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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. ...

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 ...

US Muslims Challenged to Steer Youth Away From Violence

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US Muslims Challenged to Steer Youth Away From Violence

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A Pew Research survey released in August of 2011 showed 59 percent of adult Muslims in the United States are between the ages of 18 and 39, compared to 40 percent of adults in the general public. This large number of ...

No shale gas please, we’re French

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No shale gas please, we’re French

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The controversial practice of fracking for shale gas has been an energy and economic boom for the U.S. But some countries look determined to avoid it and its potential environmental dangers. Take France for insta...

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...

Mid Wales MP wants 19th Century child neglect law changes

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Mid Wales MP wants 19th Century child neglect law changes

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A mid Wales MP is bidding to change child neglect laws that date back to the 19th Century, which he claims are now "nonsense". Ceredigion MP Mark Williams wants criminal legislation based on 1868 poor laws to be upd...

Obama to Unveil Climate Plan on Tuesday

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Obama to Unveil Climate Plan on Tuesday

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President Obama said Saturday that he would make a major speech on Tuesday to unveil his second-term plan to curb the causes and effects of climate change, a plan expected to include limits on carbon dioxide emissi...

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...

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says

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Germany sets new solar power record, institute says

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(Reuters) - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a...

Obama Puts Spotlight on Immigration Reform

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Obama Puts Spotlight on Immigration Reform

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U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on lawmakers to support legislation that he believes will fix the nation's "broken" immigration system. In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said "nobody will get everythin...

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 ...

G8 Host Britain Calls for Action to Save Children from Hunger

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G8 Host Britain Calls for Action to Save Children from Hunger

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LONDON — Setting the stage for this month's G8 summit of rich industrialized countries, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called for fresh approaches to help eliminate malnutrition and hunger among t...

Breaking News: U.S. And China Aim To Phase Down Use Of Potent Greenhouse Gases Known As HFCs

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Breaking News: U.S. And China Aim To Phase Down Use Of Potent Greenhouse Gases Known As HFCs

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The United States and China announced today that they will work together and with other countries to “phase down” the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely potent greenhouse gases. A global phaseout ...

North, South Korea Begin Talks at Truce Village

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North, South Korea Begin Talks at Truce Village

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Delegates from North and South Korea have begun preparatory talks at the truce village of Panmunjom to set ground rules for ministerial meetings between the two foes next Wednesday at Seoul. A South Korean offici...

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...

Putin Signs Law Banning Smoking

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Putin Signs Law Banning Smoking

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places. The law will take effect in two stages. Beginning in June, the law will ban smoking in some public places, including subways and...

Environmentalists Sue California Over Controversial Fracking Policies

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Environmentalists Sue California Over Controversial Fracking Policies

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SAN FRANCISCO –- An environmental group has filed suit against the state of California for doing what it deemed an insufficient job of regulating the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." ...

London hopes Olympic Park will have new lease of life after the Games

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London hopes Olympic Park will have new lease of life after the Games

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MARK HENNESSY Work is under way to save park from becoming a symbol of failed ambition Construction workers are back on site at London’s Olympic Park in Stratford, 1,000 of them, as they prepare for life after...

Afghan Girl Weaves Special Rug for President Obama

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Afghan Girl Weaves Special Rug for President Obama

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SHIBERGHAN, AFGHANISTAN — In Afghanistan, a country known for its hand-woven carpets, a 17-year-old girl has created a special gift for U.S. President Barack Obama.  It’s a carpet that she wove herself -- as a wa...