Mar 24, 2014

Cold response to global warming

A new Environment Ministry report estimates damage from anticipated global warming. Unfortunately efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions do not appear high on the Abe administration's policy agenda.

Mar 18, 2014

Combating climate change

by Hugh Cortazzi

Britain's former ambassador to Japan urges public pressure on governments to stop their shilly-shalling over unresolved questions about whether human activity is contributing the most to climate change and to get on with concluding effective agreements on curbing carbon emissions.

Mar 17, 2014

Flood damage to triple by end of century: study

The annual cost of damage caused by flooding in Japan is estimated to triple by the end of this century to ¥680 billion due to global warming, a government research team said Monday. A rise in the average annual temperature of between 3.5 and ...

Jan 18, 2014

'Global sunscreen' plan could wreck tropics

An idea by the father of the H-bomb to slow global warming by sowing the stratosphere with light-reflecting particles could wreck the weather system in the tropics, a recent study said. The scheme may benefit northern Europe and parts of Asia, but around the ...

Nov 30, 2013

U.N. sounds alarm over nitrous oxide

Levels of nitrous oxide, a gas that depletes the ozone layer and stokes global warming, could nearly double by midcentury, the United Nations warned in a recent report coinciding with the world climate talks in Warsaw. Analysis by scientists from 35 organizations found that ...

Nov 29, 2013

Reducing Japan's emissions

The upshot for Japan from the just-ended Warsaw conference on climate changes is that it must come up with a new longer-term emissions reduction plan within 16 months.