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Saudi Arabia to exploit solar energy for desalination plants

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P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR
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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia intends to depend heavily on solar energy to operate desalination plants instead of oil and gas as part of its efforts to make use of alternative and renewable energy sources.

Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen has disclosed plans to set up a new solar-powered desalination plant within 18 months. ... Read more about Saudi Arabia to exploit solar energy for desalination plants

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Pathways to Sustainabaility WBCSD

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Vision 2050:  The new agenda for business

Under the WBCSD's Vsion 2050 Project, twenty-nice WBCDSD member companies developed a vision of a world well on the way to sustainablility by 2050 and the pathways leading to that world.

This mural is a basis for visualizing the possible pathways.  The mural is meant to provide a tool for strategic planning, prioritizing, and monitoring progeress to help countires, businesses, NGOs , international organization and individuals assess the degree to which we are on track to accomplishing the vision. ... Read more about Pathways to Sustainabaility WBCSD

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The Global Food Crisis, Mapped

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JUSTIN GILLIS
The Global Food Crisis, Mapped
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Oxfam, the antihunger group, has been running a campaign to call attention to the global food crisis, its consequences and its potential solutions. ... Read more about The Global Food Crisis, Mapped

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Europe’s financial contagion

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Greece sneezed, and now most of Europe has a cold. The European debt crisis has already spread like a virus from Greece to Ireland and Portugal, and other countries are now at risk: Spain, and Italy are probable candidates for financial problems.

Contagion also has much to do with actual economic links among countries. Researchers have identified financial ties in particular as responsible for the “fast and furious” spread of crisis from one country to another. Trading activity between countries, however, can propagate economic sickness more slowly. ... Read more about Europe’s financial contagion

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Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms

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Fiona Harvey
Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms
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European fisheries chief hopes phasing out 'discarding' and agreeing plans with member states will preserve Europe's fish stocks

The biggest shake-up of European fisheries regulation in four decades was unveiled on Wednesday in Brussels, intended to preserve dwindling fish stocks.

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Destruction of world's biggest rainforests down 25 pct-FAO

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Jonny Hogg
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* FAO says deforestation of world's biggest forests slowing

* Agriculture and population pressure still a big threat

BRAZZAVILLE, June 1 (Reuters) - The rate of destruction of the world's three largest forests fell 25 percent this decade compared with the previous one, but remains alarmingly high in some countries, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said. ... Read more about Destruction of world's biggest rainforests down 25 pct-FAO

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Who are Africa's middle class? And will they help to reduce poverty?

Who are Africa's middle class? And will they help to reduce poverty?
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A report says a third of Africans are now middle class. Their interests coincide with the interests of the poor and should help to bring about change ... Read more about Who are Africa's middle class? And will they help to reduce poverty?

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China Overtakes Japan As World's Second-Biggest Economy

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14 February 2011 

 BBC News

Japan's economy was worth $5.474 trillion (£3.414 trillion) at the end of 2010, figures from Tokyo have shown. China's economy was closer to $5.8 trillion in the same period.

Japan has been hit by a drop in exports and consumer demand, while China has enjoyed a manufacturing boom. ... Read more about China Overtakes Japan As World's Second-Biggest Economy

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