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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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Nature group buys private land to preserve endangered B.C grassland

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Nature group buys private land to preserve endangered B.C grassland

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VANCOUVER - A huge tract of endangered grasslands in southern British Columbia will be preserved, after it was bought from private landowners by a non-profit conservation group. The Nature Conservancy of Canada sai...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

Seed: The Untold Story

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Seed: The Untold Story

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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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...