Tag - nature



WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 31, 2014
Scientists call skin-eating Asian fungus a threat to amphibians
A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent's native salamanders including extinction of whole species and could do the same in North America, scientists say.
Japan Times
Oct 30, 2014
Congolese conservationist says Japan can help reduce deforestation, poaching
Congolese conservationist Jerome Mokoko believes Japan would be able help protect his nation's forests and fauna if only the public would show a greater interest in understanding where ivory and hardwood come from.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 23, 2014
Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market
The maker of America's top sugar brand, Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into demand for sugar.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 22, 2014
Brazil puts giant swath of rain forest under federal safeguard
The Brazilian government said Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rain forest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 20, 2014
Ancient Scottish fish fossils yield clues to origins of intercourse
Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armoured fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland.
Oct 18, 2014
Bear consumes body of California man who died of heart attack
A man who suffered a heart attack and died outside his rural Northern California home had his corpse dragged away and eaten by a black bear that was sheltering nearby, medical officials said Friday.
Oct 15, 2014
Gun-slinging patrolwoman chases off polar bear at Alaskan home
A gun-slinging Alaskan wildlife manager chased off a massive polar bear that broke into an 81-year-old's house in a remote community to feast on a drum of seal oil, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 12, 2014
Rattlesnake repertoire boosts snakelike robot's skills
How do you make a better snake robot? You study snakes, of course.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2014
A perilous flight path of life and death
As I emerged into the pre-dawn darkness of Sept. 13, I was greeted by a brief flicker of movement. I wandered along one of the upper decks of The World, past the gently slopping pool with its ring of still-vacant sun loungers. I peered at the surprisingly real potted bushes, staring at their dense green...
Japan Times
Oct 4, 2014
The bear cheek of our woodland friends
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2014
Eruption survivor airs guilt over hiking buddies' deaths
An experienced hiker who led a group of friends up Mount Ontake on Saturday says he should have trusted his intuition and called the trip off.
Japan Times
Sep 29, 2014
Ontake innkeeper tells how he led hikers to safety
The manager of one of the mountain lodges on Mount Ontake has been describing how he helped lead about 50 trekkers to safety.
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 12, 2014
Wildlife activists say new U.S. lynx protections fall short
The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats' range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Sep 10, 2014
Huge project to divert rivers to Beijing, at the expense of regions
China is about to realize a dream of communist leader Mao Zedong to redirect river flows to benefit Beijing and the dry north, but critics say the resource grab by the politically powerful capital will harm other regions.
Sep 8, 2014
California blue whales, once almost extinct, now back at historical levels
California blue whales, the largest animals on Earth once driven to near extinction by whaling, have made a remarkable comeback to near historic, 19th century levels, according to a University of Washington study released on Friday.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2014
A tale of two parks, and their preservation
As I sit in my study here in Kurohime in the hills of northern Nagano Prefecture, through the window I can see 2,053-meter Mount Kurohime, a dormant volcano that's forested to the top.
Sep 2, 2014
TV forecasters imagine climate change in 2050
Imaginary television weather forecasts predicted floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as part of a United Nations campaign on Monday to draw attention to a U.N. summit this month on fighting global warming.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 24, 2014
Tire-makers race to turn dandelions into rubber
Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 18, 2014
Brazil makes progress on saving rain forests, Indonesia risks setbacks: report
Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rain forest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a report commissioned by top forest aid donor Norway said Monday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 13, 2014
U.S. co-author of retracted STAP papers to leave hospital post
Charles Vacanti, an American researcher who co-authored controversial papers on stem cell development, will quit his post at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston on Sept. 1.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan