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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...

Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Backing

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Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Backing

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WASHINGTON — Google and a New York financial firm have each agreed to invest heavily in a proposed $5 billion transmission backbone for future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic Seaboard that could ultimately tra...

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' ...

Newcastle graduates turn office block into art studios to keep young artists in city

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Newcastle graduates turn office block into art studios to keep young artists in city

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Two young graduates are transforming an until recently disused office block in Newcastle city centre into low cost studios for emerging and developing artists. Supported by a grants for the arts award from the Ar...

Robert Adams finds bag containing over $17,000 of cash hands it to bank

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Robert Adams finds bag containing over $17,000 of cash hands it to bank

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An American man has told how he found a bag containing more than $17,000 (£10,400) in cash and handed it straight over to a bank because he "wasn't raised to take money that isn't mine". Robert Adams was more th...

UK needs green economics minister, advisers urge

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UK needs green economics minister, advisers urge

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PositiveTv would like to add it's weight to the call to create this post too. The UK government should create a new ministerial post for green economics, an international policy group that includes MPs past and p...

2011 Chelsea Flower Show to unveil sustainable rain garden

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2011 Chelsea Flower Show to unveil sustainable rain garden

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A sustainable rain garden designed to capture every drop of water that falls onto it has been unveiled as one of the leading attractions at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. Working on the project is Newcastle Univer...

Tuberculosis vaccine target found

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Tuberculosis vaccine target found

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A protein which could be targeted for a tuberculosis vaccine has been discovered by scientists at Imperial College London. TB is caused by bacteria and the only vaccine against it, the BCG jab, is not very effective....

Scotland says yes to more weddings

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Scotland says yes to more weddings

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THE number of people getting married in Scotland has reached its highest level in four years, figures show. The statistics from the Registrar General for Scotland revealed that 3,255 couples got hitched during the...

South Africa unveils plans for ‘world’s biggest’ solar power plant

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South Africa unveils plans for ‘world’s biggest’ solar power plant

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South Africa is to unveil plans this week for what it claims will be the world's biggest solar power plant – a radical step in a coal-dependent country where one in six people still lacks electricity. The project,...

Singapore to set up $11 million floating solar project in reservoir

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Singapore to set up $11 million floating solar project in reservoir

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Singapore will build its first floating solar system – the first of its kind in the region – in the calm waters of the western Tengeh Reservoir. The innovative project, led by the Economic Development Board (EDB) ...

James Thomas, Costa Concordia Hero, Acted As Human Ladder To Save Passengers

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James Thomas, Costa Concordia Hero, Acted As Human Ladder To Save Passengers

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British teenager James Thomas had only been working aboard the Costa Concordia for six months when the cruise ship capsized off the coast of Tuscany last Friday. But when panic erupted in the rush to get the ship's...

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.

Jet Plane Takes Plant-Powered Flight Over Mexico

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Jet Plane Takes Plant-Powered Flight Over Mexico

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Green jet fuel made from the jatropha plant recently helped an Interjet Airbus A320-214 fly from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. UOP LLC, an Illinois-based subsidiary of Honeywell International, supplie...

BioLite Camp Stove – a clever little gadget!

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BioLite Camp Stove – a clever little gadget!

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After extensive user testing and field research, the BioLite team has redesigned the camp stove unit to be smaller, easier to light and more durable. The BioLite stove burns wood or other small combustible materials. ...

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...

Surgeons restore woman’s voice after more than a decade of silence

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Surgeons restore woman’s voice after more than a decade of silence

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In one of the most complex transplant surgeries ever performed, an international team of surgeons has restored the voice of a US woman who had been unable to speak for more than a decade. The surgical team, inclu...

Elderly volunteer to clean up Fukushima

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Elderly volunteer to clean up Fukushima

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Led by the 72-year-old Yasuteru Yamada, the Skilled Veterans Corps, a group of some 250 able-bodied seniors, are offering to go in and clean up the radiation-contaminated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. A...

German Researchers Claim a CURE for AIDS

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German Researchers Claim a CURE for AIDS

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German researchers who used a bone marrow transplant to treat a cancer patient with the AIDS virus, have declared him cured of the virus - a stunning claim in a field where the word "cure" is barely whispered. T...

The Best LED Lightbulb!

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The Best LED Lightbulb!

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The Best LED Lightbulb Is the Philips L-Prize I"m replacing my old favorite LED lightbulb, the Philips 12.5 watt ambientLED, with the company"s next-generation L-prize bulb, now that its finally less than $40...