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David Sherfinski
For David Sherfinski's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, speaks during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 21, 2023
Poor nations have 'every right to be angry' on climate: Guterres
The U.N. chief said that poorer countries had done the least to cause global warming but were bearing the brunt of its impacts.
A man in a business suit walks past activists during Climate Week in the Financial District of New York on Monday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Sep 20, 2023
In New York, investors fill gaps left by inaction on climate change
Wealthy nations have famously dragged their feet on meeting a pledge of contributing $100 billion per year to developing nations, now four years overdue.
Residents walk past trees and powerlines that were downed following the passage of Hurricane Fiona, later downgraded to a post-tropical storm, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in September 2022.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 19, 2023
Climate haven no more? Floods and fires ravage eastern Canada
Storms, floods, a cold snap and record wildfires have all battered the eastern province of Nova Scotia over the past year.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 6, 2023
As flood risks rise, New Orleans neighborhoods build resilience
Community-led projects in New Orleans are helping the city to cut flood risk and improve water management as climate change fuels more extreme weather.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 17, 2023
Deported: The Iraq War veterans denied the right to live in the U.S.
Advocates and former military personnel argue that the U.S. government continues to fail many foreign-born post-9/11 veterans 20 years since the start of the Iraq War.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 4, 2023
Can the United States fix Black women's maternal mortality crisis?
Despite being one of the world's wealthiest countries, the United States lags far behind other developed nations on curbing maternal deaths, with race strongly associated with risk.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 21, 2023
Tech layoffs cause havoc for Indian workers in the United States
Under the terms of their visas, workers who are laid off face the prospect of having to leave the country in 60 days.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 3, 2023
In climate resilience push, U.S. federal cash flows to coastal rich
In the United States, federal disaster aid has historically been slow to reach lower-income populations and communities of color.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
May 6, 2022
U.S. abortion war spotlights women's risk from online tracking
Experts have warned that data on app use and internet searches is being collected by third parties all the time.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 27, 2022
U.S. firefighters on climate front lines sound alarm over staffing
Federal firefighters have been swapping stories via private chats and social media of undermanned stations, crumbling buildings and poorly maintained equipment.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 27, 2022
Can tech help hold climate polluters to their net-zero pledges?
New automation and web-scraping techniques aim to help tracking groups gather the data they need in almost real-time.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 16, 2021
'Scary and chilling': AI surveillance takes U.S. prisons by storm
Law enforcement officials say the technology is crucial in keeping prisons and jails safe, but critics say such systems trample on privacy rights.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Oct 27, 2021
U.S. Democrats fret over getting climate deal to Biden ahead of COP26
Hitting Biden's emissions target would be made more difficult if Congress fails to pass the key climate provisions lawmakers are eyeing.

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Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?