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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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Plastic solar cell efficiency breaks record at Wake Forest Nanotechnology Center

Wake Forest University, Thu April 19, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Winston-Salem, NC - Researchers at Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials have doubled the efficiency of organic or flexible, plastic solar cells in just two years. The new record set at Wake Forest is more than 6 percent efficiency.

EPA, NRDC Sign Pledge to Green Cities, Prevent Pollution

NRDC, Thu April 19, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Pittsburgh, PA - The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a statement of intent today to pursue “green infrastructure” approaches to reduce sewer overflows and stormwater pollution.

NEPAL: Registration of weapons completed with UN help

IRIN, Tue April 17, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Kathmandu - The United Nations in Nepal has completed the first phase of the arms registration process, said officials from the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which has been supervising and monitoring the arms management process in the country.

Uganda - Sudan: Renewed truce raises optimism over future talks

IRIN, Tue April 17, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Kampala - The renewed truce between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has boosted hopes that upcoming talks between the two may finally end the conflict in northern Uganda, a senior official said on Monday.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes Sudanese acceptance of UN help to African mission in Darfur

United Nations, Tue April 17, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Darfur, SUdan - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today welcomed Sudan's announcement confirming that it accepts the entire "heavy support package" of troops, police officers, civilian staff and equipment which the United Nations will provide to the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in the violence-wracked Darfur region.

Six million children in DPR Korea immunized against measles

ReliefWeb, Sat April 14, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
South Hamyong, DPR Korea - A massive campaign to immunize children against measles in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has been completed by the government with help from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Turtle poachers apprehended in Malaysia

World Wildlife Fund, Fri April 13, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities seize several Chinese fishing boats off the northern coast of Borneo carrying cargoes of endangered marine turtles.

Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Power Plant Polluters, Sets Up Major Challenge to Bush Admin

Natural Resources Defense Council, Sun April 08, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - In the second of two major environmental decisions handed down today, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against electric utility companies’ long running and dangerous efforts to escape key enforcements of the Clean Air Act. The verdict is a resounding victory for the American public, according to legal experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Workplace Shocker: Job-Related Stress Falls 23% Since Year 2000, According to New Survey

eMediaWire, Fri April 06, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Francisco, California, USA - The percentage of American workers reporting at least some level of workplace-induced stress has fallen by an unprecedented 15 percentage points from the year 2000 to the present, according to a study just released by Rachelle Canter, PhD, president of San Francisco career advisory firm RJC Associates, Inc. and author of "Make the Right Career Move: 28 Critical Insights and Strategies to Land Your Dream Job."

New homes rise from rubbish

University of Leeds, Tue April 03, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Leeds, England, UK - Imagine if you could turn old rubbish into new houses.

Colombia expands Amazon protection

World Wildlife Fund, Mon April 02, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
The creation of a new national park in Colombia adds to the protection of endangered flora and fauna in the Amazon basin.

Oceana applauds Pioneer’s decision to eliminate mercury from Louisiana chlorine plant

Oceana, Wed March 21, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Louisiana - Jackie Savitz, Pollution Campaign Director for the international ocean conservation group Oceana, which has been running a campaign to get the United States' nine remaining mercury-based plants to shift to mercury-free technology, today released the following statement on Pioneer Industries' commitment to upgrade from mercury cell to membrane cell technology for the production of chlorine at its St. Gabriel, La., chemicals plant:

Not losing sleep over the orexins

Nature Medicine, Mon February 12, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Allschwil, Switzerland - A study to be published in the February issue of Nature Medicine reveals a new method of promoting sleep by blocking a certain type of protein receptor.

Endangered Shortnose Sturgeon Saved In Hudson River

Cornell University, Sun February 04, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
For the first time, a fish identified as endangered has been shown to have recovered -- and in the Hudson River near New York City, report Cornell's Mark Bain and colleagues in the online publication PLoS ONE.

University of Southern California Medical Facilities Go Green

Sanitec USA, Sat February 03, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
Sun Valley, California, USA - Sanitec USA today announced that the University of Southern California has
awarded the microwave healthcare waste disinfection leader its medical
waste treatment and disposal contract. Under the terms of the contract,
Sanitec USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanitec Industries, Inc., will
provide the medical facilities of USC with full-service medical waste
transport, processing, treatment, and disposal services.

California’s Global Warming Fuels Standard Drives Trend Overseas

NRDC, Thu February 01, 2007, [PRESS RELEASE]
San Francisco - The European Union today announced a new global warming pollution standard for motor fuels that is virtually identical to this month’s executive order by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The European initiative underscores the influence and importance of California’s continued leadership in finding innovative solutions to global warming pollution, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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