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Brazil opens fund to cut agriculture deforestation

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Brazil opens fund to cut agriculture deforestation

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RIO DE JANEIRO Nov 10 (Reuters) - Brazil's state development bank BNDES on Wednesday said it opened a fund worth 1 billion reais ($588 million) that will finance projects to reduce deforestation associated with the na...

Canada Votes in First Green MP

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Canada Votes in First Green MP

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Elizabeth May, Canada’s Leader of the Green Party, won an historic election on May 2nd.  She is the first ever elected Member of Parliament in Canada for the Green Party.  Despite an overwhelming victory for the Con...

New UK strategy looks to reduce costs of offshore wind power

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New UK strategy looks to reduce costs of offshore wind power

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A new strategy to co-ordinate links to offshore wind farms has been published which could reduce the cost of connections by up to £3.5 billion. Energy regulator Ofgem and the Department of Energy and Climate Cha...

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...

Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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The Government's survey into well-being should focus on quality of life rather than happiness, an academic has suggested. From April, the Office for National Statistics will ask people to rate their own well-being...

Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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Gates Foundation and Others Team Up to Give South American Recyclers Dignity

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola Company, Fundación Avina, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), launched a coalition that aims to improve the lives of the at...

Summer school for less well-off primary pupils

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Summer school for less well-off primary pupils

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Thousands of children will get 'top-up' classes to prepare them for transition to secondary school Seventy thousand primary school leavers will take part in intensive two-week summer schools this year to keep them f...

Italy to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags January 1

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Italy to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags January 1

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Italy is banning the use of plastic shopping bags across the country starting January 1 and requiring shops and markets to switch to biodegradable bags. Italian government is thought to be the first in the Europ...

Tasmanian Forest Deal Brings End to a Conflict While Saving Trees

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Tasmanian Forest Deal Brings End to a Conflict While Saving Trees

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The federal Australian government has signed a deal with Tasmania which ensures the preservation of, at least, 430,000 hectars of ancient high conservation value forests. The 430,000 hectars will be immediately p...

Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Positive News's Stephen Lewis speaks to Satish Kumar, the long-standing editor of the pioneering environmental magazine Resurgence, about the publication’s philosophy and achievements. Forty-five years ago, Brita...

Salmond claims 100% green electricity in Scotland ‘achievable’ by 2025

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Salmond claims 100% green electricity in Scotland ‘achievable’ by 2025

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First minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Low Carbon Investment conference says that Scotland could theoretically generate all its electricity from renewable sources by 2025

Progress Seen in Developing Dengue Fever Vaccine

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Progress Seen in Developing Dengue Fever Vaccine

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Scientists are "reasonably optimistic" about finding vaccines to control dengue fever, according to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "There are some really...

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

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Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

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Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced. He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council. ...

South Korea Swears in First Woman President

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South Korea Swears in First Woman President

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SEOUL — South Korea has inaugurated its first female president. She is Park Geun-hye, the daughter of a former president with a controversial legacy. Before a crowd of 70,000 people, Madame Park Geun-hye, dressed i...

Asia-Pacific countries confer on upcoming G20 summit

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Asia-Pacific countries confer on upcoming G20 summit

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More the two dozen Asia-Pacific nations have gathered for a United Nations gathering which kicked off today to discuss crucial issues related to economic growth and recovery ahead of next month’s summit of the so-...

Five countries sign for ‘European Amazon’ reserve

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Five countries sign for ‘European Amazon’ reserve

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Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia today signed a historic declaration to establish a trans-boundary UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect their shared nature and wildlife along the Mura, Drava and Danube...

US wrests clean energy investment crown back from China

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US wrests clean energy investment crown back from China

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Global clean energy investment reached a record $260bn in 2011 as the US usurped China to become the world’s largest investor, analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) confirmed yesterday. Global investment ...

Japan’s Abe to Push Ahead with Reforms

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Japan’s Abe to Push Ahead with Reforms

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to push ahead with painful reforms labeled, "Abenomics," to pull Japan out of two decades of an ailing economy and political gridlock. Speaking to a news conference ...

G20 nations must not forget plight of world’s poorest at Seoul summit – Ban Ki-moon

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G20 nations must not forget plight of world’s poorest at Seoul summit – Ban Ki-moon

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10 November 2010 – The world’s richest nations must take into account the needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people in their plans for reinforcing the global economic recovery – that was one of the ke...

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...