Iran: Forty Years Under the Veil
February 2023A woman tries to cross the Islamic Revolution Street in the center of Tehran. The Iranian regime has turned the imposition of the hijab, a veil that covers a woman's hair, into a question of power and a symbol of submission and repression.
January 2023On an expedition to the Mohnbukta Bay on the eastern coast of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway, an arctic guide examines the footprints of a polar bear at the foot of the glacier, where there might be a den.
December 2022Suffering from Parkinson's disease, Francesca carries a glance of immense sadness on the being almost unknown to her that she sees in the mirror.
Wings of Change
November 2022Bees have proved to be an excellent biological indicator of various contaminants in three media—air, water and soil. As they intercept the particles in the atmosphere with their hairy body, bees are able to provide data on where pollutants go.
The Ways to the Future
October 2022The concentrated solar power plant of Gemasolar in Fuentes de Andalucía in the province of Seville, Spain is the first commercial plant in the world able to provide a full day of uninterrupted power supply to the grid.
Rotterdam: The Smartest Port in the World
September 2022The largest seaport in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has a key priority today—to become the world's smartest port.
A Journey Through Ukraine
August 2022In Ukraine, the hottest sightseeing destination in Kyiv right now is the "monument" of destroyed Russian tanks and armoured vehicles placed in front of St. Michael's Golden-Dome Monastery.
July 2022In the last 20 years, massive deforestation has taken hold in Europe, where illegal logging is often done by international mafia associations, large corporations operating in the timber sector, and with the complicity of governments.
Losing the World's Kelp
June 2022Underwater forests of kelp have all but disappeared in areas along the West Coast of North America and the Australian state of Tasmania. In both areas, a main culprit is warming seas caused by climate change.
Afghanistan: The Cost of Peace
May 2022A family from Kabul is waiting to be evacuated to the U.S. in a hotel in Mazar. Many Afghans, especially those who have collaborated with foreign countries, try to migrate abroad to escape Taliban domination.
Alternative Community: Living in the Village of Pourgues
April 2022The Pourgues eco-village in southern France is based on the principles and values of Sudbury's democratic schools. It offers an environment of freedom, equality and respect where everyone can flourish.
Journey to the Baltic Sovietland
March 2022The Grutas Park in Lithuania gathers all the former Soviet statues dismantled in the Baltic area. The very subject of the park refers to a tragic page of the country's history. Even today, its existence remains controversial.
Kalmykia: The Tibet of Europe
February 2022In the Republic of Kalmykia, the only Buddhist nation of Europe, followers of Tibetan Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity and Islam live in peace and harmony with one another.
January 2022As Ukraine continues to struggle in armed conflict, one of the most pressing issues for the country is helping war veterans reintegrate into society, find inner peace again, and return to a normal life.
A Sad Future for Elephants?
December 2021Hwange National Park, a natural reserve in Zimbabwe, has been so successful in their conservation of elephants that the growing population is putting a strain on the park's natural resources. With a shortage of food and water, where can these elephants go?
November 2021Once an oasis of stability in the perennially crisis-ridden Horn of Africa, a grueling civil war is pushing Ethiopia into a humanitarian disaster of famine, suffering, and the loss of countless of lives.
October 2021Be it through surgeries, medications, or simply freezing themselves up, humans have long been trying to extend the span of life. As technology leaps forward, are we actually getting closer to achieving immortality?
Virus of the Future: On the African Trail
September 2021In recent years, major diseases such as SARS, MERS, Ebola and the on-going COVID-19 pandemic all have one thing in common: they are transmitted to humans by animals. In a bid to prevent future outbreaks, "virus hunters" venture into the wilds to find pathogens before they find us.
Gas Chamber Delhi
August 2021Covered in smoke, smog and particulates, Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world. For those who are well off, they can buy masks, air purifiers, and even oxygen for a temporary relief. But for many others, a breath of fresh air is a luxury they cannot afford.
Pangolins on the Edge of Extinction: A Victim Designated Guilty
July 2021Pangolin, a shy and gentle creature, is one of the most trafficked animals in the world as it is seen as a luxurious delicacy with medicinal properties. Moreover, some scientists believed that it is one of the carriers of the COVID-19 virus that has swept the world of late, though no concrete evidence was found.
The Long Road to School
June 2021In the remote region of Zanskar in Northern India, the teachers of Lamdon Model High School must battle harsh weather conditions and cross treacherous mountain paths just to reach their school. However, they know they are bringing hopes to those living under the Himalayas.
Enlightenment for All
May 2021Forty-five years ago, Bunker Roy, an Indian, founded a training center for his homeland's marginalized rural population. His Barefoot College imparts basic knowledge and skills that improve the everyday lives of the poorest - for example, by building solar-powered battery lamps.
The First Buddhist Monk in Uganda
April 2021The most venerable Bhante Bhikkhu Buddharakkhita, first Uganda's Buddhist monk, was born and raised as a Roman Catholic. The Theravada monk through his teachings and meditation instructions is on a mission to spread Buddhist tradition across the African continent.
The Great Wall of Japan
March 2021Ten years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the north-east region of Japan, a bigger, longer chain of seawalls now stands guard along the coastline in a bid to prevent future tragedies.
A Ride on the Bergen Railway
February 2021Enjoy a scenic ride on the Bergensbanen, the highest railway in Northern Europe which crosses the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 meters above sea level.
The Sami of Finland: Surviving the Extreme North
January 2021A battle is raging in Lapland over plans to build a railway that will open up Europe's last great wilderness for mining and logging. Can the Sami people protect their ancient way of life?
Muslim Brotherhoods in Senegal
December 2020Surrounded by extremist currents, the social stability in Senegal is largely thanks to the Sufi Brotherhoods which preach peace and tolerance. However, when religion takes over the role of the government, will it become a double-edged sword?
Rent Instead of Buy
October 2020Do we really need the item, or do we need the function that comes along with it? When we rent what we need, we can prevent wastage, create more value for our resources, and still maintain our quality of life.
The Boon and Bane of Online Shopping
September 2020Cheap and convenient, online shopping is quickly reshaping the dynamics of retail industry. Further fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, ecommerce brings in billions and billions of dollars for the economy, but at what cost?
Coral Restoration in Taiwan
August 2020Due to global warming and climate change, coral reefs, the rainforest of the ocean, may be gone forever in the next few decades. Take a dive with us and see how activists in Taiwan are restoring the precious reefs.
Water Conservation in Agriculture
July 2020As countries around the world start to realize the importance of food self-sufficiency amid the COVID-19 pandemic, here's a look at how Taiwan manages water resources to grow food for its people.
The Rise of Vehicle Sharing
June 2020Combining the convenience and flexibility of privately-owned vehicles and the affordability of public transportation, can vehicle sharing revolutionize our way of travel?
The Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers in Taiwan
May 2020The issue of illegal migrant workers in Taiwan resurfaced after a COVID-19 confirmed case was found to be an undocumented foreign worker.
Bringing Nature into Our Concrete Jungles
April 2020Reduce, reuse, recycle—With the recent rise in environmental awareness, more and more people are now living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But, can we also take a step further to try to restore nature and create more greenery in our cities and our lives?
A Look at the New Coronavirus
March 2020Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak started in December 2019, the world has spiraled into panic and chaos. By understanding the new coronavirus responsible for the disease, we may be more at ease and less distressed.
Bringing New Life to Unwanted Items
February 2020Every year, eight billion paper containers are used in Taiwan, and about 65 percent of that number get recycled. How do we utilize such a large amount of waste and make them into useful products?
Reducing Trash: A Lesson for Taiwan
Januray 2020Despite having achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the world, Taiwan still needs to work towards reducing trash, an effort that will require the determination of the government as well as actions from its people.
Kamikatsu: Japan's Zero-Waste Town
December 2019A mountain town on Shikoku Island, Kamikatsu used to burn all of its waste in the open. But today, it has become a zero-waste role model with a recycling rate of over 80%. How did the town and its residents achieve this remarkable transformation?
Inconvenient but Crucial: Cutting Down on Plastic
November 2019There is an increasing awareness to reduce plastic consumption in Taiwan, but more action is still needed in all levels of society.
Trees: Assets or Obstacles?
October 2019Trees have long been part of people's lives in Taiwan. But, many see them as obstacles to rural development. Is this really the case?
Lessons from the 921 Earthquake
September 2019Twenty years after the catastrophic 921 Earthquake devastated Taiwan, there are still lessons to learn from the disaster.
Creating an Age-friendly Society
August 2019As Taiwan's aging population continues to grow, time banks and work exchange within communities have become significant support systems for senior care.
Seeing Through the Eyes of a Documentary
July 2019A documentary film director shares her tips and experiences on how to tell a good story through documentary filmmaking.
Mozambique's Long Road to Recovery after Idai
June 2019After the catastrophic Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in March 2019, local survivors struggle to get back on their feet in a country ridden with poverty and inequality. Read about the disaster's impact and what Tzu Chi has been doing to help those affected rebuild their lives.
After Cyclone Idai: Finding Hope in Mozambique
May 2019After one of Africa's worst tropical cyclones wreaked havoc in Mozambique, a group of local Tzu Chi volunteers bring renewed hope to the country.
Tzu Chi's Relief Efforts Help Myanmar Get Back on Its Feet
April 2019Torrential rains in Myanmar during July and August 2018 caused a dam to breach and multiple rivers to flood, destroying much farmland. In November, Tzu Chi gave out mung bean seeds to affected farmers. Now, the farmers are having a good harvest.
A Lifetime of Dedication to Traditional Embroidery
February 2019Honored as a national treasure of Taiwan, Lavaus has devoted most of her life to her passion—the traditional art of aboriginal embroidery. By creating art pieces and teaching embroidery techniques, she hopes to pass on this disappearing art and legacy of her people for generations to come.
Transforming the Second Home of Office Workers
January 2019The majority of office workers in Taiwan can only make do with poorly ventilated working environments. Forty-five percent of them surveyed expressed that their working environment has made them less healthy both mentally and physically.
Breathing New Life into Old Apartment Buildings
December 2018A major part of Taiwan's urban housing landscape, decades-old apartment buildings now face the possibility of being demolished in the name of modernization.
The Story of Chinese New Villages in Malaysia
November 2018If you walk into a market at eight o'clock in the morning, your attention will immediately be drawn to the vegetable vendors' loud yelling. Apart from produce, you can also find authentic Cantonese wonton noodles soup, Hakka chitterling, Hainan toast, or Malaysian flatbread and pulled tea in the market.
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