NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A famed scientist and founding former chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service urged Kenya's president on Wednesday to invoke emergency measures to protect the country's elephants and rhinos from a poaching crisis sweeping Africa.
Richard Leakey also said the Kenya Wildlife Service has been infiltrated by powerful people enriching themselves off poaching. Kenya's poaching ring leaders are known, he said, but the government has taken no action. He did not give names.
Leakey, whose family has been investigating the origins of man for decades in Kenya's Turkana region, urged Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to overhaul management at the wildlife service.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are preparing to retrace the 1,200-mile path of a wandering wolf whose trek in 2011 across Oregon and California attracted worldwide attention, hoping their upcoming journey will help build greater acceptance of wolves as they reclaim lost territories across the West.
The wolf, dubbed OR-7 and wearing a GPS-equipped collar, became a celebrity at 2 years old after leaving a pack in northeastern Oregon in September 2011, just days after the state issued a kill order for his father and a sibling for preying on livestock.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations.
The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that with that localized data they can help the public understand the risks they face, especially in coastal areas where flooding is a big issue.
Wildflowers now bloom in the Rocky Mountains from April to mid-September, a longer period that researchers writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences attribute to the effects of climate change, the Los Angeles Times reports.
PARIS (AP) — Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation's reliance on atomic power.
Activists hung a banner reading "Stop Risking Europe" next to one of the reactors at the Fessenheim plant near the German border. France's oldest nuclear plant, it has become a flashpoint for anti-nuclear campaigners who say it is unsafe and should have been closed long ago.ources.
Scientists, publishing in the journal Nature Climate Change, warn that sea level rise from global warning could be more dramatic than expected, as earlier projections did not fully account for rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet, E&E reports.
PARIS (AP) — Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city's cars and trucks from its streets for a day in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that's shrouded the City of Light for more than a week.
Cars with even-numbered license plates were prohibited from driving in Paris and its suburbs. Around 700 police manned 179 control points around the region, handing out tickets to offenders. Taxis and commercial vehicles weren't covered by the ban.
Police had ticketed nearly 4,000 people by midday, and 27 drivers had their cars impounded for refusing to cooperate with officers.
Oil was mixed Friday, with an estimate of a stockpile build in Cushing sending West Texas Intermediate crude down 49 cents to $45.83 a barrel on the Nymex, while the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pushed Brent 47 cents higher to $48.99, Reuters reports.
Hit by the slump in oil prices, contractor Hercules Offshore is retiring five more Gulf of Mexico rigs, a second round of such action, and also is taking $117 million in fourth quarter write-offs, FuelFix reports.
A draft final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board into the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond more than two years ago –- to be presented at a public meeting next week -- blames problems with regulations, the company’s safety culture and also its emergency response crews, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Even though GOP leaders like Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. and new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, say they would be willing to look at reform of the Clean Air Act, such an overhaul would be a long shot at best, say lobbyists and industry figures, E&E reports.
The U.S. is a few years away from President Obama’s goal of seeing 1 million electric vehicles on the road, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The Detroit News in an interview, saying the costs are still too high.
On a visit to the X-Games in Colorado, Gina McCarthy joined Olympic snowboarders to highlight the danger climate change poses to winter sports and the mountain towns that host them, the Aspen Daily News reports.
The U.S. special representative for the Arctic, Adm. Robert Papp, says he has discussed with Disney using characters from the movie Frozen to educate the public about the dangers climate change poses to the Arctic, National Journal reports.
A compromise about burying parts of the SunZia transmission line between New Mexico and Arizona underneath part of the White Sands Missile Range has led to a formal agreement about the project, to be announced Saturday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Legislation being discussed in Vermont would discourage the practice of utilities collecting renewable energy credits for reducing fossil fuel use and then selling them on to firms out of state, the Burlington Free Press reports.