Come what may, we're doing just fine

| May 28, 2017

Come what may, we're doing just fine

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Rain had started pelting the cherry blossoms when I returned from Tokyo last month, squelching the plans of countless would-be outdoor revelers. Here in Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture the snow was melting and the Torii River, which rises in ancient Togakushi and is fed ...

Trump love not enough to bring back coal

Apr 8, 2017

Trump love not enough to bring back coal

President Donald Trump pledged last month to revive America's coal industry by rolling back regulation, but energy experts expressed doubt his moves would significantly boost prospects for the controversial energy source. Trump, flanked by coal miners and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, a skeptic ...

New urgency urged in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Mar 11, 2017

New urgency urged in fight to restore Florida Everglades

Rising seas, polluted coastlines and the specter of more frequent droughts and storms have lent new urgency to efforts to restore the ecosystem of the Florida Everglades, the largest freshwater wetland in the United States. The Everglades' sawgrasses, swamps, tree islands and mangroves are home ...

Deaths from India air pollution rivaling China

Feb 25, 2017

Deaths from India air pollution rivaling China

India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal will not yield results anytime soon. India's notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on a ...

Feb 18, 2017

Climate change adds to pressures on endangered penguins

Climate change and overfishing have left already endangered young penguins in Africa confused about where to find food, and they are dying in high numbers as a result, researchers said earlier this month. The report in the journal Current Biology describes a dire predicament for ...