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The US abandons its plan to train Syrian rebels.

  Acknowledging its failure to produce any tangible results on the ground, the Obama administration has ended its $500 million program to train Syrian rebels to fight against Islamic State militants. The Pentagon said it would focus instead on helping existing rebel groups, rather than train new 5,400 fighters like it originally intended.
7 hours ago

Sweden is going all out to ditch fossil fuels.

  Speaking at the UN General Assembly, the Swedish prime minister promised Sweden deliver on its promise to completely abandon fossil fuels. The country will need to overhaul its public systems and convince its private sector to help develop climate-smart innovations. To that end, the government is investing some 4.5 billion kronor ($550 million) (link in Swedish) next year in a score of climate-geared projects.
October 09, 2015

The Nobel Peace Prize goes to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.

  The quartet—made of legal, human rights, labor, and trade and industry groups—were chosen for their work in the “building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia” following the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring. They formed a “peaceful political process” that averted the threat of civil war in the country, the Nobel committee said.  
October 09, 2015

There’s a second US investigation into Volkswagen.

  Federal and California regulators have begun an investigation into a second computer program in VW’s diesel cars (paywall), which are at the heart of an emissions scandal that has rocked the car company. VW has withdrawn its 2016 models of its diesel cars from environmental certification.
5 hours ago
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6 hours ago

Big Chocolate is sharing its industry secrets.

  So-called “pre-competitive research” by companies like Kellogg and Mars is being used to save the cacao plant from pests, disease, and climate change.
5 hours ago

There’s one genre of music where consumers are not big fans of digital.

  CD sales account for 63% of country music albums sold, versus 54% of the overall market.

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