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Japan Faces Possible Power Shortages Amid Record Heat Wave

Japan Faces Possible Power Shortages Amid Record Heat Wave

June in the Northern Hemisphere has been sweltering so far, with every continent setting high temperature records. Japan set a record for the month on Saturday when the city of Isesaki reached 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit, reported The Washington Post. In what is likely another example of human-caused climate change, Japan officially declared an end to […]

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    Onboard Birthday Party May Have Caused Mauritius Oil Spill

    Onboard Birthday Party May Have Caused Mauritius Oil Spill

    A Japanese ship that wrecked off the coast of Mauritius in July and sparked one of the worst environmental disasters in the country’s history may have run aground because of birthday celebrations on board at the time. That’s according to a statement from the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), in the latest development from the July […]

    Can Cities Go Zero-Waste? One Japanese Town Tried

    Can Cities Go Zero-Waste? One Japanese Town Tried

    By Olivia Sullivan One of the many unfortunate outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic has been the quick and obvious increase in single-use plastic products. After COVID-19 arrived in the United States, many grocery stores prohibited customers from using reusable bags, coffee shops banned reusable mugs, and takeout food with plastic forks and knives became the […]

    Japan to Build 22 Coal-Burning Power Plants

    Japan to Build 22 Coal-Burning Power Plants

    Japan is planning to build as many as 22 new coal plants at 17 different sites over the next five years, The New York Times reports, a sharp uptick in coal-fired power as the rest of the world eases off coal and looks to cut emissions. The projects would collectively emit as much carbon dioxide […]

    Climate Change Strikes Worldwide — in Pictures

    Climate Change Strikes Worldwide — in Pictures

    Another round of global climate strikes began on Friday ahead of the 12-day UN climate conference. Representatives from 200 countries are meeting in Madrid to finalize the “rulebook” for the 2015 Paris agreement. Reposted with permission from Deutsche Welle.

    Japanese Fisheries Collapsed Due to Pesticides, New Research Says

    Japanese Fisheries Collapsed Due to Pesticides, New Research Says

    Scientists announced today that pesticide use on rice fields led to the collapse of a nearby fishery in Lake Shinji, Japan, according to a new study published in the journal Science. The long-term study seems to have borne out the prophecy of Rachel Carson’s seminal 1962 book Silent Spring, in which the author describes the […]

    At Least 42 Dead After Japan’s Worst Typhoon in Decades

    At Least 42 Dead After Japan’s Worst Typhoon in Decades

    At least 42 people have died and 15 are missing after Typhoon Hagibis swamped Japan Saturday, bringing record rainfall that flooded more than 1,000 homes, The Washington Post reported. It was the worst storm to hit the country in decades, BBC News reported, and more than 110,000 people are now assisting with the rescue efforts. […]