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Nation Building Works

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Nation Building Works

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As US combat troops depart Iraq we all wonder and hope that it will all have been for the good of the Iraqi people. Here is an interesting opinion on the current state of the country by David brooks at the New York Times.

Study to cut car fuel usage could decrease running costs and cut carbon emissions

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Study to cut car fuel usage could decrease running costs and cut carbon emissions

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Researchers from the University of Bath are embarking on a new project to achieve a ground breaking 35 per cent reduction in car fuel usage that will decrease running costs and cut carbon emissions. The team has ...

Worker Ants Could Inspire High-Tech Tools

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Worker Ants Could Inspire High-Tech Tools

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Ants in the Panamanian rain forest could inspire high-tech tools of the future that are strong and can withstand fracture. During the course of his work, University of Oregon research scientist Robert Schofield also...

Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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New research published today by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less. Nearly half of UK businesses said that they had cut business flights over the...

Natural and Organic Award winners 2011

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Natural and Organic Award winners 2011

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Winners of the prestigious Natural and Organic Awards 2011 were announced at the Natural and Organic Products show at Olympia’s Pillar Hall, London. The annual awards ceremony, now in its sixteenth year, recognises...

Green entrepreneurs sought for Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition

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Green entrepreneurs sought for Postcode Lottery Green Challenge competition

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An initiative which has reduced 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the UK is seeking the next big carbon cutting idea, to reward it with a £440,000 boost. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2011 offers fundin...

New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

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New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

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We've been keeping an eye on efforts to make the dreaded dentist's drill a thing of the past for some time, and now there's more good news on the horizon for the cavity-prone (and pain-phobic). Engineers at the Univ...

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...

Renewable distributed electricity generation to triple by 2017

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Renewable distributed electricity generation to triple by 2017

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Annual global installations of renewable distributed electricity generation will nearly triple between 2012 and 2017 says Pike Research. The research group’s “Renewable Distributed Energy Generation” report projec...

Local businesses get help kicking their plastic habit

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Local businesses get help kicking their plastic habit

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The resort island of Bali produces 890 metric tons of garbage every day. Imagine five blue whales or 222 elephants of pure trash washing up on the shores of Bali every 24 hours. But rather than throw up their han...

Mobile Wind Turbine Could Provide Portable Power On-Call

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Mobile Wind Turbine Could Provide Portable Power On-Call

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The problem with wind farms is that they’re stuck wherever they’ve been stationed. Granted, they’ve been installed in areas that benefit from high wind activity, but what if you had a portable wind farm...

‘Critical habitat’ set aside in Alaska for polar bears

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‘Critical habitat’ set aside in Alaska for polar bears

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(CNN) -- The setting aside of 187,000 square miles in Alaska as "critical habitat" for polar bears could have an impact on oil and gas drilling, federal and environmental officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Fish ...

Germany sells vision for ‘green toys’ to world

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Germany sells vision for ‘green toys’ to world

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NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) - The hottest 'green' toy in Germany isn't made of organic or recycled materials. That's so 2010. This one has a solar panel and only runs if kids remember to insert bright red 'energy stone...

‘Leading Organic Alliance’ formed to help protect and promote organic in Europe

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‘Leading Organic Alliance’ formed to help protect and promote organic in Europe

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Good news from the Soil Association:- The eight foremost organic organisations in Europe, including the Soil Association, have formed the ‘Leading Organic Alliance’ to help promote organic farming in Europe, develo...

U.N. Proposes ‘Climate Services’ To Help Developing Nations Deal With Onslaught Of Extreme Weather

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U.N. Proposes ‘Climate Services’ To Help Developing Nations Deal With Onslaught Of Extreme Weather

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GENEVA -- The global economy could reduce $100 billion a year in climate change-linked losses by providing the most vulnerable countries with "climate services" to help them prepare, a United Nations expert panel r...

New York State Domestic Workers Organize for Rights

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New York State Domestic Workers Organize for Rights

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For many Americans, Labor Day [September 5] has come to mean a three-day weekend and an end-of-summer barbecue. The original spirit of the holiday, though, which honors the dignity of labor and the struggle for soc...

A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest

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A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest

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Just as France was being chastised for excessive national borrowing with a sovereign debt downgrade, thousands of lucky French people had their financial obligations forgiven after the country's oldest bank decided ...

US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

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US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

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The US will make a profit from bailing out the nation's banks and carmakers at the height of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department has said. The bank bailouts may result in a return of $2bn (£1.3bn), the T...

Sarawak targets 1M ha of tree plantations by 2020

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Sarawak targets 1M ha of tree plantations by 2020

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Sarawak, a state in Malaysian Borneo, aims to have 1 million hectares of industrial tree plantations by 2020 to offset declining timber production due to unsustainable forest management practices. According to the ...

Stanford kicks coal out of its $18 billion endowmant

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Stanford kicks coal out of its $18 billion endowmant

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The fossil fuel divestment campaign won a major victory today as Stanford University announced it would drop coal companies from its massive $18.7 billion endowment, the fourth largest of any American university. The ...