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Published: Monday 31 July 2006

Greenpeace's newest ship, Esperanza is out at sea. It will sail from the Azores to Antarctica, informing people on the way about the crisis faced by oceans. The expedition's primary focus is creating a global network of ocean parks, marine reserves.

The US's climate scientists have given An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy. The former US vice president's movie has got most of its science right, said all 19 climate scientists who had seen the movie and answered questions from the international news agency, the Associated Press.

The traffic police in Pondicherry have launched a novel initiative to create awareness of traffic rules and regulations. They spread the message through popular film songs. These songs are repeatedly played and interspersed with guidelines on traffic. Songs such as 'P esakoodaathu ...', ' Naan pesa ninaipadhellam nee pesa vendum ...' advise people to avoid using mobile phones while driving. Other remind two-wheeler riders to wear helmets while driving and not to cross the road when the signal blinks orange or red.

At a recent press conference, Irish pop artist Bob Geldof questioned whether promises made at last July's G8 summit to tackle African poverty have been kept. Geldof -- organiser of the global Live 8 concerts last summer -- was joined by a member of the popular pop group, Eurythmics, Annie Lennox. Their joint press conference in London came only days after British prime minister Tony Blair warned that it would take "hard work for years to come" to tackle poverty.

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