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For Alister Doyle's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Tuvalu's Finance Minister Seve Paeniu shows a picture of his grandchildren on his phone while attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021.
ENVIRONMENT / Oceans
Sep 22, 2023
Tuvalu partners with Australia as rising seas threaten survival
The project will test a new U.N. blueprint under which one rich nation takes responsibility for raising funds to support a climate-vulnerable country.
Many scientists say more research into volcanoes is vital to gauge how far eruptions can briefly affect the long-term trend of global warming, which is primarily driven by burning fossil fuels.
ENVIRONMENT / Earth science / ANALYSIS
Sep 15, 2023
Why is 2023 so hot? A rare Pacific volcano is among the suspects
Greenhouse gas emissions are overwhelmingly to blame, scientists say, but water vapor from the Tonga eruption last year may have played a role too.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Feb 8, 2023
With cash infusion, developing nations boost sun-dimming research
The use of "solar geoengineering" to slow global warming may be a necessary risk, but some have said that considering its use is akin to "walking on a field of landmines.”
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 7, 2022
Scientists consider how to make ever-longer IPCC climate science reports an easier read
The initial report series by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in 1990, totaled a relatively modest 1,000 pages.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 17, 2022
After sun-dimming setback, geoengineers seek a diplomatic fix
One aim is to have solar geoengineering discussed for the first time by the U.N. General Assembly in a session starting in September 2023.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Nov 9, 2021
Dead or alive? COP26 climate talks strive to save 1.5 C warming goal.
Some nations, especially island states at risk of being swamped by rising seas, say reaching 1.5 C u2014 in any year u2014 would be the death knell of the iconic goal.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 7, 2021
Nature and climate protection pledges pile up at COP26, amid ghosts of past failures
Agriculture, deforestation and other changes in land use account for about a quarter of humanityu2019s planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 5, 2021
Pacific islanders struggle at COP26 as pandemic keeps leaders away
Officials left at home were trying to track complex negotiations in Glasgow in the middle of the night, often with unreliable internet connections.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 15, 2021
Firms sucking carbon from air see boost from 'code red' climate crisis
The need to remove carbon already in the air to try to limit the damage from climate change is becoming increasingly clear.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 11, 2021
Islands, rocks and tuna: Pacific nations draw new battle lines against rising seas
As global warming pushes waters higher, nations fear their islands could be swamped, shrinking their EEZs and rights to fishing and mining within their boundaries.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT
Jul 10, 2018
As Arctic warms, reindeer herders tangle with new industries
When he's not out on the Arctic tundra with his 2,000 reindeer, his dog and Whitney Houston blasting through his headphones, Nils Mathis Sara is often busy explaining to people how a planned copper mine threatens his livelihood.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 12, 2018
Warming set to breach Paris accord's toughest limit by middle of century, draft report says
Global warming is on track to breach the toughest limit set in the Paris climate agreement by the middle of this century unless governments make unprecedented economic shifts from fossil fuels, a draft U.N. report said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 16, 2014
Weather systems stalling more often
Summer heat waves and downpours have become more frequent in the northern hemisphere this century, apparently because extreme weather can get trapped for weeks in the same place in a warming world, a study showed Aug. 11.

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