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Marlowe Hood
For Marlowe Hood's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The McKinsey & Company logo at the 54th International Paris Airshow on June 21
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 8, 2023
Top consultancy undermining climate change fight: whistleblowers
Privately, the U.S.-based firm offers energy scenarios at odds with its public climate goals to the summit's decision-makers.
Commercial fishermen form the word "SOS" to spread the message about ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel emissions, in Homer, Alaska, in 2009. Ocean acidification is one of nine planetary boundaries that determine life on Earth.
ENVIRONMENT / Earth science
Sep 14, 2023
Humanity pushing Earth far beyond 'safe operating space': study
Six of nine planetary boundaries — within which the world is livable for most species, including our own — are already deep in the red zone.
A cane toad sits inside a plastic bag trap. A new study has found that invasive species are spreading ever faster across the globe, costing well over $400 billion a year in damages and lost income.
ENVIRONMENT / Wildlife
Sep 5, 2023
World losing high-stakes fight against invasive species
Whether by accident or on purpose, when non-native species wind up on the other side of the world, humans are to blame.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jul 5, 2023
While carbon 'capture' climate tech is booming, it can also be confusing
Carbon capture and storage and direct air capture are both complex industrial processes that isolate carbon dioxide, but the technologies are fundamentally different.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 17, 2023
Impacts of sea level rise and fragility of ice sheets underestimated, research shows
Melting ice that could lift global oceans by meters will likely crumble with another half degree Celsius of warming, and satellite data for many coastal areas has been misinterpreted.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 9, 2023
Glacier lakes swollen by global warming threaten millions
Earth"s average surface temperature has risen nearly 1.2 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times, but high-mountain regions around the world have warmed at twice that pace.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 1, 2023
Planting trees could cut urban heat wave deaths by a third, study says
Of the 6,700 premature deaths attributed to higher temperatures in 93 European cities during 2015, one third could have been prevented, researchers found.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 15, 2022
U.N. climate talks enter home stretch amid deep divides
Rich carbon polluters and developing nations are at loggerheads over how to speed up and fund reductions in emissions to slow global warming.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 6, 2022
COP27 summit racing against the climate clock
The COP27 summit kicks off Sunday in Egypt with nearly 200 countries struggling to outpace increasingly dire climate impacts in a world upended by war and economic turmoil.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 27, 2022
Global economy must green faster to prevent dire climate impacts
Progress across 40 key indicators must accelerate dramatically to stay in line with the Paris treaty goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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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.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves