global warming

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...
McCartney on the long and winding road to vegetarianism
Haruko Kawano, leaning on the armchair, poses with Paul McCartney after interviewing him April 25 at the Tokyo Dome where he had just performed. ((C)2015 MPL Communications Ltd./ Photographer: MJ Kim)
KYOTO--As Paul McCartney sang, "Let it be." That, in a nutshell, sums up his vegetarian philosophy.
Japan sweeps 'Fossil' awards for 'dinosaurian' attitude to global...
A member of a Japanese NGO receives a “Fossil of the Day Award”  in Bonn, Germany, on June 4 for Tokyo's negative attitude in global warming talks. (Keisuke Katori)
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...
EDITORIAL: Cheap trick, weak target highlight Japan's emissions...
A coal-fired thermal power station in Kanagawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s new greenhouse gas emissions targets indicate a distressing lack of commitment to the fight against global warming.
Japan proposes to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26% by 2030
A thermal power plant in Aichi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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.
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.
EDITORIAL: Japan must not continue turning back on fight against...
A coal-fired thermal power station in Matsuura, Nagasaki Prefecture. Burning coal aggravates global warming due to higher levels of carbon dioxide emissions, compared with other energy sources.  (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan could end up being the hare in the Aesop fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” if it continues on like this.
Study: Coal-fired plants to raise Japan’s carbon dioxide...
A coal-fired power plant in Yokohama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Planned operations of coal-fired power plants will increase Japan’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 5 to 6 percent around 2030, undoing the nation’s previous efforts to...
Gist of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's lecture
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a lecture March 9 in Tokyo in an event co-sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun and the Japanese-German Center Berlin. (Shiro Nishihata)
Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a lecture on world affairs and ties between Japan and Germany at the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall on March 9. The event was co-sponsored...
VOX POPULI: Tokyo ill-prepared for consequences of global warming
A house collapsed under the weight of heavy snow in Tsunan in Niigata Prefecture. The Meteorological Agency forecasts that as global warming progresses, the nation will likely have more rainfall instead of snow. (Shintaro Egawa)
2014 was the hottest year on record, according to a string of reports on global climate trends.
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.
Global warming creates ripe conditions for premium wines in...
Nobuo Takizawa, a vintner in the Kawanai district of Mikasa in Hokkaido, says on Oct. 10, “This year’s grapes ripened 10 days earlier than usual.” (Yoichi Tsunashima)
IWAMIZAWA, Hokkaido--Cafe owner Nobuo Takizawa was so impressed by a Pinot Noir wine in the early 2000s that he opened a vineyard in a Hokkaido area that everyone had thought...
EDITORIAL: No one wants to see U.S., China compete for hegemony in ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing on Nov. 11. (Pool)
The United States and China exert decisive influence on the fate of the world in the 21st century. But the contours of the relationship between the two leading powers still...
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”...
Global warming, alien fish staining Japan's clearest lake
A dead tree 14 meters below the surface in Lake Mashuko is estimated to have remained there for more than three decades. The amount of bacteria in the lake is so small that the breakdown process has not proceeded. (Kotaro Ebara)
TESHIKAGA, Hokkaido--Lake Mashuko had long been a source of pride in this industrialized nation as the clearest and cleanest lake in the world. But the effects of global...
VOX POPULI: Economist Uzawa urged prosperous living over reckless...
Hirofumi Uzawa speaks at a news conference in February 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
His trademark was an amazingly luxuriant, white beard reminiscent of such ancient Chinese sages as Lao-tzu and Confucius.
EDITORIAL: Only natural for China, U.S. to lead fight against...
Demonstrators call for measures to curb global warming in New York on Sept. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A new international framework agreement on efforts to stem global warming is expected in late 2015.
Toyota riding into the future with new fuel cell vehicle 'Mirai'
Toyota Motor Corp.’s fuel cell vehicle to be marketed by the end of fiscal 2014 will be called the Mirai. (So Ouchi)
Toyota Motor Corp. is banking on a more eco-friendly future with its new fuel cell vehicle "Mirai" that is set to hit showrooms by the end of fiscal 2014.
Tarantula takes unwelcome tour of Kagoshima campus
The tarantula found on the campus of Kagoshima University (Kunihiro Hayashi)
KAGOSHIMA--Students and professors at Kagoshima University have been warned to avoid touching any tarantula they may come across after one was found on the campus.