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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...

A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year.

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A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year.

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Paul, 60, and Rachel Chandler, 56, from Kent, were seized from their yacht near the Seychelles in October 2009. Mrs Chandler said: "I'm enjoying being free". The couple said they were fine, but will undergo medical...

Leaders Announce Global Effort to Restore 150 Million Hectares of Deforested Land

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Leaders Announce Global Effort to Restore 150 Million Hectares of Deforested Land

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Bonn, Germany - A global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 is being launched in Bonn, Germany. “Restoring 150 million hectares of degraded lands represents an exciting ...

California says yes to molten solar

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California says yes to molten solar

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The California Energy Commission has approved a permit for SolarReserve to build a 150-megawatt solar plant that uses molten salt to store energy, the company announced Wednesday. The Santa Monica, Calif.-...

China – Wind power welcomed by government

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China – Wind power welcomed by government

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Among the 131 power projects approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) from the first half of the year, wind power accounts for 95 percent of the approved projects, reported Securities Daily on...

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...

Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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Leading environment magazine known for its campaigns and hard-hitting investigations will merge with Resurgence After 42 years of lawsuits from GM companies, campaigns against nuclear power, and breastfeeding tips...

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 ...

Indonesian President vows to dedicate himself to forest preservation

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Indonesian President vows to dedicate himself to forest preservation

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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said, during the last three years of his presidency, he would dedicate himself to efforts to preserve the country’s forests. “For my part, I will continue my work and dedicate m...

Senate rejects measure to stop EPA on climate

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Senate rejects measure to stop EPA on climate

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(Reuters) - The Senate rejected a measure on Wednesday to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, handing President Barack Obama a victory in his effort to quicken the mov...

‘Leading Organic Alliance’ formed to help protect and promote organic in Europe

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‘Leading Organic Alliance’ formed to help protect and promote organic in Europe

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Good news from the Soil Association:- The eight foremost organic organisations in Europe, including the Soil Association, have formed the ‘Leading Organic Alliance’ to help promote organic farming in Europe, develo...

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. ...

Maryland state senate passes gay marriage bill

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Maryland state senate passes gay marriage bill

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A bill that would legalise gay marriage in the US state of Maryland has been approved in the state Senate, less than a week after it passed the state House. The bill, which will become law when signed by Governor ...

Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Jeremy Irons talks trash for his new environmental documentary

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Oscar-winning actor explains why he travelled around the world to highlight the environmental problems caused by our waste Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has teamed up with the British filmmaker Candida Bra...

Canada adds a whopping 95,000 jobs in May

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Canada adds a whopping 95,000 jobs in May

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TORONTO (AP) - Canada's economy pumped out a whopping 95,000 new jobs in May in the biggest month of employment growth in more than a decade, Statistics Canada said Friday. The massive gain was the first major ...

Indonesia declares protected zone to save coral reefs

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Indonesia declares protected zone to save coral reefs

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NUSA PENIDA, Indonesia — Indonesia on Sunday declared the coral-rich waters around Bali -- a popular scuba diving spot which is home to the giant Mola-Mola ocean sunfish -- a protected zone. The 20,000-hectare (49,...

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...

Burma’s Opposition Party Wins By-Election in Landslide

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Burma’s Opposition Party Wins By-Election in Landslide

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Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi declared a "new era" for Burma Monday, after her party claimed a landslide victory in Sunday's parliamentary by-elections. Although official results could take days, the opposi...

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...

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...