Taiwan's sudden unraveling masks a serious climate problem

A woman wears a face shield and a face mask while disinfecting the lobby of Taipei main station following a recent rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Taipei, Taiwan May 25, 2021. ReutersAnn Wang

Taiwan is being squeezed by a resurgent coronavirus on one side and a yearlong drought that is disrupting agriculture, industry and power supplies on the other. Only one of those forces is likely to go away.

The dual stresses can be seen at home in sliding stocks, power and water shortages, and abroad as Taiwan's chipmakers struggle to fill a global deficit of semiconductors. While the government works to rein in the Covid outbreak, the water and energy strains highlight longer-term challenges from the island's unusual vulnerability to climate change...

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