May 10, 1986 |
Prince Charles talked Zen with Buddhist monks, and Princess Diana slipped on a peach kimono given to her by the mayor of Kyoto yesterday as the royal couple got into a Japanese state of mind in their first full day in the East. "Should I put it on?" Diana asked Charles when she was presented with the kimono at a garden party on the grounds of a 17th-century shogun's castle. As Charles smiled, she did, to the "oohs" and "ahs" of onlookers, and then took a few dainty steps. The garment, with floral decorations, was made especially for the princess and took six months to fashion.
December 6, 2003
Is Russia in, out, or just thinking about the Kyoto agreement on climate control? Thing is, it doesn't matter much. That's because we're out. The U.S. Congress, led by stiff opposition by business, slapped Kyoto forcefully down in 1998. And no global agreement is very global without us. So the question is: Since we don't have Kyoto, what can we have? What would a good climate-control treaty for the future look like? Here are a few broad things such a treaty ought to have: Flex.
December 7, 1997
Few issues have generated more submissions to this page lately than the Kyoto conference. Below are some selections. Just who are the 2,600 scientists proclaiming the certitude of human-caused global warming? Nine out of 10 are unqualified to render expert opinions, according to a Citizens for a Sound Economy study. Among the so-called experts: a plastic surgeon, landscape architects, lawyers, dermatologists, English and linguistics experts, a hotel administrator, a gynecologist, sociologists - even an expert in traditional Chinese medicine!
December 8, 1997 |
If there were a contest for the most overblown news event of 1997, the global warming summit in Kyoto ought to win hands down. The editors of my hometown paper, the Bangor Daily News, were charitable in labeling it merely "hot air. " Meanwhile, we've been distracted from the real issue: the economic gains that sensible greenhouse reduction strategies would bring. Kyoto seems hollow indeed when we consider the quieter but more significant politics of transit policy. While U.S. delegates to the global summit trumpeted this nation's newfound commitment to the environment, Congress struggled to approve a paltry two-year $2.3 billion-dollar subsidy for Amtrak.
December 14, 1997
The Kyoto global climate treaty is a big surprise in many ways. Surprise No. 1: A treaty happened. Surprise No. 2: The United States, the roped-down Gulliver of the negotiations, led the way, sort of. Despite a foggy keynote address, Vice President Gore sent the right message: Loosen up. And people did. Surprise No. 3: This thing has guts. The United States agrees to cut emissions of greenhouse gases to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. The European Union had wanted 15 percent.
April 19, 1986 |
A seven-man Japanese delegation headed by the vice mayor of Kyoto completed a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia-area plants yesterday in what both the visitors and their hosts hope might start a new high-tech partnership between the two cities. Accompanied by their own interpreter, the trade group came here seeking to attract investment in Kyoto, Japan's oldest city. Like Philadelphia, Kyoto (population 1.7 million) is rich in history and culture but has fallen behind in economic development.
September 28, 1987 |
ENIAC, the world's first computer developed at the University of Pennsylvania, is headed for Japan as part of Philadelphia's contribution to the World Exposition of Historical Cities. The exposition will be held in Kyoto from Nov. 8 to 29 to commemorate that city's installation as the capital of Japan 1,200 years ago. Officially, the exhibit is only open to cities that are more than 1,000 years old and have a population exceeding 500,000 people. While Philadelphia obviously does not fit both of those criteria, the city was invited to attend because numerous area businesses have been active in Kyoto, according to Lee T. Stull, managing director of the Greater Philadelphia International Network.
December 11, 2000
"Doesn't it make sense to keep our options open so we can implement [Kyoto's] terms without harming, disrupting or complicating our lives?" opined former U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop, a virulent opponent of the Kyoto protocol. Nothing's that easy, buddy. Sure, it was more convenient to dump raw sewage into rivers, throw away aluminum soda cans, and use aerosol hairspray, but Americans have adjusted just fine to sewage plants, recycling and pump spray-bottles. And our environment is better for it. Similarly, Americans can painlessly step up to slow global warming.
December 5, 1997
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto involves 1,500 delegates from 150 nations, a cloud of greenhouse gases and some of the most complex international negotiations ever attempted. Clearly, the nations of the world need to do something. The oft-heard claim that "global warming is bad science" is bunk. The massive preponderance of scientific wisdom tells us the atmosphere has warmed and greenhouse gases are involved. But science can't tell us yet what it all means.
June 3, 2012 |
Most tourists traveling to a foreign country are looking for a guidebook vacation. That was my intent as I planned a recent family trip to Kyoto and Tokyo to visit our son. He has been living on the northern island of Hokkaido since July. I imagined visiting the serene shrines of Kyoto, the tall towers of Tokyo, and viewing the scenery from the high speed bullet trains. While I did enjoy these experiences in Japan, the memories that will remain with me are the details I discovered along the way. Take umbrellas, for example.