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Going Local: the solution-multiplier

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Going Local: the solution-multiplier

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A brief animated introduction to localization. Learn more at localfutures.org. Follow Local Futures on Facebook or Twitter. Across the world, people are coming to realize that today’s crises — ecological coll...

Climate justice and an end to fossil fuels: The Paris agreement won’t satisfy activists

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Climate justice and an end to fossil fuels: The Paris agreement won’t satisfy activists

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The Paris Agreement will leave activists demanding direct action on fossil fuels and energy market reform, says Sydney University research associate Rebecca Pearse. A global climate agreement was adopted in Paris on ...

The time when the government tried to feed everybody

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The time when the government tried to feed everybody

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Public canteens were set up to feed people during World War One - and they proved hugely popular. Could today's food banks learn from them, asks Adam Forrest. A bowl of soup, a joint of meat and a portion of side veg...

Celebrating Women and Girl’s

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Celebrating Women and Girl’s

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Women and men experience conflict in different ways and therefore understand peace in different ways. The world is continuing to hear about the desperate situation of many women in conflict zones, in refugee camps ...

Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

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Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

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The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic. It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme ...

Rwanda Remembers

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Rwanda Remembers

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Today the world remembers the victims of the Rwandan genocide, and recognises the inspirational reconciliation process that has drawn a country out of darkness and towards a bright future. The genocide that devasta...

The power of connections: India to establish Asia’s largest protected forest

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The power of connections: India to establish Asia’s largest protected forest

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India has stepped up forest conservation efforts in recent years, with a major project underway to establish a large swath of uninterrupted habitat through the designation of additional protected areas and expanding t...

First Lady’s Education Trip to China Employs Soft Diplomacy

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First Lady’s Education Trip to China Employs Soft Diplomacy

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First Lady Michelle Obama is in China this week to focus on education and culture. Students at Beijing Normal School eagerly greeted First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday. Many children here dream of attending univer...

G20 Pledges to Boost World Economy

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G20 Pledges to Boost World Economy

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Finance heads from the 20 largest economies have wrapped up a two-day conference in Sydney, Australia with an agreement to implement policies that will boost world GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by two percent over f...

Korean Family Reunions Continue

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Korean Family Reunions Continue

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A second group of South Koreans is meeting with North Korean relatives at a reunion for families divided since the Korean War in the early 1950s. A total of 357 South Koreans were reunited with 88 elderly relati...

NYC Air Quality Cleanest in Decades

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NYC Air Quality Cleanest in Decades

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(NEW YORK) — Ahh, smell that New York City air. No, seriously, go ahead. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city’s air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led t...

China overhauls consumer protection laws

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China overhauls consumer protection laws

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top legal body has strengthened consumer rights in the country after it revised the nation's Consumer Protection Law on Friday, the first major overhaul in two decades. The revisions...

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 ...

Can we crowdfund gun control?

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Can we crowdfund gun control?

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Crowdfunding is a popular way these days to, for instance, make your new album, launch a new tech product or develop a hoodie that lasts for 10 years. Now, one new group is using it to finance something else entirely ...

Hug a Government Worker Day

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Hug a Government Worker Day

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Ten years ago this week, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California and he appointed me to be the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Until then, neither of us had given serious ...

Sweden Runs Out of Garbage!

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Sweden Runs Out of Garbage!

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Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash. Sweden’s waste management and recycling pr...

2nd Annual Gay Pride Parade Held in Uganda

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2nd Annual Gay Pride Parade Held in Uganda

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KAMPALA, UGANDA — On Saturday, August 3, Uganda’s homosexual community stepped out of the shadows in red wigs and glittering stilettos. The country’s second gay pride parade, held on a sandy beach in Entebbe, dre...

Ride London gives Boris Johnson new spin on capital’s cycling appeal

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Ride London gives Boris Johnson new spin on capital’s cycling appeal

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Mayor is among thousands taking part in weekend of cycling events to raise profile of 'the world capital of the velocipede' The culmination of an unprecedented weekend of events designed to show off London as a cyc...

US investors show climate clout

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US investors show climate clout

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Shareholders in the US are showing growing concern about their investments in companies exposed to climate change-related risks, according to new data released by Ceres, a US organisation that promotes more sustain...

China’s spending on renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan

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China’s spending on renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan

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China’s spending to develop renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan ($294 billion) in the five years through 2015 as part of the nation’s efforts to counter climate change, according to a government official. ...