Tag - forests



Jul 8, 2014
Amazon rain forest grew after climate change 2,000 years ago
Swaths of the Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2,000 years ago let the rain forests form, according to a study that challenges common belief that the world's biggest tropical forest is far older.
Japan Times
Dec 23, 2013
'The bug that ate Christmas'
In West Virginia's scenic Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, with its gently sloping mountains and emerald expanses of timber, Mike Powell relishes the perks of his job as a caretaker of the land: the sounds of a gurgling stream and the fresh pine scent of evergreens.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 15, 2013
White House delayed rules before election
The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials.
Dec 15, 2013
Could felling trees help cool the planet?
It is an article of faith that preserving trees is critical to cooling our warming planet.
Nov 23, 2013
Tohoku's Great Forest Wall Project
A project to plant nearly 300 km of trees along the northeast coast from Iwate to Miyagi to Fukushima will help to protect people and their way of life.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2013
Russian activist pays high price for actions
After three men in this heavily polluted city west of Yekaterinburg beat Stepan Chernogubov unconscious, fracturing his skull and knocking out three teeth, criminal investigators took him, still bleeding, to a police station where they questioned him for four hours and then threatened to bring charges against him.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2013
Brazilian chief wields high-tech tools in battle to save tribe, forests
As a small boy in the early 1980s, Almir Surui hunted monkeys with a bow and arrow, wore a loincloth and struggled with Brazil's official language, Portuguese.
Japan Times
Feb 11, 2013
Brazil dams Amazon to feed energy-hungry economy
When it is completed in 2015, the Jirau hydroelectric dam will span the Madeira River, feature more giant turbines than any other dam in the world and hold as much concrete as 47 towers the size of New York's Empire State Building.
Reader Mail
Feb 7, 2008
Global warming, local dawdling
At 1:15 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, I was about to retire when I ran across a program on Channel 10 devoted to global warming. Styled a "debate," it featured several of Japan's leading authorities on both sides of the issue, but by the time I headed for bed at 2:30 a.m., the discussion had progressed no further than bickering over the effects of CO2 greenhouse gases.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on