climate change

Japanese carmakers, IT firms promote eco-tech in Paris during COP21
A Nissan electric vehicle is plugged to a charging station in Paris during the U.N. COP21 conference on climate change. (Provided by Nissan Motor Co.)
Japanese companies showcased their latest green technologies in Paris to coincide with the recently concluded United Nations climate change conference (COP21).
EDITORIAL: Japan passive as world reaches landmark climate change...
A representative of a Japanese nongovernmental organization, right, receives the Fossil of the Day Award for the nation dragging its feet in international climate change negotiations in Bonn in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Enele Sopoaga, the prime minister of the small island nation of Tuvalu, gave an emotionally charged speech to open the COP21 conference on climate change in Paris.
VOX POPULI: 'Historic' climate change pact needs action to succeed
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, president of the COP21 conference, second from right, declares in Paris on Dec. 12 that the climate change agreement has been adopted. (Kayoko Geji)
Carbon dioxide may be getting a bad rap as the worst greenhouse gas, but I understand that without it the average global temperature, around 15 degrees today, would be a frozen ...
EDITORIAL: Tear down fences to fight twin threats of global...
Leaders of participant nations pose in a photo session as the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opens in Paris on Nov. 30. (Pool)
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opened on Nov. 30 in Paris, where Islamist militants had carried out...
Japan plans $10.6 billion in climate finance for developing...
A Japanese government representative speaks at a U.N. conference on climate change in Bonn in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
POINT OF VIEW/ Baroness Anelay and Annick Girardin: To fight...
Annick Girardin, left, and Baroness Anelay (Provided by British Embassy)
Everyone knows that some small island states, such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Tuvalu in the Pacific, face serious risks to their survival if we do not take...
China, France seek five-year reviews of planned U.N. climate deal
Chinese President Xi Jinping with French President Francois Hollande in Beijing on Nov. 2 (The Asahi Shimbun)
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...
India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge
An Indian man cleans solar panels on a rooftop in Ahmadabad, India, on Oct. 1. India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and increase the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030. (AP Photo)
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...
Obama, China's Xi agree to curb economic cyberspying
President Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping attend a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 25 in Washington. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Sept. 25 laid out a fresh threat of sanctions for economic espionage emanating from China, even as he and President Xi Jinping pledged...
INTERVIEW/ Richard Falk: New global order needed to pursue...
Richard Falk during an interview in Tokyo (Photo by Takaharu Yagi)
The Islamic State group’s expanding influence, the lack of progress in Middle East peace talks and the increase in ethnic and religious conflicts are just some of the signs...
Japan sets 26% cut in greenhouse gas emissions as target
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a meeting of the Global Warming Prevention Headquarters in Tokyo in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
G-7 sets far-off goal to move away from fossil fuels
Leaders from the group of seven wealthy democracies as well as representatives of other nations and organizations after their meeting in Elmau, Germany, on June 8 (Pool)
ELMAU, Germany--The world should move away from using fossil fuels by the end of this century, G-7 leaders said June 8, setting an ambitious but distant goal ahead of a global...
China steps up efforts to fight global warming
As negotiations intensify over a framework to stop global warming from 2020 onward, the Chinese government is stepping up efforts to combat climate change.
Aid workers say 8 people confirmed dead in Vanuatu cyclone
In this image provided by UNICEF Pacific people scour through debris damaged and flung around in Port Vila, Vanuatu March 14 in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. (AP Photo)
CHRISTCHURCH--At least eight people were confirmed dead in Vanuatu after a massive cyclone tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago, and the death toll is likely to rise ...
Emperor Akihito meets with visiting German chancellor
Emperor Akihito meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on March 9 at the Imperial Palace. (Pool)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a courtesy call March 9 on Emperor Akihito, during which they talked about topics related to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War...
Much less snow likely in Japan if climate change continues
The Asahi Shimbun
Annual snowfall will drop markedly across most of Japan by the turn of the century if global warming continues, a study shows.
Industry minister sets summer deadline for energy policy
Yoichi Miyazawa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With pressure growing from both anti-nuclear activists and proponents of nuclear power, the industry minister said Nov. 25 that Japan’s energy policy will be determined by...
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”...