The Formosa Plastics Plant at Mailiao, Yunlin County, is typical of the heavy industry that characterises the west coast, home of the critically endangered Taiwan Humpback Dolphins.
Today is the opening day of the 2009 International Forum on Sustainable Development being held in Taipei. Amongst the foreign attendees is the world-renowned conservationist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, the United Nations Ambassador for Peace. Pan Han-shen, secretary-general of Green Party Taiwan has sent an open letter to Dr. Goodall concerning the plight of the critically endangered Taiwan Humpback Dolphins. The open letter has been published in today's Taipei Times.
Also making the papers today was news that yesterday the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)Committee decided that Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co's plan to build an industrial park on reclaimed land in Changhua County needs to undergo a more thorough second-stage environmental impact assessment (EIA). See today's Taipei times for the story: Petrochemical project needs second-stage EIA.
Our colleagues at Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association posted a great piece on the 2009 International Forum on Sustainable Development titled Sustainability? The Art of Hypocrisy Reaches New Heights.
Taiwan Humpback Dolphins in the waters off Taichung county.