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Polly Higgins ‘Ecocide crime: a crime of our time’ | HagueTalks

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Polly Higgins ‘Ecocide crime: a crime of our time’ | HagueTalks

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WHERE DO HUMAN RIGHTS BEGIN? IN SMALL PLACES CLOSE TO HOME. Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. ...

UN Panel Urges Measures to Raise Billions for Climate Change Mitigation

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UN Panel Urges Measures to Raise Billions for Climate Change Mitigation

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The U.N. Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing has released its recommendations for how the international community can raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to offset the impact of ...

US to make ‘wild’ public land eligible for protection

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US to make ‘wild’ public land eligible for protection

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The US is to make millions of acres of public land eligible for wilderness protection, officials have said. The order reverses former President George W Bush's policy forbidding the government from doing so. Int...

UN climate change chief urges governments to quickly implement Cancún accords

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UN climate change chief urges governments to quickly implement Cancún accords

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1 March 2011 – The United Nations climate change chief today called on governments to quickly transform the agreements reached in the Mexican city of Cancún last year into tangible action on the ground, and provide...

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...

Green energy investment hits record global high

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Green energy investment hits record global high

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Global investment in renewable energy sources grew by 32% during 2010 to reach a record level of US$211bn (£132bn), a UN study has reported. The main growth drivers were backing for wind farms in China and roof...

Snacking on chocolate at work can be reduced by half by taking a fifteen minute walk

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Snacking on chocolate at work can be reduced by half by taking a fifteen minute walk

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A 15-minute walk can cut snacking on chocolate at work by half, according to research by the University of Exeter. The study showed that, even in stressful situations, workers eat only half as much chocolate as th...

Notch Gives $3 Million to Mojang Employees

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Notch Gives $3 Million to Mojang Employees

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Minecraft is a big deal. From the day I first heard PayPal had suspended Markus "Notch" Persson's account because he earned too much money too fast, it was clear we were witnessing the birth of something important. Si...

Chinese police rescue 3,600 crocodiles

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Chinese police rescue 3,600 crocodiles

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Three arrested after police tipped off about animals thought to have been bound for restaurants to become exotic dishes Chinese police have rescued 3,600 smuggled crocodiles they believe were en route to dining tab...

HMV to reopen Swindon store

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HMV to reopen Swindon store

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THE return of HMV to the High Street could spark a turn-around in fortunes for Swindon’s town centre. The music chain closed its doors in March this year after it was identified as one of 36 less profitable store...

Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals meeting at the United Nations have pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years for the global partnership to fight three ki...

Deaf people in Scotland urged to take part in survey to improve opportunities

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Deaf people in Scotland urged to take part in survey to improve opportunities

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Deaf people are being asked to share their experiences of education and the workplace in a bid to improve the opportunities available to them. Young adults aged 18 to 28 in Scotland can take part in a online sur...

The Google Art Project Makes Masterpieces Accessible to All

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The Google Art Project Makes Masterpieces Accessible to All

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Gone are the days of jet-setting to galleries in Manhattan, Florence, London, or Madrid. As of yesterday, all you need to become a museum maven is an Internet connection. Google Art Project, the brainchild of a sma...

PepsiCo Will Switch To 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle

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PepsiCo Will Switch To 100 Percent Plant-Based Bottle

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Using plant-based, fully renewable resources, the company plans to manufacture a beverage container with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

Indonesia signs agreement with EU to end the sale of illegally logged wood

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Indonesia signs agreement with EU to end the sale of illegally logged wood

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The EU and Indonesia today signed an agreement in Jakarta that aims to keep illegally logged wood from reaching the European market. This is the first Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) signed by an Asian natio...

Fuel efficiency: US and car makers agree to new standard

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Fuel efficiency: US and car makers agree to new standard

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Major carmakers have agreed new fuel efficiency standards proposed by the Obama administration in an effort to end the dominance of gas guzzlers. They have agreed that by 2025, cars and light trucks sold in the ...

Tiny electric car folds up into itself for easy parking

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Tiny electric car folds up into itself for easy parking

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Step aside, Smart cars! Say hello to the Hiriko, the real-life result of the MIT CityCar prototype launched this week in Spain. Not only is the electric two-seater a mere 100 inches long (about the size of a Smar...

Carbon credits to benefit farmers

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Carbon credits to benefit farmers

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Improved farming practices, especially in rice cultivation, would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and provide economic benefits for rural farmers in Viet Nam through participation in a carbon-credit programme, accor...

Canada adds a whopping 95,000 jobs in May

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Canada adds a whopping 95,000 jobs in May

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TORONTO (AP) - Canada's economy pumped out a whopping 95,000 new jobs in May in the biggest month of employment growth in more than a decade, Statistics Canada said Friday. The massive gain was the first major ...

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...