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China to take lead on Climate Change »

The mighty China will unveil measures at a high-powered summit in New York today that could help to unlock global talks on climate change, according to the UN climate chief. The executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, predicted that China would become a world leader in fighting global warming. President Hu [...]

Rare Bat found in Britain »

From BBC NEWS One of Europe's rarest bats has been found at a site in Wales further west than ever before recorded. The Bechstein's bat is an elusive creature that likes to hide in the undergrowth of ancient woodland. It lives in a number of countries in western, central and southern Europe, but is rare throughout its range. Now a [...]

Fair Play to Cadbury as More Countries Go Fairtrade »

Fair Play to Cadbury as More Countries Go Fairtrade

Cadbury has announced that its Dairy Milk chocolate brand will be sold under the Fairtrade logo in New Zealand and Australia by next Easter. The move follows British Cadbury's ensuring that all Dairy Milk in Britain and Ireland is sold under the Fairtrade logo by the end of the 2009 summer, which is now in process. The move to Fairtrade produce [...]

Could Shrimp Save the Planet? »

Scientists in China have reportedly found a new use for shrimp - developing a catalyst from shrimp shells which could aid production of biodiesel fuel. In a world increasingly concerned with global warming, there is a growing turn towards more renewable sources of energy. Xinsheng Zheng and colleagues in China have noticed the importance of [...]

Costa Rica the ‘happiest’ country in the »

Costa Rica has topped the 2009 Happy Planet Index to earn the title of the 'happiest' nation. Unlike traditional development indices, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Happy Planet Index takes sustainability into account - looking at life expectancy along with a country's ecological footprint. Evaluating human well-being along with [...]

Europe to be powered by the Sahara? »

BERLIN, (Reuters) - A 400-billion euro ($554 billion) project linking solar power produced in the Sahara to energy users in Europe and North Africa is a 'win-win' for both continents and could also promote integration around the Mediterranean, a German minister said. Guenter Gloser, deputy foreign minister, told Reuters 20 gigawatts of [...]

New hope for Chinas’ polluted cities »

New hope for Chinas’ polluted cities

A new skyscraper that is being constructed in Guangzhou in southern China is being heralded as a change of direction for China's green credentials. The 310m Pearl River Tower is going to be off the electricity grid of China, in one of it's most polluted cities, and will be run on a combination of wind turbines, solar panels and fuel cells. The [...]

Good news for a close relative »

Good news for a close relative

Good news for one of the lesser known great ape species! A partnership between local villages and conservation groups, headed up by the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, has led to the creation of a new 1,847 square mile (4,875 square kilometre) reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The reserve will save some of the region’s last [...]

Solar Lanterns to light up developing World »

Solar Lanterns to light up developing World

About 2 billion people in developing countries worldwide lack electricity, which in turn impacts the health, ecology and safety of rural households. Many are forced to rely on inefficient and environmentally damaging kerosene lamps. Developing nations alone burn 470 million barrels of oil and release about 400 billion pounds of greenhouse [...]

The silver lining of climate change »

The silver lining of climate change

From GoodNewsStories.org Believe it or not, climate change could be the best thing that ever happened to the amazing array of animal and plant species that make up the Earth's biodiversity. Climate change is still the most serious environmental threat we have ever encountered, and it is already taking a terrible toll on species, as well as [...]

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