Japan aims for 25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020

Japan’s next leader has promised a big cut in greenhouse gas emissions, saying he will aim for a 25% reduction by 2020 compared with 1990 levels.

Democratic Party leader Yukio Hatoyama is due to take over as prime minister on 16 September, after a resounding election victory in August.

His predecessor, Taro Aso, had pledged cuts of only 8%.

Mr Hatoyama said the plan was dependent on other nations agreeing targets at December’s climate talks in Copenhagen Continue reading Japan aims for 25% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020

Lightbulbs made from Salmon DNA, sea lion dies of heart failure following a marathon mating session (and other odd news stories from this week)

This week has been a great week for odd, random news stories – see below for a roundup of the best (including why the “killer squid” might not be so killer after all)
1. Fish shrinking due to global warming
2. Researchers Use Salmon DNA To Make LED Lightbulbs
3.Mike the sea lion dies of heart failure after marathon mating session at German zoo
4. Discarded chicken parts may provide an abundant source of biodiesel fuel, scientists say
5. “Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities”
6. ” Researcher Sheds Light On ‘man-eating’ Squid; ‘I Was Surprised At How Timid They Were’” Continue reading Lightbulbs made from Salmon DNA, sea lion dies of heart failure following a marathon mating session (and other odd news stories from this week)