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Canadians growing more environment-conscious - survey

In the near future Canadians who disregard the environment will be treated as social outcasts, indicating changing sensibilities and a cultural shift, suggests a recent survey

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Disaster experts in Africa discuss mitigation of El Niño

Disaster risk reduction experts from African countries recently gathered to discuss steps to mitigate the negative effects of El Niño in a three-day conference organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the World Bank, I.R.I.N. reported

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Australians to fortify coast homes against climate

Australians living beside some of the country's finest beaches will be allowed to fortify their beachfront homes against rising seas and storms, as climate change increasingly threatens the heavily-populated east coast

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Will solar speed up emerging cellphone revolution?

KAMPALA/HONG KONG, Oct. 14 (Reuters) – Watching his sons kick around a makeshift ball made from tightly bound plastic bags, Ugandan handyman Jackson Mawa marvels at the way business has improved since he bought a solar-powered mobile phone

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National Grid pledges 3 percent less energy use

Massachusetts-based utility National Grid has pledged to use 3 percent less energy every year for the next ten years. It also called on its customers to use less energy – something unexpected from utilities as it could translate to lesser income

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China makes gains in forestry

China’s State Forestry Administration has helped a United Nations-sponsored project reach its goal of planting 7 million trees worldwide two months ahead of schedule

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Vatican installs new solar power system

The Vatican has just installed solar powered heating and cooling systems on its rooftops, adding to its recently-completed renewable energy installations

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Heating system withstands subzero levels

European homeowners can realize savings of more than 50 percent on their heating expenses through Consolar’s solar-based heating system, which was successfully tested in the extreme climate of Antarctica

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Denver tops list of biggest carbon-emitting global cities

Denver releases the largest amount of greenhouse gases while Barcelona emits the smallest volume according to a new study due to come out on October 1 on the Environmental Science and Technology, a semi-monthly journal by the American Chemical Society

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Konarka unveils battery chargers for lighting and mobile phones

Konarka Technologies Inc., the manufacturer of Konarka Power Plastic solar plastic films that convert light to energy, has unveiled solar panels for portable charging applications

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