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Brazil judge blocks Amazon Belo Monte dam

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Brazil judge blocks Amazon Belo Monte dam

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A Brazilian judge has blocked plans to build a huge hydro-electric dam in the Amazon rainforest because of environmental concerns. Federal judge Ronaldo Desterro said environmental requirements to build the Belo Mo...

Obama to add solar panels to White House

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Obama to add solar panels to White House

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This from the BBC:- US President Barack Obama is to install solar panels on the White House roof, a move lauded by climate activists as symbolic of the nation's energy future. The panels will heat the Obamas' ...

Government launches £4.2m urban tree-planting plan

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Government launches £4.2m urban tree-planting plan

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A £4.2m scheme to plant one million trees over the next four years has been unveiled by the government. It will see trees planted in urban areas of England that need them most, in the first government tree-plantin...

UK needs green economics minister, advisers urge

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UK needs green economics minister, advisers urge

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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 p...

German Researchers Claim a CURE for AIDS

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German Researchers Claim a CURE for AIDS

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German researchers who used a bone marrow transplant to treat a cancer patient with the AIDS virus, have declared him cured of the virus - a stunning claim in a field where the word "cure" is barely whispered. T...

Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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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 a...

Singapore to set up $11 million floating solar project in reservoir

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Singapore to set up $11 million floating solar project in reservoir

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Singapore will build its first floating solar system – the first of its kind in the region – in the calm waters of the western Tengeh Reservoir. The innovative project, led by the Economic Development Board (EDB) ...

Saudi woman driver’s lashing ‘overturned by king’

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Saudi woman driver’s lashing ‘overturned by king’

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has overturned a court ruling sentencing a woman to 10 lashes for breaking a ban on female drivers, reports say. The ruling, although not officially confirmed, was tweeted by a Saudi p...

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...

Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Backing

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Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Backing

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WASHINGTON — Google and a New York financial firm have each agreed to invest heavily in a proposed $5 billion transmission backbone for future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic Seaboard that could ultimately tra...

Asia-Pacific countries confer on upcoming G20 summit

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Asia-Pacific countries confer on upcoming G20 summit

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More the two dozen Asia-Pacific nations have gathered for a United Nations gathering which kicked off today to discuss crucial issues related to economic growth and recovery ahead of next month’s summit of the so-...

California says yes to molten solar

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California says yes to molten solar

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The California Energy Commission has approved a permit for SolarReserve to build a 150-megawatt solar plant that uses molten salt to store energy, the company announced Wednesday. The Santa Monica, Calif.-...

Five countries sign for ‘European Amazon’ reserve

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Five countries sign for ‘European Amazon’ reserve

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Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia today signed a historic declaration to establish a trans-boundary UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect their shared nature and wildlife along the Mura, Drava and Danube...

Nepal marks becoming land mine-free

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Nepal marks becoming land mine-free

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A huge controlled explosion marked the end of Nepal's deadly land mine areas and the beginning of it as Asia's second land mine-free country alongside China. The areas, outside Kathmandu, were the last patches of...

US wrests clean energy investment crown back from China

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US wrests clean energy investment crown back from China

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Global clean energy investment reached a record $260bn in 2011 as the US usurped China to become the world’s largest investor, analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) confirmed yesterday. Global investment ...

From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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In 2002, two neighbors armed with spades and seeds changed everything for crime-addled Quesada Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point area. The street had been ground zero for the area's drug trade and its...

Japan’s Abe to Push Ahead with Reforms

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Japan’s Abe to Push Ahead with Reforms

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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 ...

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...

CNN Hero – Amy Stokes Unites South African Orphans With Video Mentors

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CNN Hero – Amy Stokes Unites South African Orphans With Video Mentors

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left millions of children without parents. To help South African children and teens orphaned by the crisis, New Yorker Amy Stokes founded Infinite Family, a nonprofi...

Good news for London 2012: Performance arts and film to enhance East End life in run up to Olympics

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Good news for London 2012: Performance arts and film to enhance East End life in run up to Olympics

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East London life will be celebrated and enhanced in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games after Queen Mary, University of London successfully secured two funding awards. Senior Drama Lecturer Ali C...