Yubari Virtual Field Trip

This page is an English-language virtual field trip to Yubari City in Hokkaido, Japan. Yubari is a town in south-central Hokkaido, with a population of just over 7,000 people as of early 2022. Yubari is perhaps best known in the English-speaking world as a former coal-mining city, which has suffered notable population decline and financial… Read More Yubari Virtual Field Trip

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What might the Glasgow Climate Pact mean for a just transition in Japan?

For the next few months, along with colleagues from Kyoto University and Kyushu University, I’m going to be leading a British Academy-funded project on just transitions in Japan. The start of the project is timely, as it coincides with the conclusion of COP26 and the Glasgow Climate Pact. One of the big talking points at… Read More What might the Glasgow Climate Pact mean for a just transition in Japan?

COP26 Observer Blog Day 5: is there a place for CCS and hydrogen in our net-zero society?

When the Australia Pavilion at COP26 opened on Monday morning, it had at its heart a large bright blue model showcasing a purported climate change solution, complete with information panels and flashing lights. By Wednesday morning, the display was gone. So what happened? The display showed carbon capture and storage in action. CCS is a… Read More COP26 Observer Blog Day 5: is there a place for CCS and hydrogen in our net-zero society?