Sarah McFarlane
For Sarah McFarlane's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A wind turbine and an electricity pylon in Finedon, Britain. Developers can no longer use financial modeling that assumes gas power plants are used constantly throughout their 20-year-plus lifetime, analysts said.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 21, 2023
Giant batteries drain economics of gas power plants
Batteries that ensure stable power supply are becoming cheap enough to make developers abandon scores of projects for gas-fired generation worldwide.
Load and haul operations at Thungela's thermal coal mining operation, Isibonelo Colliery (formerly Anglo American), in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, in March 2019
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 1, 2023
Coal miners forced to insure themselves amid climate concerns
Dozens of insurers have announced restrictions on their cover for the coal industry, particularly for new projects
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2023
Pressure grows for world's militaries to report and reduce greenhouse emissions
As temperatures hit new highs, scientists and environmental groups are stepping up efforts to end a long-standing exemption that has kept some military climate pollution off the books.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2023
Accounting for war: Ukraine's climate fallout
The first 12 months of the war is expected to trigger a net increase of 120 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to the annual output of a country such as Belgium.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2023
Scratched EV battery? Your insurer may have to junk the whole car
Battery packs can cost tens of thousands of dollars and represent up to 50% of an EV"s price tag, often making it uneconomical to replace them.
Japan Times
Nov 24, 2022
Bankers pour cold water on red hot coal
Western banks are under pressure from shareholders to show action on climate change, so coal executives are having to scout for alternative funding.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2022
Energy crisis chips away at Europe's industrial might
While lower energy use helps weather the crisis sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the long term effects will severely weaken Europe's industrial base.
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2022
America's new nuclear power industry has a Russian problem
U.S. firms developing a new generation of small nuclear power plants to help cut carbon emissions have a big problem: Only one company sells the fuel they need, and it's Russian.
Japan Times
May 17, 2022
Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields
China's strengthening relationship with Iran has helped its position in Iraq due to Tehran's influence there, but the oil ministry is wary of ceding control over the country's key resource.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation