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New hope for world’s rarest snake, Antiguan racer, thanks to conservationists’ efforts

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New hope for world’s rarest snake, Antiguan racer, thanks to conservationists’ efforts

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Conservationists working in the West Indies have made incredible progress in saving the rarest snake on the planet, the Antiguan racer. The population has dramatically climbed from just 50 individuals in the mid-n...

Mexico Forest Communities Excel In Capturing Carbon

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Mexico Forest Communities Excel In Capturing Carbon

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A study released amid debate over how to reduce the loss and degradation of the world's most vulnerable forests suggests that negotiators at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Cancun should look to Mexico...

US plucks tiny daisy from brink of extinction

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US plucks tiny daisy from brink of extinction

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The tiny Maguire daisy, which grows in the desert southwest of the United States, has been plucked from the edge of extinction after a 25-year conservation effort, US officials have announced. The minuscule memb...

A letter from Japan – Sendai

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A letter from Japan – Sendai

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This letter was emailed to me by a friend. (I don't know the author, but she is refered to as Janet - nothing more.) I thought it very beautiful, so decide to share it with you all. - Jeremy "Things here in Sendai...

China launches ban on smoking in public venues

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China launches ban on smoking in public venues

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A Slightly toothless move on behalf of the Communist Party, but a step in the right direction... AFP reports:- China launched a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and other indoor public spaces on Sunday but f...

Microloan Foundation attempts world record for longest line of pennies

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Microloan Foundation attempts world record for longest line of pennies

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A world record-breaking attempt for the longest line of pennies is to help poor women in Africa start their own businesses. The Guinness World Record for the longest line of coins ever laid is currently held by F...

National Trust campaigns to boost British apple sales to save orchards

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National Trust campaigns to boost British apple sales to save orchards

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The National Trust is encouraging apple lovers to make the most of the unique British flavours this autumn and help save UK orchards. Research shows that more than half of us (53 per cent) crunch into an apple ...

In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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In The Era Of Big Boxes, A Day For The Little Guy

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends. But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Satu...

Pulling children out of Nepal’s prisons

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Pulling children out of Nepal’s prisons

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Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- Pushpa Basnet doesn"t need an alarm clock. Every morning, the sounds of 40 children wake her up in the two-story home she shares with them. As she helps the children dress for school, Basn...

Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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Tesla museum campaign exceeds fund-raising target

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A museum dedicated to electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla is set to be built, after The Oatmeal website exceeded a target of raising $850,000. Launched less than a week ago, the campaign was set up to buy Tesla's old ...

Gaurdian of the Forests – Parliament Square 24th October 11.45 – COP 23

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Gaurdian of the Forests – Parliament Square 24th October 11.45 – COP 23

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The best way to combat climate change is to support the world’s indigenous peoples in their efforts to protect forests Indigenous and community leaders from Latin America, Indonesia and Africa are on a journey to del...

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

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...

Climate talks agree to pay to protect forests

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Climate talks agree to pay to protect forests

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A new climate change deal reached in Mexico has set up a global framework to pay to protect rainforests vital to the ecosystem, but held off on the controversial introduction of a market role. The deal aims to help...

Bamboo School Debuts In The Philippines

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Bamboo School Debuts In The Philippines

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When you think about how much sense it makes to build structures out of bamboo - especially in places where the flexible, rapidly renewable plant thrives - we wonder why it isn't used more often. In fact, as surpri...

Homeless man builds his own car — out of junk

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Homeless man builds his own car — out of junk

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-With no mechanical training, he scrounges together the 'shrimpmobile'! This is Orismar de Souza, a homeless man in Brazil, who decided to build the car he couldn't buy using junk, spare parts and a hammer and chis...

Brazil’s forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

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Brazil’s forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

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Brazil's forest code may be about to get an overhaul. The federal code, which presently requires landowners in the Amazon to keep 80 percent of their land forest (20-35% in the cerrado), is widely flouted, but ha...

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 ...

Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

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Coffee, Bananas Grow Together to Fight Climate Change

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Over the next three to four decades, temperatures in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa are expected to rise about two degrees Celsius. Scientists say without immediate innovations in farming, crops will be d...

Bittersweet – Lottery Winner Months After Wife Dies

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Bittersweet – Lottery Winner Months After Wife Dies

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(CHNL) - The Canadian Press KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A struggling single father in Kamloops, B.C., has gone from tragedy to triumph with a $500,000 lottery win. Forty-seven-year-old Richard Bankier won the money by matc...