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Seed: The Untold Story

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Seed: The Untold Story

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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...

Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

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Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling

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The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic. It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the programme ...

Using the arts to teach how to prepare for climate change

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Using the arts to teach how to prepare for climate change

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EUGENE, Ore. — University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced popu...

Grocery giant committs to zero deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing

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Grocery giant committs to zero deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing

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Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products. Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY), the second biggest U.S. grocery chain, made the commitment in res...

The Windmill of the future could be floating in the sky

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The Windmill of the future could be floating in the sky

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What"s next for the energy generation? We won"t keep you in suspense! Don Quixote famously—infamously—tilted at windmills. Were his story set today, though, Cervantes might have to change things up a bit: the mo...

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...

Ian Redmond – Saving the Gorilla’s

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Ian Redmond – Saving the Gorilla’s

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Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tour...

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...

G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century!

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G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuel use by end of century!

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The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has announced, in a move hailed as historic...

Portable ‘Fresh air-bags’ come to the aid of Chinese smog-ridden city

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Portable ‘Fresh air-bags’ come to the aid of Chinese smog-ridden city

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Chinese citizens who aren’t wealthy enough to join the “It’s-too-polluted-so-I’m-moving-away” bandwagon just got another opportunity for fresh air — and this one comes in a convenient plastic bag. An unnamed Chines...

Menhaden – The most Important fish you’ve never heard of!

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Menhaden – The most Important fish you’ve never heard of!

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Menhaden are one of the most important fish you've probably never heard of. They are a keystone species, a vital link in the ocean's food chain. Four years ago, they were in serious trouble. Overfishing and polluti...

FAO launches digital platform on family farming

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FAO launches digital platform on family farming

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Recognizing the contributions of family farmers to food security and poverty eradication worldwide, FAO on Tuesday launched a new digital platform that aims to become a “one-stop shop” for information, data and legisl...

Electric Buses being tested around the world, pleasing passengers and the environment

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Electric Buses being tested around the world, pleasing passengers and the environment

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A large, 60-foot electric bus has been running for almost two weeks in Sao Paulo, Brazil where it has transported over 135,000 passengers since hitting the road. The bus joined the city’s already diverse fleet, which ...

Brazil Seeks Ban On Monsanto Herbicide Due To Alarming Toxicity Risks

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Brazil Seeks Ban On Monsanto Herbicide Due To Alarming Toxicity Risks

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Brazil wants to place a ban on Monsanto and get rid of genetically modified organisms. In a historic ruling March 13, Brazil’s Federal Appeal Court canceled its contract with biotechnology giant Bayer (read Setting th...

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...

Chinese cities open up green car markets as government battles pollution

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Chinese cities open up green car markets as government battles pollution

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Three of China's biggest cities are helping consumers pay for a range of electric cars, heeding calls to encourage the sale of green vehicles that the government sees helping tackle pollution. ...

The World becomes what you teach – Zoe Teil

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The World becomes what you teach – Zoe Teil

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Zoe’s TEDx talk “The World Becomes What You Teach” asks: What if schooling prepared us to solve the most pressing challenges of our time, for ourselves, other people, animals and the earth? What if we educated a gener...

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...