Shell Dumps Wind, Solar and Hydro Power in Favor of Biofuels

The Guardian
by Tim Webb

shellShell will no longer invest in renewable technologies such as wind, solar and hydro power because they are not economic, the Anglo-Dutch oil company said today. It plans to invest more in http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jan/21/biofuels.alternativeenergy biofuels which environmental groups blame for driving up food prices and deforestation.
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Switzerland eases banking secrecy

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UBS gave US authorities details of 300 American clients last month
UBS gave US authorities details of 300 American clients last month

Switzerland, the world’s largest offshore financial centre, has agreed to accept concessions on bank secrecy.

However, while it will now abide by international rules on bank data sharing, it said it would only respond to “concrete and justified” requests.

The government added that it would still protect banking customers from “unjustified watching from abroad”.
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Outrage at Kenya assassinations

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Oscar Kamau Kingara (left) talking to police officers. The Oscar Kingara foundation last year accused police of killing thousands (image: Oscar Foundation website)
Oscar Kamau Kingara (left) talking to police officers. The Oscar Kingara foundation last year accused police of killing thousands (image: Oscar Foundation website)

A UN investigator into extra-judicial killings in Kenya has called for an international inquiry into the murder of two human rights activists.

Oscar Kamau Kingara was shot dead along with a colleague hours after a government spokesman accused their group of aiding a criminal gang.

A consortium of human rights groups in Kenya says it holds the government responsible for the death.

The police have denied any government involvement in the killings.
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ZIMBABWE: Researchers Developing New Ways to Purify Water

By Busani Bafana and Zahira Kharsany

Moringa flowers - the seeds of this versatile tree can be used to sterilise drinking water. Credit: J.M. Garg/Wiki Commons
Moringa flowers - the seeds of this versatile tree can be used to sterilise drinking water. Credit: J.M. Garg/Wiki Commons

BULAWAYO, Mar 25 (IPS) – Scientists at Bulawayo’s National University of Science and Technology (NUST) have embarked on research to develop simple and affordable water purification methods, as more than a billion people live without safe drinking water in developing countries.

Water and sanitation experts are currently investigating if a powder made from the seeds of the Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as the drumstick or horseradish tree, can be used as a filter to purify water.
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Catholic project helps migrants find work, make London their home

By Simon Caldwell
Catholic News Service

LONDON (CNS) — George Tatar has slept on the streets in five different countries since he left Romania two years ago. For the last eight months he has been living out of a sleeping bag in central London. From shop doorways, underpasses and subways he has learned to love the city. Now he wants to stay.
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South Africa: The gloves are off!

New African

South Africa goes to the polls on 22 April to elect a new parliament which, in turn, will elect a new president. Unlike 1994 which marked the end of apartheid, this will be a watershed election. Not because it is special. It is because it will probably mark the end of the Mandela era and serve as a pointer to the future. From Johannesburg, Pusch Commey looks at all the permutations.
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Fighting for the Right to Fish

By Patrick Burnett*

Mers Klaase has been fishing in Doring Bay since 1968, but struggles to make a living. "The problem is the law. How can you make money if you cannot sell your fish?" Credit: Patrick Burnett/IPS
Mers Klaase has been fishing in Doring Bay since 1968, but struggles to make a living. "The problem is the law. How can you make money if you cannot sell your fish?" Credit: Patrick Burnett/IPS

CAPE TOWN, Feb 21 (IPS/IFEJ) – “When my belly is crying I must fill it. I can sit on the side of the road and beg for bread, but there is the bread right there,” says Hahn Goliath, a fisherman in the small village of Doring Bay on South Africa’s West Coast, as he points furiously at the Atlantic Ocean.

Goliath’s frustration is common amongst the estimated 30,000 subsistence fishermen in 148 fishing communities along South Africa’s 3,000 kilometres of coastline.
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One in Every 31 Adults in Prison; Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid

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Criminal correction spending is outpacing budget growth in education, transportation and public assistance, based on state and federal data. Only Medicaid spending grew faster than state corrections spending, which quadrupled in the past two decades, according to the report Monday by the Pew Center on the States, the first breakdown of spending in confinement and supervision in the past seven years.
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