Plastic fantastic: How does Tokyo recycle its waste?

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The next time you trek out to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, situated on the fringes of Shinagawa along Tokyo Bay, look around and you’ll see a giant smokestack by the Konan Ohashi Bridge. The visa-dispensing center, essential for foreign nationals who want to live in Tokyo, stands right by ...

Trump love not enough to bring back coal

Apr 8, 2017

Trump love not enough to bring back coal

President Donald Trump pledged last month to revive America’s coal industry by rolling back regulation, but energy experts expressed doubt his moves would significantly boost prospects for the controversial energy source. Trump, flanked by coal miners and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, a ...

New urgency urged in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Mar 11, 2017

New urgency urged in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Rising seas, polluted coastlines and the specter of more frequent droughts and storms have lent new urgency to efforts to restore the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades, the largest freshwater wetland in the United States. The Everglades’ sawgrasses, swamps, tree islands and mangroves are ...

Deaths from India air pollution rivaling China

Feb 25, 2017

Deaths from India air pollution rivaling China

India’s air now rivals China’s as the world’s deadliest, according to a new study amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results anytime soon. India’s notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on ...

Feb 18, 2017

Climate change adds to pressures on endangered penguins

Climate change and overfishing have left already endangered young penguins in Africa confused about where to find food, and they are dying in high numbers as a result, researchers said earlier this month. The report in the journal Current Biology describes a dire predicament ...

Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals

Feb 11, 2017

Renewables can't deliver Paris climate goals

Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists have warned recently. Even if solar and wind capacity continues to grow at breakneck speed, it will not be fast enough to cap global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, the target ...