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Nation Building Works

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Nation Building Works

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As US combat troops depart Iraq we all wonder and hope that it will all have been for the good of the Iraqi people. Here is an interesting opinion on the current state of the country by David brooks at the New York Times.

Green Heroes

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Green Heroes

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Here are some heroes who need to be recognized for their work. From George Monbiot at The Guardian

Wave Power Lights Up U.S. Electrical Grid For First Time

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Wave Power Lights Up U.S. Electrical Grid For First Time

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This from Inhabitat.com:- "We write a lot about wave power here at Inhabitat, but functional wave farms are few and far between. Now Ocean Power Technologies has hooked up its PB40 PowerBuoy to the grid at...

Electric Car Adoption Found to Be Best Way to Kick Foreign Oil

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Electric Car Adoption Found to Be Best Way to Kick Foreign Oil

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This article from inhabitat.com interested us at PTV. As we see companies like GE and Better Place pushing towards the adoption of electric vehicles, we also see our governments sitting back waiting for the industr...

Salmond claims 100% green electricity in Scotland ‘achievable’ by 2025

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Salmond claims 100% green electricity in Scotland ‘achievable’ by 2025

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First minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Low Carbon Investment conference says that Scotland could theoretically generate all its electricity from renewable sources by 2025

Watercress could help suppress breast cancer cells

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Watercress could help suppress breast cancer cells

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This from our friends at optemistworld.com:- A plant compound in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by 'turning off' a signal in the body, thereby starving a growing tumour...

General Motors to Feature Recycled Oil Spill Booms in New Cars

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General Motors to Feature Recycled Oil Spill Booms in New Cars

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From Greenopolis Remember all those oil absorbent booms that were used to clean up the massive Gulf Coast oil spill? Despite looking like long tubes of overstuffed socks, they're great for absorbing and contai...

World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in UK

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World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in UK

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This from CNN:- London, England (CNN) -- The world's largest offshore wind farm opened Thursday off the British coast, with 100 wind turbines capable of supplying enough electricity for 200,000 homes a year. The...

Common Condiment Helps Save Gulf Sea Turtles

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Common Condiment Helps Save Gulf Sea Turtles

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Wildlife rescue workers in Florida have discovered a common sandwich ingredient is perfect for cleaning toxic crude from the skin of oiled sea turtles. Just days ago, government officials announced that the BP we...

Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy American Philanthropists Encourage Rich Chinese to Give Too

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Wealthy Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett say they are encouraged to see that China"s super-rich have enthusiasm for philanthropy. Philanthropy was at the top of the agenda for America"s richest man, Microsof...

Biodegradable Bricks Collect Rainwater Automatically

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Biodegradable Bricks Collect Rainwater Automatically

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Using fallen leaves and discarded plastic bottles, two designers have created a recycled material that could turn buildings into automatic rainwater collection systems. Thousands of gallons of free water fall on ro...

UN launches $40bn woman and child health plan

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UN launches $40bn woman and child health plan

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The UN has launched a $40bn (£25.5bn) health initiative aimed at saving the lives of 16 million women and children over the next five years. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said women and children "play a crucial r...

Egyptian women taking the wheel in male-dominated taxi industry

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Egyptian women taking the wheel in male-dominated taxi industry

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In the heart of the bustling capital of Cairo, Egypt, a lone female taxi driver navigates her bright yellow cab through the unforgiving traffic. "I wanted to take this adventure, as I consider it an adventure, r...

French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

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Perpignan is one of 60 French towns that have struck upon a cheaper and greener way to collect household waste – ditching the dustbin lorry in favour of a horse and cart

Cricketer Marcus Trescothick backs World Mental Health Day sporting activities

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Cricketer Marcus Trescothick backs World Mental Health Day sporting activities

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Cricketing star Marcus Trescothick is calling on the public to get active on World Mental Health Day to help end discrimination. The special day this Sunday, October 10th, is part of the campaigning Time to Get Mo...

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...

New software FLIGHT could improve aeroplanes’ impact on environment

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New software FLIGHT could improve aeroplanes’ impact on environment

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Aeroplanes could be far better for the environment, create less noise and be safer for passengers thanks to the development of new software. The programme FLIGHT, developed by a University of Manchester academic,...

Obama to add solar panels to White House

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Obama to add solar panels to White House

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This from the BBC:- US President Barack Obama is to install solar panels on the White House roof, a move lauded by climate activists as symbolic of the nation's energy future. The panels will heat the Obamas' ...

Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals meeting at the United Nations have pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years for the global partnership to fight three ki...

Google Invests In Human-Powered Monorail System!

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Google Invests In Human-Powered Monorail System!

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In response to global demand for innovations in public transportation, Google has pledged $1 million to a New Zealand company with an elevated opinion of urban commuting.