China swiftly stripping Philippines' EEZ of marine resources

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Hot on the heels of an announcement by the Duterte Administration acquiescing to Communist China's encroachment on its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), experts warn that Chin...

Taiwan's ban on plastic straws kicks in today

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's ban on the use of single-use plastic straws goes into effect today (July 1), although those who order take-out or delivery will receive a reprieve, for now. In ...

Family to paddle out into ocean for Beth Chapman memorial

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii memorial service for "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show co-star Beth Chapman will feature a prayer followed by family and friends paddling out into the ocean. ...

Greece inks undersea gas deals despite environmental warning

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Financially-struggling Greece has signed contracts for offshore gas exploration in large tracts of the Mediterranean, despite warnings from leading environmental groups that the ...

Taiwan to see plastic straws slashed by 100 million as new policy takes effect July 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan is expected to cut the number of plastic straws by 100 million with new regulations going into effect July 1, although the island consumes a staggering 3 billion st...

Scientists on Madeira see new 'plasticrust' sea pollution

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Researchers say they may have identified a new kind of plastic pollution in the sea and they're calling it "plasticrust." Scientists working on Madeira, a vol...

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Haw...

Mother sperm whale and baby dead in fishing net off Italy

MILAN (AP) — A mother sperm whale and its baby have died after becoming tangled in a fishing net in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast, an Italian environmental group has reported. ...

'Blue tears' not toxic: Taiwan researcher

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 rese...

Snorkeler busted for stomping on endangered sea turtle in S. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A snorkeler was arrested on Monday (June 10) for stomping on an endangered green sea turtle on an island in the far south of Taiwan, announced the Southern Branch of the Coast ...

Hong Kong-Taiwan dragon boat crew sets sail from Pingtung to Orchid Island

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning (June 9) an adventurous crew of 18 sailed a dragon boat out to sea, setting off from Xinghai Fishing Port (興海漁港) in Pingtung County, headed...

Sound barrier to chase seals, prevent shark attacks debated

BOSTON (AP) — A plan to develop an acoustic system to chase away seals in order to prevent shark attacks is the latest front in the debate about how Cape Cod should respond in the wake of last year's ...

Taiwan's amazing Dongsha Atoll National Park in South China Sea

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Dongsha Atoll National Park is Taiwan’s seventh national park, and the first marine national park. It features unique atoll landscapes, colorful corals, a seagrass be...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for gl...

Taipei celebrates animal protection and biodiversity in May

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – 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 awarenes...