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Life in the slow lane – horse drawn farming – Positive News

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Life in the slow lane – horse drawn farming – Positive News

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We love this article written by Eleanor Paddock @Positive News. As agriculture becomes ever more reliant on technology, horse-drawn farming seems consigned to a bygone age. But working with horses reduces the relia...

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...

Virgin claims its new jet fuel will have half the carbon footprint of others

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Virgin claims its new jet fuel will have half the carbon footprint of others

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Three years ago, Virgin Atlantic Airways grabbed some headlines when it experimentally ran one of its 747s on a mixture of standard jet fuel and biofuel. While some called it a publicity stunt, it was the first time ...

Levi’s drops Asia Pulp & Paper due to its link to deforestation in Indonesia

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Levi’s drops Asia Pulp & Paper due to its link to deforestation in Indonesia

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Levi Strauss & Company had issued a new policy that will exclude fiber from controversial sources from its products. The move will effectively bar Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as a supplier, according to the Ra...

‘Biology Letters’ Science Journal Publishes Study By 8-Year-Old Children On Bumblebee Color And Pattern Vision

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‘Biology Letters’ Science Journal Publishes Study By 8-Year-Old Children On Bumblebee Color And Pattern Vision

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LONDON — A science journal from Britain's prestigious Royal Society has published a study conducted and written by 8-year-old students. The children from an English elementary school investigated the way bumblebe...

Natural and Organic Award winners 2011

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Natural and Organic Award winners 2011

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Winners of the prestigious Natural and Organic Awards 2011 were announced at the Natural and Organic Products show at Olympia’s Pillar Hall, London. The annual awards ceremony, now in its sixteenth year, recognises...

Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Oscar-winning actor explains why he travelled around the world to highlight the environmental problems caused by our waste Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has teamed up with the British filmmaker Candida Bra...

Kevin McCloud’s Cowley development approved in U-turn

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Kevin McCloud’s Cowley development approved in U-turn

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Plans for eco-flats in Oxford led by TV presenter Kevin McCloud have now been recommended for approval. Councillors at Oxford City Council voted to grant the plans at a meeting on Wednesday. They were previously turn...

Soft Jeans → Water Waste?

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Soft Jeans → Water Waste?

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All of the products we use have environmental costs that we take for granted. Consider the manufacture of a pair of blue jeans. The average pair uses 11 gallons of water in the finishing process, where it undergoe...

Banana peel can purify water, say scientists

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Banana peel can purify water, say scientists

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[MONTEVIDEO] Banana peels can be used to purify drinking water contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as copper and lead, according to a study. Researchers from the Bioscience Institute at Botucatu, Brazil, s...

Toyota breaks out of China’s rare earth shackles

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Toyota breaks out of China’s rare earth shackles

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If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. And if you can’t join ‘em, innovate. That’s what Toyota Motor Corp. is doing as it develops an alternative technology that could trivialize China’s stranglehold on the supply of r...

Brazil’s forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

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Brazil’s forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

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Brazil's forest code may be about to get an overhaul. The federal code, which presently requires landowners in the Amazon to keep 80 percent of their land forest (20-35% in the cerrado), is widely flouted, but ha...

‘Historic’ deal to halt hazardous waste export to south

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‘Historic’ deal to halt hazardous waste export to south

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Leading world economies will no longer be able to export hazardous waste to poorer nations unless they obtain the latter's consent, a spokesman from the UN environment agency said Tuesday. "UNEP is pleased to ann...

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 ...

Sobi bicycles

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Sobi bicycles

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SoBi has built a GPS-enabled bike that you can find and unlock using your mobile phone. These bikes will be used to create an affordable and scalable bike share system that makes cycling more accessible and interactiv...

China boosts support for its forestry

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China boosts support for its forestry

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China has strengthened its fiscal support for its increasing forest area, launched a number of national ecological projects and implemented a nationwide compulsory tree-planting program to expand forests over the past...

China – Wind power welcomed by government

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China – Wind power welcomed by government

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Among the 131 power projects approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) from the first half of the year, wind power accounts for 95 percent of the approved projects, reported Securities Daily on...

Earth Hour 2012 – WWF searches for a champion community to lead UK switch off on March 31

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Earth Hour 2012 – WWF searches for a champion community to lead UK switch off on March 31

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The World Wide Fund for Nature  is on the search for a champion community to lead the UK switch off for Earth Hour. WWF's Earth Hour is a simple idea that's quickly turned into a global phenomenon - hundreds of mi...

Brazil’s leader vetoes portions of new Amazon rainforest law

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Brazil’s leader vetoes portions of new Amazon rainforest law

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Dilma Rousseff sends back parts of congressional bill that loosened country's protection of forest Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has partially vetoed a bill that would have weakened her country's efforts to pr...

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...