Jun 18, 2015

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the “structurally perverse” economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an “immense pile of filth.” In a sweeping manifesto aimed at spurring action in ...

Jun 12, 2015

Environment minister says coal plant approval is problematic

The need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of a strategy for this makes it hard to approve a new coal-fired power plant planned by a venture between Osaka Gas Co. and Electric Power Development Co., Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki said Friday. ...

Sincere climate pledge or 'sleight of hand'?

| Jun 8, 2015

Sincere climate pledge or 'sleight of hand'?

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Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet announced Japan would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2030, based on 2013 levels. The plan will be presented to delegates at a United Nations conference on climate change in Paris this December. The ...

Japan fails to present new emissions target for 2020

Jun 5, 2015

Japan fails to present new emissions target for 2020

Japan failed to present a revised version of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2020 at international climate negotiations Thursday in Bonn, Germany. The negotiations are aimed at narrowing differences over a new international climate deal to be reached later this year at ...

Pacific forecasters agree El Nino has arrived

May 23, 2015

Pacific forecasters agree El Nino has arrived

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Three of the big meteorological agencies on the Pacific Rim now agree: El Nino has come. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology joined the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and Japan Meteorological Agency recently in declaring that sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific are high enough ...