每日英語跟讀 Ep.K117: About Taiwan - Taiwan’s full stock of graphic cards elicitenvy from foreigners
As cryptocurrency gains momentum these past few years, Bitcoin mining has become more and more popular.
However, as the mining process needs graphic cards to accelerate reading of images and content, the recent demand for it has reached a breaking point where stores in many countries have ran out of stock–all except Taiwan.
According to a recent video shared by YouTuber Marco, the stores at Taipei’s Guanghua Digital Plaza can be seen fully stocked with different kinds of graphic cards.
The contrast between the shops in Taiwan and abroad led to excited discussions online with many foreign social media users commenting their wishes to travel to Taiwan just to get their hands on the chips.
Others jokingly claimed they were already packing their bags for “overseas” travel, while some lauded Taiwan as a “heaven on earth.”
台灣缺水狀況攸關全球 World should pay attention to Taiwan’s drought : BBC
With no typhoons hitting Taiwan in the past year, little rain has resulted in one of the most severe droughts the island has ever seen in the past 56 years.
As Taiwanese struggle to conserve water and farmers become hugely affected by the government’s recent policy to cut water in certain areas for intervals, foreign media have begun to notice how this climate abnormality could affect the world.
According to a BBC report titled “Why the world should pay attention to Taiwan’s drought,” numerous reservoirs in Taiwan are at less than 20% capacity, with water levels below 10 %.
This could pose a huge problem to the world, the article continued, as Taiwan is a huge manufacturer of semiconductors.
If reservoirs in Taiwan continue to dry up, the global electronics industry will be hit hard, and the production of key objects in today’s climate including smartphones and ventilators will be hindered, the article said.
It’s reported that with the continuing of such drought, the U.S. is now very concerned about its “over-reliance” on chips made overseas, mainly in Taiwan.
Now, many are looking forward to Taiwan’s annual rainy season from mid-May to mid-June as a temporary solution to the problem.