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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
June 2020Combining the convenience and flexibility of privately-owned vehicles and the affordability of public transportation, can vehicle sharing revolutionize our way of travel?
May 2020The issue of illegal migrant workers in Taiwan resurfaced after a COVID-19 confirmed case was found to be an undocumented foreign worker.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
November 2019There is an increasing awareness to reduce plastic consumption in Taiwan, but more action is still needed in all levels of society.
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?
September 2019Twenty years after the catastrophic 921 Earthquake devastated Taiwan, there are still lessons to learn from the disaster.
August 2019As Taiwan's aging population continues to grow, time banks and work exchange within communities have become significant support systems for senior care.
July 2019A documentary film director shares her tips and experiences on how to tell a good story through documentary filmmaking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.