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FILE PHOTO: A Callithrix monkey is seen in an Atlantic forest area in Mairipora

COP27 climate talks seen as key to success at next month's U.N. nature summit

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With the annual U.N. climate summit in its final days, many of the world's environment ministers assembled in Egypt have begun setting their sights on another high-stakes meeting for nature taking place next month. But for those talks on protecting nature to be a success, experts say, governments must bring… Read

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Dying lands: Farmers fight to save the 'skin of the Earth'

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In America's dusty Corn Belt this spring, the land was drowning. In China's Yangtze river basin, it's bone dry. Farmers in both are fighting a losing battle to save the soil that produces our food. Carolyn Olson figures she did everything she could to protect her 1,100-acre farm near Cottonwood,… Read

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Mediterranean marine heatwaves threaten coastal livelihoods

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A decade ago, Tunisian fisherman Ahmed Chelli's nets bulged with fish and octopus that he sold at the local market in the Kerkennah islands. Today, he pulls up only "ISIS" — the name locals have given to the blue crabs that have invaded their fishing grounds in the fast-warming waters… Read

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Nuclear power industry vies for bigger role in decarbonizing planet

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Nuclear energy supporters including politicians and activists sought to polish the industry's spotty image on Wednesday, using the COP27 climate summit in Egypt to argue that atomic power offers a safe and cost-efficient way to decarbonize the world. Rising concerns about the swift pace of climate change and tight power… Read

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How sustainable forestry grew into a tree-top playground in Nara Prefecture

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The village of Totsukawa on the Kii Peninsula is over 670 square kilometers in size. Just 3,000 people live in this remote area where 96% of the surface area is covered by steep, forested mountains. The trees are Totsukawa’s most valuable resource and forestry has been its largest industry for… Read

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Tackling ocean plastic, with Atlantic Pacific

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Young people across Japan joined forces in March to combat plastic in the world’s oceans with Japanese non-profit lifeboat organization Atlantic Pacific. Funded by The Nippon Foundation and part of the Umi-to-Nippon Project (The Ocean and Japan Project), the international program encompasses a Spring Camp for junior and senior high… Read

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In search of forest medicine in Japan

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Forest therapy, a guided outdoor practice, can benefit our well-being and give us more grounding. A licensed guide helps those who join a session to rediscover the joy of wandering and wondering in the forest or another natural environment. Beyond relaxation and the connection with nature , there are numerous… Read

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Giving back: Recycling abandoned homes in rural Japan

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The abundance of akiya (vacant houses) dotted all over the Japanese countryside has hit the headlines in recent years. While some of these empty houses make it into the municipalities’ Akiya Banks, many are already uninhabitable. Despite Japan’s zero waste policy, the idea of salvaging lumber and other materials from… Read

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Beauty brand BOTANIST starts SDGs reforestation project in Hokkaido

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Since 2017, Lifestyle and Beauty product brand BOTANIST has been dedicating a portion of its sales to acts of reforestation and woodland conservation in Japan. The brand, which is based on the concept of "living among plants will bring a prosperous future," is fully committed to being a sustainable brand and has… Read

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Stay weed-free with the help of goats — Japanese farm offers eco-friendly alternative to mowing

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It’s not often that farms in the middle of the Japanese countryside make for interesting news, and less so when the news involves methods to keep areas free from pesky weeds and bushes. However, Magoroku Farm in Takeo City, Saga Prefecture has been doing just that recently, thanks in part to their… Read

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