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Inclusion and active involvement of youth vital to success of UN sustainability agenda: Ban 30.5.2015 Sify News
The United Nations General Assembly Friday commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth with an acknowledgement that young people have been "disproportionately" affected by many global challenges but "are ready and willing to be actively involved in shaping their future.
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Great Barrier Reef shouldn't be on 'in danger' list for now, says Unesco 29.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

World’s largest coral reef to remain on UN’s watchlist as draft ruling calls on Australia to ‘rigorously’ implement its conservation commitments

A draft UN ruling has recommended against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” but indicated the natural icon remains on its watchlist.

The preliminary decision by Unesco’s world heritage committee, which will inform a final ruling in Germany next month, welcomed Australia’s moves to tackle water pollution, limit new port development and ban the dumping of dredge spoil from those ports in reef waters.

Related: Tony Abbott unveils plan to save Great Barrier Reef

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'Use your voices to claim your rights,' Ban urges university graduates in Belgium 29.5.2015 Sify News
Addressing the graduating class at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, where he was bestowed an honorary degree on Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave students one final homework assignment: become global citizens with global vision.
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'Manmohan owes an explanation' 29.5.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Terming such directive unacceptable, Javadekar said the revelations made by Baijal in his self-published book are an absolute ...
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Great Barrier Reef: Unesco to release draft ruling on 'in danger' listing 29.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Recommendations will inform a final decision by the UN world heritage committee next month

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Manmoham owes explanation for revelations by Baijal: Javadekar 28.5.2015 TOI: India
Union minister for environment, forests and climate change (independent charge) Prakash Javadekar said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh owes an explanation (to the nation) for his alleged directive to then telecom regulator Pradeep Baijal to cooperate with the government scheme of things in the 2G ...
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Queen's speech: what Her Majesty said and what it means 27.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
After Queen Elizabeth II outlined David Cameron’s 26 bills for the next parliament, here is a measure-by-measure analysis of the legislative agenda My Lords and members of the House of Commons, My government will legislate in the interests of everyone in our country. It will adopt a one-nation approach, helping working people get on, supporting aspiration, giving new opportunities to the most disadvantaged and bringing different parts of our country ...
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Queen's speech 2015 - Politics live 27.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Rolling coverage of the state opening of parliament, and the House of Commons debate that folllows, including instant reaction and analysis 11.49am BST Announcing this is more or less a constitutional technicality: this is the reintroduction of the hybrid bill for the new parliament, although it was in motion under the coalition. 11.43am BST Prince Philip and I look forward to our state visit to Germany next month and to our state visit to Malta in November, alongside the Commonwealth heads of government meeting. We also look forward to welcoming His Excellency the President of The People’s Republic of China and Madame Peng on a state visit in October. My government will seek effective global collaboration to sustain economic recovery and to combat climate change, including at the climate change conference in Paris later this year. Analysis: The Queen ends with a round-up of her travel plans, and a reference to defence, where the government has still not committed to keeping defence spending at 2% of ...
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Why India is captured by carbon - The Guardian 27.5.2015 google news
Why India is captured by carbon The Guardian Even with stringent policy action to increase the deployment of renewables and increase energy efficiency, “coal use is projected by all but one study to be more than two times current levels”. (Although India has a small nuclear industry – which ...
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Residents blame Durban oil refineries for health problems 26.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
Bill Gates funds ground-breaking sanitation research in Durban, but in the communities living under pollution from oil refineries just a short drive away – run by companies in which Gates is invested – asthma and cancer rates are high It was standing room only in the darkened hall when Cyril Ramaphosa, a former miners’ union leader-turned- mining magnate and South African deputy president, walked to the podium at Durban’s deluxe International Convention Centre. He was to address a “National Sanitation Indaba”, a conference dealing with the outrage that more than one in 10 of South African households still lack adequate sanitation in the 21st century. “It is a tale of daily humiliation for many of our people,” Ramaphosa told delegates . “The lack of adequate sanitation encourages the transmission of many infectious diseases, including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, cryptosporidiosis and ascariasis. Diarrhea – a disease directly related to poor sanitation – it is said, kills one child every 20 ...
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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa 26.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
The Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation fund health centres in the country, but remain invested in fossil fuel companies whose mining operations, it is claimed, have a profound impact on the health of local communities Worried that his eyes and urine were turning a deep yellow, Gednezar Dladla made his way to a local clinic and was referred to a district hospital, where he was x-rayed, diagnosed with gallstones, and admitted for the night. Both institutions receive funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A day later, Dladla set off through the hills and valleys of rural Zululand to a village near his childhood home, where a group of men played cards in the shade of a tree. The environmental activist listened to their grievances about dust pollution, water shortages and lack of assistance from a local mine owned by Rio Tinto – whose investors include the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...
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John McCain mocks Obama for calling climate change a threat as Isis advances 24.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
  • Republicans blame Obama after fall of Syrian and Iraqi cities
  • ‘The president is saying the biggest problem we have is climate change’

Related: Religious teaching that drives Isis to threaten the ancient ruins of Palmyra

Senator John McCain on Sunday attacked the president for citing climate change as a threat to national security, suggesting that the Obama administration’s focus on environmental issues was detracting from the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Related: Doubt cast on role of Isis leader killed by special forces in Syria

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Green ministry backtracks on forest clearances 24.5.2015 Rediff: Business
According to new ministry guidelines, the permission to chop down forests will be given only after all the compensatory levies are provided
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Leading health charities should divest from fossil fuels, say climate scientists 23.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust risk losing moral authority, say researchers including ‘hockey stick’ graph originator Michael Mann

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Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination – 2015 Common Preliminary Examination 22.5.2015 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Public Service Commission will hold the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2015 on August 23, 2015.
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Chelsea Clinton's debut book on 'empowering kids' to release in September 22.5.2015 Sify News
Chelsea Clinton has announced the release of her first book 'It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going!,' this fall.
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Anti-coalmining protest 'occupies' bank in Sydney CBD – video 21.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
A dozen anti-coalmining protesters link themselves together in a Commonwealth Bank branch in Sydney's central business district. It forms part of several planned protests by 350.org, a climate change group co-founded by Bill McKibben. The bank is linked to a new coalmine and port Queensland's Galilee Basin on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Obama tells Coast Guard graduates climate change threatens US 21.5.2015 TOI: The United States
In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in ...
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Revealed: BP's close ties with the UK government 20.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
Documents show the extent of BP’s influence on government policy and how their intimate relationship is at odds with UK commitments to reduce carbon emissions For the oil multinational BP, it was a historic moment – the signing of a joint venture to exploit the vast oil and gas reserves of Russia’s Arctic shelf with the Russian energy giant Rosneft . The deal was worth £10bn in share ...
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The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world 20.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Set in an Arctic mountainside, the Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops. But a row has erupted over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze One Tuesday last winter, in the town nearest to the North Pole, Robert Bjerke turned up for work at his regular hour and looked at the computer monitor on his desk to discover, or so it seemed for a few horrible moments, that the future of human civilisation was in jeopardy. The morning of 16 December 2014 was relatively mild for winter in Svalbard: -7.6C with moderate winds. The archipelago, which lies in the Arctic ocean, is under Norway’s control, but it is nearly twice as far from Oslo as it is from the North Pole. The main town, Longyearbyen, has many unexpected comforts – tax-free liquor and cigarettes, clothing stores and a cafe with artisan chocolates shaped like polar bears and snowflakes. For Bjerke, who works for the Norwegian government’s property agency, Statsbygg, the ...
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