Jessica Shankleman
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Young villagers gather on the black sand beach in the village of Waisisi in Tanna, Vanuatu.
Sep 11, 2023
Sinking islands turn to court as they fight for climate survival
The latest legal push comes amid frustration among island states and developing nations that the world is addressing global warming too slowly.
Japan Times
Oct 1, 2021
Energy crisis adds new hurdle to COP26 goal of ending coal use
U.S. and European officials pushing for tougher climate action are worried the energy crunch thatu2019s snarling the global economy could also undermine crucial United Nations talks next month.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2021
Key climate talks are headed for trouble after G7 wrangling
Behind-the-scenes arguing among delegates u2014 when progress was blocked by last-minute nerves, political tensions and a shortfall of funding u2014 illustrates the difficult road ahead.
Japan Times
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 / Politics
Jul 10, 2019
U.K. Parliament flexes muscle as Boris Johnson doubles down on no-deal Brexit
Members of Britain's Parliament delivered a sharp warning to the country's next prime minister: They will not allow him to pursue a no-deal Brexit without a fight.
Japan Times
Mar 1, 2017
Toyota Mirai's fuel cell technology must overcome ghosts of hydrogen's past
Taxi driver Theo Ellis, the first person in Europe to drive Toyota Motor Corp.'s hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan for business, loves telling passengers about the technology that emits nothing but water.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves