global warming

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...
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.
U.N. climate panel: Global warming worsens food, hunger problems
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, during a news conference in Yokohama on March 31 (Nobuhiro Shirai)
YOKOHAMA--Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.
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...
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. ...
Land ministry says climate change may be behind increase in...
A man who lost family members in last month's mudslides on Izu-Oshima island caused by Typhoon No. 26 prays at the site of their former home on Nov. 16. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Torrential rain possibly caused by climate change is the culprit for an increase in damages from landslides over the past 30 years, according to a recent survey.
Japan set to be criticized for 2020 emissions target
Working-level negotiations are under way in Bonn on April 29 for COP 19. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government has set a target of 2020 greenhouse gas emissions at 3.8 percent lower than 2005 levels, sources said, noting that the figure is still more than 3 percent higher ...
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...
Study finds oceans face 'deadly trio' of threats
Commercial fishermen and other mariners join together to send an urgent message to save the oceans from ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel emissions in Homer, Alaska, in 2009. (AP file photo)
OSLO--The world's oceans are under greater threat than previously believed from a "deadly trio" of global warming, declining oxygen levels and acidification, an international...
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...
VOX POPULI: Our Earth spoils easily like fruit when its skin is...
Apples ripen on a tree in Iida, Nagano Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In this harvest season, a short poem titled “Kudamono” (Fruit) by Jukichi Yagi (1898-1927) comes to mind. It goes: “When autumn arrives/ Fruit seems to forget everything/ ...
Agency says torrential rain sharply increasing, flooding a growing ...
The platform of Tokyo's Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station is submerged after a typhoon in 1993. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
It's steadily getting a lot wetter in Japan, and there's more to come.
Researcher predicts cooler climate in Northern Hemisphere from 2015
Glaciers in Greenland are believed to be shrinking due to global climate change. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Japanese scientist who analyzed ocean temperatures stretching back more than five decades has predicted that the climate in the Northern Hemisphere may enter a cooling period ...
Scientists: Arctic sea ice to shrink to record low this summer
The white areas in this graphic show the predicted sea ice coverage areas in the Arctic Ocean for this summer. The inner curve shows the Sept. 11 ice contour averaged over a decade from 2003 through 2012, whereas the outer curve shows the Sept. 11 ice contour averaged over a decade from 1993 through 2002. (Provided by Noriaki Kimura)
In a sign of continued global warming, the Arctic sea ice this summer will shrink to a new low, 5 percent smaller than the previous minimum of last summer, scientists in Japan...
Scientists: Corals could disappear from Japan if CO2 continues to...
Corals off Ishigakijima island, Okinawa Prefecture (Provided by the National Institute for Environment Studies)
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture—Corals could become extinct in the waters around Japan within 60 years if carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise at their current rates, the...
China demands timetable to $100 billion climate aid
DOHA--China led developing nations on Dec. 5 in demanding rich countries give details of a promised surge in aid to $100 billion a year by 2020 to help the poor cope with...
U.N. climate talks open in Qatar
Organizers are seen on stage at the opening ceremony of the 18th United Nations climate change conference in Doha, Qatar on Nov. 26. (AP Photo)
DOHA, Qatar--U.N. talks on a new climate pact resumed Nov. 26 in oil and gas-rich Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and...
Research intensifies over rapidly melting Arctic ice
A melting glacier creates a torrent heading out to sea near Qaanaaq, Greenland, on July 18. The surface of the ice is stained with microbes that grow in snow and ice. (Yumi Nakayama)
The roar of rushing water emanates from rivers slicing through the blue ice in Greenland. Tons and tons of water gush into the sea each day after carving ever wider gashes in...