Tokyo opens city's first swimming beach since 1960s

Jul 18, 2015

Tokyo opens city's first swimming beach since 1960s

A bathing beach was opened in Tokyo on Saturday for the first time since all beaches in the capital were closed for swimming in the 1960s due to pollution. The beach is part of Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward, at the top of ...

Jul 16, 2015

Northern Canada proposes potential Arctic oil pipeline

Canada’s provincial Northwest Territories government has been talking to pipeline companies about shipping crude oil through the Arctic, according to the territory’s minister in charge of resource development. David Ramsay, the territory’s minister of industry, and N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod, have been touting the ...

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

Jul 3, 2015

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

AFP-JIJI An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That is the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with wastewater supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. ...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Jul 2, 2015

Australia's Great Barrier Reef stays off U.N. danger list

Australia on Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list as “tremendous,” but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park’s health. The world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem, which has had World Heritage ...

Smog-shrouded Santiago faces first pollution emergency in 16 years

Jun 22, 2015

Smog-shrouded Santiago faces first pollution emergency in 16 years

Dangerously high pollution levels have Chile’s capital on the brink of issuing an environmental emergency, the first such time the measure is to be implemented in 16 years. “Tomorrow Environmental Emergency” Santiago regional Gov. Claudio Orrego tweeted Sunday, after three days at pre-emergency levels. ...

Jun 18, 2015

Pope to blame profiteers for killing the planet

Pope Francis will call Thursday on the world’s leaders to pull together to fight global warming, publishing his hotly anticipated thesis on the environment that slams profiteers and slaves to progress. Released six months ahead of a key climate change meeting in Paris, Francis’s ...

From fossil fuels to epidemics: What the G-7 decided

Jun 10, 2015

From fossil fuels to epidemics: What the G-7 decided

German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into the Group of Seven summit in the Bavarian Alps with a broad agenda, but combating climate change was a top priority. At the two-day meeting of the leaders of Germany, Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the U.S., ...

Jun 10, 2015

Climate peril stirring in permafrost, experts tell U.N.

Scientists on Tuesday called for action to defuse a time bomb of Arctic greenhouse gas trapped in thawing permafrost as negotiators at U.N. talks grappled over a climate rescue pact. About 1,500 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon-based gas are estimated to be locked in ...