November 17, 2013
TOKYO/WARSAW--China, the EU and environmentalists criticized Japan at U.N. climate talks on Nov. 15 for slashing its greenhouse gas emissions target after its nuclear power industry was shuttered by the Fukushima disaster.
November 15, 2013
Japan has drastically scaled back its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, complicating efforts to forge a global climate change pact.
October 24, 2013
BEIJING--China's Environment Ministry said on Oct. 24 it will send inspection teams to provinces and cities most seriously affected by smog to ensure rules on fighting air pollution are being enforced.
September 12, 2013
BEIJING--China unveiled comprehensive new measures to tackle air pollution on Sept. 12, with plans to close old polluting steel mills, cement factories and aluminum smelters, as well as slash coal consumption and boost nuclear power and natural gas use.
September 09, 2013
A new report from an influential U.N. climate change panel predicts a spike in global temperatures and sea levels toward the end of the century, with much of the blame falling on humans.
September 06, 2013
Fishmongers in Japan are growing increasingly concerned about their ability to secure stable supplies of Pacific bluefin tuna, as harvesting the popular sushi staple is scheduled to come under tighter regulations starting in February.
July 19, 2013
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama has stumbled on an unusual partner in his quest to combat climate change: China.
June 08, 2013
LOS ANGELES--The owners of Southern California's San Onofre plant announced on June 7 they are shutting it down for good after the discovery of damaged equipment led critics to charge it could never operate safely again.
May 22, 2013
The nuclear disaster in Japan two years ago ignited a push to develop a new and clean energy industry, but those efforts are being stymied by a raft of regulations.
April 22, 2013
Japan is expected to take a back seat at a United Nations meeting on climate change in Germany later this month as the Abe administration lacks a specific goal on reducing the nation's carbon footprint.
April 06, 2013
YOKOHAMA--To thwart invasive species, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. unveiled a new device that removes living organisms from ships' ballast water at Yokohama Port's Honmoku Pier on April 5.
February 21, 2013
BEIJING--China will force heavily polluting industries to participate in a compulsory insurance program to ensure they can adequately provide compensation for damage, the government said on Feb. 21.
February 04, 2013
BEIJING--The search for culprits behind the rancid haze enveloping China's capital has turned a spotlight on the country's two largest oil companies and their resistance to tougher fuel standards.
February 02, 2013
BEIJING--China's notoriously smog-bound capital Beijing asked residents on Feb. 1 to set off fewer fireworks over this month's Chinese New Year period as it battles a persistent air quality crisis.
February 01, 2013
Traces of China's air pollution have reached southwestern Japan, alarming residents and leading government officials to consider international cooperation to deal with the problem.
December 26, 2012
Governments next month are expected to agree on restrictions concerning the industrial use and trade of mercury for an international treaty aimed at reducing health hazards and environmental pollution, sources said.
December 26, 2012
With the need for alternative energy sources growing, an Akita-based company is trying to tap into the constant wind blowing in from the Sea of Japan.
December 19, 2012
Precious deposits of manganese dioxide are scattered at few places around the world at surface level.
December 03, 2012
SINGAPORE--Carbon dioxide emissions from industry rose an estimated 2.6 percent in a weak global economy this year, a study released on Dec. 3 showed, powered by rapid emissions growth in China and India, which may add urgency to U.N. climate talks in Doha.
November 18, 2012
POKOLA, Congo—At a central market here near the new Sangha Trinational World Heritage site, monkeys, duikers, a type of antelope, and many other wild animals are on sale. A storekeeper chops them down with a knife more than 30 cm long.