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Japan to hike target for emissions cuts to about 25% by 2030: media

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Because they've been doing so well to meet their targets so far?

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What a disgrace. Whilst i agree that there should be significant curbs on nuclear power, there do appear to be several plants situated far away enough from potential disaster zones to be considered safe. Knee jerk reactions against the very principle of nuclear power will simply lead to illnesses and deaths caused by increased air pollution.

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Not a chance of these targets ever being met with the energy policies now in place or planned for the future. Likely no intention to ever try to meet the targets either. Just an attempt to diffuse criticism, as a few people seem to be walking up and seeing the "response" to the Fukushima "catastophe" for what it always has been, a textbook case of corrupt and criminal disaster capitalism.

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Watch the Abe got. spin it and use this as an additional justification to try and restart the N reactors instead of going full steam renewable.

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Won't emissions just cut themselves as the Japanese population gradually dies out?

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And, how are they going to acheive this? With nuclear power, of course. Did they not learn anything about nuclear power from the financial and environmental cost of the the Fukushima meltdowns?

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Sadly Japan up and refuses to change the channel when it keeps electing nuclear shills. It has everything to do with willpower not ability. Japan can go renewable in a way unlike other countries and continually willfully ignores the possibility of being a leader. When does Japan start standing up for Japan? 2030? Later? Why not today? It doesn't need USA's permission. Also given the ageing population, renewables is about the only thing that can return on its investment and actually not saddle future generations with today's pollution. Everything else is a liability. If Japan would stop selling out its future it would have a pleasant and hopeful present.

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Am I to understand these CO2 emission cuts are supposed to stop or significantly slow the clomate change that Mother Nature has in store for the Earth?

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Am I to understand these CO2 emission cuts are supposed to stop or significantly slow the clomate change that Mother Nature has in store for the Earth?

No Serrano, you're supposed chant "LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU" at the climate researchers, because you know so much more than them.

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"No Serrano, you're supposed chant "LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU" at the climate researchers, because you know so much more than them."

So Nessie, you believe that by cutting CO2 emissions we can stop or significantly slow the climate change Mother Nature has in store for the Earth?

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I heard that 20 years ago for now! Funny lawmakers that make plan for after their death!

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I think the Japanese government should double their CO2 reduction commitment. We know they can do so much better than this paltry proposal. Think of it this way: why not slow the global mean temperature increase from two one hundredths of a degree by the year 2100 when they could save life on this planet as we know it by decreasing temps by a whopping four one hundredths of a degree (minus a few hundredths here or there based on the possibility of human error). They would be crazy not to do it! Besides, just think of how many people will be praising them in Paris later this year. After announcing a much bolder plan such as this the Japanese delegation will save loads of yen at the pubs for all the free drinks they would be getting from the grateful French citizenry.

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Only fools believe such non-committing commitment for the next generation. Action is now for the people with guts and understanding of the situation: nuclear where most safe versus coal & gas combustibles that pollutes everyday little but surely everyone everywhere and corrupts the political stage also anyway on a wider scale. Independent control is key on top is necessary by objective organizations.

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Buildings are the largest source of greenhouse emissions. And guess what, Japan is perhaps the only developed country in the world where you can still use single glazing in new buildings.

Insulation levels are also considerably lower.

Japan has much scope to achieve the targets, thru mandatory building codes, which, duh, everyone else does.

But the Japanese would rather throw words and symbolic gestures at the problem, rather than action.

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But the Japanese would rather throw words and symbolic gestures at the problem, rather than action.

They are not doing anything different from any of the other countries going to Paris later this year. Besides, it is easy for Obama, Japan, the Chinese, and any other countries leaders to promise that they will cut CO2 emissions (i.e. plant food) by the year 2030. They will have retired and moved on to a cushy government pension long before then.

Meanwhile... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11561629/Top-scientists-start-to-examine-fiddled-global-warming-figures.html

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