Jun 12, 2014

Southern Alps put on UNESCO biosphere reserve list

UNESCO has added Japan’s Southern Alps mountain range and the Tadami beech forest to its global list of biosphere reserves, the government said Thursday. Known as “eco parks” in Japan, the U.N. agency assigns biosphere reserve status to regions that exemplify a balance between ...

Japan's efforts bring back 'extinct' species

| Jun 7, 2014

Japan's efforts bring back 'extinct' species

by Mark Brazil

Oriental stork 73; crested ibis 82; red-crowned crane 1,143; short-tailed albatross estimated 3,550. Those numbers of wild birds in Japan seem perilously low — and they are, especially when considered alongside the Japanese population of 126.75 million people — but in reality they are ...

Jun 3, 2014

U.S. emissions cuts a 'bold step,' Japan says

The United States’ proposed cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions from its power plants is a bold step to tackle climate change, Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara says. “There are many states that are dependent on coal power,” Ishihara said at a news conference in Tokyo. “We ...

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

| May 24, 2014

Youth seek new ideas to solve old problems

by Stephen Hesse

Young researchers today are in a pickle. Most of them have assumed that peer-reviewed science is fundamentally accepted until new, equally legitimate research proves those findings wrong. However, that was before politicians became self-declared experts on everything under the sun, from science to religion. ...

May 11, 2014

Waste plant protesters win in China

A government in eastern China will shelve plans to build a huge waste incinerator if it does not have popular support in an apparent victory for protesters who had clashed with police, fearing the plant would be harmful to their health. Similar protests have ...

Hundreds of areas deemed 'important waters'

May 9, 2014

Hundreds of areas deemed 'important waters'

An Environment Ministry panel has designated around 280 coastal areas in Japan as “important waters” in which biodiversity should be preserved, officials said Friday. The areas, which account for around 18 percent of Japan’s coastal waters, include locations in Shizuoka and Aichi prefectures where ...