Japan needs to kick out carbon as climate risks grow

Experts say it must set tougher climate targets, and invest more in renewables and grid connections for green energy

Fishermen pulling in their salmon catch from the Sea of Okhotsk in Hokkaido. Warming water currents north of Hokkaido are driving away chum salmon, with the autumn catch at barely half the 2004 peak.
Fishermen pulling in their salmon catch from the Sea of Okhotsk in Hokkaido. Warming water currents north of Hokkaido are driving away chum salmon, with the autumn catch at barely half the 2004 peak.PHOTO: WASHINGTON POST

Climate change is eating away at that most iconic of Japanese dishes - sushi. Warming water currents north of Hokkaido are driving away chum salmon, with the autumn catch at barely half the 2004 peak.

It has also reared its ugly head in other ways too. The famous sakura cherry blossoms are blooming earlier, summers are hotter, typhoons are stronger and heavy rain spells are deadlier. And climate scientists expect the impact to intensify in the coming years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2019, with the headline 'Japan needs to kick out carbon as climate risks grow'. Subscribe