Broadcasters led with reports on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s release of its first global warming report in eight years, which warns that even if global greenhouse emissions are reduced to net zero by around 2050, there is more than a 50% chance that the average global temperature rise since pre-industrial times will cross the 1.5-degree mark by 2040 (NHK), the growing number of COVID-19 patients recuperating at home (NTV), the number of new COVID-19 cases in Japan topping 10,000 for the first time on a Monday (TBS), the rise of Sumida River in Tokyo due to the extratropical cyclone (Fuji TV), and about 10,000 Olympic athletes leaving Japan yesterday (TV Asahi). Top items in national papers included a report on alleged breaches of the “Olympic bubble” and other stories about the Tokyo Olympics, the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki yesterday, and the IPCC’s projection for the rise in global temperature.
- August 10, 2021
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