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Obama Puts Spotlight on Immigration Reform

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Obama Puts Spotlight on Immigration Reform

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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on lawmakers to support legislation that he believes will fix the nation's "broken" immigration system. In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said "nobody will get everythin...

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...

Mozambique’s war-hit Gorongosa park slowly recovers

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Mozambique’s war-hit Gorongosa park slowly recovers

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By Johannes Myburgh (AFP) GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique — As warthogs play in the mud behind him, park ranger Charles Pereira Aranje scans the savannah for poachers, while waterbuck and reedbuck antelopes g...

UA Air Force Performs First ‘Green’ Flyover At Phillies Home Opener

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UA Air Force Performs First ‘Green’ Flyover At Phillies Home Opener

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The sellout crowd that turned out Friday to watch the Phillies win their home opener against the Houston Astros in Philadelphia was treated to a pre-game glimpse into the future. No, not another National League E...

Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Crime rate falls to lowest level since 1973

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Canada's crime rate is the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Statistics Canada, as the volume of crime dropped five per cent in 2010 from the year before. "The national crime rate has been falling steadily ...

Lucky you – German authorities issue parking tickets without fines

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Lucky you – German authorities issue parking tickets without fines

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German authorities are giving parking violators in one city an unexpected break by issuing tickets without fines. The tickets, put on carelessly parked cars in Potsdam, include a fine of 0 euros and the cheerful m...

Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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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...

Ride London gives Boris Johnson new spin on capital’s cycling appeal

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Ride London gives Boris Johnson new spin on capital’s cycling appeal

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Mayor is among thousands taking part in weekend of cycling events to raise profile of 'the world capital of the velocipede' The culmination of an unprecedented weekend of events designed to show off London as a cyc...

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...