Study warns of sudden climate change woes

Jan 4, 2014

Study warns of sudden climate change woes

by Seth Borenstein

Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth’s environment are more worrisome than climate change’s bigger but more gradual impacts, a panel of scientists advising the U.S. government concluded last month. The 200-page report by the National Academy of Sciences looked at warming problems that can occur ...

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.

Nov 24, 2013

UNEP chief urges Japan to stay in fight

The chief of the U.N. Environment Program urged Japan to keep playing a leadership role in the fight against global warming, although it faces a challenge caused by Fukushima nuclear disaster, which left most of its atomic plants offline. “The world has in a ...

Nov 19, 2013

View Typhoon Haiyan as an early warning system

by Gwynne Dyer

“We’ve been telling the rest of the world we don’t want what’s happening to us to happen to everyone else,” said Lucille L. Sering, the vice chair of the Philippines’ Climate Commission,, as the country struggled to cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. ...

New climate goal opaque, product of ministry clash

| Nov 18, 2013

New climate goal opaque, product of ministry clash

The process of setting a new goal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions was marred by a standoff between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Environment Ministry. METI, long a champion of nuclear power, was reluctant to set the target and the ...