google Maps launches 3D view of Taipei today

2019.02.13

Google Maps today (Feb. 13) updated its product to show 3D views of Taipei City, as well as three other cities in Taiwan.

CAL cancels 26 flights in Taiwan as pilot strike enters 5th day

2019.02.12

After the second round of negotiations between Pilots Union Taoyuan and China Airlines (CAL) broke down last night (Feb. 11), Taiwan's first airline pilot strike has entered its fifth day, resulting in 26 more flight cancellations.

Marriages between Taiwanese, foreigners surpass 20,000 in 2018

2019.02.10

A total of 20,608 marriages between Taiwanese and foreigners were registered in 2018, with most of the foreign spouses coming from Southeast Asia, according to statistics from the Ministry of the Interior.

Greenpeace Taiwan warns about environmental impact of 'fast fashion

2019.02.04

The rise of "fast fashion" has not only changed shopping habits but has also led to the creation of more waste as people are discarding clothes at twice the rate as in 2000, according to Greenpeace Taiwan.

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