Japan mulls minimum 20% greenhouse gas cut by 2030

Apr 9, 2015

Japan mulls minimum 20% greenhouse gas cut by 2030

Japan may set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, as part of efforts to strike a new global deal to combat climate change later this year. The target, still a source of conflict ...

Apr 7, 2015

Fukushima radiation newly detected off British Columbia

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster that started in 2011 has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said on Monday. Trace amounts of ...

California governor orders mandatory 25% water restrictions

Apr 2, 2015

California governor orders mandatory 25% water restrictions

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. In an executive order, Brown ordered the state water board to implement measures in cities and towns ...

Rare albatross found breeding in Ogasawara Islands

Mar 27, 2015

Rare albatross found breeding in Ogasawara Islands

The endangered short-tailed albatross is breeding in the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo for the first time since the end of the war. The finding on Nakodo Island, announced Thursday by the Environment Ministry, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, ...

Ice around Antarctica shrank by almost 20%: study

Mar 27, 2015

Ice around Antarctica shrank by almost 20%: study

The ice floating around Antarctica has thinned by nearly 20 percent, according to research published Thursday, depleting the bulwark that prevents the permanent collapse of glaciers covering the southern continent. The study, based on satellite measurements between 1994 and 2012 by the European Space ...