In a historic move, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature voted at its World Congress in Jeju, South Korea to phase out bear farming.
The University of Texas plans to organize experts to review a report on fracking after learning that the professor who wrote it is in the pocket of the natural gas industry.
The methods are controversial enough. But activists have pointed out that oil and gas drilling have a nasty side effect.
If the Japanese government continues to cater to corporate interests, critics fear, it will accommodate neither public demand nor scientific fact.