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The prop fouler is launched by bosun Daniel. Photo: © Adam Lau.

Hunting the hunters

Laurens de Groot

10th February 2014

In his new book 'Hunting the Hunters - at war with the whalers', Laurens de Groot recounts his adventures with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, saving whales from Japan's 'scientific research'. more...
Selecting dolphins for capture at the 'drive hunt' at Taiji. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

Joshua Frank

30th January 2014

The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld. more...
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Japan's post-Fukushima 'secrecy' clampdown

Saul Takahashi

11th December 2013

Japan's secrecy law, just passed by parliament, gives the government carte blanche to designate state secrets - and restrict information about anything it likes. Saul Takahashi hears the sound of jackboots on the march ... more...

UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal. more...
Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark

20th November 2013

At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan. more...
Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch

12th November 2013

Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ... more...

Japan - end the cetacean slaughter!

Oliver Tickell

31st October 2013

Over one million whales, dolphins and porpoises killed by Japan's fishing industry in 70 years. And the persecution continues. more...
Tuna catch

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?

Tom Edathikunnel

22nd August, 2012

The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing more...
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Tsunami stalls Japan's Dall’s porpoise slaughter, but for how long?

Clare Perry

17th November, 2011

The Japanese tsunami appears to have temporarily halted the annual Dall's porpoise hunt. Pity the Taiji dolphins haven't been spared too, says the Environmental Investigation Agency's Clare Perry more...
Ecologist Magazine December 1971

The Ecologist December 1971: Japan’s ‘economic miracle’

George Blacksell

1 December, 2011

Forty years ago this month The Ecologist reported on the environmental implications of the rise of the Japanese economy. In the wake of the recent earthquake and associated nuclear fears has it cleaned up its act?
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Eco eatery: Soseki

Jemima Roberts

12th April, 2011

A city fish bar that cares more than most about sustainability; Jemima Roberts puts Soseki to the test to find out whether its food is as good as its principles more...
No Need for Nuclear

TAKE ACTION on nuclear power

Matilda Lee

18th March, 2011

With the Japanese nuclear disaster still unfolding, make your voice heard on Britain's sustainable energy future: say no to nuclear... more...

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Chernobyl

Lessons for Japan from the Chernobyl catastrophe

Ian Sample, guardian science correspondent

18th March, 2011

The Fukushima nuclear plant crisis appears less dangerous than the 1986 Chernobyl disaster – but the risk of radiation spreading wide remains more...

Financial problems could wipe out commercial whaling

Peter Nolan-Smith

5th January, 2011

Commercial whaling by many nations continues despite an international ban and widescale condemnation. What may end the practice, argues Peter Nolan-Smith, is that the financial incentives are starting to dry up more...
Ewan Kinsgton on the ferry

Travelling to Japan by sea

Ewan Kingston

9th September, 2009

Ewan continues his journey by ferry from China to Japan but is still unsure if he's taken the most eco-friendly option more...
Lumps of coal

Japan commits to 25 per cent cut in CO2 emissions

Ecologist

7th September

New Prime Minister's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions face strong opposition from Japanese industrial sector more...
Half Farmer, Half Something Else

Japanese turn to farming to find fulfilment

Hiroyo Hasegawa

23rd July, 2009

Growing in popularity in Japan, a new environmental lifestyle choice is helping people grow their own food, reconnect with the land and pursue more fulfilling vocations more...
A rice field in Madagascar

Extent of agricultural land-grab revealed on new website

Eifion Rees

22nd June, 2009

With rich, resource-poor nations increasingly outsourcing their food production to less developed nations, a new website aims to expose the extent of the agricultural land-grab epidemic more...
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Snow time: Japanese authorities use a 200m-wide pile of insulated snow to cool Hokkaido airport

News

15th April, 2009

Groundstaff at Japan’s Hokkaido airport must be the only team in the world trying to save the snow that collects on the taxi-ways, rather than get it to melt as quickly as possible. more...
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A load of hot air?

Phil Moore

9th July, 2008

Consensus without commitment on climate change is the result of this year’s group of eight summit in Hokkaido, Japan. more...

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