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Posted in: Is setting targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions an effective way to reduce the adverse effects of climate change? See in context

Temperature FUTURE predictions are unscientific and will almost all be proven wrong, as are almost all predictions humans make about the future.

So far most predictions have been overly cautious, and many of the worst case scenarios are already starting to happen.

And not to follow the science is suicide.

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Posted in: Coco’s gets into Japanese summer spirit with kakigori shaved ice desserts See in context

Anyone who's travelled around SE Asia and tried the shaved iced street market deserts with the huge variety of bean and jelly based options, will know that they put Japanese style Kakigori (ice, artificial cream and multicoloured chemical syrup) to shame.

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Posted in: 1st case of COVID-19 detected in Tokyo Olympic Village See in context

Tokyo officials said they could not give an estimate of the number of people in the village as of Saturday.

So they don't have any idea how many people are in the village yet we are led to believe it's one of the most secure monitored places on earth.

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Posted in: Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe See in context

Why does it always have to be a left versus right argument?

I think the answer is simple: The right are controlled by big business - oil, chemical, transport so want business as usual - turning natural and social capital into short term profits and accumulated wealth.

As a result, they have no interest in more responsible government controls/interference - needed if there is to be any chance of dealing with the climate crisis.

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Posted in: Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe See in context

Climate change is no longer debatable.

The only debates that should be happening are the best courses of action - the urgent systemic changes that are needed to minimise the worst effects of the climate crisis.

Heavier rains, more lightening (30~40% more than a few decades ago), record freezes and snowfall, record heating, slower, more powerful storms - they have all been predicted and are all connected to more heat energy in the oceans, land and weather systems.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 614 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,029 See in context

@Toyoite

Sounds scary! 

At least it does until you compare deaths with this time last month and realize it's an 85% decrease.

June 10th Deaths = 71

July 10th Deaths = 11

Well simple logic suggests daily death rates lag behind infection numbers. The infection numbers fell and after a week or two numbers of deaths per day started falling. Now infections are rising again, I'm pretty sure numbers of daily deaths will soon start to rise too.

Yes the vaccine in some countries has somewhat broken this correlation, but that probably won't be the case in Japan yet because vaccination numbers are still relatively low.

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Posted in: Japan to begin accepting requests for vaccine passports from July 26 See in context

"we should never allow people to be discriminated against or forced unfairly according to whether they have been vaccinated or not," he said ...

They left off the word 'ironically'

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Posted in: Asian coal plant drive threatens climate goals: report See in context

I'd be very interested to know why/how anyone would down-thumb comments supporting renewables, or indeed pointing out the existential threats continued addiction to fossil fuels pose for us all.

There should not even be any debate about this issue any more ....

And yes, Japan you should be ashamed of yourself for this continued support of coal.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 476 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,381 See in context

Has anyone seen any information about the delta variant cases in Japan?

Seems there is very little mention, if any, about this important point.

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Posted in: Japan eyes tougher Olympics rules for Delta variant-hit countries See in context

@pim Good luck with that. Delta variant is already present in 80 countries, including Japan.

Exactly!!

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Posted in: Japan may get herd immunity for COVID-19 by mid-October: study See in context

Following which other countries that have achieved this so called herd immunity? Or is Japan going to be the first?

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Posted in: Japan's population falls to 126.22 mil in 2020; drops out of top 10 in world See in context

The photos says it all about quality of life.

91% of people in Japan live in cities, which are way too crowded.

Falling population is very positive for society and the earth - whatever the short term problems there may be during the transition.

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Posted in: Money, money, money: The cost of Tokyo's pandemic-delayed Olympics See in context

I heard a rumour that the Olympics used to be about sport.

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Posted in: Tokyo: Olympics like no other with Olympic Village to match See in context

@Darius It looks so institutional. Quite depressing actually.

I completely agree. No trees or greenery or any attempt to make the architecture help create a quality living environment.

A very unimaginative, backward looking development.

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context

Wasn't this Olympics to showcase itself as eco-friendly?

The backdrop looks very depressing. No greenery anywhere - vertical green walls, living roofs, soft core surfaces to absorb and release water and lower temperature ... trees!?

Depressing unimaginative urban development.

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Posted in: No time to waste, warns Japanese climate activist See in context

Many people are missing an important point - we need to seriously reduce the demand of energy. So much is wasted - lighting up the night sky, heating toilets, vending machines .....

If we used only what we needed, renewables alone could easily satisfy demand very quickly.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting state of emergency, but will keep some restrictions See in context

The Government isn't even bothering to hid it's manipulations.

Japan eyes lifting state of emergency, following less than a day when it was reported that:

‘Stage 4’ prefs nearly halved after Japan’s govt changes bed counting method

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

@kentarogaijin

It's good, overpopulation is a big problem, fewer people is always good, economic problems can fix with time and technology.

Exactly.

The most advanced economies of the future are the ones that reach steady-state (zero growth) and with a focus on maintaining/improving quality of life - without pointless greed/consumption

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Posted in: Tokyo's Yoyogi Park to be used as COVID vaccination site See in context

"prune" translated = "cut down"

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Posted in: Japan's Jan-March GDP shrinks 1.3%, hit by virus restrictions See in context

Given that the Japanese economy is largely dependant on fossil fuels, surely this is story is GOOD news for the government - if its serious about its pledge to cut CO2 emissions by 46% (roll of eyes).

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Posted in: Organizers unveil Tokyo Paralympic symbol to mark 100 days to go See in context

At least they didn't waste too much of our taxes on the stage. Looks like its from a small kindergarten show.

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Posted in: Petition to cancel Tokyo Olympics submitted to Koike See in context

Similarly it was news yesterday that Japan Doctors delivered their opposition to the Olympics going ahead to the Health Ministry. Not reported here I think and conveniently ignored by the IOC and Japanese ministers.

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Posted in: Japan to cut number of visiting Olympic Games officials to less than 90,000 See in context

It was news yesterday that Japan Doctors association delivered its opposition to the Olympics going ahead to the Health Ministry. Not reported here I think and conveniently ignored by the IOC and Japanese ministers.

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Posted in: Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over anti-virus measures See in context

Japan has had about 621,000 cases including about 10,600 deaths 

Should read "has reported... ...although research by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation suggest the numbers could be 10 times higher"

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

"safe and secure."

This leadership loves using it's own sound bites - regardless of fact they often have no connection to reality

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Posted in: Japan to expand, extend virus state of emergency See in context

This might be interesting for those debating the reliability of daily Covid related data ...

In some countries — including Japan, Egypt and several Central Asian nations — the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation's death toll estimate is more than 10 times higher than reported totals

(reported on NPR.org)

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Posted in: Anti-Olympic petition tops 200,000 signatures in just 2 days See in context

Should read almost 200,000 signatures .... (and counting)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 621 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context

I would be interested to know how many (if any) read the information breaking down age and gender.

I've never seen it reported in any other country and personally find it a completely irrelevant waste of informative space.

Instead, information on the R number in different regions would be much more informative but alas, this needs reliable testing to be possible.

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Posted in: Japan's child population hits record low after 40 years of decline See in context

Good news for anyone interested in a better quality of life.

In a world that can only comfortably support around 2bn (assuming average western standards of consumption) but is currently heading for a population of 8bn.

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Posted in: Clothes in Japan help emit 95 mil tons of CO2 a year, mostly overseas See in context

Good to see such an article, but it doesn't offer any solutions, which is probably the mot important aspect of such 'informative' articles.

Get informed and only buy from responsible companies - Patagonia etc.

Buy good quality clothes that last longer, not cheap fast fashion.

Buy secondhand from shops such as Secondstreet etc etc.

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