global warming

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.
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.”
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
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. ...