Sunday, December 30, 2018

China oppressing Hui Muslims

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

盧森堡將提供免費的公共交通 Luxembourg to have free public transport

The move will save on the collection and processing of fares. It may also encourage a shift away from private cars; traffic congestion, especially around Luxembourg City, is a serious problem.

節省票價的收集和處理。 減少使用私家車; 交通堵塞少,問題嚴重。

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Thursday, October 11, 2018

EPA deputy quits, cites Lai pressure

Chan first tendered his resignation after Lin stepped down and was replaced by Lai in September last year, citing what he said was Lai’s frequent defiance of democratic principles during his time as Tainan mayor, but was persuaded by Tsai to stay.
Amending the Air Pollution Control Act (空氣污染防制法) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Act (環境影響評估法) were the primary reasons he agreed to join the Cabinet, Chan wrote on Facebook yesterday morning.
However, over the past year, officials have not been allowed to thoroughly discuss policies at Executive Yuan meetings, he wrote.
While his goals have not been fully realized, the credibility of the EIA system is being undermined by pressure from Lai, which made him feel ashamed for not being able to accomplish his duties and led to his decision to leave, he wrote. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Plastic in your water

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The results of a study on microplastics in water in Taiwan found that 44 percent of tap water had plastic specks, while seawater was also found to be heavily polluted with microplastics, announced the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

US genocide in the Philippines

What brought me to the conclusion that the Philippines genocide did happen is the figures in the history books which simply do not add up. The History books that were written by the victors claim somewhere between 200,000 to 300,000 died in that period, which is still a large number considering the population of the Philippines at the time was no more than 9 million.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


Saturday, September 15, 2018


颱風越來越嚴重。 台灣應該做什麼? 我們應該減少熱量的產生。 如果公共汽車是免費的,那麼汽車和摩托車就更少了。
將票價每月減少1元,為期15個月。 然後沒有票價。

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Flooding slams Taiwan. [eng] 廣泛的洪水襲擊台灣數週


Taiwan's government has apologized three times over deadly floods since August 23 and doubled up restoration work to try to stop storm damage from becoming an issue in pivotal elections this year.
Taiwan can only offer more development and more cars, because it is controlled by profit-seekers. If there was any justice, buses would be free and car and motorcycle use would be discouraged.



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

颱風燕子25年來最強 日本如臨 日本面臨 25 年來威力最強的颱風燕子侵襲,也是九州以外地區首次有這麼強的颱風將登陸,首當其衝的四國及近畿地區的地方政府都發布避難指示或避難勸告,籲民眾盡速避難。

Monday, September 3, 2018

#climatechange drowning Bangkok, 氣候變化曼谷淹沒著

As Bangkok prepares to host climate-change talks, the sprawling city of more than 10 million is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over a decade.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

氣候變化襲擊台灣 連日豪雨狂炸南臺灣,淹水還沒解決,現在又傳出新災情,屏東枋寮發生土石流覆蓋住鐵軌,一共6班區間車暫停行駛,另外在高雄壽山動物園聯外道路,因為下大雨橋面柏油路坍方,原本路上破洞長度6公尺,由於土壤含水量太高,不斷增加為20公尺,而且橋旁邊山坡地也有土石流,土塊沿著邊坡滾滾滑進泥流險象環生,緊急撤離10多戶居民。

#climatechange shuts down major city in Taiwan

taipeitimes Torrential rain brought by a southeast airstream yesterday led to severe flooding in Pingtung County and Kaohsiung, as the two regions were still reeling from devastation caused by a tropical depression system hovering over the nation last week.
台灣不會停止發展。 大自然讓我們停下來。

Monday, August 20, 2018

Development to benefit the wealthy

ketagalanmedia The key is that Taiwan’s urban planning and expropriations have gone awry and away from the original intent of these policy tools. The government is not using these policies to increase the general welfare or to solve social problems, but to benefit those with political and economic power by giving them opportunities for speculation and hoarding.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

很更多乘客搭乘免費公共交通 根據道路管理局的公共交通統計數據,今年7月1日所有引進免費公共交通的縣的乘客數量增加了20%。 在Ida-Viru縣,乘客人數幾乎翻了一番。

Thursday, August 16, 2018




A recent article in the Taiwan News [English] said that 86% of Taiwan young people do not approve of the government energy plans.

Taiwan should prepare for price increases for energy. One of the best ways would be to make buses fare-free and reduce the waste by motorcycles and cars.

Monday, August 6, 2018

借刀殺人 ... borrow a knife to kill

美國讓特朗普負責借用他的刀。 他將做一些促進種族主義和分裂人民的骯髒工作。 在他走得太遠之後,他們會否認他。
The US has put Trump in charge to borrow his knife. He will do dirty work of promoting racism and dividing people. After he goes too far, they will disavow him.

Monday, July 30, 2018


當天氣變得愈炎熱,人們付更多電費; (其實)我們可以透過免費公車(大眾運輸工具)減少將能源浪費在汽車和摩托車上。
While we are paying more and more for air conditioning, we are at the same time wasting money on cars and motorcycles. We should make buses fare-free and we will save both energy and money.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Deadly heat wave in Japan The heat wave has already claimed more than two dozen lives, while more than 10,000 other people have been hospitalized for heat-related illnesses, according to the Japan Times.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Japan hit hard by #climatechange “We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before,” an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) told a news conference. “This is a situation of extreme danger.”

Sunday, July 1, 2018

86% of Taiwan youth unhappy with government action on energy However, on the question of the government’s goal to complete energy transformation by 2025, nearly 70% of those polled said they don’t feel that the government has been making an effort to achieve that goal. Among this group of people, 86% of them are young people.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Peak vegetable oil

But banning new production in the tropics would only shift the problem elsewhere as consumer demand for vegetable oil soars, the report cautioned."When you consider the disastrous impacts of  on biodiversity from a global perspective, there are no simple solutions," said IUCN Director General Inger Andersen."Half the world's population uses  oil in food, and if we ban or boycott it, other more land-hungry oils will likely take its place."Rapeseed, soy and sunflowers require up to nine times as much land to produce an equivalent amount of oil.All told, 193 animals and plants threatened with extinction on the IUCN's Red List of endangered species were found to have been harmed by the cash crop.Monoculture  sustain only a small fraction of the plant and animal life found in the tropical forests they supplant.In Borneo—the world's largest palm oil producing region, with 8.3 million hectares planted at of 2016—half the rainforests lost from 2005 to 2015 were destroyed by palm oil development.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Free Public Transit for whole country of Estonia

Free Public Transit: "Euronews : "Estonia is set to implement free transport for its residents across much of the country as of July 1. The free fare zone will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

No country has ever before looked to abolish fares all day, every day, across such a large area.""

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Seoul stuck in traffic hell

koreatimes : "Traffic congestion is getting worse in Seoul as the city and central governments fail to come up with effective measures."

Friday, May 18, 2018

Estonia To Become The World’s First Free Public Transport Nation

popupcity : "Tallinn, known for its digital government and successful tech startups, is often referred to as Europe’s innovation capital. Now celebrating five years of free public transport for all citizens, the government is planning to make Estonia the first free public transport nation. Allan Alaküla, Head of Tallinn European Union Office, shares some valuable insights for other cities."

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne weather: Record-breaking heatwave "FOR some parts of Australia it has been the hottest April so far for over 100 years and, for almost all of us, the heat is not going anywhere.

Records have been tumbling every day, as the whole of Australia has been a lot warmer than expected in April, apart from the tropical Queensland coast."

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Taipei, New Taipei unveil monthly pass for MRT, city buses, Ubike

focustaiwan : "Taipei, March 12 (CNA) The mayors of Taipei and New Taipei cities on Monday unveiled a monthly pass that will give commuters unlimited use of greater Taipei's public transportation network, including the Mass Rapid Transit system and city buses, as well as free YouBike rides for the first 30 minutes. The "All Pass Ticket," valued at NT$1,280 (US$43.83), will be launched on April 16."

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

德國減排 擬年底前免費搭公共交通 - 香港文匯報

德國減排 擬年底前免費搭公共交通 - 香港文匯報: "德國政府前日致函歐盟環境專員韋拉,稱德國政府正考慮提供免費公共交通,以減少私家車數目,達致歐盟的減排目標,最遲年底在波恩和埃森等5個西部城市試行。


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

German cities to trial free public transport to cut pollution

The Guardian : "“We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars,” three ministers including the environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, wrote to EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella in the letter seen by AFP Tuesday. How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets Read more “Effectively fighting air pollution without any further unnecessary delays is of the highest priority for Germany,” the ministers added."

The McPherson Paradox. Growth = heat, collapse = heat.

Climate Code Red: Do we have the capability to reverse global warming within a meaningful timeframe?: "Our dilemma is that burning fossil fuels also release a lot of nitrate and sulphate aerosols —  the starters for acid rain — which have a very short-term cooling effect, keeping the planet two-thirds of  a degree cooler than it would otherwise be."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Wrong Solutions for Energy, Climate: Using methane hydrate for fuel a deadly mistake

via bbc: "BBC News: "Quite apart from reaching them at the bottom of deep ocean shelves, not to mention operating at low temperatures and extremely high pressure, there is the potentially serious issue of destabilising the seabed, which can lead to submarine landslides."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Taiwan will get nothing good from racist US

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

500-year-old primeval forest at Mount Gariwang unlawfully destroyed for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Games Monitor : "Pyeongchang2018 has completed the destruction of the primeval forest which has stood on Mount Gariwang for hundreds of years to make way for the Alpine Downhill ski event which will last for all of three days."

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Human Extinction possible by 2026

Arctic News: Extinction: "In the Arctic, vast amounts of carbon are stored in soils that are now still largely frozen. As temperatures continue to rise and soils thaw, much of this carbon will be converted by microbes into carbon dioxide or methane, adding further greenhouse gases to the atmosphere."

Monday, January 29, 2018

Want a free ride? French cities opt for free public transport

France 24 : "To fight traffic congestion, pollution and other challenges that plague modern cities, an increasing number of French towns are choosing to make their public transport networks completely free."

Taiwan needs get off oil -- refinery explodes in Taiwan

Xinhua: "TAIPEI, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- An oil refinery exploded in Taiwan's Taoyuan city at 6:42 a.m. Monday, local media reported."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fossil fuel demand destroying the biosphere

A costly message from the Sanchi | The Japan Times: "Of more immediate concern is the spill’s impact on maritime life where the Sanchi sank. Those waters are an important spawning ground for fish and crab, as well as a migratory pathway for marine animals, including three species of whale. This accident will further strain an area already polluted — the result of hundreds of ship collisions as well as runoff from industries on shore — and overfished as aquaculture there increased by 1,200 percent over the last three decades. With the annual fish catch in the Yellow Sea expanding from 0.2 to 2.2 million tons over 50 years, it is no surprise that 60 of 194 marine species are thought to be at risk of extinction."

Atmospheric CO2 concentration accelerating

Open Mind: "Not only is the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere on the rise, the rise itself has been getting faster — so CO2 concentration has been accelerating. "

Sunday, January 21, 2018

American saves USD 8,000 per year by not owning a car.

The Urbanist: "Accounting for all of this and sparing the dry calculations, at a minimum I’m saving an astounding $8,000 annually. This is remarkably consistent with the savings Zipcar reports from its membership. $8,000 is a huge a portion of my income. If I wanted to own a car but save the same amount elsewhere in the budget I’d need to string out my student loan debt many more years or cut my rent in half, which is nigh-impossible in the Seattle housing market. Owning a car would doubtlessly be a net financial loss–not to mention the effects on my carbon footprint and chance of serious injury."'

Monday, January 15, 2018

Not enough cobalt for techno dreams

bloomberg : "The projections have made the lustrous metal, a byproduct of copper and nickel mining, into one of the most coveted commodities. Its price surged 128 percent in the past 12 months, in part because hedge funds including Swiss-based Pala Investments stockpiled thousands of tonnes of the stuff, which is used to power everything from mobile phones to home electronics."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

[PyeongChang 2018] Free public transportation during Olympics season

koreaherald : "Public transportation in the Olympic cities PyeongChang and Gangneung will be free of charge during the games.

The organizing committee for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games said there will be 700 shuttle buses for 27 routes throughout the Olympics period. Passengers without Olympic tickets can also ride the buses for free."

Traffic congestion in Bali worse for tourism than volcano

Coconuts Bali: "The chairman of the Bali Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) insists something needs to be done to improve public transportation in Bali, or there will be a strong impact on tourism."

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Two ways to help the biosphere, Taiwan doing one of them

There are 1.2 million unoccupied homes in Taiwan, says Ministry of Interior | Taiwan News: "Currently the number of vacant homes in Taiwan is estimated to be about 1.2 million. That amounts to about 14 percent of 8.5 million homes nationwide being unoccupied."
The two ways to help the biosphere. Drop the birthrate. Reduce waste.

Taiwan is leading the world in falling birth rate. Now, let's make buses fare-free and put an end to cars and sprawl.