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Laura Millan Lombrana
For Laura Millan Lombrana's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 13, 2023
Competition from the U.S. is forcing Europe to up its green game
Despite initial complaints about the Inflation Reduction Act, the EU has not reached for the panic button, even as companies shift their postures in response to competing incentives.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 17, 2023
Climate activists say Big Oil is taking cycling fans for a ride
Sports sponsorships have emerged as a major battleground in the push to ban fossil fuel companies from advertising their brands.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 11, 2023
Turning a snowless ski resort into a national park is complicated
A dispute in Spain has become an example of the tensions that arise when efforts to restore nature clash with economic interests and even long-standing traditions.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 23, 2022
Anchovies and sardines are a climate solution in a can
Tinned fish are among the lowest-carbon animal protein available, with potential to curb the worldu2019s enormous emissions from food.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 21, 2022
A breakthrough on climate compensation and seven other takeaways from COP27
The deal included a historic provision to set up a fund to help poorer countries face the harm caused by climate change.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 19, 2022
COP27 talks on verge of collapse after EU threatens to walk out
The EU's ultimatum throws talks into jeopardy just days after the bloc proposed to establish a finance facility to pay for the loss and damage caused by events like flooding and hurricanes.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 4, 2022
Egypt crushes at home the climate action it’s championing abroad
The difficulties foreign climate campaigners have endured offer a glimpse into the challenges local activists face in their home country on a daily basis.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 27, 2022
Earth on track to warm above 2 degrees despite climate action
Despite some progress in the last year, governments need to do more by 2030 to ensure that the global temperature increase is below 2 degrees and ideally closer to 1.5 degrees.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 18, 2022
Renewables have saved EU $11 billion in gas imports since Ukraine war
Clean power covered 24% of the EUu2019s energy needs between March and September this year, the highest ever for this six-month period.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 16, 2022
Climate change intensified rain that fueled deadly Pakistan floods, study says
The death toll from the floods has risen to nearly 1,500 and the physical damage to the country may surpass $30 billion.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 15, 2022
Amid devastating heat, Europe's climate change impacts make adaptation harder
Heat waves and droughts are expected to overwhelm swaths of the continent this summer, causing fires, halting power plants and cutting crop output.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 12, 2022
For climate researchers, tiny sounds of melting glaciers haunting music to the ears
While young, the study of global warming through sound has boomed in recent years u2014 and is advancing what scientists know about our rapidly changing world.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 1, 2022
Climate change is behind weird rainfall patterns in Europe, study says
The research is the first to show the direct link between seasonal rainfall trends in Europe and climate change
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 24, 2021
Climate change made Germany's deadly floods more likely, scientists report
"We arenu2019t safe and we can expect this to happen again," said Professor Maarten van Aalst, director of the international Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 23, 2021
Heat, floods and fires: Jet stream is key link in climate disasters
Jet stream changes can cause winds to weaken, allowing dangerous weather to remain stuck in the same place for days or weeks at a time.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 8, 2021
Renewable energy boom unleashes a war over talent for green jobs
Difficulty securing a well-trained workforce could end up being a bottleneck in an industry that is key to slashing emissions.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 18, 2021
Teenagers are winning climate battles one court case at a time
Activists are not only challenging governments and their climate plans, but increasingly private companies too.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 14, 2020
Lofty climate goals get reality check at global summit
At the Climate Ambition Summit, one country after another failed to raise the bar, as leaders offered only incremental steps.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 12, 2020
Longest Arctic sailing season tops off a year of climate disasters
Thinning ice in the Arctic Ocean made this yearu2019s navigation season for tankers the longest on record, a sign that the pace of climate change is accelerating in the northernmost latitudes.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 10, 2020
TikTok stars and YouTube gamers are the new climate warriors
Look beyond the inane challenges and the silly dances, and Generation Moss u2014 also known as Gen Z u2014 is shaping climate policy, finance and activism more than any previous generation.

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