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French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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Perpignan is one of 60 French towns that have struck upon a cheaper and greener way to collect household waste – ditching the dustbin lorry in favour of a horse and cart

Endangered mountain gorilla is increasing in numbers, African census shows

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Endangered mountain gorilla is increasing in numbers, African census shows

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One of the world's most charismatic and endangered species - the mountain gorilla - is increasing in numbers according to a new study in Africa. The analysis of the census conducted in March and April indicates ...

Bamboo School Debuts In The Philippines

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Bamboo School Debuts In The Philippines

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When you think about how much sense it makes to build structures out of bamboo - especially in places where the flexible, rapidly renewable plant thrives - we wonder why it isn't used more often. In fact, as surpri...

Endangered Tiger Makes Resurgence in India

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Endangered Tiger Makes Resurgence in India

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The endangered tiger is making resurgence in India.  A recent census indicates the number of tigers has risen in the South Asian nation, which is home to half the world's population of the big cats. Using hidden...

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...

Tasmanian Forest Deal Brings End to a Conflict While Saving Trees

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Tasmanian Forest Deal Brings End to a Conflict While Saving Trees

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The federal Australian government has signed a deal with Tasmania which ensures the preservation of, at least, 430,000 hectars of ancient high conservation value forests. The 430,000 hectars will be immediately p...

Shark Fin Soup Off The Menu At China Luxury Hotels

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Shark Fin Soup Off The Menu At China Luxury Hotels

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Somewhere deep in the Pacific Ocean, seventy million reef sharks are saying thank you in their own sharky language. A number of Chinese luxury hotels and popular restaurants have decided to take shark fin soup of...

Aussie investor mulls garbage-to-power plant project

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Aussie investor mulls garbage-to-power plant project

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Australia-based Trisun International Development on Wednesday organized a seminar in HCMC to tout a US$400 million project to turn garbage to power. Gavin Holland, technology director of the firm, said at the even...

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...

Waste crops put to good use

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Waste crops put to good use

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A new volunteer network has been set up to distribute free food to those in need, from unsellable farm crops that would otherwise go to waste Up to half of the world’s food production is going to waste, according ...

US investors show climate clout

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US investors show climate clout

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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 sustain...

A new face for palm oil? How a small co-op is changing the industry in Honduras

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A new face for palm oil? How a small co-op is changing the industry in Honduras

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David Reyes plunges his hand into a black smelly liquid at the bottom of a cut-off plastic jug tied around a palm tree and pulls out a dead horned beetle. “We used to put insecticide on the bottom of the...

Eradicating Ecocide – Potential Ground Breaking case pave the way.

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Eradicating Ecocide – Potential Ground Breaking case pave the way.

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We are sharing a post here from Polly Higgins who is the lawyer who has been developing the law of Ecocide. Here she reports: The Global Legal Action Network (‘GLAN’) plan to bring a potentially ground-breaking ...

Campfire Convention: Interview with Suzi Martineau founder of the Tree Conference

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Campfire Convention: Interview with Suzi Martineau founder of the Tree Conference

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Tree Conference founder Suzi Martineau talks to Campfire Convention's Pete Lawrence and reflects on this year's conference, shifts in thinking, social change, politics and tree hugging. www.campfireconvention.com www....

Are Mushrooms The New Plastic?

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Are Mushrooms The New Plastic?

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Eben Bayer and Ecovative have created an all natural and low-energy alternative material to styrofoam packaging made from mycelium. As plastic waste continues to pile up in landfills and natural ecosystems, innovat...

Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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A global energy think tank has urged nations to stop subsidising fossil fuels as soon as possible. It says that last year governments, mainly in the developing world, spent $312bn subsidising coal oil, gas and coal...

UN project helps West African farmers cut pesticide use, boost incomes

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UN project helps West African farmers cut pesticide use, boost incomes

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20 December 2010 – A project executed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in West Africa has succeeded in slashing the use of toxic pesticides, increasing yields and incomes, and diversifyi...

Scientists Create Glue Inspired by Mussels

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Scientists Create Glue Inspired by Mussels

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Have you ever wondered how those hard-shelled mollusks known as mussels anchor themselves to rocks on lake and river bottoms? How they stick to sea walls, or resist pounding waves? Scientists at the University of...

Common Pond Algae Can Sequester High-Level Radioactive Waste (Strontium-90)

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Common Pond Algae Can Sequester High-Level Radioactive Waste (Strontium-90)

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Closterium Moniliferum VS. Radioactive Strontium-90 One of the problems of dealing with nuclear waste is that the more dangerous byproducts are often mixed in with low-level waste, and it can be very complex to s...

California garbage trucks fueled by … garbage

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California garbage trucks fueled by … garbage

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Hundreds of trash trucks across California are rumbling down city streets using clean fuel made from a dirty source: garbage. The fuel is derived from rotting refuse that San Francisco and Oakland residents and bu...