China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

Mar 15, 2015

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution: Li

China is falling short of its people’s expectations in battling smog, Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday, one week after authorities blocked a scathing documentary on the country’s air pollution problem. Li, who is second only to President Xi Jinping in the Communist hierarchy, made ...

<em>Omotenashi</em> — Japanese hospitality?

| Feb 28, 2015

Omotenashi — Japanese hospitality?

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As the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee’s appointed “Cool Tokyo” ambassador, multilingual television journalist Christel Takigawa set media buzzing worldwide with her Sept. 7, 2013, speech to the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires in which she made great play of the word “motenashi” by ...

Feb 13, 2015

Humans dumped 8 million tons of waste into ocean: study

Shoddy waste management and littering across the globe likely added 8 million metric tons (17.6 billion pounds) of plastic to the ocean in 2010, posing significant dangers to marine life, scientists said Thursday. The five worst offenders listed in the study published in the ...

Feb 12, 2015

Rich world helping bankroll export of coal technology

Rich nations provided nearly $15 billion over a decade from 2003 to 2013 to fund exports of coal-fired power plant and coal mining technology, data seen by Reuters show, defying calls to end subsidies for the most polluting of the fossil fuels. A document ...

Natural strategies to cope with winter

| Feb 7, 2015

Natural strategies to cope with winter

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Jan. 19 is officially the coldest day of winter. Called daikan (major cold), the day coincided with some truly bitter weather in northern Japan this year. The mercury plummeted to minus 27.3 in Furano, central Hokkaido, and minus 31.3 in Esashi in the southwest, ...

Jan 30, 2015

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black-and-white falconet with a surprised, pandalike expression. The Great Frigate ...