January 27, 2014 (Mon)Subtle but renewed for 2014!
Belated Happy New Year!
Have you noticed some changes in our Eco Channel homepage?
Starting this year, Eco Channel has a new set of categories to better reflect themes of the videos introduced. Here’s the list of new categories: http://cgi4.nhk.or.jp/eco-channel/en/category/
Under each category, you can find sub-categories to refine your search. Under “Climate Change” category, for instance, there are currently 8 videos and by clicking “Climate Change”, you can see the list of thumbnails of each video: http://cgi4.nhk.or.jp/eco-channel/en/category/category_sub.cgi?lcategory_id=1
Or you can simply do “key word search” as before by using the search engine at the top, if you are searching for something particular.
Regarding climate change, in March this year, Japan will host the UN’s IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change) Working Group II meeting in Yokohama. At this meeting, IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability of the climate change on our eco system and our lives will be considered. The Report is a compilation of all the scientific findings and data since the last Report 6 years ago that have been assessed and evaluated by the scientists worldwide.
The Working Group I Report released last September, in a tone ever more certain than the last ones, points out “it is most likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century”. We humans have influenced “the warming in the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions of snow and ice, in global sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extreme events”. So, let’s keep our eyes on how our influence on climate system is in turn affecting us now and will impact our lives into the future. On Eco Channel, we hope to bring you the up-to-date information of this proceeding and more.
Thank you for keeping eyes on Eco Channel!