March 05, 2015
The Environment Ministry said it will ban exports of the Asian brown pond turtle, a species native to islands in southern Japan, in an eleventh hour bid to prevent it going extinct.
February 26, 2015
GOTO, Nagasaki Prefecture--An offshore project will get under way here in March to use excess electricity generated from wind to create hydrogen that can fuel local island communities.
February 12, 2015
KAWASAKI--In an innovative use for the trash they pick up, garbage trucks will be powered with electricity generated by the incineration of waste under an experiment starting this fall.
February 12, 2015
Kansai International Airport will start replacing its fleet of forklifts with hydrogen fuel-cell models as part of efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
February 11, 2015
NAHA--Massive concrete blocks used in a seabed survey for the relocation of a U.S. military air station are destroying the coral reef off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, a group said.
January 19, 2015
EBETSU, Hokkaido--A British man who became mesmerized by Hokkaido’s nature has become an authority figure on birds from Japan’s northernmost main island.
December 29, 2014
BEIJING--Japan and China held their first high-level talks in two years Dec. 28 on technological cooperation in the fields of energy-saving and the environment amid signs of a thaw in diplomatic ties.
December 25, 2014
A decision by the health ministry to relax restrictions on an agricultural chemical pesticide triggered outrage from an environmental group, which said it would endanger honeybee populations.
December 23, 2014
MANIWA, Okayama Prefecture--This mountainous city has moved another step toward its goal of supplying all of its energy needs with the area’s most visibly abundant resource.
December 17, 2014
NAIROBI--A Kenya-based animal protection group said wild elephants could disappear within the next generation unless the Chinese government takes immediate steps to crack down on the illegal ivory trade.
December 14, 2014
Annual snowfall will drop markedly across most of Japan by the turn of the century if global warming continues, a study shows.
December 12, 2014
LIMA--A familiar refrain was heard at a ministerial meeting of a United Nations climate change convention here, with Japan unable to state its greenhouse gas reduction target beyond 2020.
December 08, 2014
Although the Japan Coast Guard has recently been taking tougher measures to thwart coral poachers off the Ogasawara island chain south of Tokyo, the problem remains unresolved.
December 05, 2014
Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions hit a record high in fiscal 2013, as the nation’s reliance on thermal power generation increased in the absence of nuclear power, the Environment Ministry said.
November 18, 2014
Japan on Nov. 18 unveiled plans to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean despite an international court ruling that previous hunts were illegal, but said it would slash the quota for the so-called scientific whaling program.
November 18, 2014
TSU, Mie Prefecture--Scientists at Mie University here have developed a biofuel from unmarketable oranges and waste left over after making orange juice that may put the squeeze on existing bioethanol as a more efficient and less-corrosive fuel blend.
November 08, 2014
Venomous redback spiders are among 424 nonnative species targeted for extermination in Japan under a planned new designation for alien threats against indigenous species and human health.
November 07, 2014
AGANO, Niigata Prefecture--Amid a drop in temperatures indicating the arrival of winter, a bevy of swans was seen splashing on a lake here in the morning mist on Nov. 6.
October 28, 2014
SAITAMA--Pedal power is winning cohorts as "community cycle" programs spread across Japan, leaving no carbon footprint.
October 23, 2014
Environment Ministry officials will launch a nationwide study to look into disturbing reports of animals such as wild boars and raccoon dogs eating the buried eggs of endangered sea turtles.