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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...

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signs up for Giving Pledge

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signs up for Giving Pledge

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Zuckerberg agrees to donate most of his wealth to charity

Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Positive News's Stephen Lewis speaks to Satish Kumar, the long-standing editor of the pioneering environmental magazine Resurgence, about the publication’s philosophy and achievements. Forty-five years ago, Brita...

Pajama set knows babies better than parents

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Pajama set knows babies better than parents

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Once a baby starts screaming, parents and caretakers are faced with the most difficult task of all: to figure out what’s wrong and stop the crying as soon as possible. But now there’s a new onesie outfit that can...

Grocery giant committs to zero deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing

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Grocery giant committs to zero deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing

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Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products. Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY), the second biggest U.S. grocery chain, made the commitment in res...

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...

Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Here's some good news for parents - and those around them - who are driven to distraction by a baby's crying. Design student Tim Dunkley, from Brunel University in Uxbridge, has created a vibrating baby harness w...

Chinese cities open up green car markets as government battles pollution

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Chinese cities open up green car markets as government battles pollution

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three of China's biggest cities are helping consumers pay for a range of electric cars, heeding calls to encourage the sale of green vehicles that the government sees helping tackle pollution. ...

Build Your Own Pallet Adirondack Chair

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Build Your Own Pallet Adirondack Chair

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What do you get when you try to solve a neighborhood problem from an industrial design perspective? Designer Shelton Davis did just that and came up with an amazing repurposed chair built from pallet wood that othe...

UK firms fined for waste exports

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UK firms fined for waste exports

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Two British businesses responsible for attempting to illegally export 259 tons of mixed waste to China were fined the maximum amount on Wednesday. The businesses disguised 10 containers of mixed waste as scrap meta...

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...

Green Jobs Don’t Break Windows

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Green Jobs Don’t Break Windows

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Debunking the Notion that Creating Green Jobs is Bad for the Economy A newly released study suggested that upholding the new, stricter EPA Clean Air Act rules would create a slew of new jobs -- something along the ...

Wrinkle cream could heal wounds, study finds

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Wrinkle cream could heal wounds, study finds

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The first study to investigate the chemical structure of an advanced class of anti-wrinkle cream has shown that it could be used to promote wound healing and regenerative medicine. Chemists at the University of R...

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...

German mayor comes up with specially designed park bench for teenagers who won’t sit properly

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German mayor comes up with specially designed park bench for teenagers who won’t sit properly

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A mayor in Germany is attracting interest from other cities after he installed a special park bench for town teens who refuse to sit properly. After residents of the southwestern city of Eppelheim complained tee...

China overhauls consumer protection laws

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China overhauls consumer protection laws

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top legal body has strengthened consumer rights in the country after it revised the nation's Consumer Protection Law on Friday, the first major overhaul in two decades. The revisions...

Blueberries guard against high blood pressure, new study finds

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Blueberries guard against high blood pressure, new study finds

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Eating blueberries can guard against high blood pressure, according to new research by the University of East Anglia and Harvard University. Bioactive compounds in blueberries called anthocyanins offer protection...

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...

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...

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...