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Posted in: U.N. declined Abe's request to speak at Sept climate summit: sources See in context

GREAT NEWS. Hope it sends a message that only effective action is welcome - not platitudes, falese promises, and crass actions - ie continuting to use taxpayers money to support coal.

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Posted in: Illicit trade of otters via social networking on the rise See in context

This issue, as with many consumer related issues (free range, fair-trade, overfishing ....) shows again that consumers here need much more knolwedge and awareness.

Mostly this problem is the media feeding the population cotton wool wrapped content.

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Posted in: China wants to 'take over' Australian politics: ex-spy chief See in context

It would explain Australian leaders' continued support for coal, most of which seems to end up in Chinese power stations.

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Posted in: Insurance claims linked to typhoons in Sept, Oct may top ¥2 tril See in context

Here's a crazy idea:

stop paying billions subsidising coal, which clearly contributes to this issue, and instead use the money to help compensate those most effected by the damage.

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Posted in: Japan's economy grows less than expected in third quarter See in context

Good news. Less stuff people don't need and saved from going into landfill and the incinerators.

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Posted in: Evacuations ordered as firefighters struggle to contain blazes in Australia See in context

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has declined to comment on climate change during the crisis, has called for moderation in the debate.

Another moron who has managed to get a postion as 'leader'. Aren't people in postions of most responsibility meant to be educated and intelligent? And BTW, you cannot debate facts.

The only thing that should be debated are the policy changes we need to face up to the realities of the climate issue - not business as usual.

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Posted in: IEA says world needs 'laser-like focus' to bring down emissions See in context

There have already been stark warnings from the The World Bank, and the IMF

Good to see more of the establishement highlighting the realities of the Climate Crisis.

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Posted in: Nominees for Japan’s 2019 buzzwords include '#KuToo,' 'Tapiru' and 'Paprika' See in context

Tapiru... Meanwhile - the Collins Dictionary's word of the year is "Climate Strike".

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Posted in: Australians warned worst bushfires may be yet to come See in context

As I menrtioned with the earlier artyicle on this:

Seemds daily, there are headlines somewhere about record breaking temperatures, rainfall, storm intensities, drought, and wildfires. 

All these events together show a VERY strong trend that 'leaders' have a moral duty to stop ignoring. 


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Posted in: 3 dead, 4 missing, at least 150 homes destroyed in Australian bushfires See in context

This is one of Australia's worst bushfire seasons and it is occurring even before the start of the southern hemisphere summer

Seems daily, there are headlines somewhere about record breaking temperatures, rains, drought, and wildfires.

This week one of the strongest storms ever recorded was in the pacific (the 5th super typhoon this year) ... only went largely unnoticed because it wasn't heading towards land.

But all the events together show a VERY strong trend that 'leaders' have a moral duty to stop ignoring.


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Posted in: N Korea calls Abe an 'idiot' over criticism of weapons test See in context

Nice to see a headline in the morning containing "Abe an idiot".

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Posted in: China-led Asian trade bloc pushes ahead as India drops out See in context

boost the region's future growth prospects and contribute positively to the global economy,

In other words more consumption and 'leaders' continuing business as usual.

Despite all the warning signs that this economic system that relies on the magiclal idea of perpetual growth has already taken us past 9 of the earth's natural system boundaries, and ever closer to collapse.

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Posted in: How daylight saving time affects health See in context

Work balance is the problem. We should all work in time with the seasons.

This doesn't suit consumerism though.

And I don't expect the types of changes you can see in scandinavian countries (for example 4 or 3 day working weeks) that favour family work-life balance coming to Japan anytime soon.

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Posted in: Japanese retailers to be required to charge for plastic bags from summer 2020 See in context

There will be no set price for a bag, with each retailer able to decide how much to charge.

So in other words another toothless law that will have minimal impact, yet allow the govenment to say they are taking action.

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Posted in: Rescue efforts continue after heavy rains kill 9 in east Japan See in context

Exactly what the science has been telling us for years. more trapped heat in the system means more evaporation, humidy, and wetter more destructive storms and flooding.

This week record flooding in France (1 years worth in 24hours) and Spain. As I've

Mentioned before all these weather events are just the dots of climate change coming together.

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Posted in: Japan estimates trade pact with U.S. will raise GDP by 0.8% See in context

As always - myopic focus on GDP ...money! No thought for supporting domestic food production - already in crisis.

When with our 'leader' consider the quality of development not just quantity - regardeless on how much inequality, environmental damage etc etc it entails.

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Posted in: School lunches keep Japan's kids topping nutrition lists See in context

Yes, they are healthier than many western school lunches.

BUT they need to add vegetarian options. My 11 year old daughter who has given up meat needs to take in veggie sausages etc to replace the compulsory meat dishes on the school menu.

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Posted in: LDP exec apologizes for calling typhoon damage 'so-so' See in context

inappropriate if I caused misunderstanding to people 

Again, making out it's peoples fault for not understanding what they said ...

This entire outdated ruling class of old men need to be removed.

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Posted in: Deluged bullet trains show power of nature over modernization See in context

Very glad to see this type of article - discussing the reality of climate change.

Much needed for people to finallly realise and wake up to the fact that we are facing a global crisis.

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Posted in: Typhoon death toll rises to 40 as search-and-rescue operations continue See in context

Most flooding is the result of us thinking we can tame rivers.

Recent research tells us that straightening rivers and banking them with concrete exacerbates flooding farther downstream by speeding up waterflow.

Water that has to take natural bends and in rivers where the flood plains are left as they should be, slows down flow and reduced sudden flooding.

As with many problems we face - we should take more lessons from nature.

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Posted in: What’s the best part of Tokyo to live in, and why? Survey gives the top six picks See in context

Seems like a very harsh and unnatural environment to live. From what I've seen when I've been to Tokyo, there is little or no effort or consideration given to urban planning that improves people's quality of life. Very few green spaces compared to many cities around the worlds, no car free areas...

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Posted in: Apple supplier Japan Display aims to seal $468 million bailout deal by end of Oct: CEO See in context

At a climate seminar in Tokyo last week, it was claimed that because Apple are starting to insist that all it's suppliers come into line with it's own 100% renewable energy sourcing, Japanese companies are going to be at a serious disadvantage compared to overseas competitors.

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Posted in: Torrential rain hits western Japan See in context

@Tara Tan Kitaoka This climate change issue is becoming really serious in Japan

Am just returning from a 2 day session run by Climate Reality Project in Tokyo attended by Al Gore etc and a lot of interesting speakers from Japan. General concensus - goven't needs more action and less platitudes and needs to stop supporting coal - else it's going to be left behind

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Posted in: City in Nagasaki Pref declares climate emergency, 1st in country to do so See in context


We are now in the weakest solar cycle in more than 100 years. Earth to Sun ratio 1 : 1,300,000. There is nothing to worry about 

Err.... if we are in the weakest solar cycle - doesn't that mean the climate should be cooling? I'd say it is more reason to worry about the accelerating temperature rises.

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Posted in: City in Nagasaki Pref declares climate emergency, 1st in country to do so See in context

@Yubaru:  and where are the trees going to come from? Who is going to care for them? And pray tell just how are you going to enforce this?

Easy - it's already being done to some extent in the Philippines - Every school child is required to plant 10 trees before they graduate. Pakistan has already planted 1 billion trees and now has plans to plant another 5 billion

.... just 2 examples.

And what's easier? Planting trees, or very risky, expensive and unproved geo-engineering and trying to keep back meters of sea level rise?

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Posted in: Why Asia's biggest economies are backing hydrogen fuel cell cars See in context

Great news.

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Posted in: Ministers at hydrogen meet set ambitious target for green transport See in context

Great news. So long as it is produced with excess renable energy that might otherwise go to waste or would need to be stored in batteries which at the moment is relatively expensive and inefficient.

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Posted in: Japan faces urgent need to realize autonomous transportation See in context

Japan should follow Germany and develop a better roll on roll off system that allows more freight to travel by train.

When driving at night andseeing the huge convoys of trucks I always wonder why more is not being transported on Japan's excellent train system.

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Posted in: Stand and be delivered: Japan's evolving escalator etiquette See in context

I find it amazing to see long queues of people including many young, lining up to get on an escelator when there is a relatively short set of stairs right next to them to WALK up.

How did we humans get so lazy?

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Posted in: Toyota banks on Olympic halo for humble bus to keep hydrogen dream alive See in context

... reflect insufficient refueling stations

this should read reflect insufficient government commitment.

But so long as the hydrogen produced comes from renewable energy sources - it's a great solution for replacing dirty fossil fuel transportation.

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