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From origami to photography, Londoner Sam Furness challenged himself to attempt a new skill for each month of 2016. Whether to broaden your horizons or simply disrupt routine, he believes everyone can benefit from a creative curiosity-boost
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Friday was set to become the UK’s first working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution. Recent months have seen some notable green energy advances around the world. From Morocco to Belgium, we plot progress
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Among the words officially added to Oxford Dictionaries earlier this year was 'clicktivism' – activism using digital media. The term is often deployed with derision. But so-called armchair activists can have a positive impact, argues Joshi Gottlieb from environmentally conscious search...
From an eerily misty loch in Cumbria, to Dorset’s chalky cliffs, a new book celebrates 10 years of the Landscape Photographer of the Year award
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While acknowledging the huge challenges facing our planet, a new summit taking place in London this week is sharing stories of conservation success. Could it help us learn from both success and failure and move forward?
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From strengthening economies and family life, to improving gender equality and democracy, 10 ways a shorter working week could benefit us
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Wonder is part of the joy of being alive. But whether on far-flung shores or closer to home, we need to nurture it
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A Belgian TV station has added green energy updates to its regular weather reports in a bid to raise awareness about renewable power
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From the ‘pay as you feel’ cafes transforming surplus food into feasts, to a restaurant that provides homeless people with fine dining – our pick of five projects that are democratising good food
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The Great British Bake Off contestant Thomas Gilliford admits cooking up a blueberry pie ‘food porno’ in an Instagram-fuelled moment of madness. Let’s stop social media making food perfectionists of us all, he proposes, and reclaim the kitchen as a hub of creativity
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Experts agree that children have far too little contact with the natural world. Could lessons about flora and fauna – a natural history GCSE – be the answer?
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One in every four Americans experiences mental illness, and a lack of police understanding can lead to tragedy. What if more of us were trained to deal with depression and anxiety? New York City plans to do it
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Mary Colwell is the driving force behind a petition to urge the government to develop a GCSE in natural history. She explains why she believes the qualification could address conservation apathy
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From a tenacious woodpecker to a grizzly bear swiping for salmon, these images from the last 50 years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been selected for a new book. They show extraordinary, surprising and often deeply moving acts of animal behaviour
From political upheaval to humanitarian crises, the first three months of 2017 have seen many challenges. But behind the headlines, there are signs of progress and possibility. Here are 20 of our favourites
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With a cover story about making sex education sexy, the inspiring current affairs magazine considers the power of giving attention to what is desired rather than what is feared
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A photo of swirling graphene ink in alcohol, which can be used to print electrical circuits on to paper, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition
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Introducing issue 89 of Positive News magazine, which explores the possibilities for society when we give attention to what is desired rather than what is feared
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A province in Pakistan has made DNA testing compulsory in rape cases, part of ongoing national reforms to improve support for victims
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The campaign to make London a National Park City has announced a competition to help people imagine how the capital would look and feel if it were a national park city
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A law that forces UK companies to publish details of their gender pay discrepancy came into force this week. Could it accelerate the closure of the 18.1 per cent gender pay gap?
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In an attempt to improve the health of its citizens, a group of islands in the South Pacific have pledged to restrict imported junk food in favour of organic, homegrown produce
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‘Water has won over gold’ say campaigners, as they celebrate El Salvador’s history-making ban on metal mining
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From laser labels to ‘plastic’ derived from sugar cane, three environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastic packaging
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France has passed a bill urging companies to respect employees’ time outside of office hours. Could similar legislation help people aged 25-34 in the UK – the group that is unhappiest with work-life balance here?
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A citizen survey has recorded increases in the number of certain birds – from the robin to more unusual visitors – being spotted in British gardens
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Against a backdrop of Brexit, now is a pertinent time to rethink our ideas of society. Jon Alexander suggests that when we consider ourselves citizens rather than consumers, communities are stronger and more effective
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From participatory democracy to local currencies, signs abound that communities are taking power back into their own hands. Our pick of fascinating facts about people coming together
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New Internationalist, a 44-year-old magazine with a global perspective and a focus on social and environmental justice, launches the most ambitious community share offer by a media organisation to date
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After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand’s parliament has approved a bill recognising the Whanganui river as having the same legal rights as a human being
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Integrity Idol: the TV talent show that rewards honesty and integrity in government officials
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Astronaut Jeanette Epps made history in January when Nasa announced she will be the first black American to board the International Space Station. We ask: how do you prepare for six months in space?
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Slovenia's parliament adopts amendment that declares the country’s water supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’
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Author Mark Stevenson has travelled the world, from Brazilian favelas to a shed in the English home counties, meeting remarkable innovators
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What’s at stake in a world where science is marginalised? Programmes such as AguaClara, which offer sustainable, low-cost solutions to Honduran communities in need of safe water
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The 2017 World Happiness Report, released yesterday to coincide with International Day of Happiness, names Norway the happiest country in the world. What lessons can we learn from the nations at the top of the table?
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Premature babies are at an increased risk of brain damage, but many are too fragile to make the journey to an MRI machine for a clearer diagnosis. Soon, thanks to the world’s first mini scanner, they may not need to
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Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in pilgrimage; journeying on foot. Now that it is open to all – religious or not – how can it help connect us with deep meaning, the land and each other?
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New research challenges the government’s assertion that there is little capacity to house Syrian refugees. Local authorities have now committed to accommodate nearly 22,000 people fleeing from the country – and grassroots pressure has been key
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A month after opening, London’s first community fridge has redistributed 50kg of food to those in need and attracted enquiries from around the world. What lessons can we learn from the project so far?
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Iceland’s prime minister has announced proposals for legislation to close the country’s 14 to 18 per cent gender pay gap
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The first project of its kind in Asia, towers covered in thousands of plants and trees are under construction in China. The architect wants to build more across Chinese cities to help offset pollution
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Meet Alexandra Rizio, the lawyer who represents child refugees facing deportation, and two other people advocating for immigrants and refugees
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“There is a whole world waiting for us, ready to welcome us home,” says environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen. He explains our near-universal belief in the superiority of humans – and the possibility of looking at life anew
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From ‘tuned in’ spiders to signal-sending plants, nature has its very own advanced intelligence networks
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Real life stories of forgiveness from the victims and perpetrators of crime and violence feature in a new interactive exhibition
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In 2011, Jacob Dunne fatally knocked a man to his death in an unprovoked attack. After prison, he found himself homeless, unemployed and struggling. But with the encouragement of his victim’s parents, he began a degree in criminology
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A photographic exhibition, #IAmYezidi, conveys the resilience of Yezidi women in Iraq and coincides with International Women’s Day
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A small village pub that was saved from closure by its community has been named National Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale
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From picking apart pop songs to acting out the experience of a girl walking the streets, a creative education programme in India is challenging ingrained gender stereotypes. Could starting young break old attitudes?
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