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Taiwan's Drought Shows Climate Change’s Direct Threat to Tech

Taiwan's Drought Shows Climate Change’s Direct Threat to Tech
Taiwan is known for being one of the rainiest locations on the planet, thanks to its subtropical climate in the north and central areas, and tropical climate in the south. During the summer and autumn, typhoons are frequent, as are monsoons. However, last year was a different story. For the first time in 56 years, Taiwan saw no typhoons in 2020, and so far this year, rainfall has been 40 percent less than normal. Most of the country's reservoirs are now below 20% capacity, with water levels in some dipping below 10%. Among them is the Baoshan second reservoir, a...

Global Chip Maker TSMC Threatened by Taiwan Water Crisis

Global Chip Maker TSMC Threatened by Taiwan Water Crisis
Chip manufacturers in Taiwan, including TSMC, are buying water by the truckload for some of their foundries, as the island widens restrictions on water supply amid a drought that could worsen the global chip crunch. Taiwan, one of the world's biggest producers of chips, had promised to help the US, Germany and Japan by bridging the shortage of auto chips, but some auto chip makers have already been forced to reduce production. A key hub in the global technology supply chain for giants such as Apple Inc, Taiwan has started to further reduce water supply for factories in central and...