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“Abita”, animated short film about Fukushima children who can’t play outside (Vimeo)

“Abita”,   animated short film about Fukushima children who can’t play outside (Vimeo)

“Abita”,   animated short film about Fukushima children who can’t play outside   because of the radioactivity. About their dreams and realities. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Ban Ki-moon urged to champion public funds for climate finance(BankTrack & Friends of the Earth)

Ban Ki-moon urged to champion public funds for climate finance(BankTrack & Friends of the Earth)

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18th Ahead of next week’s U.N. General Assembly and Climate Summit, 118 groups from 37 countries urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to ensure that private finance is not counted as international climate finance, as well as ensure that the green bond market is truly green. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon

Season’s first dolphins slaughtered at Taiji (Japan Today)

Season’s first dolphins slaughtered at Taiji (Japan Today)

TOKYO —The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered on Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. … Read entire article »

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Looking Inside Fukushima Daiichi (NHK)

Looking Inside Fukushima Daiichi (NHK)

Workers have begun the difficult task of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. One of the biggest hurdles they’re facing is how to remove melted fuel from the crippled reactors. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Mitsui Chemicals develops light composite material for cars (Nikkei)

Mitsui Chemicals develops light composite material for cars (Nikkei)

TOKYO — By combining resin and metal, Mitsui Chemicals has come up with a composite material that is 70% lighter than automotive steel sheet, a key selling point in an industry eager to reduce vehicle weight. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9.Energy, unclassified

Is IT powerful enough as driver for sustainable growth?(Nikkei)

Is IT powerful enough as driver for sustainable growth?(Nikkei)

TOKYO — There is an ongoing debate over whether information technology is enough to generate sustainable growth on the levels seen from past innovations. But no matter the strength of IT’s economic might, it is already changing the world, including its stock markets. … Read entire article »

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Fuji trail areas without toilets raising waste concerns (Japan Times)

Fuji trail areas without toilets raising waste concerns (Japan Times)

Human waste left behind by climbers using sections of trails on Mount Fuji where there are no toilets have raised concerns about whether the mountain’s pristine scenery can be maintained, after the iconic volcano was last year added to UNESCO’s World Heritage site list, according to an NHK report. … Read entire article »

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