ifd66 comments

Posted in: Climate change driving 2022 extreme heat and flooding, scientists say See in context

There has been no statistically significant warming for 20 years, and there is no proof that mankind of responsible for the warming since the 1940s. All is supposition.

Was this comment made ironically? I assume it must have been

Just in case is wasn't ... https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/world-of-change/global-temperatures

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Posted in: Climate change driving 2022 extreme heat and flooding, scientists say See in context

There has been so many extreme weather events in June but hardly any made the front pages.

This should change.

Only then with the majority of the populace realise the true extent and seriousness of climate change.

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Posted in: Crypto investors' hot streak ends as harsh 'winter' descends See in context

Good - has a massive carbon footprint, and for what purpose? To make (and loose) money!

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Posted in: Food prices rising in Japan; cooking oil up 1.5-fold on year See in context

We get cooking oil for free for use in our car that runs on waste veggie oil.

So far we haven't noticed any change in supply ....

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Posted in: Food prices rising in Japan; cooking oil up 1.5-fold on year See in context

The higher food prices, should lead to less food waste, and more people growing their own food.

And already farmers are starting to diversify from rice and are starting to grow wheat.

We are already self-sufficient in eggs, milk and much of our fruit and vegetables. With urban farming, and so much empty farmland in Japan, opportunities for others to grow food are almost limitless.

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Posted in: Should we protect nature for its own sake? See in context

The fact that there are still people who could find fault with ArtistAtLarge's comment, illustrates why the human species is on a collision course for extinction.

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Posted in: Number of babies born in Japan falls to record low 811,604 in 2021 See in context

With global population heading for 8 billion any fall in population has to be good news for the planet, especially in rich countries such as Japan where in general, people consume way more than their fair share of the earth's resources.

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Posted in: Prettier in pink: The push to remake Japan's cherry blossom season See in context

Here's a radical idea - plant cherry trees which produce cherries! It would go a little way to help Japan's dismal food self-sufficiency rate.

Also cut down all the Sugi which have destroyed the forest ecosystems and in their place plant native mixed broad-leaf species - including the now rare wild cherry.

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Posted in: Amazon nears climate 'tipping point' faster than expected See in context

A major wake up call which should be TOP headline news,

Alas, along with the biodiversity and climate crisis, it is another Don't Look Up scenario playing out.

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Posted in: Climate panel flags Great Barrier Reef devastation See in context

@Greenpeas May be check your sources more carefully.

I think I'd listen to the consensus of the 1000's of scientists who contribute to the IPCC and are experts in their fields, rather Professor Peter Ridd who was sacked for misconduct and now works for the rightwing thinktank the Institute of Public Affairs.

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID adviser says it is worth discussing shorter isolation period See in context

Very simple decision to make.

The science is clear on how much time is needed to isolate if transmission is to be prevented. An isolation time of any less is simply a waste of time. So a black and white decision. Do they want to stop transmission or follow the tourism, and hospitality lobby.

And to the so called "leaders" - be honest about the motives for the decisions being made.

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Posted in: Gasoline price in Japan rises for 6th straight week See in context

@garypen

ifd66 We've been running our car on waste veggie oil (WVO) for the past 16 years. Cost per litre 0 yen. No reliance or support of big oil - the two largest benefits.

Is bio-diesel a thing in Japan? Even in "woke" Northern California, it wasn't that readily available when I had a diesel vehicle there in the mid-2010's.

No, very few people are doing it here. Some city buses use 5% biodiesel mix.

And actually, I'm just using straight WVO, not bio diesel.

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Posted in: Gasoline price in Japan rises for 6th straight week See in context

We've been running our car on waste veggie oil (WVO) for the past 16 years. Cost per litre 0 yen. No reliance or support of big oil - the two largest benefits.

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Posted in: Toyota plans to lift FY2022 global output 22% to record 11 mil units See in context

Bad news given that it has also be reported that: Toyota ranked worst among global carmakers for decarbonisation

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Posted in: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push: minister See in context

Japan will gradually phase out coal plants

Yes, because in the middle of an emergency/crisis the best thing is to do everything gradually.

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Posted in: One dead as powerful typhoon batters the Philippines See in context

And of course, this trend of very rapid intensity changes makes typhoons, cyclones, hurricanes much more unpredictable and ultimately more dangerous.

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Posted in: Theme park giving S Koreans a Japan fix despite pandemic See in context

Very authentic - the ubiquitous power lines in the background..

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Posted in: Arctic rainfall could dominate snowfall earlier than expected: study See in context

Almost all the forecasts of climate change are turning out to have been too conservative. Should be a clear wake up call to all policy makers and society in general.

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Posted in: Illumillion See in context

The irony of the photo - showing real stars in the sky.

I am sure that's one thing visitors will not be able to see.

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Posted in: Oil producers to increase output in January despite Omicron jitters See in context

So how exactly does this fit the global target of reducing greenhouse emissions by 50% by 2030?

The madness continues...

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Posted in: Pandemic to cost global tourism $2 trillion in 2021: U.N. See in context

Before the pandemic, the tourism sector accounted for about 10 percent of the world's gross domestic product and jobs.

And accounted for over 8% of total global man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Staycations and occasional special trips abroad need to become the norm rather than the rush for ever cheaper foreign travel.

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Posted in: Japan to release hundreds of thousands of kiloliters of reserve oil See in context

So with less than a month after COP26, all pledges of carbon reductions and moving away from fossil fuel are forgotten.

Business as usual. Morally reprehensible.

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Posted in: U.S. to release 50 million barrels of oil to help bring down energy costs See in context

And how does reducing the price of oil help meet the new COP26 targets and pledges for moving away from fossil fuels and reducing emissions?

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Posted in: Japan's economy contracts on shrinking consumption, exports See in context

In any logical universe - a country with falling population should expect its economy to contract.

Why the misguided focus on growth for growths sake?

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Posted in: Japan’s first ‘highest altitude fireworks’ display to be held on slopes of Mt Fuji See in context

More human detritus and pollution.

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Posted in: World's 1st operational bus-train dual-mode vehicle to start service in Shikoku See in context

hopes the DMV will become a tourist draw and help boost the local economy

Economy again - to legitimise 'stupid'.

Just when all eyes should be on efficiency of energy use and quickly phasing out fossil fuels we have a diesel bus with 100s of kgs of extra weight of the track wheels bolted to it's undercarriage.

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Posted in: Battle to restore iconic Osaka brothel building See in context

Meanwhile, an equally stunning building in Kyoto with a similar history and pedigree is being knocked down.

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Posted in: Pandemic hits sweet potatoes in Japan; prices rise See in context

 relying on conventional control measures such as ... maintaining a healthy environment,

Good luck with that. Japan uses some of the highest levels of agrochemicals per hectare in the world.

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Posted in: Japan looks to renewables; role of nuclear power elusive See in context

We do. It's called Environment and you'll find it in the Features section under Lifestyle.

Thank you Moderator for pointing that out. But I think you have to admit - it's well hidden and certainly not as prominent as the reality of the issues would logically dictate.

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Posted in: Japan looks to renewables; role of nuclear power elusive See in context

It's good to see the resent spate of climate related stories here on JT.

However, the stories often reflect the fact that STILL, so little regard is given to the enormous changes in our lifestyles that are needed if we are to match the seriousness consequences the climate crisis promises us.

I'd like to point out one small relevant example - Japan Today, like many other (not all) media outlets, doesn't have a Climate section - yet has sections for sport, business, and entertainment.

Really? Are these still deemed more important than the Climate Crisis?

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