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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 ...

Asia Pulp & Paper to undertake human rights audit

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Asia Pulp & Paper to undertake human rights audit

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Paper products giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) will undertake a human rights audit across its Indonesian operations. The move, which APP says is an acknowledgment of a recent United Nations call for the global p...

Ecuador Leaves Oil Riches in Ground to Save Ecosystem

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Ecuador Leaves Oil Riches in Ground to Save Ecosystem

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Ecuador’s decision to forego potentially lucrative oil drilling in the Amazon forest in order to protect a biologically rich and fragile ecosystem is the focus of two documentaries at the Washington Environmenta...

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. ...

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...

You’re hired! Rise in apprentices aged fifty plus as older employees seek new skills

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You’re hired! Rise in apprentices aged fifty plus as older employees seek new skills

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This uplifting story comess from our friends at The Optemist:- A new series of The Apprentice has kicked off with the oldest participant aged just 31. But new figures released by the organisation Age UK shows app...

Solar revolution led by outer suburbs

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Solar revolution led by outer suburbs

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Households across the country are putting solar panels on their roofs at a rate that has exceeded all expectations. This year we hit 1 million rooftops with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, up from just 8,000 in 200...

No rhinos poached in Nepal last year

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No rhinos poached in Nepal last year

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As rhinos again fell to poachers in record numbers in 2011, there was one bright-spot: Nepal. Not a single rhino was killed by poachers in the Himalayan nation, home to an estimated 534 greater one-horned rhinos (R...

Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan nuclear power expansion plans abandoned

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Japan is to abandon plans to expand its nuclear power industry and make renewables a key part of its energy policy, the prime minister, Naoto Kan, said as the country marked two months since the tsunami disaster. A...

EU bans BASF pesticide over bee health fears

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EU bans BASF pesticide over bee health fears

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union added a pesticide made by German chemical firm BASF to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations. Member governments banned the ...

World’s largest beef company signs Amazon rainforest pact

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World’s largest beef company signs Amazon rainforest pact

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The world's largest meat processor has agreed to stop buying beef from ranches associated with slave labor and illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to the public prosecutor's office in the stat...

Homeless former DJ and voiceover man propelled to fame and wins job offers thanks to viral video

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Homeless former DJ and voiceover man propelled to fame and wins job offers thanks to viral video

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One of America's first viral videos of 2011 has propelled a homeless man, who was filmed begging for money with a baritone-rich radio voice, to national attention and job offers. Ted Williams, a 53 year-old forme...

North Sea leaks ‘reality check’ for British oil industry, says Greenpeace

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North Sea leaks ‘reality check’ for British oil industry, says Greenpeace

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Environmentalists say industry's arctic safety case undermined by figures showing 55 pollution incidents in last month. Britain's offshore rigs and platforms have leaked oil or other chemicals into the North Sea on...

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 ...

The Amazings: U.K. Retirees Paid To Teach Their Skills To A Younger Generation

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The Amazings: U.K. Retirees Paid To Teach Their Skills To A Younger Generation

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Old, meet young. Learn something new--even amazing. The Amazings is a new social enterprise in London to “help people who are about to retire or have retired create amazing experiences with the skills, knowledge...

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...

Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett say they are encouraged to see that China"s super-rich have enthusiasm for philanthropy. Philanthropy was at the top of the agenda for America"s richest man, Microsof...

Brazil Seeks Ban On Monsanto Herbicide Due To Alarming Toxicity Risks

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Brazil Seeks Ban On Monsanto Herbicide Due To Alarming Toxicity Risks

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Brazil wants to place a ban on Monsanto and get rid of genetically modified organisms. In a historic ruling March 13, Brazil’s Federal Appeal Court canceled its contract with biotechnology giant Bayer (read Setting th...

Stonyfield Farm Makes The Move To Plant-Based Yogurt Cups

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Stonyfield Farm Makes The Move To Plant-Based Yogurt Cups

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This month, Stonyfield Farm announced they will begin using PLA, a plant-based plastic, for all multipacks in the YoBaby, Yo Toddler, Yokids, B-Well, B-Healthy, Probiotic & O'Soy product lines. PLA (polylactic a...

Our ability to transform commodity markets will determine nature’s fate

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Our ability to transform commodity markets will determine nature’s fate

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The success of governments and big corporations in eliminating environmental degradation from the products we consume will play a critical role in determining the fate of the world's remaining wild places, said a ...