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Delegates arrive at Dubai's Expo City during COP28 on Saturday
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 9, 2023
Oil is everywhere at COP28, vexing those seeking its demise
To many of the activists in attendance, the prominence of the oil and gas industry is a travesty.
Demonstrators call for action on climate change and environmental justice during a march in Washington in July 2018.
Dec 7, 2023
There can be no climate justice if rich countries don’t pay
Rich countries are responsible for the climate crisis and it's only fair that they bear the burgeoning costs that poorer nations are having to pay.
The Climate Action Network holds an event at the venue of the U.N. climate change conferences in Dubai on Sunday to give its 'fossil' award to countries including Japan.
PODCAST / deep dive
Dec 7, 2023
Feeling anxious? Wastewater, heat and Japan’s year in climate
In a year that saw Japan release 24,000 tons of wastewater (so far) from Fukushima No. 1 as the planet smashed heat records, it’s no wonder climate anxiety is on the rise. Mara Budgen joins us to break down the year in environment news, where we could see hope, and what we should be worried about.
While broad-based action at the COP28 summit is critical, the fact is that just a few key actors such as the U.S., China and India have the power to bring about a radical reduction in global emissions.
Dec 6, 2023
COP28 can deliver progress on climate change, but will it?
Committed global climate action at every level of government, the economy, and society is needed to tackle such a complex, multifaceted challenge.
Workers collect recyclable garbage including plastic bottles on World Environment Day in Tokyo in June 2020.
Dec 6, 2023
New solutions tackle Japan’s waste problem at its core
Issues like the plastics and climate crises seem insurmountable — until we apply "systemic design," as several Japanese initiatives are showing.
Indigenous people fish in the Pira Parana River in Vaupes province, Colombia.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 6, 2023
Carbon credit project 'destroys everything,' says Amazon community
Some two-thirds of Indigenous territory in the rainforest falls under carbon credit projects today, research in Colombia shows.
Activists protest against fossil fuels on the sidelines of the COP28 climate summit in Dubai on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
UAE 'repressive environment' complicates COP28 activism: Amnesty
The group's secretary-general said restrictions on speech are complicating approval of an event demanding the release of Emirati political prisoners.
Collected anti-tank mines and explosives are detonated by the Ukrainian national police emergency de-mining team in the Donetsk region on Oct. 6, 2022.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 5, 2023
Ukraine war responsible for 150 million tons of CO2 emissions
The estimate comes from the Initiative on GHG Accounting of War, a group of experts studying the climate impact of the Ukraine war.
Abdulaziz bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's energy minister, during an interview at the Energy Ministry in Riyadh on Monday
Dec 5, 2023
Saudi Arabia says 'absolutely not' to oil phaseout at COP28
About 200 countries must come to a consensus decision at the meeting in Dubai.
People walk through Dubai's Expo City during COP28 on Monday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 5, 2023
COP28 crowds: A dangerous distraction or sign of success?
With a record 84,000 registered attendees, this year's COP28 is a far cry from the first in 1995, a low-key affair with fewer than 4,000 delegates.
A man talks on the phone during COP28 in Dubai on Monday.
Dec 4, 2023
Japan, France back plan to boost climate lending with IMF reserves
Multilateral development banks say they can bolster climate finance in developing markets by leveraging the IMF's Special Drawing Rights.
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber speaks during day three of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai on Saturday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 4, 2023
COP28 president’s fossil-fuel phaseout talk draws condemnation
The comments have raised questions over whether the conference will be able to unite behind a strong pledge targeting the elimination of fossil fuels.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a session at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Friday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 3, 2023
For embattled Kishida, Dubai trip fails to pay dividends
The PM's visit to Dubai for a U.N. climate summit will do little to offset woes at home, including an LDP funding scandal and sagging approval ratings.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks at a high-level segment at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 3, 2023
U.S. lays out plan at COP28 to slash methane emissions from oil and gas
The rules, two years in the making, were announced by U.S. officials at the United Nations COP28 climate change conference in Dubai.
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry speaks during a session at COP28 on Saturday where over 20 nations called for the tripling of nuclear energy by 2050.
Dec 2, 2023
Over 20 nations, including Japan, call for tripling of nuclear energy
A declaration endorsed by the nations said nuclear energy plays a "key role" in reaching the goal of carbon neutrality.
World leaders prior to the opening ceremony of the COP28 summit in Dubai on Friday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 2, 2023
A tense climate summit begins amid wars and record heat
At the U.N. climate conference in Dubai, a parade of dignitaries invoked faith, science and economics in their calls for a rapid energy transition.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida prepares to speak at a COP28 session in Dubai on Friday.
Dec 2, 2023
Japan pledges to end construction of new unabated coal plants
The pledge comes after some nations called on attendees at COP28 to agree to immediately end new unabated coal-fired power generation.
Activists dressed up like CEOs take part in a fake banquet near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday where they feign the celebration of company profits over climate responsibility.
Dec 1, 2023
We already know what will happen at COP28
It’s beyond time to ask whether the COP gatherings work as they should. After all, we’ve had nearly three decades of summits
A man walks past national flags of participating countries at the venue of the COP28 climate summit in Dubai on Thursday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 1, 2023
Early pledges on 'loss and damage' fund build shaky trust at COP28
More pledges are expected to be made to the new fund during the two-week COP28.
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and president of COP28, speaks on the opening day of the U.N. climate conference in Dubai on Thursday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Dec 1, 2023
COP28 opens with 'historic' launch of loss and damage fund
More monetary pledges are expected in the coming days


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores