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Zero Carbon Britain is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.

To find out more and get involved visit www.zerocarbonbritain.org

Leading environment magazine known for its campaigns and hard-hitting investigations will merge with Resurgence

After 42 years of lawsuits from GM companies, campaigns against nuclear power, and breastfeeding tips, the Goldsmith family has sold the Ecologist magazine for £1.

The magazine, , will now return to print and incorporated into the 45 year old Resurgence magazine. Editor Satish Kumar described the new title, Resurgence & The Ecologist, as “a marriage made in heaven”.

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A pioneering programme in Scotland is encouraging young offenders to train rescued dogs, ready for rehoming. from Polmont training rescue dogs from the nearby Dogs Trust West Calder rehoming centre.

Paws for Progress runs in eight week cycles and each one sees a small group of prisoners from HM Young Offender Institute (HMYOI) Polmont take part in three training sessions each week, two of these with rescue dogs.

As well as working with the dogs, the participants learn team working and social skills, while some become volunteer assistants and peer mentors for the programme. The aim is to help offenders address their behaviour and develop employment skills in preparation for release.

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JAKARTA — Young Indonesians are breathing new life into their polluted concrete capital city with little more than buckets of soil and seeds.

A group of mostly young professionals, known as Gardening Indonesia, has joined the global urban farming movement, converting vacant patches of land between Jakarta’s skyscrapers into lush green vegetable gardens.

“There’s concrete, concrete, everywhere. But if we look hard enough, there is vacant land we can farm,” said Sigit Kusumawijaya, 30, watering freshly planted tomato seeds.

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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 apprenticeships are embraced by growing numbers of people aged 50-plus.

It says this deals a major a major blow to the stereotype that people in later life are reluctant to learn new skills.

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Students who were challenged to use creativity and business sense to raise as much money as possible from a £10 sum, have raised hundreds more and donated much of it to charity.

The students at the University of Bangor borrowed £10 individually or in small teams and had two weeks to maximise their return in an enterprising way.

Lowri Owen, who coordinated the challenge, explained: “This competition is a valuable way of allowing students to learn about business and creativity in a practical way. The fact that many of them donated some or all of their profits to charities and local organisations was a real bonus.”

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — A woman who called the wrong number when she suffered a stroke still found help a couple of time zones away.

Loretta Smith, of Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, felt her right side go numb and fell to the floor at her home last weekend.

The 70-year-old Smith said she was able to grab the phone with her left hand and thought she was calling her son. Instead, she was one digit off and reached a man in the Denver area who was originally from northeast Ohio and had kept the same number after he moved.

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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 state of Acre. The deal absolves JBS-Friboi from 2 billion reals ($1.3 billion) in potential fines and paves the way for the firm to continue selling meat to companies concerned about their environmental reputation.

The agreement is significant because it was signed by prosecutors from other Amazon states including Rondonia, Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Tocantins, Maranhão and Amapá. Other cattle giants are expected to follow suit.

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Students in the US have been given a Children’s Courage of Conscience Award for their on-going work creating a giant book about peace.
With 500 double-sided pages measuring 10 feet by 12 feet, and weighing in at one tonne, once completed Pages for Peace will be the world’s biggest book.

Behind the project is a group of children from Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School, in Groton, Massachusetts. They were presented with the prize by the Peace Abbey, in recognition of their services to peace. Previous recipients of the Courage of Conscience Award include civil rights activist Rosa Parks and Mother Theresa.

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(Reuters) – The World Bank has offered Tanzania an alternative to stop a major road project across the Serengeti national park that conservationists say threatens one of Africa’s biggest wildlife spectacles.

Conservation groups say the government’s planned highway through the northern edge of the Serengeti would hinder the annual migration of some 2 million wildebeest.

The World Bank’s John Murray McIntire said it was ready to help the east African nation in financing an alternative route for the road that would otherwise cut through the park.

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Two Vancouver Island women, one with multiple sclerosis, have swum the length of Cowichan Lake, the same distance as the English Channel.

Alex Cape and Susan Simmons set off early Saturday morning, and took 11 hours to complete the 34-kilometre distance.

Simmons, who has MS, says she wants to inspire others with the disease to stay healthy.
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