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France bans fracking

The French parliament voted to ban fracking - a worrisome technique used to extract gas from rock deposits.

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China’s green power plan

The energy's always greener on the other side...of the world, that is. Particularly, in China.

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Bang your own head, not a seal’s

Humane Society International and heavy metal musicians are calling upon the Canadian government to cancel the 2011 commercial seal killings.

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Scientists fine-tune extinction rate projections

Although species extinction caused by habitat loss is not as dire a problem as initially believed, the global extinction crisis is still a real threat.

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Cuba's oil prospects pose dilemma for U.S.

On May 12, the Cuban government took advantage of an international meeting on oil drilling safety in Trinidad and Tobago to announce that drilling is about to begin for offshore wells in deep water off Cuba's northeastern coast.

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World Notes: Brazil, Turkey, Laos - and more

Some 80,000 workers stopped work in mid March at hydroelectric plants, refineries, and electric generating facilities in "the biggest social protest by workers in many years," according to upsidedownworld.org.

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Union leaders: World climate meet must include green, decent jobs

International trade union leaders are calling for decisive and ambitious climate action centered on social protections, doubling the number of green and decent jobs and ensuring a just transition to a greener future.

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Japan's Communists repeatedly warned of nuclear power risks

The Japanese Communist Party has called on all successive governments to make a drastic change in the atomic energy administration and has opposed additional construction plans.

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Ecuadorian judge says Chevron must pay $8 billion

The legal battle brings to light the tug of war between the sovereignty of an independent nation and the infringement of that right under corporate globalization.

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UN chief calls for balanced and sustainable development

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the world's economic model based on insatiable consumption of resources as  "a global suicide pact."

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