A large earthquake struck Hokkaido overnight on 6 September 2018. It registered Magnitude 6.7, and Shindo 7 was reached closest to the epicentre. There have been 18 fatalities at the time of writing with 24 people still missing, and landslides, power loss and water stoppages across Hokkaido. The quake was centered very close to Tomakomai… Read More Hokkaido earthquake, Tomakomai and CCS: what information is there?
Thrilled to announce three speakers who will be talking about northern Japan this autumn in Aberdeen. More to follow, but for now hold the dates!
On Wednesday 25 July, I had the opportunity to talk to Aberdeen Trades Union Council about a just transition, and what it might mean for Aberdeen and the north-east. With the entire country baking in scorching heat that had caught the attention of the media and policymakers alike, it was a good time to be… Read More Notes on just transition talk at ATUC: Wed 25 July 2018
From Urban Green Adaptation Diary On 17 June 2016, at the 23rd Pacific Science Congress at Academia Sinica in Taipei, we delivered our first conference paper together. Titled “Achieving Mitigation of Land Surface Temperature via Greenspaces: A Case Study of Taipei Metropolis,” we shared the stage for five minutes each. Wan-Yu talked about her remote sensing… Read More Reflecting on two years of interdisciplinary research together
Report on Wellcome Trust-funded project into energy precarity and urban heat in subtropical Asian cities, originally posted on urbangreenadaptationdiary.wordpress.com After everything we’ve done in the last week, we can safely say we’ve added another case study city to our collaborative activities – Fukuoka. The main purpose of our visit was the final project meeting for… Read More Fukuoka, Japan: developing and expanding our research
I recently came across an image of Yubari on Twitter. It was not tagged as being in Yubari, but I recognised the building immediately and knew exactly where it was. What struck me was that whilst the building the person (and others) had been ‘exploring’ was indeed derelict, it was only a hundred metres away… Read More People in Yubari
Originally posted on Urban Green Adaptation Diary This post summarises the main findings of the paper ‘What might ‘just green enough’ urban development mean in the context of climate change adaptation? The case of urban greenspace planning in Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan’, which we have had published in World Development. What is the key point of this paper?… Read More NEW PAPER: urban greening, equity, and climate adaptation
The purpose of this post is to summarise a new paper which has just been published in Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. The paper, titled ‘Management of sustainability transitions through planning in shrinking resource city contexts: an evaluation of Yubari City, Japan’, looks at the actions undertaken at the municipal level in Yubari City,… Read More NEW PAPER: competences for managing sustainability transitions through urban planning
In January 2018, we had the first Taipei session for our Royal Society of Edinburgh-Ministry of Science and Technology Joint Research Project. Following on from the Scotland visit last summer, this time it was Leslie’s turn to travel to Taiwan to further our understanding of green infrastructure and its role in climate change adaptation. The… Read More RSE-MOST Project Work in Taipei, January 2018
For the past week I’ve been in Japan for a series of carbon capture and storage-related events, largely linked to Japan’s recent successful endeavours in deploying CCS technology in the ‘real world.’ The Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project, up in Hokkaido in the north of the country, in November 2017 celebrated injecting its 100,000th tonne of… Read More Progressing CCS in Japan – December 2017 Visit