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Down Syndrome Does Not Mean Dumb, A Magazine Can Prove It

A German biologist spent two years on a project whose aim was to understand how people with Down syndrome think about the world. She wound up creating a magazine that capitalizes on their intelligence.

So much to say.
So much to say.
Manuel Stark

BERLIN — Stefan Duve doesn't like Fridays. On the last day of the work week , he typically sits at a table and connects little plastic pieces that look a bit like grey LEGOs. In fact, he's in the middle of the production chain for vehicle components for BMW. But laboring in the workshop of the German charitable organization Caritas is very monotonous, and Duve says it bores him.

His colleague Martin causes a ruckus every few minutes by starting to shout. "It's not his fault," the 24-year-old Duve says. "It's just a quirk of his. But I don't like it when someone starts to yell."

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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