January 16, 2016
Government-led efforts to protect the short-tailed albatross, an endangered North Pacific seabird, seem to be paying off.
December 18, 2015
BEIJING--China warned residents across a large part of its north on Dec. 18 to prepare for a wave of choking smog arriving over the weekend, the worst of which is expected over Beijing, prompting the capital to issue its second ever "red alert."
December 14, 2015
The El Nino effect is playing havoc with ski resorts across eastern Japan and threatening to disrupt operations during the critical New Year holiday period.
December 08, 2015
RAUSU, Hokkaido--Just past sundown on a stretch of river dimly lit by lamps, a rare owl suddenly swoops out of the darkness and glides down to a rock in the water. A family, watching from nearby, whoops with delight.
December 08, 2015
BEIJING--Beijing issued its first-ever red alert for smog on Dec. 7, urging schools to close and invoking restrictions on factories and traffic that will keep half of the city's vehicles off the roads.
December 02, 2015
BEIJING--Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments on Dec. 1 as Beijing grappled with extremely severe air pollution for the fifth straight day.
November 27, 2015
Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Nov. 26 it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen ($10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.
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.