News April 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Chinese public media banned from island News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has challenged the Taiwanese authorities’ decision to ban two major Chinese media from operating on the island.Taiwan slapped a ban on news agency Xinhua and the People’s Daily on 10 April 2005. Joseph Wu, in charge of relations with China, said the journalists were contributing to misunderstandings between Taiwan and China.They had done this through inaccurate articles that played down protest movements against the controversial 14 March 2005 anti-secession law that allows the use of force against Taiwan should it declare its independence.Urging Taiwan to reconsider its decision, the worldwide press freedom organisation said, “Even though the People’s Republic of China is certainly no model of press freedom, using censorship against its media makes no sense. We believe that the right to news and information should in no circumstances be compromised because of political differences.”Chinese journalists work in Taiwan on a rota system. The new rules imposed by Taiwan take effect in May when the next changeover is due. This means that Xinhua and People’s Daily journalists will not be allowed to enter Taiwan to replace their outgoing colleagues.Beijing reacted on 13 April. “We hope the Taiwan authorities will cancel unreasonable obstacles and correct their erroneous ways as soon as possible,” said Li Weiyi, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office. Opposition groups and local media have also urged caution on the Taiwanese authorities. November 20, 2020 Find out more Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Receive email alerts News TaiwanAsia – Pacific Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom to go further Organisation Follow the news on Taiwan June 29, 2020 Find out more May 18, 2020 Find out more RSF to Taiwanese President: “Taiwan urgently needs media reform to tackle disinformation” Help by sharing this information TaiwanAsia – Pacific News
The West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) exhibits strong spatial and temporal oceanographic variability, resulting in highly heterogeneous biological productivity. Calcifying organisms that live in the waters off the WAP respond to temporal and spatial variations in ocean temperature and chemistry. These marine calcifiers are potentially threatened by regional climate change with waters already naturally close to carbonate undersaturation. Future projections of carbonate production in the Southern Ocean are challenging due to the lack of historical data collection and complex, decadal climate variability. Here we present a 6-year-long record of the shell fluxes, morphology and stable isotope variability of the polar planktic foraminifera Neogloboquadrina pachyderma (sensu stricto) from near Palmer Station, Antarctica. This species is fundamental to Southern Ocean planktic carbonate production as it is one of the very few planktic foraminifer species adapted to the marine polar environments. We use these new data to obtain insights into its ecology and to derive a robust assessment of the response of this polar species to environmental change. Morphology and stable isotope composition reveal the presence of different growth stages within this tightly defined species. Inter- and intra-annual variability of foraminiferal flux and size is evident and driven by a combination of environmental forcing parameters, most importantly food availability, temperature and sea ice duration and extent. Foraminiferal growth occurs throughout the austral year and is influenced by environmental change, a large portion of which is driven by the Southern Annular Mode and El Niño–Southern Oscillation. A distinct seasonal production is observed, with the highest shell fluxes during the warmest and most productive months of the year. The sensitivity of calcifying foraminifera to environmental variability in this region, from weeks to decades, has implications both for their response to future climatic change and for their use as palaeoclimate indicators. A longer ice-free season could increase carbonate production in this region at least while carbonate saturation is still high enough to allow for thick tests to grow.