Kenya planned sugar factory sparks dispute. Plans for a 50,000-acre (20,000-hectare) sugar production plant in Kenya’s Tana River Delta have ignited a bitter dispute between conservation groups and economic-minded officials. Opponents argue that development could irreversibly ruin the delta, which is home to several indigenous groups, a vast array of bird and fish species, and two species of highly endangered primates. — National Geographic News
Solar cinema creates the mood. Even in this age of DVDs and movies on iPods, there is nothing like the collective experience of sharing a movie. In the UK, it’s a moveable treat: The Groovy Movie Picture House is a 45 foot diameter portable cinema, “with full blackout lining, a coconut matting floor, providing a cosy venue for daytime or night time screenings for audiences of over 150.” Now they have gone solar. — Treehugger
Arnie plays global warming action hero. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger echoed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday when he called on the nations of the world to take action needed to slow global warming. “The time has come to stop looking back at the Kyoto Protocol,” Schwarzenegger said, according to Reuters. “It is time to stop looking back in blame or suspicion … The rich nations and the poor nations have different responsibilities, but one responsibility we all have is action.” — The Daily Green
Environment fears over Japanese gas deal. Conservation campaigners are worried about the effects a new Japanese gas deal could have on the Northern Territory. The Territory Government is in a bidding war with Western Australia to win the $5 billion gas project from Japanese company INPEX. The plant would be built at Middle Arm and would involve a 900 kilometre pipeline. But Environment Centre spokesman Charles Roche says campaigners are worried that the Territory’s environment laws are too relaxed. — ABC Online
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International court to try environmental crimes a possibility. As the United Nations takes an increasingly dominant role in guiding the climate change debate, there is renewed interest in a longstanding proposal for the creation of an international court to try environmental crimes. — IPS