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Posted in: Saudi Arabia pledges 2060 target of net-zero emissions See in context

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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Posted in: New Zealand to make banks report climate impact See in context

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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Posted in: PM hopefuls rally local support with focus on tourism, agriculture See in context

So no change. Short sighted focus on the economy while no mention or consideration of the climate crisis.

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Posted in: Planet in peril: Global conservation congress urges wildlife protection See in context

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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Posted in: High blood pressure doubled globally in 30 years, study shows See in context

The irony.

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,405 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,876 See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo’s Sunshine City provides umbrella rental service for those seeking shade in summer & fall See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832 See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese transport firm makes diesel fuel using ramen broth See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese transport firm makes diesel fuel using ramen broth See in context

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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Posted in: Tens of thousands urged to evacuate as heavy rain hits western Japan See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,773 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,293 See in context

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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Posted in: Japanese research group to explore food production on moon See in context

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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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 5,042 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 15,263 See in context

@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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Posted in: Japan's population down by record number to 126.65 mil See in context

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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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


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.


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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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