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.
June 05, 2015
BONN--Japan has received a chilling reprimand for what critics say is its failure to vigorously address global warming by sweeping the top three places in the scornful “Fossil of the Day Award.”
May 28, 2015
Construction of a massive solar power plant on a vast forested mountainside in Kagoshima Prefecture is set to get under way in September.
May 26, 2015
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will finish processing highly radioactive water stored in tanks at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by the end of the month.
May 26, 2015
KASAI, Hyogo Prefecture--The world's largest floating solar power plant has been built on Sakasamaike Pond here.
May 01, 2015
Japan said it was proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2030 as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris later in the year.
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.