Coronavirus might have saved more lives in China than it cost: Stanford researcher

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As of March 23, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed 3,270 lives in China, according to official figures from that country; but the lives saved by the reduction in air p...

Taiwan toughens fuel controls to reduce pollution

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan announced Friday (March 20) tougher measures to control aviation, land-based, and marine fuels, in a bid to reduce air pollution, with the new fuel standards taking...

Used cars keep Africans moving, but dumping concerns remain

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Salesmen whistle at potential buyers of scores of vehicles shining in the afternoon sun. One truck might bring over $20,000 but it's far from the “brand new” ride the salesman t...

Thai prime minister and colleagues survive censure vote

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister and five of his fellow Cabinet members on Friday defeated non-confidence motions filed against them in Parliament. All six managed to gain vo...

Taipei's Longshan Temple to ban incense sticks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei's popular religious landmark Longshan Temple announced Friday (Feb. 27) that the use of incense will no longer be permitted at the site starting March 13. In...

UK court blocks Heathrow expansion over climate concerns

LONDON (AP) — Heathrow Airport's plans to increase capacity of Europe's biggest travel hub by over 50% were stalled Thursday when a British court said the government failed to consider its commitment ...

Opponents fault Trump proposal to cut environmental reviews

WASHINGTON (AP) — Describing windows rattled by industrial blasts and windowsills covered in toxic ash, an African American resident of Texas’ oil hub joined Democratic lawmakers, state officials and ...

Disbanded Thai party says gov't colluded in 1MDB scandal

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's disbanded opposition Future Forward Party attacked the government Sunday for allegedly colluding with Malaysia's former prime minister to cover up the 1MDB financial scandal,...

Should Taiwan establish Asia's first Green Deal?

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The European Union (EU) repositioned itself as a world leader on climate issues last December by announcing the European Green Deal and the goal to become climate neutral ...

Fire at Minnesota recycling plant affecting air quality

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Officials are monitoring the air quality in Becker where a fire at a metal recycling plantcontinues to burn. Firefighters continued to fight the stubborn blaze W...

India's budget offers tax relief amid slow economic growth

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government on Saturday offered relief to taxpayers and vowed to spend billions to double farmers’ incomes and upgrade infrastructure, health care and industry to boost the cou...

Do masks offer protection from new virus? It depends

SEATTLE (AP) — People around the world are buying up protective face masks in hopes of keeping the new virus from China at bay. Some companies have required them for employees. Schools in South Korea ...

Bulgaria ruling coalition survives no-confidence vote

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s ruling coalition on Wednesday survived a no-confidence vote called by the opposition, which accused the government of failing to protect the environment and guarantee...

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the ...

Macedonia imposes urgent measures due to severe pollution

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s government on Monday said it was imposing urgent measures in the country’s capital, Skopje, and the western city of Tetovo in order to protect people f...