News for 2009-11-14

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Climate Rage
One last chance to save the world - for months, that's how the United Nations summit on climate change in Copenhagen, which starts in early December, was being hyped. Officials from 192 countries were finally going to make a deal to keep global temperatures below catastrophic levels. The summit...
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Naomi Klein on Climate Debt
While industrialized countries like the United States, China, and India continue to argue over the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, small, underdeveloped countries are already starting to feel the effects of global climate change. The worst part is that these countries have done very...
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Green Festival Features All Things Eco-Friendly
SAN FRANCISCO - Nem Jovie hooked his knees around the bright-red OmGym - a "suspension yoga system" made from a recycled parachute - and swirled backward until he was hanging upside-down. "I'm getting a good feeling, very blissful and relaxed," he said, as he folded his legs into a lotus position.
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US, Somalia Still Opt Out of Children's Treaty
UNITED NATIONS - When the U.N. children's agency (UNICEF) commemorates the 20th anniversary of its landmark international treaty protecting the rights of children next week, there will be two countries skipping the celebrations: the United States and Somalia. "It is embarrassing to find ourselves...
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UN's Ban to Fast in Solidarity with World's Hungry
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will join a 24-hour fast called by the U.N. food chief to show solidarity with the world's 1 billion hungry ahead of a food security summit next week, a spokeswoman said on Friday. U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques...
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Obama Must Be More Engaged on Climate Change: Greenpeace
BEIJING — Greenpeace, the global environmental group, called Friday on US President Barack Obama to become more engaged on climate change at home and abroad, just two days ahead of his visit to China. "The main thing he needs to do is improve the public debate (domestically)," Kyle Ash, the group's...
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Trials at Ground Zero for September 11 Accused
More than eight years after two hijacked planes smashed into the Twin Towers of lower Manhattan killing thousands and sparking foreign wars, five men accused of helping to plot the carnage are to be brought to face trial in a civilian courthouse just a few blocks away from Ground Zero. The...
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Huge Rise in Birth Defects in Falluja
Doctors in Iraq 's war-ravaged enclave of Falluja are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting. The extraordinary rise in birth defects has crystallised over recent months...
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