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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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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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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 weather and flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities.

Funded by a Strategic Climate Fund grant of US$16 million, and a Strategic Climate Fund Loan of US$15 million, the project project also aims to develop agricultural management information system services to help farmers mitigate climate-related production risks.

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Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.

He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.

The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.

The changes will occur after municipal polls on Thursday, the king said.

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A Kenyan man who uses a wheelchair went to great lengths to bring support for disabled people to East Africa.

Zackary Kimotho, a 43-year-old who suffered a spinal injury after falling victim to a car-jacking in 2004, recently returned home after he successfully raised almost $900,000 while pushing himself across Africa in his wheelchair, The Star reports.

His effort raised sufficient funds to build the first ever Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Nairobi.

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From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa’s coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.

The ocean breaking on southern Senegal’s coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a closer a look at the Palmarin peninsula, reveals a different story, uprooted palm trees mark eroded coastlines and vestiges of buildings mark where a village was washed away two decades ago.

An island visible from the tip of Palmarin used to be connected to the peninsula, but rising waters and a tidal wave in 1987 separated the two with the gap getting wider and deeper with each year, according to local residents.

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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 in the sector rose five per cent compared to 2010, ensuring that investment levels have now risen almost five-fold since 2004.

The US had lost its title as the world’s biggest clean energy investor to China in 2009 and 2010, but surged back in 2011 with $55.9bn invested over the year, a 33 per cent annual increase. In contrasct, China saw investment rise just one per cent to $47.4bn.

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The US will make a profit from bailing out the nation’s banks and carmakers at the height of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department has said.

The bank bailouts may result in a return of $2bn (£1.3bn), the Treasury said in its latest projections for the government’s response to the crisis.

And the recovering auto industry has added 230,000 jobs as a result.

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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.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday said the new policy would help to protect public land “for current and future generations to come”.

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Unveiling a historic rule, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the first national requirement for the nation’s coal-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, cyanide and other toxic pollutants. The landmark ruling took more than 20 years for the EPA to finish. Under the Clean Air Act, many other sources of air pollution have been cleaned up, but power plants were so important to the economy that they long had a pass. [continue reading…]

A Pew Research survey released in August of 2011 showed 59 percent of adult Muslims in the United States are between the ages of 18 and 39, compared to 40 percent of adults in the general public. This large number of young adults means more opportunities for American Muslims.

The involvement of two young Muslim men in the Boston Marathon bombing was a stark reminder to American Muslims that young kids in their community could be used to spread terror and violence. Many analysts believe community leaders need to play a role in keeping kids off the violent path. Imam Johari of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in suburban Washington said he and leaders like him are spreading the message of non-violence.

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