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In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends. But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Satu...

Countries adopt UN-backed declaration to enhance protection of marine environment

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Countries adopt UN-backed declaration to enhance protection of marine environment

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28 January 2012 – Delegates from 65 countries attending a United Nations-backed conference in the Philippines have agreed to step up efforts to protect the world's oceans from land-based activities, stressing the ...

Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Canada's crime rate is the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Statistics Canada, as the volume of crime dropped five per cent in 2010 from the year before. "The national crime rate has been falling steadily ...

UN documentary forum shines a spotlight on global fight against hunger

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UN documentary forum shines a spotlight on global fight against hunger

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Filmmakers, activists, journalists, aid workers, policy-makers and United Nations staff are gathering in New York this weekend for a two-day documentary forum aimed at raising public awareness about the fight again...

The inaugural United States Peace Index

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The inaugural United States Peace Index

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The inaugural United States Peace Index, created by the international think tank, Institute for Economics and Peace is the first-ever ranking of the fifty U.S. states based on their levels of peace. The U.S. Peace I...

Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation

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Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation

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On Wednesday, Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation to promote tolerance and empowerment among youth. Among the star-studded lineup for the event on the Harvard University campus in Cambridg...

Italy to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags January 1

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Italy to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags January 1

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Italy is banning the use of plastic shopping bags across the country starting January 1 and requiring shops and markets to switch to biodegradable bags. Italian government is thought to be the first in the Europ...

Seattle’s New Park Will Be Nation’s First Food Forest

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Seattle’s New Park Will Be Nation’s First Food Forest

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Imagine yourself strolling through aisle after aisle of fragrant fruit trees and delicious-looking veggie bushes. The fruit is perfectly ripe, just begging to be picked. You reach out to grab one, but then think be...

Homeless Man Finds, Returns $1,440 Cash

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Homeless Man Finds, Returns $1,440 Cash

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John Kavanaugh is homeless, living on the streets of West Chester. But his lack of income and home has not affected Kavanaugh’s principles. The homeless man stepped on an envelope on the ground last week and saw a p...

RSPCA releases recovered otter back into the wild

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RSPCA releases recovered otter back into the wild

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An otter has been released back into the wild a year after being discovered in an emaciated state and rescued with a bag of prawns. The six-month old female was weak and undernourished when Moira Banks came across...

French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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Perpignan is one of 60 French towns that have struck upon a cheaper and greener way to collect household waste – ditching the dustbin lorry in favour of a horse and cart

EU reports biggest ever fall in car emissions in 2009

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EU reports biggest ever fall in car emissions in 2009

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(Reuters) - Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the European Union dropped by 5 percent last year, the biggest annual fall ever recorded, European climate chief Connie Hedegaard said on Wednesday...

Good news for the environment: Government advisor Natural England halves its carbon emissions

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Good news for the environment: Government advisor Natural England halves its carbon emissions

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It's the government's wildlife and conservation advisor, so it makes sense perhaps that Natural England, has successfully reduced its carbon emissions by 50%. Over four years, it's delivered a series of carbon-sa...

Canada Votes in First Green MP

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Canada Votes in First Green MP

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Elizabeth May, Canada’s Leader of the Green Party, won an historic election on May 2nd.  She is the first ever elected Member of Parliament in Canada for the Green Party.  Despite an overwhelming victory for the Con...

Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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A global energy think tank has urged nations to stop subsidising fossil fuels as soon as possible. It says that last year governments, mainly in the developing world, spent $312bn subsidising coal oil, gas and coal...

Radical dune project to save fen orchids

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Radical dune project to save fen orchids

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Will a pioneering project to reshape sand dunes that are home to a stronghold of fen orchids and other rare plants and invertebrates, protect or destroy the habitat? Tearing up a four hectare area of a Special Area...

THE IMPOSSIBLE HAMSTER CLUB

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THE IMPOSSIBLE HAMSTER CLUB

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A wonderful short film that says it all.. As economist Herman Daly once commented, he would accept the possibility of infinite growth in the economy on the day that one of his economist colleagues could d...

Virgin claims its new jet fuel will have half the carbon footprint of others

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Virgin claims its new jet fuel will have half the carbon footprint of others

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Three years ago, Virgin Atlantic Airways grabbed some headlines when it experimentally ran one of its 747s on a mixture of standard jet fuel and biofuel. While some called it a publicity stunt, it was the first time ...

Honolulu City Council backs bill to ban plastic bags at store, restaurant checkouts

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Honolulu City Council backs bill to ban plastic bags at store, restaurant checkouts

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They drift about on trade winds, marring Hawaii’s landscapes and posing threats to marine life. Floating plastic bags can kill marine animals, such as green sea turtles (hono) that become entangled or ingest the ...

Restoring justice – Bannerman and Tench sentenced for Ecocide

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Restoring justice – Bannerman and Tench sentenced for Ecocide

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On Saturday two fictional CEOs, Mr Bannerman and Mr Tench were sentenced for committing Ecocide. The two separate counts of Ecocide committed by the offenders were reasonably similar.   Yet Mr Bannerman’s sentence...