Japan greatly diminishes greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets to the dismay of countries now attending the annual UN climate conference. The announcement, blamed on the Fukushima nuclear crisis, spread a gloomy mood over the proceedings.
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With cleanup from the Fukushima Daiichi plant far behind schedule, this week both Japan’s environment minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a popular national figure, spoke out against nuclear power.
The potent greenhouse gas that lives in a frozen hydrate pineapple under the sea is dealing with earthquakes and fossil fuel companies that want to combine the dangers of offshore drilling with the excitement of fracking to extract it to the surface.