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A general view of the White House in Washington in this September 30, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Files

25 Oct 2016

On the ballot: two clashing visions of how America will powers its cars, homes

By Valerie Volcovici and Devika Krishna Kumar | October 25 2016 (Reuters) Forget the accusations of groping, bigotry and email mismanagement. If the American voter had to choose between Republican nominee […]

An aerial view shows rice plants in the shape of the map of China in a paddy field in Zhonghong village, on the outskirts of Shanghai, China, October 13, 2015. Picture taken October 13, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

24 Oct 2016

China to encourage banks to help fund rural pollution fight – official

By David Ingram | October 24 2016 (Reuters) China will encourage banks to play a bigger role in providing the financing required to tackle mounting environmental problems in rural regions, a […]

People walk past the skyline of Marina Bay central business district in Singapore April 26, 2013. Banks in Singapore are urgently scrutinising their account holders as an imminent deadline on stricter tax evasion measures forces them to decide whether to send some of their wealthiest clients packing. The Southeast Asian city-state has grown into the world's fourth-biggest offshore financial centre but, with U.S. and European regulators on the hunt for tax cheats, the government is clamping down to forestall the kind of onslaught from foreign authorities that is now hitting Switzerland's banks. Before July 1, all financial institutions in Singapore must identify accounts they strongly suspect hold proceeds of fraudulent or wilful tax evasion and, where necessary, close them. After that, handling the proceeds of tax crimes will be a criminal offence under changes to the city-state's anti-money laundering law. Picture taken April 26, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

24 Oct 2016

Nations agree on global road map to steer breakneck urbanization

By Paola Totaro | October 24 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The United Nations formally adopted a global road map to grapple with rapid urbanization on Thursday, capping nearly two years of […]

Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d'Urville in East Antarctica in this January 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Pauline Askin/Files

24 Oct 2016

U.S. hopeful it can win Russia’s agreement on Antarctic Ocean deal

By Ben Gruber | October 24 2016 After repeated failed attempts to establish an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary, the United States is hopeful it can sway Russia to agree to a plan […]

Smoking chimneys and cooling tower of a coal-burning power plant are seen next to electric pylons on a hazy day in Wuhan, Hubei province December 6, 2012. China will spend 350 billion yuan ($56 billion) by 2015 to curb air pollution in major cities, the environmental watchdog said on Wednesday.Credit: REUTERS

24 Oct 2016

Greenhouse gases reach symbolic milestone; opens “new era”-WMO

By Alister Doyle | October 24 2016 (Reuters) Greenhouse gases rose to a symbolic milestone in 2015, taking climate change into a new phase which could last generations even if […]

A man rides his bike down the waterfront along Lake Ontario in Toronto, July 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (Canada - Tags: SOCIETY)

21 Oct 2016

Put people, not cars, first in transport systems – U.N.

By Megan Rowling | October 21 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Governments should invest at least 20 percent of their transport budgets in infrastructure that promotes walking and cycling, to save lives, […]

A portrait of global aerosols is seen in this undated NASA handout image produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution released November 14, 2012. In the image, dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions. High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth's climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers.Credit: Reuters

21 Oct 2016

Governments agree U.N. study of tough climate limit, despite doubts

By Alister Doyle | October 21 2016 Governments gave the green light on Thursday for a U.N. scientific study on how to meet an ambitious global warming target, despite growing worries […]

Clothes and sewing machines are seen in the Tazreen Fashions garment factory, where 112 workers died in a fire, in Savar. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

21 Oct 2016

Style that’s sustainable: A new fast-fashion formula

Nathalie Remy and Steven Swartz | October 21 2016 (McKinsey&Company) Stylish, affordable clothing has been a hit with shoppers. Now companies are trying to reduce its social and environmental costs. The early 21st century […]


21 Oct 2016

Small farmers can overcome climate change and feed the world – Zimbabwe farmer

By Alex Whiting | October 21 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Like many small-scale farmers, Elizabeth Mpofu from drought-hit Zimbabwe has had to adapt her homestead to cope with a changing climate, […]

A bulldozer spreads processed coal at the Century Mine near Beallsville

21 Oct 2016

China increases limits on construction of coal-fired power plants

By Beijing Monitoring Desk and Meng Meng | October 21 2016 (Reuters) China will further limit construction of coal-fired power plants by cancelling some projects that were already approved this year, […]

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