Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jun 27, 2008

Land woes taking a back seat to CO2

by Janice Tang

While climate change has finally won the attention of world leaders, the United Nations is concerned about a lack of action on another major — and yet interlinked — global challenge: land degradation and desertification. A deteriorated atmosphere destroys land potential through drought, flooding and ...

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jun 23, 2008

G8 to support sectoral approach to emissions

Group of Eight leaders plan to back Japans' proposal for a sector-by-sector approach to slashing greenhouse gas emissions in a chairman's summary to be issued after the July 7-9 summit in Hokkaido, according to diplomatic sources. The G8 leaders are expected to agree that the ...

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jun 20, 2008

Consensus elusive ahead of climate meet

by Reiji Yoshida

Time is running out for Japanese diplomacy — and possibly for the future of the Earth, too. A three-day meeting of 16 major green house gas emitting countries will start Friday in Seoul, the last major session before July's Group of Eight summit in Hokkaido, ...

Ambassador touts biofuel as climate change cure

National | G8 COUNTDOWN Jun 20, 2008

Ambassador touts biofuel as climate change cure

by Jun Hongo

Criticism that Brazil has prioritized the manufacture of biofuel at the expense of food production is preposterous and flies in the face of a superb solution for global warming, according to the Brazilian ambassador to Japan. While the world's biggest producer of sugar cane-based ethanol ...