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The Koukokuji Buddhist Temple in downtown Tokyo has 400 years history, but its “Ruriden columbarium” offers a high-tech futuristic resting place for departed.

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‘Obon’ is one of the most important Japanese traditions. It is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one’s ancestors. It is believed that each year during ‘obon’, the ancestors’ spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives. Obon is celebrated around mid-August and is an important family gathering time. Many people return to their hometowns and visit family’s grave together.

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According to an extensive analysis of historical cyclone data, nearly 65 percent of typhoons now reach category 3 or higher, compared with around 45 percent just a decade ago, a study issued in Science Advances says.

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Extreme weather across southern Europe has fueled thousands of small wildfire and a few large blazes in July and August this year in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, France, Portugal, and more. The temperatures have soared above 40°C in July, and blazes have broken out across southern Italy and Sicily. Wildfires near the Calampiso seaside resort west of Palermo, the Sicilian capital, forced the evacuation of more than 700 tourists by boat.

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Due to of the amount of fossil fuels being burned over the past few hundred years, more and more CO2 has been added to the atmosphere. At least one-quarter of the carbon dioxide released by human activities dissolves into the ocean.

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Despite disastrous weather we are facing because of climate change, scientists say the worse is yet to come. Over the past 30 years there has been a pattern of increasingly higher average temperatures for the whole world. The average global temperature today is about l degree Celsius higher than it was in the late 19th century.

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