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Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

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The coal industry says the growth of coal-fired stations in Asia is proof of a bright future for the fuel. Photograph: Lu Guang/Greenpeace

The vast majority of newly built stations in Indonesia relied on export credits agencies or development banks, says study by Market Forces

July 20, 2017 — The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector. Continue reading Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

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BLEACHED. This combination of handout pictures released by Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies and created on July 18, 2017, shows coral reefs (L) in Toyotama, off the coast of Tsushima island taken in January 2016 before bleaching and the same coral reefs (R) in December 2017, after bleaching due to high water temperature. National Institute for Environmental Studies/AFP

About 30% of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan, which lies in the temperate zone, suffered bleaching, researchers say

TOKYO, Japan (Jul. 18, 2017) — Bleaching has damaged the world’s northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, July 18, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists have attributed to high ocean temperatures. Continue reading World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Japan flood death toll rises to 30

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Thousands of police, soldiers, and rescue workers are searching for 19 people who remain unaccounted for, according to local officials

TOKYO, Japan (Jul. 13, 2017) — The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Japan’s south has risen to 30, officials said Thursday, July 13, while rescue workers continued their efforts to find survivors. Continue reading Japan flood death toll rises to 30

Japan floods death toll rises to 20

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SWOLLEN RIVER. This video screenshot provided by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism regional development bureau shows the Hikosan River after the water level increased due to heavy rain in Soeda town, Fukuoka prefecture, on July 5, 2017.

Thousands of people have also been evacuated to makeshift shelters, but many remain stranded

TOKYO, Japan (Jul. 10, 2017) — The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Japan’s south has risen to 20, local media reported Sunday, July 9, as rescue teams continued their search for survivors. Continue reading Japan floods death toll rises to 20

Huge floods sweep southern Japan, at least 15 missing

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This video screenshot provided by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism regional development bureau shows the Hikosan River after the water level increased due to heavy rain in Soeda town, Fukuoka prefecture, on July 5, 2017. Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism / AFP

Meteorologists warn of worse to come and soldiers and rescuers scramble to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people out of the path of landslides and the swirling torrents of muddy water

TOKYO, Japan (Jul. 6, 2017) — At least 15 people are missing after huge floods swept away houses in southern Japan, tearing up roads as roiling waters surged through villages, authorities said, after unprecedented rainfall. Continue reading Huge floods sweep southern Japan, at least 15 missing

US tells China it has ‘no plan yet’ to meet its 2020 climate target

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Bonn Climate Change Conference Credit: UNclimatechange/Flickr

The US has no plan yet for how to meet its 2020 climate target and has made no analysis of the impact of recent policy changes, according to an official submission to the UN

May 4, 2017— The details emerged in a series of terse, repetitive answers to an international climate action peer-review process, known as the Multilateral Assessment. The US submission, which was published this week, says “jobs, economic growth and energy independence” are its priority. Continue reading US tells China it has ‘no plan yet’ to meet its 2020 climate target

JICA invites young Filipinos to disaster management training in Japan

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Rappler.com

The Knowledge Co-Creation Program is part of JICA’s development cooperation with the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 11, 2017) — The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) urges young Filipinos to join the disaster management training in Japan, an initiative meant to boost the capacity of the Philippines on disaster preparedness and response.  Continue reading JICA invites young Filipinos to disaster management training in Japan

Toxic chemicals detected at Tokyo’s new fish market site

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TO BE REPLACED. Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market will be replaced by a new facility. Photo from Wikipedia

The controversial project has been delayed over fears about toxic contamination, which also impacted the 2020 Olympics to be hosted by the Japanese capital

TOKYO, Japan (Jan. 14, 2017) — High levels of toxic chemicals were found in groundwater tests at a new facility scheduled to replace Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market – the world’s largest – clouding the costly relocation plan, news reports said Saturday.  Continue reading Toxic chemicals detected at Tokyo’s new fish market site

Almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

coral bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel algae, turning it white
Coral bleaching occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel algae, turning it white. Photograph: The Ocean Agency

Coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa has turned brown and is covered with algae, according to a government study

January 13, 2017 — Almost three-quarters of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died, according to a report that blames its demise on rising sea temperatures caused by global warming.  Continue reading Almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching, says report

Victoria’s plans for hydrogen exports to Japan are ‘way of making brown coal look green’

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Latrobe’s Hazelwood power station will close on 31 March and the Victorian government is looking to create new jobs there. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Getty Images

Proposed plant would would be run by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and produce liquid hydrogen for use in vehicles

January 12, 2017 — Victorian government plans to work with a Japanese company to produce hydrogen from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley are “a way of making brown coal look green”, according to one expert.  Continue reading Victoria’s plans for hydrogen exports to Japan are ‘way of making brown coal look green’