David Gelles
For David Gelles's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
World leaders prior to the opening ceremony of the COP28 summit in Dubai on Friday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 2, 2023
A tense climate summit begins amid wars and record heat
At the U.N. climate conference in Dubai, a parade of dignitaries invoked faith, science and economics in their calls for a rapid energy transition.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2023
Climate disasters daily? Welcome to the ‘new normal.’
Around the United States, dangerous floods, heat and storms are happening more frequently.
Japan Times
Dec 31, 2022
A town-by-town battle to sell Americans on renewable energy
In the fight against global warming, the U.S. is pumping a record $370 billion into clean energy, but the future of the American power grid is being determined by rural communities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 15, 2022
Patagonia founder gives away the company to help fight climate change
Rather than selling the company or taking it public, Yvon Chouinard and his family have transferred their ownership of the $3 billion brand to a specially designed trust and a NPO.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 13, 2022
Novelist Salman Rushdie on a ventilator after stabbing in western New York
An assailant stabbed Rushdie, 75, in the abdomen and the neck, police and witnesses said, straining to continue the attack even as several people held him back.
Japan Times
Mar 11, 2022
As war rages, a struggle to balance energy crunch and climate crisis
Nations remain extraordinarily dependent on fossil fuels and are struggling to shore up supplies precisely at a moment when scientists say the world must slash its use.
Japan Times
Jan 8, 2021
After riot, business leaders reckon with their support for Trump
The executives who stood by Trump were ultimately among his enablers, bestowing him with mainstream business credibility and normalizing a president who has turned the U.S. against itself.


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