climate change

US-China climate pact puts pressure on India to act
Smoke rises from burning garbage as an Indian woman looks for recyclable material near resting greater adjutant storks at a dumping site on the outskirts of Gauhati, India Nov. 14. (AP Photo)
NEW DELHI--This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluting countries puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient...
US, China unveil ambitious climate change goals
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping review the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Nov. 12. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The United States and China pledged Nov. 12 to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate...
VOX POPULI: Environmental destruction, a world war waged against...
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its report in Copenhagen on Nov. 2. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
German writer Michael Ende (1929-1995), author of world-famous works of children’s fiction such as “Momo” and “The Neverending Story,” wrote in “Zettelkasten”...
Japan coal power plant export push hits U.S. resistance
A coal-fired power plant in Yokohama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The United States has challenged the Japanese government over moves to ramp up exports of coal-fired power technology and to offer cheap loans to lure buyers, according to a...
Japan fails to present time frame for emissions target
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the Climate Summit at United Nations headquarters on Sept. 23. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK--In an address to the United Nations Climate Summit on Sept. 23, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged that Japan will help train 14,000 climate change specialists in...
China plans to introduce ambitious caps on carbon emissions
The Asahi Shimbun
China is considering imposing absolute caps on greenhouse gas emissions in place of current targets that are based on economic growth, according to the country's chief climate...
Global warming blamed for shrinking Ayu trout
The Asahi Shimbun
Master angler Jiro Shirataki is puzzled that the average size of his catches of tasty "ayu" trout have become “noticeably smaller than before.”
U.S., China take small steps toward fighting climate change, but...
From left: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi pose together on July 9 before a working lunch at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on July 9, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain...
Squid avoid warmer waters off Japan; catches decline by 35%
The Asahi Shimbun
Rising sea temperatures are pushing Japanese common squid populations toward the Korean Peninsula, leaving Japanese fishermen with dwindling catches and fears for the future of ...
Wartime remains, presumed to be Japanese, exposed by tides on...
Captured Japanese soldiers drink rainwater on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in February 1944. (Provided by the U.S. military)
Rising sea levels have exposed skeletal remains of what are believed to be Japanese soldiers stationed on the Marshall Islands during World War II, prompting the health...
EDITORIAL: Measures to prevent climate catastrophe must be taken...
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, right, and co-chairmen of the IPCC Working Group III hold the panel's new report at a news conference in Berlin on April 13. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Many experts from around the world posed this bottom-line question about the challenge of global warming: Are we going to continue marching toward a global environmental...
Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says U.N. panel, despite...
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, right, and co-chairmen of the IPCC Working Group III hold the panel's new report at a news conference in Berlin on April 13. (AP Photo)
BERLIN--The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere,...
Global warming forcing Mongolian nomads to change lifestyles
Central Ulan Bator is barely visible due to air pollution. Traditional yurts have been set up on the outskirts of the capital. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
ULAN BATOR--Men on horseback chase sheep and goats over the snow-covered land in winter in the Mongolian plains, where temperatures can drop to minus 30 degrees.
VOX POPULI: Climate change an issue that affects all of us
Children find a cool way to beat the sweltering heat at a park in Fukuoka last August. Japan’s average temperature could rise by a maximum of 6.4 degrees by the end of the 21st century. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A newspaper clipping that I cut out two years ago was about the gigantic proportions of dinosaurs. Citing calculations by a British research team, the article noted that the...
U.N. panel: Reduce greenhouse gases or suffer catastrophic effects
A downpour flooded houses in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, in September 2013. An increase in greenhouse gas emissions could lead to cataclysmic environmental changes, a U.N. panel draft report says. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Greenhouse gases must be cut 40 to 70 percent within 36 years to prevent cataclysmic environmental changes, according to a U.N. panel’s draft report that urges an immediate...
VOX POPULI: Lessons from snow country can ease big city winter...
Rice, noodles and other food products to be sold at Seven-Eleven shops in southeastern Yamanashi Prefecture are airlifted by a helicopter to Fujiyoshida in the prefecture from Shizuoka Prefecture on Feb. 18 after heavy snow last weekend disrupted the distribution network. (Masatoshi Kikuchi)
Because I am used to seeing stores packed with products, the sight of half-empty shelves in supermarkets and convenience stores makes me feel uneasy. After the heavy snow that...
Global warming likely to displace hundreds of millions
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Hundreds of millions of people mainly in Asia could be displaced by the end of this century as global warming causes sea levels to rise, according to a report by a special U.N. ...
Japan's new CO2 goal dismays U.N. climate conference
The opening session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP19 in Warsaw, Poland, on Nov. 11. (The Asahi Shimbun)
TOKYO/WARSAW--China, the EU and environmentalists criticized Japan at U.N. climate talks on Nov. 15 for slashing its greenhouse gas emissions target after its nuclear power...
Average temperature in Northern Hemisphere may have hit highest...
The ice sheets in Greenland have been rapidly decreasing in size. The photo was taken in July 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Average temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere over a 21-year period until 2010 may have been the highest over the past 4,000 years, according to a study of air trapped in an...
EDITORIAL: Action needed now, before global warming becomes...
Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change release its new report in Stockholm on Sept. 27. (Daisuke Sudo)
The world’s top climate scientists are now 95 percent certain that humans are mostly responsible for the rise of the Earth’s temperature over the past several decades. A...