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South Africa unveils plans for ‘world’s biggest’ solar power plant

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South Africa unveils plans for ‘world’s biggest’ solar power plant

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South Africa is to unveil plans this week for what it claims will be the world's biggest solar power plant – a radical step in a coal-dependent country where one in six people still lacks electricity. The project,...

Good news for the environment: Researchers optimistic about study into effect of nanoparticles

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Good news for the environment: Researchers optimistic about study into effect of nanoparticles

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Scientists at the University of Birmingham have secured £3 million to study the effects of nanoparticles on the environment for research that could have a positive impact on our environment. The project will focu...

World Bank to lead economic push on nature protection

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World Bank to lead economic push on nature protection

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The World Bank has launched a global partnership aimed at helping countries include the costs of destroying nature into their national accounts. Ten nations will take part in the pilot phase, including India and ...

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...

Kingfishers, otters and ladybirds tell heartening tales from the canal bank

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Kingfishers, otters and ladybirds tell heartening tales from the canal bank

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Sightings of kingfisher, newt and other wildlife show that the waterways are healthy and thriving ecosystems

New hope for world’s rarest snake, Antiguan racer, thanks to conservationists’ efforts

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New hope for world’s rarest snake, Antiguan racer, thanks to conservationists’ efforts

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Conservationists working in the West Indies have made incredible progress in saving the rarest snake on the planet, the Antiguan racer. The population has dramatically climbed from just 50 individuals in the mid-n...

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...

Bangladesh: Cabinet okays draft law to conserve forests

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Bangladesh: Cabinet okays draft law to conserve forests

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The government is going for a tougher law to clamp down on rampant tree-felling in an effort to conserve forests. The cabinet yesterday approved in principle the draft of Forest Act (Amendment) 2010, prescribing ...

Lottery Winner Becomes One of LA’s Biggest Philanthropists

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Lottery Winner Becomes One of LA’s Biggest Philanthropists

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In May 2007, Cynthia Stafford won $112 million playing Lotto, but what is most amazing is that she'd been planning the big win for a while and even had a written strategy. Once Stafford won her big prize, she start...

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...

Huge Coral Reefs Discovered off Puerto Rico

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Huge Coral Reefs Discovered off Puerto Rico

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A new discovery of thriving coral reefs off the coast of Puerto Rico may offer hope for other shallower reefs. Scuba diving scientists discovered sprawling and diverse coral reefs at 100 to 500 feet (30 to 150 mete...

Palm oil deal aims to save forests and carbon

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Palm oil deal aims to save forests and carbon

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A major palm oil producer is joining forces with environmental campaigners in a bid to ramp up forest protection. The giant Indonesian company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) has agreed to work within new standards aime...

English forest sell-off put on hold

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English forest sell-off put on hold

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Government postpones sale of 40,000 hectares of public forest to allow for a review of woodland protection

India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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NEW DELHI — India's top court on Friday temporarily banned use of the pesticide endosulfan, which the government has resisted blacklisting despite curbs imposed in 60 other countries over health concerns. India ...

California garbage trucks fueled by … garbage

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California garbage trucks fueled by … garbage

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Hundreds of trash trucks across California are rumbling down city streets using clean fuel made from a dirty source: garbage. The fuel is derived from rotting refuse that San Francisco and Oakland residents and bu...

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, ...

Earth Day 2012

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Earth Day 2012

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Earth Day 2012 Earth Day was founded 42 years ago as a way to galvanize the environmental movement, which at the time was often fighting relatively local battles. This film was created to inspire us as a Globe...

Speak up for children at Rio+20 Earth summit

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Speak up for children at Rio+20 Earth summit

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Rachel Hall was part of a Unicef UK group that prepared a list of priorities that young people want to be taken up at the summit. She explains what they expect from world leaders Like many young people, I take th...

Artist Tackles Beijing’s Smog

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Artist Tackles Beijing’s Smog

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Beijing has a smog problem. And one artist is out to solve it. The extreme dangers caused by the blanket of pollution that veils the city recently led the Beijing Environmental Monitoring Center to warn children, t...

The Story of Change

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The Story of Change

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Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting change can be made—or is even best made—through alterations in our...