global warming

EDITORIAL: We must heal dangerous divisions in the world
The first sunrise of the new year is seen at Kuchinoerabujima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, where Mount Shindake erupted in May last year. Many islanders have returned to the island after the evacuation order was lifted for most of the island on Dec. 25. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A new year has arrived, with the world remaining to be plagued by deep and dangerous divisions.
VOX POPULI: Danger signal green, not red, with winter maple leaves
Maple leaves that turned red in Nagatoro, Saitama Prefecture, in November (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Both princesses wear beautiful makeup. But I am not talking about real women. From ancient times, Japanese have had a goddess called Saho Hime (Princess Saho) who paints fields ...
Business lobby chief: Fukushima nuclear accident an 'extremely...
Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, chairman of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is an “extremely localized event,” according to the chairman of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate...
Japan to levy new tax to promote forest preservation
A forest in the village of Umaji in Kochi Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government plans to introduce a new tax to promote the protection of the nation's woodlands as part of measures to curb the effects of global warming.
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...
Global warming a major factor behind refugee problem
Global warming is deeply related to Syria’s refugee crisis. From 2006 to 2010, Syria experienced what are believed to be the driest conditions in the country’s history....
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...