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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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Posted in: Thawing permafrost: a ticking carbon time bomb See in context

The is one of many extremely dangerous tipping points which don't get much media attention - inconvenient truthes - which illustrate how serious the climate crises promises to get and why major shifts in our lifestyles need to start from now.

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Posted in: Scientists comb Japanese waters to study new eco threat See in context

The vast majority of ocean plastic is from discarded and lost fishing gear.

The fishing industry needs to radically change and consumers of fish need to be more aware of the true costs of most fishing practices.

Another major cause of ocean plastic are the micro-fibres from clothes. Use of natural fibre (wool, cotton, hemp...) and washing clothes less frequently can vastly reduce this problem.

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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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