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This story from the BBC – Advice for all you Gardeners out there!

Gardeners are being encouraged to grow striped flowers to encourage bumblebee populations, after research suggested the insects are most attracted to them.

Stripes on petal veins direct bumblebees to the flower’s “central landing platform” and entrance to gather nectar and pollen.

Researchers also found that red flowers were also attractive to bees.

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On October 10 of this year, known commonly as 10/10/10, people around the world rallied for the environment. In Afghanistan they planted trees, and in China university students engaged in a clean energy competition.

In Washington environmental activists, scientists and everyday citizens rallied outside the White House for climate action. They want the president to do more than just talk about environmental policy.

“Unchecked, climate change will pose unacceptable risks,” Mr. Obama said.

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This from the UN:-

13 October 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined measures to strengthen the United Nations role in helping countries emerging from conflict to maintain peace and entrench stability, stressing the need for rapid deployment of trained staff, predictable financing, partnerships and ensuring the participation of women.

“Building peace may sound straightforward, but we know from painful experience that it is not. Success requires patient, long-term commitments and the involvement of a wide range of actors, working together,” said Mr. Ban, updating the Security Council on UN efforts to support post-conflict peacebuilding.

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Russia, the world’s largest producer of oil and gas, has always taken a skeptical view of climate change. In the wake of last summer’s fires, public opinion is shifting.

In the past, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has joked that global warming would mean that Russians would buy fewer fur coats and enjoy longer growing seasons. But after the fires, he and many Russians are taking a more open-minded view of the impact of humans on their climate.

At a recent conference here on the Arctic, he surprised visiting scientists by supporting research into theories that burning hydrocarbons is causing a dangerous build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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PositiveTv would like to add it’s weight to the call to create this post too.

The UK government should create a new ministerial post for green economics, an international policy group that includes MPs past and present has said.

The minister would play a role similar to the Treasury chief secretary, but looking after “natural capital”.

The recommendation comes from Globe International, whose members include ex-Environment Secretary John Gummer – now Lord Deben – and Zac Goldsmith MP.

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A great story, just in from our Facebook community..

Muslim and Jewish communities may be at loggerheads elsewhere in the world – but in Bradford a hand of friendship exists.

And that co-operation has been illustrated by members of the city’s Muslim community helping to save a historic synagogue from closure.

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Madurai, India (CNN) — Narayanan Krishnan was a bright, young, award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group, short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. But a quick family visit home before heading to Europe changed everything.

“I saw a very old man eating his own human waste for food,” Krishnan said. “It really hurt me so much. I was literally shocked for a second. After that, I started feeding that man and decided this is what I should do the rest of my lifetime.”

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After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly and systematically.

The decision came on the last day of the two-week conference of parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan.

The new pact, which is a protocol to the Convention, will set up an International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources, laying down the basic ground rules on how nations cooperate in obtaining genetic resources.

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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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SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Dilma Rousseff was elected the country’s first female president on Sunday, as Brazilians voted strongly in favor of continuing the economic and social policies of the popular president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Ms. Rousseff, who served as Mr. da Silva’s chief of staff and energy minister, joins a growing wave of democratically elected female leaders in the region and the world in the past five years, including Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina and Angela Merkel in Germany.

Ms. Rousseff, 62, defeated José Serra, the former governor of São Paulo, with 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent, official numbers showed.

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Purkal is a small village in the foothills of the gigantic Himalayas, on the outskirts of Dehradun. Even as the surrounding regions develop, Purkal’s inhabitants, a mere 5000, largely remain dependent on activities such as farming. Families rely on a low, single income in most cases and are unable to break free from this vicious cycle. Children do not have access to quality education, good role models and enough exposure. This is precisely what made Mr. G K Swamy and his wife Chinni step in, by establishing the Purkal Youth Development Society in this peaceful hamlet back in 1998. What was once a small organisation to help children with their studies is now a fulltime school, with the vision of overall wellbeing of the children.

Simple beginnings

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Conservationists working in the West Indies have made incredible progress in saving the rarest snake on the planet, the Antiguan racer.

The population has dramatically climbed from just 50 individuals in the mid-nineties to over 500 today.

The ten-fold increase is due to the successful partnership of six local and international organisations that make up the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project.

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