The environmental dilemma in Taiwan


While econoists and academics across the globe have praised the many advances in Taiwan’s miracle economic development since the 1950s, the costs of such rapid economic growth are quickly becoming evident in the deterioration of the environment of the island. The immense beauty of Taiwan’s landscape has been seriously harmed in many areas as a result of the rapid economic growth of the nation. Air and water pollution, soil contamination, and nuclear radiation leaks, as well as deforestation had become serious problems by the 1980s. This study gives a brief overview of the state of Taiwan’s environment today, assesses government activities to clean up the environment in Taiwan, examines the role foreign nations and citizens’ groups play in Taiwan’s environmental efforts, and gives some views about the future of the environmental movement in Taiwan.

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Deborah C. Chan is a third year graduate student in the Masters’ Program in East Asian Studies at The Gaston Sigur Center for East Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.

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Chan, D.C. The environmental dilemma in Taiwan. Journal of Northeast Asian Studies 12, 35–57 (1993).

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