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The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

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The Solvable Problem of Energy Poverty

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The United Nations’ goals for fighting extreme poverty—an effort being assessed at a summit this week in New York—will fall short unless nations also work to bring electricity and modern, safe cooking technology to...

West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change’s Effects

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West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change’s Effects

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From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa's coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to ...

UN project helps West African farmers cut pesticide use, boost incomes

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UN project helps West African farmers cut pesticide use, boost incomes

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20 December 2010 – A project executed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in West Africa has succeeded in slashing the use of toxic pesticides, increasing yields and incomes, and diversifyi...

Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban

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Saudi Women Defy Driving Ban

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Activists in Saudi Arabia are claiming victory in their protest against a ban on female drivers in the country. A few dozen women got behind the wheel Saturday in their push for easing restrictions on women in the ...

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. ...

Ban Ki-moon lauds millions of volunteers helping to build better world

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Ban Ki-moon lauds millions of volunteers helping to build better world

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From working in their own communities on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction to supporting global causes of peace, justice and development, the millions of volunteers around the world play a vital role ...

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...

Community Farm Harvests Hope Among Developmentally Disabled

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Community Farm Harvests Hope Among Developmentally Disabled

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On a recent overcast morning, workers at Red Wiggler Community Farm in Germantown, Md, walked up and down the rows of plants, looking for elusive peppers. “I found one!” shouted one of the workers enthusiasticall...

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. ...

Color Changing Bandages Warn Patients Of Infection

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Color Changing Bandages Warn Patients Of Infection

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Scientists at the Fraunhofer Research Institution (EMFT) in Munich have developed an indicator dye that can be integrated into the dressings and plaster used to treat cuts and abrasions.

Deaf people in Scotland urged to take part in survey to improve opportunities

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Deaf people in Scotland urged to take part in survey to improve opportunities

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Deaf people are being asked to share their experiences of education and the workplace in a bid to improve the opportunities available to them. Young adults aged 18 to 28 in Scotland can take part in a online sur...

CNN Hero – Amy Stokes Unites South African Orphans With Video Mentors

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CNN Hero – Amy Stokes Unites South African Orphans With Video Mentors

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has left millions of children without parents. To help South African children and teens orphaned by the crisis, New Yorker Amy Stokes founded Infinite Family, a nonprofi...

Burma joy as freed prisoners head home

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Burma joy as freed prisoners head home

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When Ko Ko Gyi arrived at Rangoon airport the crowd had been waiting several hours and rushed to greet him. People almost jumped on him, shouting, cheering, thronging him, calling out his name. Ko Ko Gyi is one of...

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...

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...

Americans Honor Martin Luther King

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Americans Honor Martin Luther King

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Americans are honoring the memory of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a federal holiday marking his birthday. King was a Baptist preacher who fought discrimination and racism in the 1950s and...

Archaeologists discover lost Maya city in Mexican jungle

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Archaeologists discover lost Maya city in Mexican jungle

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues abo...

Airport Security Finds $9500 At Airport And Returns It!

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Airport Security Finds $9500 At Airport And Returns It!

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Airport security officers often get a lot of flak from travelers in a hurry to get on their flights. But for one passenger last week at Dallas/Fort Worth International airport, the honesty of a security officer ser...

Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Portable Baby Calmer – harness that calms babies and stops them crying

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Here's some good news for parents - and those around them - who are driven to distraction by a baby's crying. Design student Tim Dunkley, from Brunel University in Uxbridge, has created a vibrating baby harness w...

‘Paying it forward’ after 9/11

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‘Paying it forward’ after 9/11

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New York (CNN) -- Jeff Parness still remembers the pain of September 11, 2001, when his friend and business partner, Hagay Shefi, was among the thousands killed in the World Trade Center attacks. But Parness, a ...