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Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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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 stabili...

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 ...

In tragedy, Japan impresses the world

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In tragedy, Japan impresses the world

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The Associated Foreign Press carried this story, which PTV though worth relaying to you... WASHINGTON — Despite the horrific scenes of destruction, Japan may emerge from its quake-tsunami disaster with a stronger ...

Bolivia Set to Pass Historic ‘Law of Mother Earth’ Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans

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Bolivia Set to Pass Historic ‘Law of Mother Earth’ Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans

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With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, call...

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) ...

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...

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...

Experts, Activists Debate How to Improve Africa’s Soil

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Experts, Activists Debate How to Improve Africa’s Soil

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As experts gather in The Hague this week for a Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, a major issue concerning Africa is the importance of the continent's soil. Experts differ on the...

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...

Car-Free Sundays Give Glimpse of Jakarta’s Potential

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Car-Free Sundays Give Glimpse of Jakarta’s Potential

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Most days the main thoroughfare in central Jakarta is noisy, polluted and congested with cars and motorcycles. But two Sundays a month, people-powered vehicles own the road.  A program called Car-Free Sunday is gro...

U.S. Bans Rights Abusers, Strengthens Effort Against Atrocities

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U.S. Bans Rights Abusers, Strengthens Effort Against Atrocities

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To help "ensure that the United States does not become a safe haven for serious violators of human rights," U.S. President Barack Obama today issued a proclamation barring the entry of individuals said to be involv...

Easing up rules for cyclists in Paris

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Easing up rules for cyclists in Paris

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PARIS – The city is relaxing traffic laws for bikes throughout the city, implementing new rules to make circulation flow more easily.  On Tuesday the city council announced that turning on red will soon be permitte...

Toronto car-sharing market in over-drive

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Toronto car-sharing market in over-drive

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Alongside the forest of condos, the car-sharing market in Toronto is taking off. The largest and best known, Zipcar, is adding full sized cargo vans and a new monthly membership fee structure, the company announced...

Sweden Runs Out of Garbage!

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Sweden Runs Out of Garbage!

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Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash. Sweden’s waste management and recycling pr...

Indonesia declares protected zone to save coral reefs

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Indonesia declares protected zone to save coral reefs

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NUSA PENIDA, Indonesia — Indonesia on Sunday declared the coral-rich waters around Bali -- a popular scuba diving spot which is home to the giant Mola-Mola ocean sunfish -- a protected zone. The 20,000-hectare (49,...

Green Jobs Don’t Break Windows

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Green Jobs Don’t Break Windows

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Debunking the Notion that Creating Green Jobs is Bad for the Economy A newly released study suggested that upholding the new, stricter EPA Clean Air Act rules would create a slew of new jobs -- something along the ...

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...

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...

Bill to boost startups wins Senate approval

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Bill to boost startups wins Senate approval

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted by a wide margin on Thursday to pass a bill to boost small business growth, notching a rare election-year bipartisan victory though some Democrats and watchdogs warned t...

London hopes Olympic Park will have new lease of life after the Games

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London hopes Olympic Park will have new lease of life after the Games

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MARK HENNESSY Work is under way to save park from becoming a symbol of failed ambition Construction workers are back on site at London’s Olympic Park in Stratford, 1,000 of them, as they prepare for life after...