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Going Local: the solution-multiplier

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Going Local: the solution-multiplier

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A brief animated introduction to localization. Learn more at localfutures.org. Follow Local Futures on Facebook or Twitter. Across the world, people are coming to realize that today’s crises — ecological coll...

Satish Kumar: Education With Hands, Hearts and Heads

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Satish Kumar: Education With Hands, Hearts and Heads

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When we take a more holistic perspective - the results are amazing

World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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Five nations in Africa have come together to create the world’s largest conservation area for wildlife. Elephants have no respect for lines on a map, especially the artificial national boundaries established by E...

Bald Barbie in the works for kids with cancer

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Bald Barbie in the works for kids with cancer

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Mattel announced plans to create a bald doll for children suffering from hair loss in response to an ongoing campaign on Facebook. Southern California resident Rebecca Sypin was one of the peopl...

Community Groups Join Forces to Support Clean Energy and Save Money

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Community Groups Join Forces to Support Clean Energy and Save Money

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In the depths of the recession, when budgets were tighter than usual, a group of churches in Washington, D.C., noticed energy bills were eating up huge chunks of their budgets. “The huge amount our institutions ...

China sets up rare earth body to streamline the sector

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China sets up rare earth body to streamline the sector

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China has set up a rare earth association in a bid to streamline the sector’s development, as it continues to face criticism over its policies. Beijing has imposed quotas on exports of rare earth elements, a move whi...

Carbon credits to benefit farmers

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Carbon credits to benefit farmers

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Improved farming practices, especially in rice cultivation, would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and provide economic benefits for rural farmers in Viet Nam through participation in a carbon-credit programme, accor...

Ikea begins urban planning project

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Ikea begins urban planning project

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You get a certain feeling that you’re getting lost in a craftily designed labyrinth when you enter an Ikea store, The Globe and Mail reports. But the next question is: will that discomforting almost-warmth of a proto...

An Ecology of Mind

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An Ecology of Mind

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An Ecology of Mind is a film portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist, and filmmaker, produced and directed by his daughter, Nora Bateson. The...

Polly Higgins was honoured as Campaigner of the Year at PEA Awards 2012

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Polly Higgins was honoured as Campaigner of the Year at PEA Awards 2012

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Polly Higgins was honored on March 21st with the distinction of Campaigner of the Year at the The People and Environment Achievement Awards. The PEA Awards recognise that all major breakthroughs by government, busi...

Surfers to carry out nationwide beach clean

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Surfers to carry out nationwide beach clean

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Around 1,000 surfers and volunteers are expected to take part in litter-picking across 40 costal sites on 24 and 25 March. The annual SAS Big Spring Beach Clean takes place at a time of year when the accumulation ...

Teenager hits the Jackpot after tidying his room!

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Teenager hits the Jackpot after tidying his room!

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A teenager from Midlothian has cleaned up on the National Lottery after finally cleaning up his messy bedroom. Ryan Kitchin scooped more than £50,000 after finding a winning lottery ticket in the room that his mot...

Greenpeace calls for zero deforestation globally by 2020

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Greenpeace calls for zero deforestation globally by 2020

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Greenpeace reiterated its call for an end to deforestation in Brazil by 2015 and globally by 2020 during its launch of an awareness-raising expedition down the Amazon River aboard the Rainbow Warrior. "Brazil is...

Bill to boost startups wins Senate approval

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Bill to boost startups wins Senate approval

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted by a wide margin on Thursday to pass a bill to boost small business growth, notching a rare election-year bipartisan victory though some Democrats and watchdogs warned t...

Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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Plant sunflowers and help solve an unfinished Turing experiment

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1+1+2+3+5+8+13+21+34+55+89+144 Recognise that sequence of numbers? It is called the ‘Fibonacci phyllotaxis’ and computer pioneer Alan Turing was working to solve a mathematical riddle that he worked on before ...

Chinese Villagers Get Free Gold And Silver Bars In Changjian, Jiangsu, China

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Chinese Villagers Get Free Gold And Silver Bars In Changjian, Jiangsu, China

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3,000 villagers hit a windfall last week after a locally-owned business in eastern China gave each resident 100-gram bars of gold and silver in honor of the company's 40th anniversary, the China Money Report writes. ...

Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

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Device invented that can detect infectious disease in minutes

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Infectious diseases can spread very rapidly, so quickly identifying them can be crucial to stopping an epidemic. However, current testing for such diseases can take hours and days. But not for much longer. Jayne ...

Bright Is The New Black: New York Roofs Go Cool

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Bright Is The New Black: New York Roofs Go Cool

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On the hottest day of the New York City summer in 2011, a white roof covering was measured at 42 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the traditional black roof it was being compared to, according to a study including NASA ...

Burmese savour taste of democracy

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Burmese savour taste of democracy

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Only a small proportion of Burma's parliamentary seats are being contested in by-elections in April, but with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi standing for the first time, the campaign has considerable significan...

If We Eat Less Meat, Perhaps We Can Eat Better Meat

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If We Eat Less Meat, Perhaps We Can Eat Better Meat

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Americans love meat. Meat is not so great for the environment. But perhaps there is a middle ground: As meat consumption decreases, we’re seeing Americans buying the more expensive, humanely raised stuff. America...