Japan News

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Governments are due to agree reforms to a treaty that allows energy companies to sue states for lost profits and could be used to claim damages if they move to phase out fossil fuels.
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As heatwaves grip parts of Europe, the United States and South Asia, there is a growing push for policies to protect those at risk.
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Over the past decade, Japan and South Korea have increasingly turned to burning wood pellets for energy, leaning on a UN loophole that dubs biomass burning as carbon neutral.
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As the cost of renewables plummets and the price volatility of natural gas increases, the fossil fuel can no longer be relied on as a lower-emissions bridge fuel to clean energy, a new study finds. But subsidies are keeping the cost of gas low in some Asian markets, slowing renewables adoption.
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Japan Opinion

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As the sole Asian member of the G7, Japan’s leadership is an opportunity to provide pivotal direction for the supply of climate finance and access to future-proof technology to support the transition efforts that are underway in the region.
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The region will present much opportunities as it plays catch-up to the global sustainable finance market, but firms should not be holding back ESG data until regulators call for them.
The foreign money in China’s booming coal industry
Analysis of data from a list of coal companies worldwide has exposed the extent of international finance for Chinese coal companies.
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Asian governments must now enact and properly implement policies and regulations that will help to scale up grassroots initiatives and hold plastics producers accountable for addressing the crisis.
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Japan Videos

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EB Studio There are vast mineral riches lying on the ocean floor that could help to power the energy transition, but is the environmental cost of extracting them worth the risk?
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Toyota will partner Japanese car-sharing service operator Park24 for a six-month experiment leasing the i-Road concept vehicle, with …
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New ad takes aim at Tepco’s lack of transparency on the water contamination at Fukushima’s nuclear site. Watch the video here:
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The Japanese conglomerate is developing technologies that can power smart communities, including electric buses equipped with GPS and fast-charging batteries.
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Japan Podcasts

The Eco-Business Podcast
Eco-Business talks to Peter Kiernan, lead energy analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, to unpack a new landmark report from the International Energy Agency, which proposes an immediate ban on fossil fuels extraction to curb global warming.
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China, Japan and Korea have just announced exciting decarbonisation targets. On the Eco-Business podcast, Dr Frank Rijsberman, director general of the Global Green Growth Institute, talks about what these targets mean for the region's development and our climate.
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Pro-miners argue that deep-sea mining is essential to enable the energy transition. On the Eco-Business podcast, Sian Owen of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition argues why nature's last frontier should be protected, not exploited.
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