Jess Shankleman
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A person walks past a COP28 sign in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 1.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 28, 2023
Biggest climate talks ever confront global chaos and record heat
Greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, and promises to cut pollution remain insufficient to take the risk of unmanageable warming off the table.
Japan Times
Aug 14, 2022
U.K. coal mine dilemma pits energy crisis against green goals
The project has highlighted the broader dilemma facing the country's next leader over how to balance green goals with the upheaval of fuel supplies.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2022
War derails plan to ditch coal after U.K. championed global cuts
Efforts to get rid of dirty power are being slowed as the war hits European economies, with soaring gas and electricity prices stoking inflation and raising the specter of recession.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2022
Russia's war on Ukraine to bolster oil producers' influence at climate summits
There are also signs the next two COPs risk being co-opted by oil interests because of the close relationship between Saudi Arabia and the host countries.
Japan Times
Oct 22, 2021
Glasgow climate negotiators gear up for fight over trading trees
Offsets are a convenience that allows buyers to continue polluting while essentially paying someone else to adopt climate-friendly behaviors.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2021
Superpower rivalry and vaccine envy set stage for climate talks
U.S.-China tensions loom over COP26, as does the inequality between rich and poor countries in both COVID-19 response and climate finance.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2021
Major climate report puts pressure on COP26 to ‘consign coal to history’
So far, nations' voluntary pledges fall far short of keeping temperature rise under 2 degrees, let alone 1.5 degrees, according to the U.N.
Japan Times
Jun 3, 2021
The corporate world's favorite climate solution is mired in disagreements
Global warming is the world's biggest market failure and according to a task force, the solution might just be better trading.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2021
Biden’s global climate debut risks falling short on new goals
Before the U.S. can lead on climate change, it will first have to overcome the world's mistrust.


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