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The Land Fill Harmonic Orchestra

An orchestra for kids with instruments made from trash? A cello made from oil can and pieces of wood, that were thrown in the garbage; a saxophone made of spoons and buttons. These instruments are crafted by Nicolas, a 'recycler' with no previous experience making musical instruments, who is living 'hand-to-mouth' by the garbage dump in Catuera, Paraguay. Inspired by this initiative and creativity, Maestro ...

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Closure of Naame landfill and garbage drowning Beirut and Mount Lebanon

Three days into the closure of the road between Naame landfill and Ain Drafil, garbage flooded the roads in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam promised to find a solution if the roads are reopened for garbage collection trucks for 48 hours. Waste collection restarted Sunday night, and the landfill will reopen for 48 hours.   In an April 2010 cabinet session, a raging argume ...

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One dollar in prevention saves $7 in response

Act Now, Save Later. Since the year 2000, almost 1 million people have lost their lives to disasters caused by natural hazards. 2 billion people have been affected. 1 trillion dollars in damage was caused. Every one dollar spent on preparing for disasters could save seven dollars in response. Yet, the international community is spending only 1% of aid on disaster preparedness. We can't prevent disasters, bu ...

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FAO: 2014 will be the International Year of Family Farming

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.   The goal ...

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