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Environmentally friendly burials on rise in Taipei


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 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


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


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


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


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


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


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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