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Australian startup reinvents the process of giving

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - New website facilitates charitable donations by enabling people to make a public promise and pay a nominated amount to a charity if they break that promise.

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Massive transiting planet with 31-hour year found around distant star

Lowell Observatory, Thu May 31, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Flagstaff, Ariz - A team of astronomers with the Transatlantic Exoplanet Survey today announce the discovery of their third planet, TrES-3. It is an unusual planet because it orbits its parent star in just 31 hours.

PAKISTAN: Moves afoot to boost girls� primary school attendance

IRIN, Thu May 31, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Ghotki - Female primary school enrollment in Pakistan, a nation of 158 million, has long been a key development issue. In rural Sindh Province, an impoverished, largely tribal society of long-standing conservative attitudes and traditions, it requires vision.

CAMEROON: Free ARV drugs for all

IRIN News, Thu May 31, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Dakar - Cameroon's ministry of health has declared that antiretroviral drugs have been made free to anyone eligible as part of a national distribution programme.

Stopping climate change is possible

World WIldlife Fund, Thu May 31, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
A new WWF report highlights 15 ways in which people, business and governments can reduce CO2 emissions and help slow global warming.

NIKE to Donate $6 Million in Footwear to Help Teens Get Active and into Sport During Summer Break

Business Wire, Wed May 23, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NIKE Inc. today announced the launch of its NikeSummerShoes program, which will deliver more than 60,000 pairs of shoes, worth an estimated $6 million, to young people in 21 communities from coast-to-coast to help them get active over summer break through sport, dance and play. Created in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), NikeSummerShoes is a key element in NRPA's "Step Up to Health" initiative, which is designed to leverage park and recreation assets to promote healthy lifestyles and build more livable communities.

Airtricity Finalizes Largest Wind Project to Date

Business Wire, Thu May 17, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Sweetwater, Texas, USA - Airtricity, Inc., a leading renewable energy company, announced the construction of its largest wind farm to date. The 209 megawatt Roscoe Wind Farm will provide power to TXU Wholesale, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., under a five-year sales contract. The project area stretches into three counties and will cover nearly 30,000 acres when it is completed.

$100K Available Through New Renewable Energy Prize

PNN Online, Sat May 05, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, D.C., USA - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, one of the nation's leading conservation organizations, and Budweiser, one of the country's leading supporters of outdoor sports and wildlife habitat conservation, have partnered to offer a new $100,000 Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation Research Prize.

MIRACLE BASEBALL TO HOLD ITS FIRST EVER BASEBALL CAMP FOR PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY CHALLENGED KIDS

Miracle Professional Baseball, Thu May 03, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Fort Myers, Florida, USA - Miracle Baseball has run baseball camps ever since it moved to Fort Myers in 1992. This season they will hold their first ever baseball camp for physically and mentally challenged kids on Saturday, May 13 at Hammond Stadium.

Kazakhstan “steppes” up protection of endangered antelope

World Wildlife Fund, Tue May 01, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
A new nature reserve in Kazakhstan will protect unique wetlands and rare antelopes living on the country's famous steppes.

‘Supermap’ of avian flu yields new info on source/spread

Ohio State University, Mon April 30, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Columbus, OH - Scientists here have designed a new, interactive map of the spread of the avian flu virus (H5N1) that for the first time incorporates genetic, geographic and evolutionary information that may help predict where the next outbreak of the virus is likely to occur. In the process, they also tested hypotheses about the nature of specific strains of the virus that appear to be heading westward and have the ability to infect humans.

UN food agency welcomes $55 million contribution from Southern Sudan

United Nations, Sat April 28, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Sudan - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a $55 million contribution from the Government of Southern Sudan for the agency's rebuilding projects in the region, which is recovering from a 21-year conflict.

Security Council lifts ban on diamond exports from Liberia

United Nations, Fri April 27, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
The Security Council voted today to lift its six-year-old ban on the export of diamonds from Liberia that was introduced to stop proceeds from the sale of these so-called "blood diamonds" from fuelling wars across West Africa.

Researchers find plant protein that may aid biofuel production

Cornell University News Service, Fri April 27, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
New York - In a breakthrough that could make the production of cellulosic ethanol less expensive, Cornell researchers have discovered a class of plant enzymes that potentially could allow plant materials used to make ethanol to be broken down more efficiently than is possible using current technologies.

Responsible forestry in Panama

World Wildlife Fund, Fri April 27, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Darien, Panama - A milestone in the history of forest conservation has been marked in the dense tropical rainforests of Panama's eastern Darien region.

2008 Beijing Summer Olympics can boost development and peace, UN envoy says

UN, Tue April 24, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Beijing - Next summer's Beijing Olympics provides a unique opportunity for the United Nations to promote development and peace-building activities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace said today.

Crane hatching marks a first for Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Smithsonian, Fri April 20, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Smithsonian's National Zoo has announced a first in its 118-year history -- the hatching of a rare wattled crane chick.

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