Michael Taylor

For Michael Taylor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Buy green palm oil or forests will suffer, industry warns

World | FOCUS Nov 26, 2018

Buy green palm oil or forests will suffer, industry warns

New rules to stop deforestation caused by palm oil production can only succeed if brands and consumers buy larger amounts of oil certified as green and ethical, industry officials and environmental activists said. The Kuala Lumpur-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a global watchdog ...

As typhoons get stronger, Asia must build better, experts say

Asia Pacific Sep 21, 2018

As typhoons get stronger, Asia must build better, experts say

Population growth, rapid urbanization and unfettered development of coastal areas in the Asia-Pacific region are increasing the risk of heavy damage from powerful typhoons, experts said. They urged governments and the private sector to collaborate on improving urban planning, protecting mangroves and developing "sponge cities" ...