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KISUMU, KENYA —
The engine from the Nyamasaria Water Works is pumping muddy water from the Kibos River.  It will be purified and stored until delivery to over 30,000 customers in the peri-urban district of Kisumu East. The company produces an average of 80,000 liters of water per day.

Access to clean and safe drinking water has been a scarce commodity to most people in Kisumu, Kenya, despite its location next to the world’s second largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria.

Most people in the city can not verify the cleanliness of the water they purchase from vendors peddling water from handcarts. They deliver water in 20 liter plastic containers at the doorstep of their customers.

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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 stores around the country by administrators who blamed poor sales on competition from online retailers.

When the store closed 16 permanent staff were made redundant but the company will be in contact with them to help fill the 12 new roles that the store will create.

The store, in Regent Street, will reopen on Thursday, August 22, on just one sales floor, instead of the three it previously traded on.

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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 2007. This means that a staggering 2.6 million Australians, 11 percent of the population, are now using the sun to power their homes.

The solar energy revolution is being led in suburbs and towns like Dubbo and Campbelltown in NSW, Bundaberg in Queensland, Hoppers Crossing in Melbourne, and Mandurah in Western Australia. This increase is being driven by ordinary Australians. It is the modest outer metropolitan suburbs across the country, with high concentrations of mortgages, which show the greatest uptake.

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Nine out of 10 electric bicycles sold in the world will be in China, but trends show growth elsewhere, especially in Europe.

While electric bicycles (e-bicycles) are still a nascent market in North America, they have been embraced in many Asia Pacific countries as well as some countries in Europe. As the use of bicycles, scooters, and other forms of two-wheeled transport as commuting vehicles rises in large cities around the world, e-bicycles are expected to expand their reach steadily. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from e-bicycles will grow from $8.4 billion in 2013 to $10.8 billion in 2020.
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Shareholders in the US are showing growing concern about their investments in companies exposed to climate change-related risks, according to new data released by Ceres, a US organisation that promotes more sustainable business practices.

The annual round of corporate shareholder meetings – referred to in the US as the proxy season – has recently ended. Ceres says that at those meetings a total of 110 shareholder climate change and environmental sustainability-related resolutions were filed with 94 US-based companies: issues covered by the resolutions included concerns about hydraulic fracturing, flaring and both the environmental and financial risks of further exploitation of fossil fuel reserves.

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Ben Cooper, Geoffrey Lewis and Tom Vladeck were students together at Pomona College when a lightbulb went off, literally. Entranced by making the world a better place through environmental sustainability practices, they learned as much as they could about their replacement options. After experimenting with different technologies, they settled on LEDs. The new bulbs, more like computer chips than traditional options, lasted longer and (in the trio’s opinion) were much prettier.

But if LEDs look so good, save so much money and energy, and are such an overall good investment, why aren’t more people using them, the three wondered.

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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.

China may invest another 2.3 trillion yuan in key energy-saving and emission-reducing projects, Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said today at a conference in Beijing. China stands by its pledge to cut carbon emissions per unit of economic output by as much as 45 percent before 2020 from 2005 levels, he said.

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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 use of agricultural insecticide fipronil to treat maize and sunflower seeds, the European Commission said.

The restrictions take effect from December 31 but seeds which have already been treated can be sown until the end of February 2014.
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Profits have slumped and the horsemeat scandal tarnished Tesco’s reputation. Now, in a remarkably frank interview, its boss says change really is on the way

Tesco’s chief executive could be forgiven for being less than delighted to see me. For the last few months I have been Philip Clarke’s baiter-in-chief. It’s not just that I have been shamelessly promoting a book about food security that fingers supermarkets as one of the key culprits in a British farming crisis that has dangerously undermined our self-sufficiency. I have also clashed repeatedly with Clarke’s spokespeople over Tesco initiatives to help people waste less food or eat more healthily.
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Reverend Billy’s singing activists dressed as extinct species plan ‘gentle’ demonstration against irresponsible lending

British bankers have been warned to expect an infestation of bright orange golden toads over the next 10 days.

The tiny creatures that used to live in the cloud forests of central America but were made extinct 25 years ago when the trees were felled, are likely to burst into their lobbies, start singing and may also approach staff bearing small trees and pictures of other endangered species.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to push ahead with painful reforms labeled, “Abenomics,” to pull Japan out of two decades of an ailing economy and political gridlock.

Speaking to a news conference Monday, a day after winning a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, Abe said what the people really want across the country is for the economy to recover.

Abe told reporters that Japan faces a slew of difficult problems, but those issues must be tackled for the sake of the country.

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This excellent list includes long time friend of PositiveTV – Steve Killelea – Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace (creator of the Global Peace Index) – Well Done Steve!

In 2011, at least 526,000 people died violent deaths around the world.  Over three-quarters of these occurred in non-conflict settings. A wide range of people around the globe are working to change this depressing reality. But who are these men and women who have dedicated their lives to making the world a safer place? Members of AOAV staff have come together to select 100 people who are outstanding examples of those trying to change the world for the better.

Read the full article on AOAV.org.uk here