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Will Mathis
For Will Mathis's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 5, 2023
Monday was the hottest day ever as global temperatures rise
The new high underscores the extremity of 2023’s summer in the northern hemisphere, and brings into focus the slow pace of global progress on curbing emissions.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 4, 2023
What higher oil prices mean for the fight against climate change
In the past year, soaring energy prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been both an accelerant and a curse for the transition away from dirty fuels.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 23, 2023
How Europe ditched Russian fossil fuels with spectacular speed
The transition has been painful, with Europeans getting hit by a roughly $1 trillion energy bill last year, only cushioned by government subsidies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 10, 2023
Beijing aims to corner another green energy market: hydrogen
As the world races to decarbonize, the next round of competition involves a device called an electrolyzer u2014 and 40% of them are made in China.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 16, 2022
Scorching summer heat wave throws Britain into more chaos
Britain issued its most severe warning for next week, with temperatures set to rise above 35 degrees in parts of England and possibly threatening national records exceeding 40 degrees.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 20, 2022
Big Oil bets that green hydrogen is the future of energy
After years of dabbling, major oil companies are finally planning the kind of large-scale investments that would make green hydrogen a serious business.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
May 22, 2022
How robots can help build offshore wind turbines more quickly
New software and robotics systems u2014 initially intended to help conduct research on other planets u2014 may shave years off the time needed to put up offshore wind turbine farms.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 2, 2022
Green fix to replace Russian gas is stymied by Europe’s red tape
Energy producers say time-consuming bottlenecks are thwarting Europeu2019s push to ditch Russia and be more self-reliant.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 8, 2021
Renewable energy boom unleashes a war over talent for green jobs
Difficulty securing a well-trained workforce could end up being a bottleneck in an industry that is key to slashing emissions.

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Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
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