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28 Feb 2013

Book review: ‘The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change’ by Al Gore

Sprawling, earnest and ambitious — its modest title is “The Future” — Al Gore’s new book embodies both the virtues and the flaws of its author. But those hardy souls who slog past the weaknesses will be rewarded by a book that is brave, original and often fun.

28 Feb 2013

Shell abandons Alaska offshore drilling for this year

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) will not drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic seas this year, the company said on Wednesday, in a widely expected decision that follows a series of high-profile setbacks in 2012.

26 Feb 2013

Tech troubles threaten to stall India’s solar ambitions

If it wants to its economy growing, India needs a lot of energy. At the moment, it is struggling to find it, experts say.

26 Feb 2013

Kenya biogas push asks women to get their hands dirty

Lydia Owenga is a rarity among young career women in Kenya – a trained installer of biogas systems who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty.

26 Feb 2013

‘Sand dams’ bank water for dry season in semi-arid Kenya

Barely a month after heavy rains pounded Kenya, many seasonal rivers in the country’s semi-arid east are already drying up, and residents are preparing for the months-long dry season.

26 Feb 2013

Latin America timber raid hailed as breakthrough on forest crime

The first international INTERPOL operation to clamp down on illegal logging, which led to nearly 200 arrests and the seizure of the equivalent of 2,000 truckloads of timber in Latin America, is a breakthrough against a trade that is destroying forests and people’s lives around the world, anti-corruption group Global Witness said on Wednesday.

26 Feb 2013

Palm oil expansion threatens Congo Basin forests

Industrial cultivation of oil palm has “wreaked havoc” on rainforests and forest peoples in Southeast Asia and now threatens to do the same in the Congo Basin, a report from the Rainforest Foundation UK warned on Thursday.

20 Feb 2013

New data tool tracks emerging conflict trends in Africa

A new online data tool for monitoring conflict trends in Africa can help governments and aid workers to analyse the impact of political, social and armed conflicts on communities, its creators said.

20 Feb 2013

European media campaign shines spotlight on ‘silent’ disasters

The Red Cross and the European Commission launched a media campaign on Monday to raise public awareness about the many “silent” disasters around the world that are under-reported, under-funded and often forgotten, from disease outbreaks and hunger to earthquakes and floods.

19 Feb 2013

Uganda centre aims to boost clean development projects in Africa

The U.N. climate change secretariat and the East African Development Bank are setting up a centre in Uganda to boost participation of African countries in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which directs funding to projects that reduce climate changing emissions.

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