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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...

Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up

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Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up

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Algeria is aiming to generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, energy minister Youcef Yousfi has announced. About 60 renewable energy projects will be launched to give a capacity of ...

Left alive and wild, a single shark worth $1.9 million

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Left alive and wild, a single shark worth $1.9 million

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For the Pacific island nation of Palau, sharks are worth much more alive than dead. A new study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has found that one reef shark during its full life is worth $1.9 ...

Young Indonesians paint the town green

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Young Indonesians paint the town green

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JAKARTA — Young Indonesians are breathing new life into their polluted concrete capital city with little more than buckets of soil and seeds. A group of mostly young professionals, known as Gardening Indonesia, ...

Africa Sci-tech Forum Promotes Homegrown Innovation

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Africa Sci-tech Forum Promotes Homegrown Innovation

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Experts and officials gathered at the first Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Nairobi, Kenya are seeking African solutions to African problems.  Participants are calling for African governments ...

Some good news about SPAM!

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Some good news about SPAM!

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Levels of spam have fallen by almost 50% since August 2010, suggest figures. Figures compiled by security firm Symantec show that the amount of junk e-mail messages flowing around the net has dropped 47% in three mon...

Teenager beats rare brain condition and saves sight – after her father finds miracle cure on the internet

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Teenager beats rare brain condition and saves sight – after her father finds miracle cure on the internet

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A teenager has beaten a rare brain condition that nearly robbed her of her sight - after her father found a miracle cure on the internet. Charlotte Durham has a condition that causes her body to pump spinal fluid...

Students celebrate success with cost effective tracking device for pets and possessions

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Students celebrate success with cost effective tracking device for pets and possessions

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Two university students have won a national competition, after founding a company which aims to reduce the cost of keeping track of pets and treasured possessions. Baran Ceylan and Matt Manders created the RECol...

Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

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Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect - reversing Alzheimer's disease. Brain shrinkage, declining function and memory loss had been thought to be irreversible. They used a technique known as deep...

From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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In 2002, two neighbors armed with spades and seeds changed everything for crime-addled Quesada Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point area. The street had been ground zero for the area's drug trade and its...

Cancer patients share their experiences to help others on Story Bank website

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Cancer patients share their experiences to help others on Story Bank website

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Patients have recorded their own personal cancer stories for a unique website designed to help people who are worried about cancer, particularly the risk of inheriting the condition. Researchers from the Universi...

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...

Bolivia Set to Pass Historic ‘Law of Mother Earth’ Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans

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Bolivia Set to Pass Historic ‘Law of Mother Earth’ Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans

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With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, call...

How Facebook Helped a Daughter Find Her Homeless Father

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How Facebook Helped a Daughter Find Her Homeless Father

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If you never had a relationship with your father but knew he was homeless, would you bother to look for him? That's what Michelle Hallagin did. She didn't know who I was when I sent her a letter via Facebook asking...

Wheelchair User Travels Across Africa to open a Spinal Rehab Centre!

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Wheelchair User Travels Across Africa to open a Spinal Rehab Centre!

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A Kenyan man who uses a wheelchair went to great lengths to bring support for disabled people to East Africa. Zackary Kimotho, a 43-year-old who suffered a spinal injury after falling victim to a car-jacking in 200...

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...

Central Africa: four-nation ‘sting’ operation busts wildlife smuggling ring

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Central Africa: four-nation ‘sting’ operation busts wildlife smuggling ring

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Conservationists hail breakthrough in regional co-operation to fight illegal traffic in ivory, parrots, skins and live animals. Sting operations by wildlife activists in central Africa have broken up highly organis...

Macedonia plants three million trees to revive forests

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Macedonia plants three million trees to revive forests

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Thousands of Macedonians took a day off work on Thursday to plant three million trees to revive the nation's forests after fires ravaged an estimated 35,000 hectares (86,000 acres) of greenery. "There is no bett...

Love Forever: Romantic letter is finally delivered to California University of Pennsylvania after fifty three years

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Love Forever: Romantic letter is finally delivered to California University of Pennsylvania after fifty three years

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A love letter written to a U.S. college student in the state of Pennsylvania and proclaiming "love forever" was finally delivered -- 53 years late. But the tender note penned in 1958 still waits in the mailroom a...

Belgian city of Ghent becomes world’s first to go vegetarian

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Belgian city of Ghent becomes world’s first to go vegetarian

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It's great news for non-meat eaters and green campaigners alike - a city in Belgium is to become the first in the world to go vegetarian. The city of Ghent has announced that it will hold weekly meatless days to r...