Saturday, April 6, 2019

Increasing efficiency makes things worse, not better, for #climate

...Taking this global perspective with respect to the economy, efficiency gains will do the exact opposite of what efficiency policy advocates claim it will do. If technological changes allow global energy productivity or energy efficiency to increase, then civilization will grow faster into the resources that sustain it. This grows the economy, but it also means that energy consumption and CO2 emissions accelerate.

CO2 emissions can be stabilized despite efficiency gains. But this is possible only if decarbonization occurs as quickly as energy consumption grows. At today’s consumption growth rates, this would require roughly one new nuclear power plant, or equivalent in renewables, to be deployed each day.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

10,000 in Okinawa rally to oppose US military base

Monday, March 11, 2019

Racist sex tourist gets a beating

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

On Feb 28, 1947, the US-backed ROC massacred 20 or 30 thousand Taiwan people

The 228 Incident/Massacre, (二二八事件), is an event in Taiwan’s history that is not commonly known; the exact number of victims remain a mystery other than that tens of thousands suffered. What is known is that it was a conflict between the incoming ROC government and the inhabitants of Taiwan. Although many have heard of the bloody incident in recent years, it remains controversial. Click here for a basic overview of the entire incident. Here are 10 facts that you should know about 228:

Monday, February 25, 2019

Rice crop already affected by #climatechange

Rice presently is the source of 25% of the all global calories. However, the impact of climate change on rice crops is already being felt.
Increasing temperatures and torrential monsoons are transforming India, which is the largest rice exporter in the world.
Meanwhile Thailand, the second largest rice exporter of the world, is facing rising sea levels, and so is Vietnam. In these countries, almost half of all rice crops are produced in low-lying conditions.
The Philippines is suffering from rising average temperatures and frequent droughts, and 89% of the people here rely on rice as their main food source.
Almost 40% of the world’s population has no alternative to rice, but if the climate change is not tackled soon, they will little to no option for survival.

Saturday, January 19, 2019


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Every week there are 6 scooter related deaths of people between the ages of 15 to 24

In the past 10 years, 35,000 people in Taiwan have died in traffic accidents, over 3 million have received injuries, 400,000 of which were severe. It is estimated that the total cost of these accidents including medical expenses is around 15 billion USD, equivalent to 3.17 percent of annual GDP. This is also the same cost for the construction of an entire high speed rail line.
....Although scooter riders enjoy low costs, that is only because the costs of externalities such as causing pollution, endangering safety, emitting noise, and health related expenses have not been internalized. Scooter riders are currently only paying 1/3 of the price they should be paying.