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Toyota cars get more efficient engine from hybrids

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 11:01AM UTC Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, where the Japanese automaker is an industry leader. Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the engine will be rolled out in 14 models this year and next year.

The problems with Burma’s logging ban

By Fri, Apr 04, 2014 2:40PM UTC The problems with Burma’s logging ban

Burma’s recent announcement of a ban on exporting unprocessed timber logs seems like good news for the country’s environment and economy. The proposed ban is meant to stimulate development of a domestic wood-processing industry and curb logging rates, which would protect Burma’s forests.

China police detain 18 over chemical plant protest

By Fri, Apr 04, 2014 9:13AM UTC China police detain 18 over chemical plant protest

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say they have detained 18 people after a protest against a planned chemical plant in a southern city turned violent. Police in Maoming city announced Thursday the suspects were accused of disrupting order and causing trouble, according to the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily. More

Venice: The Bangladesh of the West

By Wed, Apr 02, 2014 2:17PM UTC A tourist sits outside a cafe in a flooded St. Mark Square during floods in Venice in 2012. Pic: AP.

What do Bangladesh and Venice have in common? Most would guess little or nothing and it is indeed hard to see a link between the lush, green mangroves of the Bay of Bengal and the wooden piers lined with gondolas of the Venetian lagoon. But the two places share a common challenge, and a vital one at that: they both are among the most vulnerable places to climate change in the world.

Climate change: Yeb Sano puts Philippines in focus

By Wed, Apr 02, 2014 6:00AM UTC Climate change: Yeb Sano puts Philippines in focus

According to the 2013 Climate Change Vulnerability Index, the Philippines is the 9th most at risk country in the world. Its capital Manila is the city 3rd most at “extreme risk” from the impacts of climate change within the next 12 years. No one knows this more than Naderev “Yeb”

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