Valerie Volcovici
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2021
Trash and burn: Big brands' new plastic waste plan faces skepticism
Experts say that burning plastic in cement kilns, a practice firms are promoting, emits harmful emissions and amounts to swapping one dirty fuel for another.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2021
To save the planet, focus on cutting methane, U.N. climate report says
Countries must make 'strong, rapid and sustained reductions' in methane emissions in addition to slashing carbon dioxide emissions, the report said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 2, 2021
The recycling myth: Big Oil’s plastic waste solution littered with failure
While residents have dutifully packaged up their trash, expecting it to be put to a green use, many have been left disappointed.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 17, 2021
150 years of spills: Philadelphia refinery cleanup highlights toxic legacy of fossil fuels
A U.S. refinery cleanup of the size and scope of the one in Philadelphia has no known precedent, remediation experts said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Nov 2, 2020
Make Science Great Again: U.S. researchers dream of life after Trump
Dozens of U.S.-based climate scientists shifted their research to France, or sought refuge in academia or in left-leaning states after Donald Trump was elected in 2016.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 14, 2020
Tribe’s climate change plight highlights challenge for Native Americans
For several years, Fawn Sharp has seen her tribe on the coastline of Washington state lurch from crisis to crisis: rising sea levels have flooded the Quinault Indian Nation’s main village, and its staple sockeye salmon in nearby rivers have all but disappeared — a direct hit to the tribe’s finances...
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 11, 2015
New U.S. plan to trim aviation emissions satisfies industry, worries greens
For two years, President Barack Obama has used his executive power to impose new rules to cut carbon emissions, targeting cars and power plants, buoying environmentalists and infuriating industry.
Japan Times
Aug 15, 2014
Anti-coal dominoes theory hits BRICS wall
A year ago, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize the United States behind a grand plan: fight climate change by slashing carbon pollution at home, while prodding other countries to follow.


Akiko Trush says her experience with the neurological disorder dystonia left her feeling like she wanted to chop her own hand off.
The neurological disorder that 'kills culture'