Helping consumers identify products that truly promote environmental sustainability. Each year during the dry season that typically runs from late June through October, countries throughout this region are affected by an air-pollution crisis that has come to be known as the Southeast Asian haze. Intense forest fires, caused by illegal slash-and-burn farming practices and annually…

FAMILY FEUD — Business goes on at EVA Air despite the power struggle among half-brothers for control of the Evergreen Group. (Photo: CNA)

Taiwan Super Rich now Fewer, and Poorer The economic slowdown in China is hitting Taiwan’s wealthiest where it hurts: their net worth. According to the Forbes list of 1,810 billionaires worldwide, Tsai Eng-meng, chairman of WantWant foods conglomerate, and Hon Hai Precision’s Terry Gou retained their positions as Taiwan’s first and second wealthiest, respectively. But…

Final Diplomatic Trip - On arrival in Belize, President Ma is welcomed by Belizian President Colville Young. (Photo: CNA)

Ma Takes Last Diplomatic Trip Saying that there is “no caretaker period for diplomacy,” President Ma Ying-jeou embarked on his final overseas diplomatic visit March 13 to visit Central American allies, returning March 19. Ma initially transited via Houston, Texas, where he met with Taiwanese expatriate organizations and several state and national politicians, and toured…

Coral bleaching caused by warmer, more acidic waters threatens Kiribati’s ecology and economy. (Photo: Embassy of Kiribati)

Taiwan’s diplomatic allies include particularly impoverished and fragile nations that are expected to experience the impact of climate change more severely than developed countries. On the list of the top 10 countries most impacted by climate change from 1994 to 2013 – dubbed the Climate Change Risk (CRI) index by environmental think tank GermanWatch –…

Global temperature and atmospheric CO2 accumulation trends (Source: IPPC AR5 and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)

Denied participation in the United Nations and related organizations and treaties, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Taiwan is not bound by any international agreement to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Nevertheless, Taiwan has not only publicly declared its intention to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Accord, the…