Well, you can’t make plastic and paint with electricity.
But you can make them with many other more environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials.
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A good example of responsible leadership.
Meanwhile, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia are lobbying the UN to water down its message the we rapidly need to move away from fossil fuels. Nothing sort of evil given the undeniable harm climate is causing, and will continue to cause.
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So no change. Short sighted focus on the economy while no mention or consideration of the climate crisis.
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More news stories like this are needed to raise people's awareness, which hopefully will lead to more sustainable consumption patterns.
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This article was sandwiched between an article about rainbow pancakes and another about early Halloween products with a mountain of cheap chocolate in a convenience store.
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New guidelines eyed for issuing, ending state of emergency https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14421871
This is the governments next fix? They can't stop the numbers of cases going up - so make them irrelevant and focus on vaccine numbers.
This is a dangerous development. Even though the SOEs here are pretty useless, they are better than lifting them completely by changing the goal posts. Numbers of cases will continue to grow and with them, the chances of a new variants will increase.
Such bad leadership AGAIN.
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It's a thoughtful service but if the leaders in Tokyo were a bit more progressive, a greening tree planting campaign would already be well underway, and the additional cooling and shade afforded by trees would reduce the need for troublesome i-kasa.
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Huge beach party by Biwako today - about 150 plus young people crammed under marquees - not a mask in sight.
Mass mindlessness, which wouldn't be allowed to happen if the SOEs had some legitimate meaning with the general population.
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I wonder which is cleaner?
Burning used oils or using an EV?
Used oil is carbon neural. And EV would be close to zero CO2 if it was charged using home PV, wind or similar renewable sources.
The main issue would then be the carbon footprint involved in the manufacture and disposal of the vehicle. So getting a second hand vehicle would be a plus.
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I've been driving our SUV on waste vegetable oil (WVO) for over 15 years.
At the time we got the vehicle, converting a second hand diesel SUV was a far better option (environmentally) than getting an EV.
We use what is called a two-tank WVO system and collect the oil we use from local tempura restaurants.
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The climate crisis is getting impossible to ignore - even for the so called 'leaders' hell bent on protecting their economies above all else ...flooding in Turkey, wildfires in Greece, drought and wildfires in California, record temperatures in Italy, record rains in Japan - and that's just headlines in a single day.
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Meanwhile, the final preparations are going ahead for the delayed Fuji Rock festival to be held next weekend.
WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP to stop such craziness?
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Is this a joke?
And at a time when we need more than ever, to develop sustainable food production here on earth, where there is water, air, and at the moment at least, reasonable temperatures.
Key word - Permaculture....
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@Matej there were some 10 deaths from over 12000 cases
No there weren't - Deaths lag new cases by two weeks or so. SIMPLE logic.
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The main motivation for governments like Japan of trying to reverse population decline is their obsession with economic growth and getting to the top of the economic league table.
They need more people because that means more mindless consumption - which is good for economic growth.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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@pim Good luck with that. Delta variant is already present in 80 countries, including Japan.
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Following which other countries that have achieved this so called herd immunity? Or is Japan going to be the first?
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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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I heard a rumour that the Olympics used to be about sport.
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@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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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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