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Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

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Nature ‘is worth billions’ to UK

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The UK's parks, lakes, forests and wildlife are worth billions of pounds to the economy, says a major report. The health benefits of merely living close to a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year, ...

Global Activities Celebrate Climate Solutions

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Global Activities Celebrate Climate Solutions

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On October 10 of this year, known commonly as 10/10/10, people around the world rallied for the environment. In Afghanistan they planted trees, and in China university students engaged in a clean energy competition...

Green rooftops help clean up Beijing’s air

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Green rooftops help clean up Beijing’s air

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As public debate on air pollution heats up, many are increasingly looking to the Chinese capital’s skies to cool rapid urbanization with more greenery. The Beijing municipal government has already announced plans t...

Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of world’s genetic resources

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After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly a...

Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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This from the UN:- 13 October 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined measures to strengthen the United Nations role in helping countries emerging from conflict to maintain peace and entrench stabili...

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 ...

Canada endorses indigenous rights declaration

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Canada endorses indigenous rights declaration

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The federal government has endorsed a United Nations declaration that recognizes global human rights standards for indigenous populations, reversing its initial opposition to the document. The United Natio...

Lucky you – German authorities issue parking tickets without fines

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Lucky you – German authorities issue parking tickets without fines

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German authorities are giving parking violators in one city an unexpected break by issuing tickets without fines. The tickets, put on carelessly parked cars in Potsdam, include a fine of 0 euros and the cheerful m...

Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Global climate change was not on the agenda this week at the World Future Energy Summit but it nevertheless emerged as a prominent topic of concern. In the United Arab Emirates, climate change poses a significant t...

Japan Considers End to Antarctic Whaling

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Japan Considers End to Antarctic Whaling

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For the first time, officials from Japan's fisheries agency have publicly floated the prospect of ending that country's whaling program in the Antarctic. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, the Fisheries ...

EU, US Congratulate Algeria on Elections

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EU, US Congratulate Algeria on Elections

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The European Union and the United States have endorsed Algeria's parliamentary elections as an important step toward reform, even as some opposition forces expressed suspicion that the vote was fraudulent. The h...

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...

US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

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US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

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The US will make a profit from bailing out the nation's banks and carmakers at the height of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department has said. The bank bailouts may result in a return of $2bn (£1.3bn), the T...

Shell case echoes call to eradicate ecocide

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Shell case echoes call to eradicate ecocide

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After years of struggle, Shell is finally being held legally accountable for the damage it has caused in the Niger delta where it is estimated up to 10 million gallons of oil has been leaked. ...

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 ...

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...

China’s wind power capacity to grow five-fold by 2020

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China’s wind power capacity to grow five-fold by 2020

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Despite China's hard line at the last few Climate Conferences, we hear this news from The Huffington Post and the Associated Foreign Press... "BEIJING (AFP) – China's wind power capacity will increase more than fi...

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...

From a mine to an art center

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From a mine to an art center

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In Gwangmyung, Gyeonggi Province, a mine that was shut down in 1972 and used to store fermented food, is now being renovated to host musical performances, art exhibits and movie screenings. Gwangmyung City Gover...

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...