November 24, 2015
Wearing a dry suit and using a snorkel, photographer Ken Tsurusaki once remained on his stomach on the river surface for four to five hours just to get that perfect shot.
November 03, 2015
BEIJING--China and France agreed on Nov. 2 to push for long-term monitoring of a U.N. accord to combat climate change due in Paris next month by reviewing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions every five years.
October 14, 2015
Toyota Motor Corp., under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, to radically reduce emissions.
October 02, 2015
NEW DELHI--As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.
September 16, 2015
Harbor seals have recovered their population and are back annoying fishermen--leading to the mammals being lowered from "vulnerable" to "near threatened" on the Japanese Red List of threatened species.
September 04, 2015
SAPPORO--Japan has agreed with four nations and Taiwan to ban fishing of the threatened Pacific bluefin tuna if its population nose-dives.
September 01, 2015
TOYOOKA, Hyogo Prefecture--With the assistance of Japanese experts here, researchers in South Korea are set to release pairs of oriental white storks into the wild as part of efforts to revive a species that became extinct locally over four decades ago.
August 21, 2015
SUKAGAWA, Fukushima Prefecture--The fairways are gone and in their place are now 105,000 gleaming solar panels.
August 07, 2015
Seven & i Holdings Co. will install 3,380 charging stations for electric vehicles at 45 of its retail locations across the nation, including the Ito-Yokado supermarkets.
July 31, 2015
The Environment Ministry said it will lift restrictions on drilling operations underneath national parks and quasi-national parks to make 70 percent of geothermal energy reserves in Japan available for development.
July 18, 2015
The government said on July 17 it would slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels and submitted the plan to the United Nations later in the day as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris in November.
July 13, 2015
Long considered cesspools with enough water pollution to cause serious health problems, beaches in central Tokyo are being restored partly through the cleanup efforts of nonprofit organizations.
July 06, 2015
General contractor Taisei Corp. said it has created a three-story building that supplies all of its energy needs through solar power and significantly cuts down on wasted electricity.
July 01, 2015
MORIOKA--A small company here developed a method that gives honeybee drones a purpose other than just mating--and could resolve the disappearing-bee mystery that threatens crop production around the globe.
July 01, 2015
PARIS--China formally committed to halting the rise in its greenhouse gas emissions within the next 15 years and pledged on June 30 to reduce the carbon intensity of its vast economy, in a much-anticipated strategy for United Nations climate talks.
June 23, 2015
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A floating wind turbine that will have the planet’s largest generating capacity was shown to the public at Onahama port here on June 22 ahead of test runs scheduled for late this year.
June 14, 2015
YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A rare hawksbill turtle returned to the wild was sighted almost 1,000 kilometers from where it was released into the sea three years ago.
June 13, 2015
RAUSU, Hokkaido--The coastline of the scenic Shiretoko Peninsula, which juts out into the Sea of Okhotsk, is known for being the southernmost area in the Northern Hemisphere where drift ice reaches land.
June 12, 2015
Japan's environment ministry is pushing back on the growing use of coal to generate power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster led to the shutdown of the nation's reactors, as concerns mount over greenhouse gas emissions.
June 06, 2015
Eggs of a vulnerable game bird have been collected in the wild for the first time by Environment Ministry workers who plan to hatch them.