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In Zhangjiakou, Hebei, China, 200km northwest of Beijing, the desert has been encroaching for dozens of years. Up to 20% of China’s territory is being threatened by desertification, particularly in the areas around windswept Inner Mongolia. However, since the year 2000, teams of foresters with the Chinese government have been working to beat back the […]

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24 Hours for Darfur

In the Darfur region of Western Sudan (in Africa), political and military unrest since 2003 has caused the deaths of up to 250,000 people (450,000 by some estimates), the torture of countless others, and the displacement of millions. Many organisations and individuals have been working diligently to compel world governments and governing bodies to intervene […]

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Economy of scale is one of the main principles behind the overwhelming post-war economic growth of the West, but this model, the poster child of modern business development, is proving problematic in many aspects of food production. Factory farming has critics on many fronts, from issues of animal welfare to watershed contamination to pharmaceutical overuse […]

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Half the pharmacists surveyed by Alberta researchers said they had seen evidence of dangerous interactions between natural health products and prescription drugs, a “startling” result that suggests… ????? – Tom Blackwell, National Post, Natural remedies ‘potentially harmful’, Published: Monday, July 23, 2007 Take a guess at how this sentence ends?  In fact, you pick the ending that you think […]

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You could say that my eight year old shepherd-lab cross, Nova Navratilova, is the love of my life! She is my companion, my in-house comedian, and occasionally my protector; but it was not always so. For the first few weeks after I decided to foster her from the local pound (which had just gone no-kill), […]

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This is a plug for one of the best and easiest online live reference sites I’ve encountered. It’s run by the Vancouver Public Library, and it’s called AskAway. AskAway is a free, live chat-based reference resource, hosted by the wise and accommodating librarians of the VPL. I haven’t ever really used any other library service […]

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