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Australia has pledged over 500 million Australian dollars to help preserve the Great Barrier Reef, in an effort to protect the world heritage site from the effects of climate change. The funding, which was announced recently, constitutes part of a conservation plan that will see the Australian government partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation […]

In the United States, steps are being taken to deal with the growing problem of Internet addiction, which is having an impact on health, wellbeing and relationships. One centre that deals with the problem of Internet addiction is called reSTART.  Located in Washington State, the organisation runs residential programmes for people – mostly young men […]

In Iraq’s Baghdad, a new bookstore is making waves — not for the titles it sells but for the woman who owns it. Abdul Hadi Mudher al-Biyati is the first woman to run a publishing house and shop on al-Muntanabbi Street, which is home to the Iraqi capital’s historic book market. Al-Muntanabbi Street, which is […]

A touring exhibition entitled ‘Museum Without A Home’ celebrates acts of kindness by ordinary people towards refugees and migrants seeking peace and sanctuary in Europe. Next to the photo of a board game reads the caption: “Stelios lives in Piraeus. When his school teacher proposed to the class to collect toys for the kids in […]

Anne Berit Anti’s is an indigenous designer who celebrates her culture through fashion. Her designs are inspired by the remote Norwegian landscape, and her people: the Sami. The Sami are to be found North of the Arctic Circle in Norway. Anne lives a short drive from the town of Karasjok, which hosts Norway’s Sami parliament […]

At Trinity College Dublin, zoologists have uncovered new ranging travel patterns in badgers which might help stop the spread of TB in cattle. Investigators working on a project with the Department of Agriculture and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) tagged badgers and subsequently discovered that some male badgers, typically younger males, did not […]

In the U.K., an IT consultancy that solely employs people on the autism spectrum has won a national award. The London-based company, Auticon, topped the ‘one to watch’ category at the UK Social Enterprise Awards. According to the National Autistic Society, only 16 per cent of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment, despite the […]

In the U.K., scientists from the University of Leicester have won a ‘Space Oscar’ for their research into combating deforestation. Deforestation constitutes a huge threat to the world’s forests, with an estimated land area equivalent to 48 football fields being lost every minute. Investigators from the National Centre for Earth Observation at the University of Leicester […]

A recent report in ‘The Tablet’ says that Russia’s Orthodox Church has opened 30,000 churches over the last 30 years, although it is expected to take until 2050 to return to what it was before the 1917 revolution. According to Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Moscow Patriarchate’s external relations director “Houses of worship aren’t built as […]

A programme has been launched among farmers in a bid to save hen harriers. A typical 23-hectare farm, with peatland and grassland habitats, could qualify for Hen Harrier Programme payments totalling €2,200 in year one, rising to €3,700 in year two. The programme aims to save one of Ireland’s most endangered birds, the Hen Harrier, […]


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