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Tourists stand in front of huts that form part of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort where a turtle digs for food amongst the coral in the island's lagoon, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9, 2015. UNESCO World Heritage delegates recently snorkelled on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, thousands of coral reefs, which stretch over 2,000 km off the northeast coast. Surrounded by manta rays, dolphins and reef sharks, their mission was to check the health of the world's largest living ecosystem, which brings in billions of dollars a year in tourism. Some coral has been badly damaged and animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened. UNESCO will say on Wednesday whether it will place the reef on a list of endangered World Heritage sites, a move the Australian government wants to avoid at all costs, having lobbied hard overseas. Earlier this year, UNESCO said the reef's outlook was "poor". REUTERS/David Gray TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


23 Mar 2017

Indonesia finds extensive reef damage after cruise ship runs aground

By Kanupriya Kapoor | March 23 2017 (Reuters) A British-flagged cruise ship damaged more than 18,000 square meters (4.4 acres) of coral when it ran aground in waters popular with […]

An aerial view shows sea walls on the beach that protect sand dunes from erosion along the Atlantic Ocean coast in Anglet, southwestern France, June 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

23 Mar 2017

China blames climate change for record sea levels

By David Stanway | March 23 2017 (Reuters) Chinese coastal sea levels hit record highs in 2016, driven by climate change as well as El Nino and La Nina events, […]

French police officers patrol in front of the entrance at the venue for the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

23 Mar 2017

Business leaders urge G20 to put climate change back on agenda

By Gernot Heller and Michael Nienaber | March 23 2017 (Reuters) Business executives and scientists on Tuesday urged the world’s leading economies to put global warming back on the G20 agenda […]

Tim Change, from the Bradenton Beach Public Works Dept., inspects beach erosion as a storm surge and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Debby batter Bradenton Beach, Florida, June 25, 2012. The National Hurricane Center expects Debby to make landfall on Thursday in the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm, but warns that forecasts remain uncertain.Credit: REUTERS

21 Mar 2017

Mexico meeting to bring world together on disaster prevention

By Robert Glasser & Luis Felipe Puente | March 21 2017 * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Two years […]

Corals are seen at the Great Barrier Reef in this January 2002 handout photo. Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is under imminent threat from industrial development and may be considered for listing as a world heritage site "in danger" within 2013, a U.N. report said this week.Credit: REUTERS

21 Mar 2017

FEATURE-Caribbean islands count on coral to build up coastal resilience

By Sophie Hares | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Twice a week, fisherman Romould Compton puts on scuba gear to dive to the seabed and clean tiny elkhorns growing in […]

The 2015 Arctic sea ice summertime minimum is 699,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 average, shown here as a gold line in this visual representation of a NASA analysis of satellite data released September 14, 2015.   REUTERS/NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio/Handout via Reuters

21 Mar 2017

From spring’s start to sea heat, data tells tale of climate action

By J.D. Capelouto | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Advances in using indicators to track everything from sea surface temperatures to maternal mortality are helping better determine whether progress is […]

A file picture shows the waning moon behind a logo of Swiss bank UBS in Zurich, Switzerland February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

20 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Three ways to invest towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

By James Gifford, Senior Impact Investing Strategist at UBS Wealth Management, and Nicole Neghaiwi, Impact Investing Strategist at UBS Wealth Management | 20 March 2017 At the World Economic Forum […]

Pedestrians walk along a footpath in front of a massive chimney billowing smoke for a coal-burning power station in central Beijing January 12, 2012. China, with 1.34 billion people, is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases which totals around a quarter of the world's CO2. This is more than the United States, historically the world's top emitter. A recent study from U.S. researchers states that China could peak in emissions by 2030 or earlier, with Chinese demand for appliances, buildings and much industry reaching "saturation" around then. Beijing has resisted officially spelling out when its emissions could peak saying they should be allowed to grow out of poverty while rich nations lead the way in cutting carbon.Credit: REUTERS

20 Mar 2017

Global energy CO2 emissions could be cut by 70 pct by 2050 -IRENA

By Nina Chestney | March 20 2017 (Reuters) Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be reduced by 70 percent by 2050 and completely phased out by 2060, research by the […]

A storing reservoir is seen cracked by prolonged drought in Siheung, south of Seoul June 22, 2012. According to local media, the cumulative rainfall in Seoul from May 1 until June 19 this year totalled 10.6 mm, which is far below the average of 171 mm of the same period annually. The average rainfall of the same period last year measured 173.9 mm. South Korea suffers from the severest drought in over a century amid unusually high temperatures in June, according to local media.Credit: REUTERS

14 Mar 2017

Treating droughts like hurricanes would aid vulnerable areas – researchers

By J.D. Capelouto | March 14 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  It’s a major natural disaster that slowly grows in one place and then moves across a region, gaining intensity and size. […]

A pair of dolphins leap in the wake of Royal Caribbean cruise line ship 'Grandeur of the Seas' July 18, 2013 in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the United States main land.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron

14 Mar 2017

Warming may disrupt four-fifths of world’s oceans by 2050-study

By Alister Doyle | March 14 2017 (Reuters) Global warming will disrupt four-fifths of the world’s oceans by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, threatening fish that are the […]

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