Gloria Dickie
For Gloria Dickie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A lenticular cloud is seen over a mountain at sunset in a clear sky, due to an anticyclone during a prolonged drought with warming temperatures and lack of rain in winter, in Ronda, Spain, on Tuesday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Feb 9, 2024
Climate change drives world to first 12-month spell over 1.5 C
Human-caused climate change and El Nino pushed temperatures higher.
Firefighters tackle a fire in a field in San Buenaventura in the Bolivian Amazon in November.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 15, 2023
Despite COP28 deal on fossil fuels, 1.5 C goal likely out of reach
The "UAE Consensus" does not commit the world to phasing out oil and gas, nor to near-term timelines for transitioning away from fossil fuels.
Cracks run through the partially dried-up river bed of the Gan River during a regional drought in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China, in August last year.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 3, 2023
Global warming will reach 1.5 C threshold this decade, report says
The new paper adds to evidence suggesting that the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 C is already out of reach.
Air conditioners on display during an event in Guangzhou
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Oct 20, 2023
Countries asked to slash cooling emissions by 68% by 2050
The Global Cooling Pledge represents a tough request given the cooling industry is only expected to grow.
Heat haze permeates the skyline of Manama, Bahrain.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 10, 2023
How is climate change driving dangerous 'wet-bulb' temperatures?
Dubai, for example, is forecast to see air temperatures hover around 43 degrees Celsius. But climate experts say air temperature alone can be misleading.
A camp of informal gold miners in Los Amigos, in the Madre de Dios region, Peru. The Peruvian government estimates that illegal miners dump about 180 metric tons of mercury in Madre de Dios annually.
Aug 7, 2023
Gold mining in the Amazon poisoning scores of threatened species
Miners in southeast Peru use mercury to find gold — inadvertently contaminating hundreds of species native to the area.
Pedestrians hold umbrellas for protection from the sun during a heat wave in New York on Thursday.
Jul 28, 2023
July set to be world's hottest month on record
We may have to go back thousands if not tens of thousands of years to find similarly warm conditions on our planet.
Japan Times
Jul 11, 2023
61,000 Europeans may have died in last summer's heat waves, experts say
Study estimates that more than 61,600 people died from heat-related causes across 35 European countries from late May to early September 2022, during Europe"s hottest summer on record.
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WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 20, 2023
Himalayan glaciers could lose up to 75% of ice by 2100, report says
The melt is expected to cause dangerous flooding and water shortages for the 240 million people who live in the mountainous region.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
How El Nino could impact the world's weather this year and next
Meteorologists expect that this El Nino, coupled with excess warming from climate change, will see the world grapple with record-high temperatures.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
Destruction of Kakhovka dam takes Ukraine war into uncharted territory
Kyiv and Moscow have blamed each other for the collapse of the dam, which sent floodwaters gushing toward surrounding towns and farmland and forced hundreds of civilians to flee.
Japan Times
May 21, 2023
Heat insurance offers climate change lifeline to poor workers
This form of disaster assistance is on the rise across the developing world, as vulnerable communities are hammered by worsening drought, storms and heat waves.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 19, 2023
More than half of the world's large lakes are drying up
Report shows the world"s most important freshwater sources lost water at a cumulative rate of around 22 gigatons per year for nearly three decades.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 18, 2023
Next five years to be hottest ever, likely crossing 1.5 C for a year, says WMO
Report marks the first time the agency has forecast warming beyond the 1.5 C threshold for at least twelve months as the most likely scenario.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 20, 2023
Climate change thaws world's northernmost research station
Around the tiny town of Ny-Aalesund, scientific data is getting harder to access, sometimes vanishing before scientists can collect it.
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WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 9, 2022
Disappearing plant populations jeopardize a green future
With jungles and boreal forests still being destroyed, at least 40% of the worldu2019s remaining plant species are in trouble.
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WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 6, 2022
From flickering fireflies to lowly dung beetles, insects are vanishing
Amid deforestation, pollution and climate change, bugs are struggling u2014 along with the crops, flowers and animals that rely on them to survive.
Japan Times
Nov 23, 2022
Mediterranean marine heat waves threaten coastal livelihoods
Populations of sponges, sea-stars, fish, and mollusks have been dying en masse in the waters off France and Spain.
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WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 27, 2022
How climate change is intensifying tropical storms
While scientists haven't yet determined the full extent of climate change's influence, there's strong evidence that devastating storms are getting worse.
Japan Times
Sep 9, 2022
Why Arctic wildfires are releasing more carbon than ever
Last year, Siberian wildfires scorched some 168,000 square kilometers of Siberian forest, or an area nearly the size of Cambodia.


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