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Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donors pledge billions to help UN-backed fund combat AIDS, TB and malaria

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Donor countries, private foundations, corporations and individuals meeting at the United Nations have pledged over $11.5 billion in new funding over the next three years for the global partnership to fight three ki...

Experts, Activists Debate How to Improve Africa’s Soil

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Experts, Activists Debate How to Improve Africa’s Soil

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As experts gather in The Hague this week for a Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, a major issue concerning Africa is the importance of the continent's soil. Experts differ on the...

Helping the paralyzed to walk again

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Helping the paralyzed to walk again

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A technique helping stroke victims regain their mobility has won the 2010 Danish Research Result of the Year award and is now attracting attention from investors keen to see the research move from the lab and into ...

Monks’ weather records could help scientists improve climate forecasts

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Monks’ weather records could help scientists improve climate forecasts

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Details of weather records taken from monks' diaries are helping scientists verify Europe's climate over 500 years. Researchers hope the study will help improve climate forecasts. Scientists compared data from hi...

Good news for the environment: Government advisor Natural England halves its carbon emissions

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Good news for the environment: Government advisor Natural England halves its carbon emissions

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It's the government's wildlife and conservation advisor, so it makes sense perhaps that Natural England, has successfully reduced its carbon emissions by 50%. Over four years, it's delivered a series of carbon-sa...

‘Asian unicorn’ to get new Vietnam nature reserve

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‘Asian unicorn’ to get new Vietnam nature reserve

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Vietnam is setting up a nature reserve to protect one of the world's rarest animals - an antelope-like creature called the saola. It intends to create a 160sq/km (61 sq/mile) area in the central province of Qu...

Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

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Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

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Hong Kong has banned trawl fishing in its waters, a decision welcomed by conservationists Friday as a crucial move to save fish stocks and revive the city's depleted marine environment. The measure, which is exp...

British rivers ‘healthiest for 20 years’

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British rivers ‘healthiest for 20 years’

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LONDON — The renaissance of Britain's rivers was underlined on Tuesday when waterways once considered polluted to death were revealed as teeming with life. Among the list of the 10 most improved rivers published...

Study suggests ageing in the central nervous system of Multiple Sclerosis patients can be reversed

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Study suggests ageing in the central nervous system of Multiple Sclerosis patients can be reversed

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New research highlights the possibility of reversing ageing in the central nervous system for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. As we get older, our bodies' ability to regenerate decreases.  This is not only true ...

World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

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Five nations in Africa have come together to create the world’s largest conservation area for wildlife. Elephants have no respect for lines on a map, especially the artificial national boundaries established by E...

Acute oak decline disease prompts £1.1m research effort

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Acute oak decline disease prompts £1.1m research effort

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Project aims to understand distribution and severity of mystery disease causing Britain's oak trees to 'bleed to death' A mystery disease causing Britain's oak trees to "bleed to death" has prompted a £1.1m researc...

River of money flows to Thames as it wins global conservation prize

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River of money flows to Thames as it wins global conservation prize

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In the 1950s it was declared biologically dead – a heavily polluted river that was a far cry from the days when it was admired by William Wordsworth, Claude Monet and the Three Men in a Boat of Jerome K Jerome's book...

Some good news about SPAM!

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Some good news about SPAM!

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Levels of spam have fallen by almost 50% since August 2010, suggest figures. Figures compiled by security firm Symantec show that the amount of junk e-mail messages flowing around the net has dropped 47% in three mon...

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...

Electric Garbage Trucks Hit The Paris Streets

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Electric Garbage Trucks Hit The Paris Streets

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The City of Lights will be home to the first fleet of fully-electric garbage trucks. Created through a collaboration between Dow Kokam and PVI, the electric fleet will boast an advanced lithium polymer battery system...

UK study looks to serve cows and sheep burp-free fodder

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UK study looks to serve cows and sheep burp-free fodder

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UK scientists have been looking at how changes to the diet of cows and sheep could help reduce the animals' greenhouse gas emissions. The study suggested that certain feedstocks, in proportion to milk or meat yiel...

Family meals might help kids keep a healthy weight, say US researchers

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Family meals might help kids keep a healthy weight, say US researchers

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Kids who sit down to eat with their families are less likely to be overweight and eat unhealthy foods, according to U.S. researchers who call for more shared meals. In the first report to combine all existing studi...

Upgrading midwifery services in developing countries could save millions of lives, report suggests

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Upgrading midwifery services in developing countries could save millions of lives, report suggests

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Up to 3.6 million lives could be saved every year if midwifery services were upgraded in 58 developing countries by 2015, according to a major new report. The findings have been released by the United Nations Popul...

Virgin claims its new jet fuel will have half the carbon footprint of others

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Virgin claims its new jet fuel will have half the carbon footprint of others

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Three years ago, Virgin Atlantic Airways grabbed some headlines when it experimentally ran one of its 747s on a mixture of standard jet fuel and biofuel. While some called it a publicity stunt, it was the first time ...

Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

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Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

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Polyurethane seemed like it couldn’t interact with the earth’s normal processes of breaking down and recycling material. That’s just because it hadn’t met the right mushroom yet. The Amazon is home to more spec...