global warming

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
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.