Asia Pacific Jan 20, 2020
Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country’s southeast.
Environment | The Climate Crisis Jan 18, 2020
by Alex Martin
Sitting silently among the rolling pastures, rice paddies and lush forests of the idyllic village of Otama are rows upon rows of photovoltaic solar panels — vast swaths of dark gray injecting dissonance into the postcard-like landscape local residents pride themselves on.
Asia Pacific Jan 12, 2020
A volcano near Manila spewed a massive cloud of ash into the sky on Sunday, forcing the precautionary evacuation of thousands of residents, authorities said.
Environment | The Climate Crisis Jan 11, 2020
How much single-use plastic do you think you consume in an average week living in Japan?
What if you were to collect all the plastic bottles, shopping bags, food cartons, hand wipe wrappers, straws, cutlery, packaging, packaging-within-packaging and packaging-within-packaging-within-packaging that you accumulate in a week, …
Environment | The Climate Crisis Jan 6, 2020
by Jesse Chase-Lubitz and Oscar Boyd
It’s golden hour on Iki, a pristine island in southwestern Japan. A gentle breeze cools the day to a perfect 24 degrees Celsius. The roads are clean, the trees are green, a playground sits atop a grassy hill. Locals call Iki a “lucky island” …
Asia Pacific Jan 4, 2020
Over 1,000 residents and vacationers who had been stranded on a beach by bushfires in southeastern Australia landed near Melbourne on Saturday after a 20-hour journey on two ships, relieved to escape terrifying smoke and fire.
Environment | OLD NIC’S NOTEBOOK Dec 30, 2019
by C.W. Nicol
When the Typhoon Hagibis floods hit Nagano, it near-destroyed the apple farms for which the area is famous, with contaminants in the floodwaters making it impossible to salvage any of the surviving fruit.
World Dec 29, 2019
At least 50 people have died in Bangladesh as cold weather continues to sweep across the country, officials said.
Asia Pacific Dec 9, 2019
Thousands of firefighters burned grassland in eastern Australia on Monday in a desperate bid to starve an anticipated new front of wildfires of fuel before forecast searing temperatures Tuesday.
World Nov 10, 2019
Six people died and more than 2 million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rain, officials said Sunday.
Environment | OLD NIC’S NOTEBOOK Sep 29, 2019
by C.W. Nicol
In postwar Japan, the government’s Forestry Agency claimed that the Japanese beech was a useless tree. That’s utter nonsense — beech wood is great for interiors and the tree is not only important for wildlife water management, but it also produces edible leaves and …