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Posted in: Building blocks? Cutting pollution from steel, concrete and aluminium See in context

Very informative.

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Posted in: World carbon dioxide emissions increase again, driven by China, India and aviation See in context

@Lindsay Even if all CO2 production was stopped tomorrow it would take up to 10,000 years for the CO2 levels to stabilize. 

60~80% of CO2 takes 20 to 200 years to come out of the atmosphere.

Where did 10,000 years some from?

This is the problem - there is so much misinformation in the world.

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Posted in: Japan gets 'fossil' award again as climate action slammed See in context

World CO2 emissions are first in China at 32.1%, second in the United States at 13.6%, third in India at 6.6%, fourth in Russia at 4.9%, and fifth in Japan at 3.2%.

May be look at emissions per capita - surely a fairer comparison.

We in the west are happy to buy the goods made cheaply in China but then turn around and complain about all their emissions that resulted from making that same stuff.


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Posted in: Japan gets 'fossil' award again as climate action slammed See in context

no other country other than China that should win the Fossil Prize every year. 

Yes, Chins is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, but still has very low emissions per capita. Much lower than Japan for example.

In addition, it is the world's leader in both solar and wind installations - dwarfs all other countries combined.

The award is mostly for hypocrisy.

And if you read the details of why it was given to Japan, NZ and the US you'll see it is well deserved by all the winners .

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Posted in: Japan gets 'fossil' award again as climate action slammed See in context

tell me which country in the earth never use fossil power? 

There are a number of countries which produce 100% of their electricity using renewables. And Bhutan is actually carbon negative.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges at climate summit to phase out coal-fired power See in context

Resource-poor Japan 

Biomass co-generation, geo-thermal, wind, solar, biogas....

More like leadership-poor Japan

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Posted in: Earth to warm up to 2.9C even with current climate pledges: U.N. See in context

The biggest problem is that there are still 'educated' people who are somehow still sceptical of the science and decades of warnings - like the ones who will down-thumb this comment and the other sensible object and informed comments above.

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Posted in: Japanese museum dedicated to salmon has no live salmon on display this year See in context

They still have their normal informative exhibitions

The most informative exhibition would be an empty tank with a full explanation as to why.

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Posted in: Japanese museum dedicated to salmon has no live salmon on display this year See in context

“It’s just a part of nature, so you can’t really blame them.”

How ignorant is this person?

No, its human activity.

Damming the rivers so they can't spawn, pathogens from fish farms that transfer to wild stock, pollution from agriculture, and to top it all off, climate change.

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Posted in: Environmental change threatens what's left of Japan's cormorant fishing legacy See in context

Climate change will affect in one way or other almost every industry or business on the planet.

More awareness and long term planning will be essential if they are to adapt accordingly -- when possible.

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Posted in: There's too much guesswork in renting an Airbnb; company trying to fix that See in context

For good Air b'n'b hosts it is also a risk whether the guests will be good guests or not.

We offer guests the chance to stay next to Lake Biwa surrounded by mountain, and many comment on how relaxing it is after travelling around the frantic, busy tourist trails. They get an experience that would be hard to find from a hotel.

Most guests are very nice, but occasionally you can get very irrational negative feedback.

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Posted in: Mexico considering withdrawal from 2025 World Expo in Osaka See in context

This car crash of an event is such an out-dated concept.

It's also been reported that a number of countries a considering withdrawing.

And don't forget about the mascot.

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Posted in: Feeling crowded yet? Census Bureau estimates world's population has passed 8 billion See in context

@voiceofokinawa About 70 years ago, we learned the world population was 4 billion.

You must have a very out of touch teacher.

Population was around 2.5 billion in early 1950s.

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Posted in: This year 'virtually certain' to be warmest in 125,000 years, EU scientists say See in context

Temperatures lag behind CO2 concentrations, which the science shows haven't been as high as they are now (418ppm) for at least 2 million years.

So even with drastic cuts in greenhouse emissions, further temperature rises are already locked in.

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Posted in: Landowner seeks understanding over Jingu redevelopment See in context

A new high-rise complex in place of the two stadiums

No more explanation needed.

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Posted in: Heat pumps can't take the cold? Nordics debunk the myth See in context

We have a heat pump for all our hot water. Runs great all year

In addition, our energy bills are negative. We produce and sell about double the amount of solar energy than energy we are using.

Careful capital expenditure with the long term in mind usually pays off. Shame most governments don't follow this principle.

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Posted in: Kishida unveils ¥17 trillion stimulus package as poll numbers slump See in context

The definition of insanity.

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

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Posted in: Japan to extend gasoline, energy subsidies through April See in context

We've been running our car on waste veggie oil (WVO) for over 16 years.

Price hasn't changed - 0 yen per litre, tax free, and carbon neutral.

Not sure why more people don't do the same.

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Posted in: Reversing warming may stop Greenland ice sheet collapse: study See in context

if the temperature increases were rolled back to the Paris deal 1.5C limit quickly enough

This is VERY wishful thinking.

Global temperature rises lags behind atmospheric CO2 concentrations. In addition, CO2 concentrations are still going up and show no sign of slowing.

AND we are already on the verge of passing the 1.5C rise.

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Posted in: Two climbers missing in Northern Alps in Nagano See in context

A little ironic this article being right under the story "Japan sees unprecedented pace of increase in bear attack victims"

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Posted in: International visitors to Japan reach 96% of pre-COVID level in Sept See in context

What's with the media's obsession with constantly reporting tourist numbers?

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Posted in: Toll of heat deaths in Phoenix area soars after hottest summer on record See in context

So the previous 125 years or so had been cooler.

Yes, but to add context CO2 concentrations have been at current levels for at least 3 million years.

And spikes in CO2 were never over 300ppm. current CO2 concentration is over 420ppm

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Posted in: Airlines are being hit by anti-greenwashing litigation – here’s what makes them perfect targets See in context

The rise in greenwashing litigation can in part be attributed to the relative ease with which cases can be brought. 

No, it's because of the proliferation of Greenwashing. It's everywhere. Eco labels etc on everything - even vending machines - that heat, cool and light up 24/7 for what basically unnecessary waste creating products.

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Posted in: Mori Building to open new development project in Tokyo as part of push to revitalize city See in context

surrounded by urban gardens designed to help Tokyo compete with world-class cities like New York and London.

They've got a long way to go. Currently, area of Tokyo that are greened 7%, compared to London's 33%.

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Posted in: Greenland's Inuit falling through thin ice of climate change See in context

"We are facing a catastrophe,"

The problem is that too many people are choosing not to face it and would rather ignore it.

As the details this article show, the latter should no longer be an option.

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Posted in: Antarctic winter sea ice hits 'extreme' record low See in context

Just for the record: the arctic sea ice minimum this year was the 6th lowest on record.

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Posted in: Asian Games open with more participants than Olympics See in context

@Happyhere: Great to see all Asian nations coming together ...  Europe must be looking on with envy.

LOL: Meanwhile the top news story headline: Philippines condemns Chinese 'floating barrier' in South China Sea

And I don't think many Asian nations would consider Iran, North Korea, or Syria nations they'd like to cosy up to.

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Posted in: Kishida pledges to set up special zones to boost foreign investment See in context

domestic demand in the world's third-biggest economy has stagnated amid a declining population.

Why is a decline or slow down in economic growth still portrayed in a negative context?

Here is a classic case where economic growth should not be pursued. Less people will consume less resources but can be just as well off.

The world economy already consuming round 1.7 earths worth of natural resources (https://www.myclimate.org/en/information/faq/faq-detail/what-is-an-ecological-footprint/).

With this reality, any slow down in economic growth is a GOOD thing.

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Posted in: Tourism and Mount Fuji's rocky recovery after COVID See in context

I don't understand the attraction of climbing Mount Fuji. In addition to being extremely overcrowded, although it's beautiful from a distance, most of the hiking up seems to be through endless barren scree.

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Posted in: Australia swelters in spring heatwave with temperatures up to 16 degrees Celsius above September average See in context

With the last 9 years among the ten hottest ever recorded and extreme weather events exactly what the climate scientists have been warning us about for decades, everyone seriously needs to treat climate change as the crisis that it is.

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