The Army has been approved by a U.S. District judge to go forward with its plans to incinerate World War II-era chemical weapons, dealing a huge blow to the 20 citizens' groups that opposed the incineration in a lawsuit. Craig Williams's Chemical Weapons Working Group was the plaintiff in the case against the U.S. Department of Defense. The incineration plans stem from a 1993 order by Congress for the Army to dispose of certain chemical weapons stockpiles in order to comply with an international treaty.
In the lead-up to the December UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, NGOs and others working on climate issues have been encouraged to share ideas for how future climate policy should be shaped. Michal Kravcik, 1999 Goldman Prize recipient from Slovakia, and his colleagues, Jan Pokorny, Juraj Kohutiar and Martin Kovac have developed a discussion paper that emphasizes the importance of water and land use on climate.
Ka Hsaw Wa (Burma, 1999) and Yu Xiaogang (China, 2006) are two of the six individuals awarded the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
The award is given annually to bring to public attention the inspiring Asian leaders who are innovating and using their knowledge for the collective good. It is given in honor of former Phillipine President Ramon Magsaysay.