Posts under ‘Environment 自然環境’

Morning at the beach

We saw a dead sea krait on the beach today, specifically a Yellow-Lipped Sea Krait, or LATICAUDA COLUBRINA. (黃唇青斑海蛇 (huang2chun2qing1ban1hai3she2). Although it doesn’t show in this crappy cell-phone picture, there was a distinct yellow stripe on the bottom of the snake. Laticauda colubrina are the world’s most venomous snakes. However, due to their inoffensive, docile […]

Taiwan air pollution

This is why we moved out of the city. Dismal pollution survey prompts Taiwan’s doctors to take action Taiwan’s air quality ranked an abysmal 35 out of 38 countries surveyed by the World Health Organization (WHO), with Taipei at number 551 out of the 565 cities profiled, boasting an air quality on par with “smoker’s […]

UARS update

Future updates will be put on the forum NASA – UARS Update #2Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:54:30 PM CST As of Sept. 15, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 143 mi by 158 mi (230 km by 255 km). Re-entry is expected Sept. 24, plus or minus a day.

UARS Update from NASA

NASA – UARS Update #1Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:29:31 PM CST As of Sept. 12, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 145 mi by 165 mi (235 km by 265 km). Re-entry is expected during the last week of September.

JADAB = Just another day at the beach

I went to the beach today on a whim. It was a beautiful day, but the beach was so damn crowded! Click on the pictures for a larger image.

DEHP – plasticizer added to food to cut costs

Food producers in Taiwan have been adding DEHP, a plasticizer, to food as a replacement for palm oil. EDIT: I’ve been editing this original posting over the last day or so, adding products and companies to the lists below as I read about them in the media. But at this point it appears that essentially […]

Premier Wu a qualified expert on nuclear energy?

The extent of Premier Wu Den-yih’s (吳敦義) higher education is a BA degree in History, so I fail to see how he finds himself qualified to comment on the safety of Taiwan’s nuclear power plants. It’s particularly troubling to read that Wu claims that Taiwan’s plants are safer because they use technology that doesn’t yet […]

Excellent English camp in Taitung County

By all accounts, this was a very engaging and educational camp for the participants. If you’re not familiar with Taiwan, you’ll be able to get some idea from the below video of how beautiful it is. If you are living in Taiwan and are looking for educational experiences for your children, I highly recommend that […]

Indigenous people guard forest after Typhoon Morakot

Vocabulary: 原住民    yuán zhù mín    indigenous peoples原    yuán    former 守護    shÇ’u hù    to stand guard守    shÇ’u    to guard 摧毀    cuÄ« huǐ    destroy 成立    chéng lì    establish 保護    bÇŽo hù    to protect保    bÇŽo    to defend 遭受    zāo shòu    to suffer遭    zāo    meet by chance (usually with misfortune) 破壞    pò huài    destructionç ´    pò    to break 行政院    xíng […]

And now for a complete waste of time and money…

The Taiwan Legislative Yuan is about as worthless and ineffectual as the US Congress, if that’s even possible. No, it’s worse than that. If they were simply ineffectual that would be OK, but they do affect life in Taiwan in many ways, all negative. They waste an enormous amount of money, act like spoiled brats […]