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A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year.

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A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year.

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Paul, 60, and Rachel Chandler, 56, from Kent, were seized from their yacht near the Seychelles in October 2009. Mrs Chandler said: "I'm enjoying being free". The couple said they were fine, but will undergo medical...

US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste

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US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste

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US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste Buildings consume 40 percent of American energy

World’s largest beef company signs Amazon rainforest pact

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World’s largest beef company signs Amazon rainforest pact

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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 stat...

Indigenous people blockade river against ‘murderous’ oil company

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Indigenous people blockade river against ‘murderous’ oil company

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Over the weekend more than 100 Shuar indigenous people, also known as Wampis, blockaded the Morona River in Peru in an effort to stop exploratory oil drilling by Canadian-owned Talisman Energy. The blockade in mean...

Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation

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Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation

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On Wednesday, Lady Gaga officially launches her Born This Way Foundation to promote tolerance and empowerment among youth. Among the star-studded lineup for the event on the Harvard University campus in Cambridg...

World Bank to fund $31 million climate-related hazards project in Nepal

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World Bank to fund $31 million climate-related hazards project in Nepal

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The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding of a project that aims to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards in Nepal by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weat...

The power of connections: India to establish Asia’s largest protected forest

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The power of connections: India to establish Asia’s largest protected forest

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India has stepped up forest conservation efforts in recent years, with a major project underway to establish a large swath of uninterrupted habitat through the designation of additional protected areas and expanding t...

Global Activities Celebrate Climate Solutions

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Global Activities Celebrate Climate Solutions

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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...

Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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The Government's survey into well-being should focus on quality of life rather than happiness, an academic has suggested. From April, the Office for National Statistics will ask people to rate their own well-being...

Impact Investing: $4.1 Trillion to Save the World

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Impact Investing: $4.1 Trillion to Save the World

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The world now faces dramatic cuts in government spending and no shortage of pressing social and environmental challenges. On Monday, asset owners and managers of an impressive 4.1 trillion dollars gathered in San Fr...

Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at...

After truce, ETA now says it’s ready to end violence

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After truce, ETA now says it’s ready to end violence

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BILBAO, Spain - The Basque extremist group ETA said Thursday it was ready to call an end to a 43-year violent campaign for independence and said it wanted to begin talks with Spain and France - a move that could pa...

Summer school for less well-off primary pupils

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Summer school for less well-off primary pupils

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Thousands of children will get 'top-up' classes to prepare them for transition to secondary school Seventy thousand primary school leavers will take part in intensive two-week summer schools this year to keep them f...

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says

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Germany sets new solar power record, institute says

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(Reuters) - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a...

In a First, Brazil Elects a Woman as President

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In a First, Brazil Elects a Woman as President

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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 Inác...

UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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The UN General Assembly agreed to form a panel of international experts on biodiversity in a resolution approved on Monday. The resolution is an important step towards the implementation of the Intergovernmental P...

London to become ‘electric car capital’

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London to become ‘electric car capital’

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Mayor Boris Johnson has announced he wants London to become the “electric driving capital of the world.” The London Mayor was speaking at the launch of the first city-wide electric vehicle charging network, provi...

UN Shipping Group Moves on Vessel Emission Reductions

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UN Shipping Group Moves on Vessel Emission Reductions

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An International Maritime Organization panel adopted what it calls mandatory design and operational measures to reduce greenhouse gases from international shipping. According to the IMO’s Marine Environment Protect...

India leads the world in cleantech investment growth

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India leads the world in cleantech investment growth

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India’s transformation into a cleantech powerhouse moved up a gear in 2011 when it racked up investments of $10.3bn in the sector, a growth rate of 52 per cent year on year that dwarfed the rest of the world’s signifi...

Scotland announces ‘climate justice’ fund for world’s poorest

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Scotland announces ‘climate justice’ fund for world’s poorest

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The scheme will focus on helping people in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia cope with the effects of climate change The Scottish government has unveiled a £3m initiative to help people in the world's poorest cou...