BANGKOK (AP) — As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.
A year later, his three alleged killers, including a senior government official, are on trial for murder. The dumping has been halted and villagers are erecting a statue to their slain hero.
Tackling China's pollution problem head-on, Alibaba, the massive and powerful e-commerce group, is selling its customers water testing kits for around $10 and then mapping the data that the volunteers upload, Bloomberg reports.
MATAGORDA, Texas (AP) — An artificial reef that conservationists hope will repopulate Matagorda Bay with oyster beds was completed over the weekend by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The 250-foot-long, 50-foot-wide structure was completed Saturday, Corps spokesman Isidro Reyna said.
"The oysters need a place to land and settle," Corps project manager Byron Williams said. "We're going to monitor the reef for five years, but this is a long-term plan that could be deemed a success in year one."
BERLIN (AP) — The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.
Such gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, rose on average by 2.2 percent a year in 2000-2010, driven by the use of coal in the power sector, officials said as they launched the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change's report on measures to fight global warming.
Without additional measures to contain emissions, global temperatures will rise about 3 degrees to 4 degrees Celsius (5 degrees to 7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100 compared to current levels, the panel said.
Groups seeking action to address climate change reacted Sunday to the latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with a call for global leaders to reverse growing carbon emissions.
The report, released in Berlin, is the third of four that will make up the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, which is to set the stage for international talks next year on a global climate treaty. The report found greenhouse gas emissions accelerated from 2000-2010, growing more than in any of the previous three decades.
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.
Since it's a scientific body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won't tell governments how to divide those emissions cuts — a crunch issue in negotiations on a new climate pact that's supposed to be adopted next year.
However, in leaked draft of the report obtained by The Associated Press, the IPCC shows with graphs and tables which countries are responsible for the greatest share of emissions, using a range of different accounting methods. These are some of the key facts on emissions:
DENVER (AP) — Conservation groups say they will go to court to force the Obama administration to do more to save the lesser prairie chicken, arguing a recent federal ruling doesn't stop the energy industry from killing the grouse or encroaching on its habitats in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians notified the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior on Friday that they intended to sue.
BERLIN (AP) — It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space.
Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.
The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under pressure from both sides this week as it considers whether geoengineering should be part of the tool-kit that governments use to keep global warming in check.
Russia, in particular, has been pushing the panel to place more emphasis on such techniques in a key document for policymakers being finalized in Berlin this week.
Iraq produced 3.6 million barrels of oil in February, the nation's highest output since Saddam Hussein took power in 1979, but a March pipeline attack and a drop in production highlight the instability of the nation's markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, urged the state's supreme court to dismiss a lower judge's ruling that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route was approved through improper means, Bloomberg reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than for policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
The North American energy boom, which is starting to change the global picture economically and strategically, still has the potential to be derailed, particularly if oil prices drop, The New York Times reports.