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Discovery gives hope for efficient, flexible, inexpensive plastic solar cells

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Discovery gives hope for efficient, flexible, inexpensive plastic solar cells

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Silicon-based solar cells, by far the most prevalent type of solar cell available today, might provide clean, green energy but they are bulky, rigid and expensive to produce. Organic (carbon-based) semiconductors ar...

Hammerheads, other sharks protected at fisheries meet

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Hammerheads, other sharks protected at fisheries meet

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PARIS — Half-a-dozen species of endangered sharks hunted on the high seas to satisfy a burgeoning Asian market for sharkfin soup are now protected in the Atlantic, a fisheries group decided Saturday. Scalloped, ...

US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste

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US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste

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US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste Buildings consume 40 percent of American energy

Five countries sign for ‘European Amazon’ reserve

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Five countries sign for ‘European Amazon’ reserve

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Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia today signed a historic declaration to establish a trans-boundary UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect their shared nature and wildlife along the Mura, Drava and Danube...

India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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NEW DELHI — India's top court on Friday temporarily banned use of the pesticide endosulfan, which the government has resisted blacklisting despite curbs imposed in 60 other countries over health concerns. India ...

Indigenous people blockade river against ‘murderous’ oil company

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Indigenous people blockade river against ‘murderous’ oil company

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Over the weekend more than 100 Shuar indigenous people, also known as Wampis, blockaded the Morona River in Peru in an effort to stop exploratory oil drilling by Canadian-owned Talisman Energy. The blockade in mean...

Lucky you – German authorities issue parking tickets without fines

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Lucky you – German authorities issue parking tickets without fines

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German authorities are giving parking violators in one city an unexpected break by issuing tickets without fines. The tickets, put on carelessly parked cars in Potsdam, include a fine of 0 euros and the cheerful m...

Peru’s coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change

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Peru’s coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change

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Global warming threatens the future of Peru"s poorest coffee farmers, but one brand thinks it has found an answer on the financial markets. In the foothills of the Andes, in the Sierra Piura region of Peru, the pro...

Solar Power Portal Awards

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Solar Power Portal Awards

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2013 sees the launch of the Solar Power Portal Awards, recognising the best in solar in the UK. Focusing on all areas of the solar industry, the purpose of the awards is to recognise and celebrate good practice, p...

Cupcycling – Selfridges

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Cupcycling – Selfridges

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Selfridges is to recycle disposable coffee cups generated at its Oxford Street headquarters and store, with the resulting paper being used to create its iconic yellow shopping bags in a completely unique closed-loop r...

In a First, Brazil Elects a Woman as President

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In a First, Brazil Elects a Woman as President

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Dilma Rousseff was elected the country’s first female president on Sunday, as Brazilians voted strongly in favor of continuing the economic and social policies of the popular president, Luiz Inác...

Wind Turbines on Farmland May Benefit Crops

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Wind Turbines on Farmland May Benefit Crops

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New research shows that wind turbines may help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide from the air ...

Music has a positive impact on the mental health of commuters, survey suggests

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Music has a positive impact on the mental health of commuters, survey suggests

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Workers who listen to music during the morning commute are giving their mental health a boost, according to a new survey. Figures released by the mental health charity Mind reveal that 74 per cent of employees list...

Genetically Modified Fungus Could Fight Malaria, Reduce DDT Use

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Genetically Modified Fungus Could Fight Malaria, Reduce DDT Use

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LONDON -- In a cramped London laboratory filled with test tubes, bacteria and mosquitoes, scientists are trying to engineer a new weapon in the battle against malaria: a mutant fungus. For years, Angray Kang at W...

India introduces e-waste law

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India introduces e-waste law

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A campaign forfronted by Greenpeace has after 6 years finally led to a legislation that make producers financially liable for the products they produces after the products life-span. India has long been a destina...

Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

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Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

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Over the next three to four decades, temperatures in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa are expected to rise about two degrees Celsius. Scientists say without immediate innovations in farming, crops will be d...

Development of new lithium battery LiFePO4 could improve solar power efficiency and reduce cost

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Development of new lithium battery LiFePO4 could improve solar power efficiency and reduce cost

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A new type of battery - the LiFePO4 - could improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of solar power, scientists say. The team from  the University of Southampton looked specifically into the use of lithium batte...

M&S becomes ‘carbon neutral’

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M&S becomes ‘carbon neutral’

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First major UK retailer to meet its sustainability targets says results show there is also a strong business case for going green M&S has become the first major UK retailer to become fully 'carbon neutral', th...

China’s spending on renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan

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China’s spending on renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan

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China’s spending to develop renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan ($294 billion) in the five years through 2015 as part of the nation’s efforts to counter climate change, according to a government official. ...

World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in UK

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World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in UK

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This from CNN:- London, England (CNN) -- The world's largest offshore wind farm opened Thursday off the British coast, with 100 wind turbines capable of supplying enough electricity for 200,000 homes a year. The...