Tag - conservation



Japan Times
Jun 29, 2022
Modern phoenix: The bird brought back from extinction in Japan
The revival of the toki population in Niigata Prefecture is a rare conservation success story when 1 in 8 bird species globally are threatened with extinction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Jul 12, 2021
How the Okinawa rail was discovered 40 years ago
Researchers had been skeptical at first, wondering if the bird really existed in a place like Okinawa, which was not uncharted land.
Japan Times
Mar 27, 2021
Keisuke Sugiyama: ‘Being able to experience the past through art is extremely exciting’
As an associate professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design, Keisuke Sugiyama is using a wide array of tools to convey his love of art.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
May 22, 2020
Nagano communities plagued by pine parasite at odds over pesticide
The new mayor of Matsumoto has called off aerial pesticide spraying that had been planned for this fiscal year.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 16, 2020
Florida plans biggest purchase of Everglades land in a decade to protect it from drilling
Florida has reached a deal with a private real estate firm to buy a large swath of environmentally sensitive wetlands in the heart of the Everglades to spare the tract from oil drilling, the governor announced on Wednesday.
Nov 30, 2019
Banning (some) free plastic bags
Japan's effort to reduce plastic waste by forcing retailers to charge for shopping bags has too many exemptions.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2019
Alpine ecosystems at risk in 10 prefectures from climate change, researchers warn
Alpine animals and plants in 10 of Japan's 47 prefectures, such as Hokkaido, are likely to lose habitats within the country by the end of the 21st century as global warming worsens, a Japanese research team reported Wednesday.
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JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 26, 2019
Illicit trade of Southeast Asian otters via social networking sites on the rise
Social media is increasingly being used as a means of smuggling endangered otters, and Thai authorities say this is making it difficult to crack down on secret networks.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2019
Trump administration to auction off Arctic Alaskan oil and gas sites next month
The Trump administration said on Tuesday it will be auctioning off nearly 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of land in Arctic Alaska for oil development next month, and it is promising much more territory will be open to development in the future.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Oct 18, 2019
Indonesia urged to use new green fund to protect forests and create carbon trading program, not new infrastructure
A new green fund being set up by Indonesia should prioritize protecting its rainforests and creating a carbon trading program to help the country meet its goals to curb climate change, environmentalists and officials said.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2019
Komodo dragons versus ecotourists
The fierce lizards are in decline on their native island and an influx of visitors hasn't helped.
Japan Times
Oct 8, 2019
Gift of good luck: Japan loans rare marimo moss balls to Taiwan
The Taipei Zoo has received four rare, naturally formed marimo moss balls on loan from the city of Kushiro, Hokkaido, in Japan's first such arrangement through cooperative conservation programs, zoo officials said on Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Sep 13, 2019
Plan to cut down ginkgo trees in Fukuoka to improve wheelchair access sparks backlash
An ongoing redevelopment project in the city of Fukuoka has sparked outrage among some local residents and calls for the authorities to reconsider their decision to cut down fully grown ginkgo trees along Fukudai-dori avenue, one of the city's main roads.
Japan Times
Aug 10, 2019
Ivory registrations in Japan surged ahead of tighter restrictions: Environment Ministry
As ivory owners rushed to take advantage of Japan's lax declaration system, the volume of registrations surged before the ivory market faced new restrictions on July 1.
Japan Times
Jul 25, 2019
Trump administration and native Alaskans strike deal on road through wildlife refuge
The Trump administration has resurrected a plan to carve a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, less than four months after a federal judge struck down an earlier plan as illegal.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 14, 2019
Elephant and rhino populations rebounding in Tanzania after crackdown on poaching
Elephant and rhino populations in Tanzania have begun to rebound after a government crackdown dismantled organized criminal networks involved in industrial-scale poaching.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2019
Japan's return to commercial whaling brings criticism from conservationists and praise from industry players
Following its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission, Japan will resume commercial whaling within the country's exclusive economic zone.
Japan Times
Jun 21, 2019
Green-tech megacity taking shape in China
Entrepreneur Tony Verb is on a mission to promote technology that can help make cities greener and smarter in China's Greater Bay Area, now being shaped as a low-carbon megalopolis.
May 26, 2019
Addressing the nation's food waste problem
Far too much food is wasted in Japan. This must change.
Mar 28, 2019
Brazil to privatize some of its most famous national parks starting this year
Brazil aims to begin privatizing the management of its national parks this year, including some of its most famous natural tourist sites, the country's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Wednesday.


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