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The Rainbow Warriors from the Women's InstituteSource: IndependentThe Women's Institute is turning to eco-activist as its members embark on one of the environmental movement's most iconic vehicles to deliver, by speedboat, a message to the front door of the controversial Kingsnorth power station in Kent calling on the government to do more to provide Britain with clean, renewable energy Renewable energy utilizes natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity to biomass and biofuels for transportation. .

Many pesticides in EU may damage human brain: studySource: ReutersMany pesticides used in the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the

European Community
 may damage brain growth in foetuses and young children, according to according to
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 a study published on Friday. The study urged the European Union, which is reviewing pesticide laws, to tighten restrictions. "Toxicity to the brain is not routinely included in testing pesticides," said Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard school of public health The Harvard School of Public Health is (colloquially, HSPH) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. Located in Longwood Area of the Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood of Mission Hill, next to Harvard Medical School and Cambridge, Massachusetts,  and the University of Southern Denmark As a national institution the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) comprises five faculties – Humanities, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences and Health Sciences totaling 32 departments, 11 research centers and a university library. .

Canadian Government an "avid cheerleader" for asbestosSource: TreehuggerThe Canadian government is expected to lobby against the inclusion of chrysotile chrysotile: see serpentine.
chrysotile

Fibrous variety of the magnesium silicate mineral serpentine; it is the most important asbestos mineral. Individual fibres are white and silky, but the aggregate in veins is usually green or yellowish.
 asbestos in UN negotiations in Rome this week. The talks will focus on whether chrysotile asbestos should be recognised as a hazardous substance on the Rotterdam convention list. Some 95% of Canadian asbestos is exported, mainly to India, Thailand and Indonesia. Asbestos mining is a $110m global industry that still finds applications in cement-making and roofing shingles shingles: see herpes zoster.
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 or herpes zoster

Acute viral skin and nerve infection. Groups of small blisters appear along certain nerve segments, most often on the back, sometimes after a dull ache at the site; pain becomes
. In the last round of talks during 2006, Canada partnered with Iran, Zimbabwe and Kyrgyzstan to spearhead a successful campaign to prevent the addition of asbestos to the list - the only western nation to do so.

Shell, HSBC put $665,000 toward Borneo rainforest conservationSource: Mongabay.comBrunei Shell Petroleum (Shell Oil) and HSBC HSBC Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
HSBC Humane Society of Broward County (Florida)
HSBC Humane Society of Bay County (Bay County, Michigan) 
 have donated 500,000 Brunei dollars ($333,000) each to conserve forests on the island of Borneo, reports the Borneo Bulletin. The money will be used to set up an administrative facility to implement an initiative to protect roughly 220,000 square kilometers (85,000 square miles) of tropical forest in Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
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