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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! 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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Posted in: Herculean task ahead to shield New York from rising waters See in context

I recently read a book The Water Will Come that deals with the realities of sea level rise around the world. One chapter is dedicated to New York.

Ultimately, it seems most of NY will end up underwater and this kind of engineering work can, at best, only offer short term fixes - and only if the best cast forecasts materialise.

So far though, it seems it is the worst case Climate Change forecasts that are most often playing out.

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Posted in: Global youth protests urge climate action See in context

Meanwhile in Japan ....

Much more awareness of ithe ssues that matter is needed here in Japan, and it should start with more serious coverage of environmental issues by the media which seems to sugar coat or ignore many of them.

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Posted in: Japan will consider release of oil reserves if necessary See in context

@bearandrodent: yes a diesel Toyota Hilux Surf - using a two tank waste vegetable oil (WVO) system.

It uses an additional small fuel tank for diesel to start/heat the engine, and the main fuel tank for the veggie oil fuel tank to run the car on.

We just collect veggie oil from restaurants and filter it at home.

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Posted in: Japan will consider release of oil reserves if necessary See in context

I don't want to gloat but we've been running our car for 12 year on salad oil - the price (zero yen per litre) never changes :-)

I would be nice if there were some progressive articles pointing out the upside of price rises in oil - a chance for governments to push renewables, energy efficiency etc and other moves to reduce overall emissions.

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Posted in: TEPCO struggles to restore power after typhoon See in context


We built our house 6 years ago and designed it so we have no need of AC and sell twice as much solar energy than we use.


I find this hard to believe unless you live next to a pond and have some constant wind blowing off the water to cool you off.

LOL - actually we live right on the shore of Lake Biwa :-) but in addition we shipped over a very effective insulation - effective for summer as well as winter.

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Posted in: TEPCO struggles to restore power after typhoon See in context

Japan needs to use the old wisdom that went into building houses that stayed cool in summer - rather than now - living in sealed concrete air conditioned boxes.

We built our house 6 years ago and designed it so we have no need of AC and sell twice as much solar energy than we use.

Am not a professional architect etc, so if I can do it, surely professional house builders and better government regulations could ensure houses are designed for far lower carbon footprints.

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Posted in: More than 100 bushfires out of control along Australia's east coast See in context

All the dots are joining up - bad fires in the Amazon, central Africa, Indonesia, and earlier in the year, the arctic. On top of that record melting of Greenland ice sheet and other extreme weather records falling it seems every year/month.

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Posted in: McDonald’s new 'mochi shiratama' McFlurry’s name is a mouthful, but our taste buds want it anyway See in context

the only drawback we can find is that the long name

Really? Now about the extra garbage, high sugar content, and other dubious ingredients?

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