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Paris First To Ban 4x4s & Old Diesels 2010-12-29

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European car makers are now planning to build electric vehicles because many European cities are widely expected to ban high-emissions vehicles from their city cores over the next decade — perhaps even vehicles with any emissions at all.

Now, Paris may be the first city to experiment with such a policy. Next year (2011), it will begin to test restrictions on vehicles that emit more than a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre — the measure of a car’s contribution to ‘greenhouse gases’. (more…)

The World Watching Sudan 2010-12-28

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A group founded by American actor Mr. George Clooney is teaming up with Google, an UN agency and anti-genocide organisations to launch satellite surveillance of the border between north and south Sudan.

The aim is to try to prevent a new civil war after the south votes in a secession referendum next month

Organisers said on Wednesday that Mr.Clooney’s ‘Not On Our Watch‘ is funding the start-up phase Satellite Sentinel Project that will collect real-time satellite imagery from Sudan and combine it with field analysis from the Enough Project and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. (more…)

Attractiveness linked to Health and Cleanliness 2010-12-13

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When it comes to partners, men often find women’s taste fickle and unfathomable, but ladies may not be entirely to blame; a growing body of research suggests that their preference for certain types of male physiognomy may be swayed by things beyond their conscious control—like prevalence of disease or crime—and in predictable ways. (more…)

New Solar Powered Air Con from China 2010-12-10

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China’s first solar-powered air conditioner that can also send excess electricity to the power grid began rolling off a Gree Electric Appliances production line today 2010-12-15.

The first 50 000 units will be sold in the American market. After that, the units will also be available for purchase in China, (more…)

Scotland Snowed Under 2010-12-07

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Chaos on Scotland’s roads as blizzards batter country

Thousands of people were stranded yesterday after the heavier-than-expected snowfall brought much of the country’s transport network to a complete standstill.

Up to 40omm of snow fell in just a few hours, leaving workers trapped miles away from their homes and pupils and teachers stuck inside schools.

The army was drafted in to help ‘The Scottish Ambulance Service‘ reach patients by providing military 4×4 vehicles to transport paramedics and transfer those in need of medical assistance to (more…)