David Stanway
For David Stanway's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A man walks past a pollution pod designed to mimic the air quality in New Delhi, during the COP28 summit in Dubai, on Dec 4.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 15, 2023
How the world agreed to move away from fossil fuels at COP28
This year's climate conference marked the first time in history countries expressed a unified desire to end the oil age.
Staff members work at a desk next to an exhibition for Shenzhen's metro carbon inclusion project, inside a subway station in Pingshan district of Shenzhen on Oct. 19.
Nov 27, 2023
China turns to households in fight to slash carbon emissions
"Carbon inclusion" programs aim to help transform the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter into a carbon-neutral country by 2060.
People wearing sun protection gear amid a heat wave walk on a street in Beijing in July.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 3, 2023
Climate's 'Catch-22': Cutting pollution heats up the planet
The removal of air pollution may have had a greater effect on temperatures in some Chinese cities than the warming from greenhouse gases.
Visitors crowd around a water fountain during a heat wave in Rome, Italy, on July 17.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Jul 25, 2023
Climate change role in July heat waves 'overwhelming,' scientists say
Extreme weather has caused havoc across the planet this month, with record-breaking temperatures causing forest fires, water shortages and more hospital admissions.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jul 20, 2023
U.S. envoy John Kerry says China-U.S. climate relations need 'more work'
The two sides agreed climate change was urgent and that they should stick to the global commitment "to keep 1.5 alive.”
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2023
China-U.S. climate progress could hinge on new methane deal
China had drafted a plan with concrete measures to curb methane emissions from energy, agriculture and waste but has yet to make the plan public.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2023
Canadian lake sediments reveal start of new geological age, scientists say
The deposits provide unmistakable evidence that Earth entered a new human-driven chapter known as the Anthropocene epoch some seven decades ago, according to researchers.
Japan Times
Jul 1, 2023
Climate nears point of no return as land and sea temperatures break records
High land temperatures have only been matched by those on the sea, with warming intensified by an El Nino event and other factors.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2023
Climate and environmental change puts 90% of marine food at risk, study says
Overproduction in the industry, which has driven the destruction of wetland habitats, has caused significant environmental damage.
Japan Times
Jun 19, 2023
Global water reservoir volumes decline despite construction boom, study says
The decline in storage volumes was concentrated in the south, where water demand increased rapidly and new reservoirs didn"t fill up as quickly as expected.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2022
China lacked a 'zero COVID' exit strategy. Its people are paying the price.
The abrupt shift has left the nation scrambling to avert a collapse of its public health system.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2022
How accurate are China's COVID-19 death numbers?
The country's classification system has raised concerns among experts and the public.
Japan Times
Dec 4, 2022
Inside China's fight over the future of 'COVID zero'
Opinions about the policy vary wildly, illustrating the difficulties leader Xi Jinping faces in relaxing the world's most rigid rules while heading off national discontent.
Japan Times
Nov 12, 2022
Dying lands: Farmers fight to save the 'skin of the Earth'
In America's dusty Corn Belt this spring, the land was drowning. In China's Yangtze River basin, it's bone dry. Farmers in both are fighting a losing battle to save the soil.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2022
China's private health system hurt by tough coronavirus controls
Dozens of private hospitals have declared bankruptcy in China during the past two years, pushed over the edge by the cost of complying with the country's "COVID zero" policies.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2022
Mizuho and Mitsubishi UFJ among banks that gave coal sector over $1.5 trillion in three years
The Japanese firms, both members of the Net Zero Banking Alliance, were identified as the two biggest lenders in a report by a group of 28 nongovernmental organizations.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2022
No exit from 'COVID-zero': China struggles to find policy off-ramp
While some analysts view China's approach as "unsustainable," many health experts say the country has no choice but to continue given its less developed health system.
Japan Times
Dec 27, 2021
China talks up 'green' Olympics but prepares to fight smog
Beijing has improved its air quality since China won its bid to host the Games, but the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has said the risks of winter smog remained "severe."
Japan Times
Oct 26, 2021
Xi's not there? COP26 hopes dim on Chinese leader's likely absence
Xi Jinping's expected absence from the talks could indicate that the world's biggest carbon dioxide producer has already decided that it has no more concessions to offer at the U.N. summit.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 26, 2021
China welcomes Huawei executive home as Trudeau hugs Canadians freed by Beijing
Meng Wanzhou arrived in China on Saturday, ending her near three-year U.S. extradition fight, the same day two Canadians detained by Beijing for more than 1,000 days returned home.


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