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Environmental officials reach deals at Clean Energy Ministerial

A group of energy and environment ministers from 22 countries and the European Union reached many agreements on energy efficiency at the Clean Energy Ministerial meetings last week. Commitments included agreements to share technology, to finance a competition to develop low-energy televisions and to bring energy-efficient lighting to 2 million people in India by the end of 2015. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"The fact that this crisis has produced hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced; their lack of access to food or medicine; and the dire living conditions of besieged populations is less frequently cited in commentary and blog posts than the outright human rights abuses that we hear about on a daily basis."

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  • UN's Ban praises Myanmar, urges end to sanctions
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a historic address to Myanmar's fledgling parliament, praised the country's democratic reforms and asked Western powers to remove or suspend sanctions. Prior to Ban's speech Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her pro-democracy party ended a boycott of the legislative body over a clause in the oath of office, and President Thein Sein was pushing for a breakthrough in peace talks with ethnic rebel militias. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/30), BBC (4/30), Reuters (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kenyans push U.S. to free up unspent AIDS funds
    Some $500 million in U.S. funds intended to fight AIDS in Kenya are lingering, unspent, and activists want the money released to help treat the 1.5 million Kenyans infected with the virus with antiretroviral drugs. "It's a tragedy that money goes unused while Kenyans with HIV get sick and die because they don't receive treatment," said Jacque Wambui of the Kenyan branch of the Health Global Access Project. The Guardian (London) (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New Malawi president aims to empower women
    Malawi's new president, Joyce Banda, the first female head of state in southern Africa, discusses in an interview how her experience in an abusive marriage spurred her efforts to advance women's rights. "I feel that I'm carrying this heavy load on behalf of all women," she said. "If I fail, I will have failed all the women of the region. But for me to succeed, they all must rally around." The Guardian (London) (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Secret Africa land grabs revealed in new database
    A database launched last week shows that nearly 5% of the agricultural land in Africa has been purchased or leased by outside investors over the past decade, confirming reports of so-called land grabs made possible by secretive deals among governments, investors and speculators targeting the developing world. The data published by the Land Matrix project marks the first time a comprehensive list of international land deals has been collected and made public. The Guardian (London) (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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