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  • Most inspiring story of the year.

    This autobiography tells the incredible story of an enterprising teenager in Malawi who builds a windmill from scraps found around his village and brings electricity--and a future—to himself and his family.

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    Energy Company Increases Transparency

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    US natural gas driller to disclose chemical use.

    In light of the Gulf oil spill, many citizens are becoming increasingly distrustful of energy companies and the methods they employ. In a very positive step, Range Resources has decided to voluntarily disclose the chemicals that it uses in order to break through sediment and acquire natural gas. The decision comes under mounting concern from citizens who live near the natural gas extraction......read more

    Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

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    Cornell University's bird lab is offering big bucks as reward for sighting of ultra-rare-if-not-extinct ghostbird, last seen in 1964.

    The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offering a reward of $50,000 to the person who finds them an ivory-billed woodpecker. Officially listed as critically endangered, the ‘pecker hasn’t been seen for certain since 1964. ...read more

    Bluefin Tuna Ban Rejected

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    A proposal to ban the export of the critically endangered bluefin tuna has been rejected at a UN wildlife meeting.

    Some dismaying news for our oceans today, when a bid to ban commercial trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna was shot down at UN endangered species meetings. The proposal, tabled by Monaco, was opposed by Japan, Canada, and many developing countries on the grounds it would devastate fishing economies. Demand for bluefin tuna is driven by luxury seafood markets in Japan, where it is a sushi mainstay.......read more

    The Domestic Effects of COP15

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    As the U.N. negotiations near completion in Copenhagen, American commitments begin to take shape.

    Despite the likelihood that the 193 countries at the climate summit will leave Copenhagen with an agreement to finish their work either at a June meeting or at the next annual U.N. conference slated for next November in Mexico City, time is of the essence for President Obama and his congressional leaders to pass a domestic global warming bill. The New York Times reports....read more

    Charity: Water Vid

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    Great promo short for one of our favorite charities, featuring music by Beck.

    What's the number one cause of disease in the world, causing more death than all forms of violence combined? If you guessed unsafe water, you're correct. Your reward is this sweet charity: water PSA. Check out the time lapse at 1:30, fantastic! ...read more

    US Makes Bid to Break Deadlock in Copenhagen Talks

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    Hillary Clinton pledges US support for $100 billion finance deal with developing countries.

    In a move to save the Copenhagen talks from collapse, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced earlier today that the United States is prepared to support a $100 billion financing plan to help developing countries protect themselves from the damaging effects of climate change. There is some hope that the announcement will give a last minute boost to the climate negotiations, which have......read more

    A Riotous Affair

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    Police and protestors clash in Copenhagen.

    In Copenhagen's suburbs yesterday, police fired pepper spray and beat protestors with batons outside a climate conference meeting venue. The violence marked a low point for a climate change summit that's had plenty of low points. The demonstators, who have been active during most of the negotiations, are demanding "climate justice" which means, presumably, firm steps taken......read more

    Obama Vents in Copenhagen

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    US President pulls no punches in speech to COP15 delegates.

    At a speech given in Copenhagen earlier today, US President Barack Obama made no secret of his frustration with the lack of consensus at the climate summit. "I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt," he said, adding that it is "in our mutual interest to achieve a global accord in which we agree to steps, and to hold each other accountable for certain......read more

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