Apr 19, 2016

Japan decides to sign Paris global warming agreement

The government formally decided Tuesday to sign the Paris Agreement, an international framework negotiated to make curbing greenhouse gas emissions legally binding. Its ratification will require Diet approval. At least 130 countries, including major emitters such as the United States and China, are expected ...

Apr 15, 2016

Greenhouse gas emissions fall for first time since Fukushima crisis

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 3.1 percent in fiscal 2014 from a year earlier, dropping for the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Environment Ministry said in a revised report released Friday. The gas emissions totaled the equivalent of 1.36 billion ...

Heat wave shuts more than 250 Malaysian schools

Apr 11, 2016

Heat wave shuts more than 250 Malaysian schools

More than 250 Malaysian schools were closed on Monday due to a heat wave brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon which is severely affecting food production and causing chronic water shortages in many countries. Authorities ordered schools in the states of Perlis ...

Plants won't boost warming as much as feared

Mar 26, 2016

Plants won't boost warming as much as feared

Vegetation will release far less extra carbon dioxide in a warming world than previously assumed, giving humans a bit more room in the fight against climate change, scientists reported recently. Despite this good news, efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions must still be stepped up ...

Barrier Reef at greater risk than thought: study

Mar 26, 2016

Barrier Reef at greater risk than thought: study

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral bank, is at greater risk than previously thought of dissolving as climate change renders the oceans more acidic, researchers warned recently. A decline in aragonite — the mineral that corals use to build their skeletons — ...

Mar 23, 2016

Australia announces fund for clean energy, in break with past

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said the country would establish a 1 billion Australian dollar ($760 million) fund for innovation in clean energy, a major departure from his predecessor’s much-maligned approach to climate change. Conservative former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was criticized ...