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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A  powerful tropical cyclone was losing strength after crossing Australia’s north-east coast on Friday, with no immediate reports of injuries.
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The planet faces a 40 percent shortfall in water supplies in 15 years due to urbanization, population growth and increasing demand for water for food production, energy and industry, the United Nations said on Friday.
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Vincent Neate of KPMG says how well businesses capitalise on technology and data will determine their very existence [Published in GreenNews – Read
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Arctic sea ice hits record low: US monitor

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A veteran Tolland public works employee died after he was hit by one of his own trucks while patching potholes in town on Thursday, according to state police. Police said David L. Ridzon, 50, of Willington, was fixing potholes in the area of 60 Anderson Road when a town dump track backed into him...
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Britain's power system can cope with solar eclipse – National Grid

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Britain will be able to keep the lights on when the sun disappears from view during Friday morning’s solar eclipse, National Grid said on Thursday. There have been concerns that the eclipse could pose a challenge to European transmission networks that have a large proportion of solar power. The moon will move over the...
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A company has been accused of breaking safety rules in an incident where two men fell and suffered chemical burns from concrete. One worker is said to have spent six days in hospital, had skin grafts and been told he would never have full use of his legs again. The other employee is said...
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Circular economy meets pro sport with new multi-use stadiums

Venues that hosted both baseball and football gave bad sight lines for both. However, other sports can share space more companionably.
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Has this Singapore hotel uncovered the future of hospitality energy efficiency?

Has this Singapore hotel uncovered the future of hospitality energy efficiency?

Retrofits at the Marina Bay Sands resort result in 11 percent energy savings and a two-year return on investment.
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HANOI (Reuters) – Political leaders of Vietnam’s capital halted the felling of thousands of Hanoi’s trees on Friday after the plan sparked public outrage and fears it would damage the image of one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
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Cuba has been a leader in environmental protection, but a flood of tourism necessitates a shift in strategy.
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By Vera Eckert FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German electrical grids were bracing for an unprecedented task early on Friday ahead of a 2-1/2-hour solar eclipse that will bring sudden, massive drops and additions in solar power supply at the start and end of the event. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, boasts the world’s biggest solar-powered installations,...
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Sacred Forests: An Eco-friendly Alternative to Coffins

The idea of coming full circle and returning back where we came from is one that appeals to many of us, regardless of our faith, and this is the idea of a beautiful new burial method developed in Italy.
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Thank You To The Women Who Make National Tree Day Happen

Women are true leaders in keeping their families, schools and communities connected to and caring for nature. With International Women’s Day this weekend Sunday 8th March, the team at Planet Ark would like to say a sincere thank you to the amazing women who have helped make National Tree Day a much-loved campaign.
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Australians are great recyclers at home, but when it comes to work, we are falling down on the job. Planet Ark has identified a number of key barriers to workplace recycling and some simple actions to overcome them.
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To celebrate World Wood Day, Planet Ark’s Make It Wood campaign will be holding ‘the Wood – Housing, Health, Humanity exhibition’ at Customs House in Sydney.
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