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Earth Hour 2012 – WWF searches for a champion community to lead UK switch off on March 31

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Earth Hour 2012 – WWF searches for a champion community to lead UK switch off on March 31

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The World Wide Fund for Nature  is on the search for a champion community to lead the UK switch off for Earth Hour. WWF's Earth Hour is a simple idea that's quickly turned into a global phenomenon - hundreds of mi...

Maryland state senate passes gay marriage bill

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Maryland state senate passes gay marriage bill

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A bill that would legalise gay marriage in the US state of Maryland has been approved in the state Senate, less than a week after it passed the state House. The bill, which will become law when signed by Governor ...

Program seeks to get religions involved in sustainable farming, food systems

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Program seeks to get religions involved in sustainable farming, food systems

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An international program announced Friday seeks to marshal the hearts, minds and buying power of the world’s religious faiths to change farming and food systems seen by many as bad for the planet and people’s heal...

Japan Considers End to Antarctic Whaling

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Japan Considers End to Antarctic Whaling

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For the first time, officials from Japan's fisheries agency have publicly floated the prospect of ending that country's whaling program in the Antarctic. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, the Fisheries ...

Last Cold War-era B53 nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

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Last Cold War-era B53 nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

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The last of America's most powerful Cold War-era nuclear bombs - the B53 - has been dismantled in Texas. Experts have separated around 300lb (136kg) of high explosives from the bomb's uranium "pit". Weighing 10,00...

Internet activism stop F1 race in Bahrain

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Internet activism stop F1 race in Bahrain

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The Internet activism community Avaaz.org obtained a victory in their rally against Formula 1 race in Bahrain. In the wake of the last month’s tumultuous upheaval in the Near East many regimes have been questioned ...

Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Global climate change was not on the agenda this week at the World Future Energy Summit but it nevertheless emerged as a prominent topic of concern. In the United Arab Emirates, climate change poses a significant t...

Can we crowdfund gun control?

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Can we crowdfund gun control?

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Crowdfunding is a popular way these days to, for instance, make your new album, launch a new tech product or develop a hoodie that lasts for 10 years. Now, one new group is using it to finance something else entirely ...

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...

Palestinian town appoints teen as mayor

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Palestinian town appoints teen as mayor

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Some students practice politics in Model U.N. or student council. When it comes to the West Bank city of Allar, however, students aren’t practicing — they’re running the show. Bashaer Othman, a 15-year-old studen...

US Department Of Energy Makes $150M Bet On Solar Tech

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US Department Of Energy Makes $150M Bet On Solar Tech

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On Friday, Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu announced a "game changing" development in solar energy. A company called 1366 Technologies, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., has developed a silicon solar wafer that wo...

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...

Obama details conservation action plan

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Obama details conservation action plan

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President Barack Obama called Wednesday for a series of steps to help Americans conserve and get in touch with nature, including full funding of the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund for only the third ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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.-...

Mother Nature Sends Warning as Earthquake Strikes Where Reactors Sit

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Mother Nature Sends Warning as Earthquake Strikes Where Reactors Sit

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TAKOMA PARK, MD - August 23 - A 5.9 magnitude that was felt up and down the US east coast was centered in Mineral, Virginia, home to the two-reactor North Anna nuclear power plant operated by Dominion Energy. North A...

More nations sign on to UN-backed initiative to end use of child soldiers

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More nations sign on to UN-backed initiative to end use of child soldiers

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Eleven new countries have added their names to a growing United Nations-backed list of States that have pledged to halt child recruitment, support the release of children from armed groups and help reintegrate them...