April 24, 2015
Japan is leaning toward a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030, a ratio that represents a compromise between two ministries but is still below the targets of other industrialized nations.
April 24, 2015
Tiny pieces of plastic are polluting not only waters near coasts but are also spreading into the open oceans, raising the possibility of fish and seabirds ingesting harmful substances, an Environment Ministry survey has found.
April 23, 2015
Japan has pitched four wetland areas, including one in Ibaraki Prefecture that is home to a rare species of eagle, for recognition under the Ramsar Convention.
April 14, 2015
The nation's total emissions of greenhouse gases for fiscal 2013 increased 1.2 percent from the previous year to 1.408 billion tons, Japan's highest level in six years.
April 08, 2015
The industry ministry rejected a proposal by the Environment Ministry and is calling for renewable energy sources to supply “between 20 and 25 percent” of Japan’s electricity in 2030, sources said April 7.
March 28, 2015
Planned operations of coal-fired power plants will increase Japan’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 5 to 6 percent around 2030, undoing the nation’s previous efforts to combat global warming, an Asahi Shimbun study shows.
March 27, 2015
IBARAKI, Osaka Prefecture--The Osaka Central Wholesale Market now acquires half of its electricity from large megawatt-class fuel cells, the first of their kind in Japan to be put to practical use, according to the prefectural government.
March 16, 2015
AMAMI, Kagoshima Prefecture--The hopes of this island in southern Japan to host a military base would seem incongruous with efforts to gain World Heritage recognition of its unique ecosystem.
March 09, 2015
All threatened by global warming, massive drift ice mirages, frozen waterfalls and "ice monsters" are nominees for a list of Japan's top 100 snow and ice phenomenons.
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.