Taiwan Environment

“Purple Butterfly Valley” Maolin is one of the world’s only two valleys where butterflies overwinter. (Courtesy of Maolin National Scenic Area Administration)

Why Kaohsiung people want to create a sanctuary for butterflies?

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Liouguei District (六龜) in Kaohsiung has asked the central government to set up a protected area for the purple butterfly, according...
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Rescued Formosan black bear cub spotted first time after release

TAIPEI (The China Post) — A young Formosan black bear released into the wild in April has adapted to its new environment well, according...
The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace called on major retailers in Taiwan to step up their efforts to eliminate plastic packaging, on Singles' Day Monday, the largest shopping campaign in the Chinese-speaking world. (FB: Greenpeace)

Greenpeace urges cut in plastic packaging on Singles’ Day

TAIPEI (CNA) — The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace called on major retailers in Taiwan to step up their efforts to eliminate plastic packaging, on...
A migratory bird count commissioned by Kenting National Park Headquarters has recorded 31-year highs in the number of both Chinese sparrowhawks and grey-faced buzzards. (NOWnews)

Migratory bird species over Pingtung hit record highs

TAIPEI (CNA) — A migratory bird count commissioned by Kenting National Park Headquarters has recorded 31-year highs in the number of both Chinese sparrowhawks and...

Taiwan beach trash ‘never-ending’: Indonesian environmental activist

TAIPEI (CNA) — An Indonesian migrant worker, who has been organizing cleanups around Taiwan for almost three years, said Sunday that the garbage on...
A Besra Sparrowhawk (Accipiter virgatus fuscipectus) is is seen in this undated file photo. The bird is the smallest endemic raptor of Taiwan. Though small, the protected bird is extremely territorial and aggressive toward other larger raptors. (Shutterstock)

Migratory birds over Pingtung hit record high in 31 years

TAIPEI (CNA) — More than 250,000 Chinese sparrowhawks have been observed migrating south over the Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County this season, the most...
The tracking collar of a Formosan black bear cub, which was designed to fall off after two years, was found on the side of a cliff in June, the office said, confirming reports that it had lost track of the bear cub. (NOWnews)

Hualien forest office loses track of bear cub released into the wild

TAIPEI (CNA) — A Formosan black bear cub that was rescued last year, tagged and released back into the wild in April can no...
In this file photo, a woman passes a tent in the shape of a large drop of mercury by the Palace of the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 28 Septmeber 2017. The tent serves the purpose of warning about the health risks of the highly toxic heavy metal. The mercury drop was realiyed in cooperation with the secretary of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the network of Plastique Fantastique, based in Berlin. The focus of the Minamata Convention on Mercury is reducing the emission of mercury. Photo by: Christiane Oelrich/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Taiwan to ban imports, exports of products with mercury: EPA

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan plans to prohibit the imports and exports of nine types of products containing mercury starting in 2020 in line with...
Local authorities believe the bear's mother may have been scared off by the scent of the crew handling the cub's return to the wild, and they decided that the bear be given space and that disturbances be kept to a minimum.

Rescued Formosan black bear put in position to draw out mother

TAIPEI (CNA) — A young Formosan black bear rescued in Taitung County on Saturday will be positioned in the forest in a cage for...
At Wednesday's meeting, executives of the Hsinchu Science Park suggested that the center be built in terraced design with retaining walls on the hillside. (NOWnews)

TSMC research center project passes environmental impact assessment

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is expected to begin construction of a research and development center by the end of year,...

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