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Saving Amazonia: Winning the war on deforestation

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Saving Amazonia: Winning the war on deforestation

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By Justin Rowlatt BBC News, Amazonia For years, the story told about the Amazon has been one of destruction - the world's largest rainforest, a region of amazing biodiversity, key to the fight against climate chang...

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 ...

Pastor Discovers Winning Lottery Ticket in Collection Plate

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Pastor Discovers Winning Lottery Ticket in Collection Plate

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An anonymous, generous parishioner dropped a winning scratch ticket into a collection plate on March 13, making one struggling Baltimore church $30,000 richer. Maryland Lottery officials didn't release the name o...

Homeless former DJ and voiceover man propelled to fame and wins job offers thanks to viral video

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Homeless former DJ and voiceover man propelled to fame and wins job offers thanks to viral video

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One of America's first viral videos of 2011 has propelled a homeless man, who was filmed begging for money with a baritone-rich radio voice, to national attention and job offers. Ted Williams, a 53 year-old forme...

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...

Ben Shaw, Blind Veteran, Plays ‘World Of Warcraft’ In Partnership With ‘Guide Dog’ Player

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Ben Shaw, Blind Veteran, Plays ‘World Of Warcraft’ In Partnership With ‘Guide Dog’ Player

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A veteran who lost both eyes in the Iraq war has mastered the computer game "World of Warcraft" thanks to the help of a fellow player who acts as his personal "guide dog," according to World of Warcraft Insider. ...

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 ...

Pop star Justin Bieber encourages Japanese children to look forward to the future after earthquake and tsunami

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Pop star Justin Bieber encourages Japanese children to look forward to the future after earthquake and tsunami

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Canadian pop star Justin Bieber met with Japanese children whose lives have been devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and an ongoing nuclear crisis that has forced thousands of families from their homes. In Japa...

Asia Pulp & Paper to undertake human rights audit

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Asia Pulp & Paper to undertake human rights audit

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Paper products giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) will undertake a human rights audit across its Indonesian operations. The move, which APP says is an acknowledgment of a recent United Nations call for the global p...

Hammerheads, other sharks protected at fisheries meet

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Hammerheads, other sharks protected at fisheries meet

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PARIS — Half-a-dozen species of endangered sharks hunted on the high seas to satisfy a burgeoning Asian market for sharkfin soup are now protected in the Atlantic, a fisheries group decided Saturday. Scalloped, ...

Young offenders in Scotland train rescued dogs in preparation for rehoming

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Young offenders in Scotland train rescued dogs in preparation for rehoming

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A pioneering programme in Scotland is encouraging young offenders to train rescued dogs, ready for rehoming. from Polmont training rescue dogs from the nearby Dogs Trust West Calder rehoming centre. Paws for Prog...

Automakers Turn Agro-Waste into Car Parts

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Automakers Turn Agro-Waste into Car Parts

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Scientists in Brazil are turning fruit fibers into car parts. At a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, the researchers described their work in making the next generation of automotive parts made from na...

Facebook Exec bankrolls Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act

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Facebook Exec bankrolls Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act

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This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Ryan Gabrielson Facebook’s former chief privacy officer is bankrolling an anti-human trafficking ballot measure that would dramatically expand how Calif...

Boy gets back his wallet taken from a convenience store after writing an open letter saying how hard he had saved his money

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Boy gets back his wallet taken from a convenience store after writing an open letter saying how hard he had saved his money

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A nine-year-old American boy has been reunited with his wallet after he wrote a heartfelt letter hoping for its return. The thoughtful note from the boy, who's simply been named as 'Charlie', clearly struck a nerv...

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...

Grief-stricken mom found a new family after tsunami

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Grief-stricken mom found a new family after tsunami

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Phuket, Thailand (CNN) -- When Southeast Asia was rocked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2004, Susanne Janson was glued to her television in Stockholm, Sweden. Her two daughters -- 14-year-old Eleonor and 12...

Five more Alzheimer’s genes discovered, scientists say

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Five more Alzheimer’s genes discovered, scientists say

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Five more genes which increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease have been identified, scientists say. It takes the number of identified genes linked to Alzheimer's to 10 - the new genes affect three bodily...

Steven Glaser, Eco Hero: The green car rally organiser

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Steven Glaser, Eco Hero: The green car rally organiser

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Steven Glaser, 42, started the Bridgestone Eco-Rally in 2007 to showcase and promote environmentally friendly modes of transport, from cars and vans to motorbikes, mopeds and electric push bikes (e-bikes). This ...

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...

Nepal marks becoming land mine-free

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Nepal marks becoming land mine-free

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A huge controlled explosion marked the end of Nepal's deadly land mine areas and the beginning of it as Asia's second land mine-free country alongside China. The areas, outside Kathmandu, were the last patches of...