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Climate & Energy

27 Apr 2017

Worrisome first quarter of 2017 climate trends

Source: Yale Climate Connections. By Zeke Hausfather | 27 April 2017 The year is off to a toasty start globally … and not in a comforting way for those concerned […]

27 Apr 2017

Republican lawmakers urge Trump to weaken Paris climate pact pledge

By Timothy Gardner | 27 April 2017 A group of nine Republican lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the 2015 Paris climate agreement but to […]

24 Apr 2017

Trump to set new executive orders on environment, energy this week

By David Shepardson and Valerie Volcovici | April 24 2016 (Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, […]

19 Apr 2017

Climate change upsets lives guided by nature, Native Americans say

By Ellen Wulfhorst | April 19 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The impacts of climate change stretch from the loss of polar bear habitat to African crop failures to threatening a seasonal […]

19 Apr 2017

Rising seas could push some U.S. migration to areas far from coast: study

By Tom James | April 19 2017 (Reuters) Rising sea levels caused by climate change may drive U.S. coastal residents to areas far from the seaboard, not just to adjacent inland […]

19 Apr 2017

White House meeting on Paris climate deal postponed: official

By Steve Holland | April 19 2017 (Reuters) A White House meeting that was to help determine whether the United States should withdraw from the Paris climate accord has been […]

17 Apr 2017

FEATURE-In energy starved Indian villages, solar mini-grids light the way

By Rina Chandran | April 17 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A dusty plastic sheet covers a large diesel generator in a corner of a petrol station in Atrauli, a village in […]

17 Apr 2017

Norway says its greenhouse emissions to fall to 1990 levels by 2020

By Alister Doyle | April 17 2017 (Reuters) Norway’s greenhouse gas emissions will fall to around 1990 levels by 2020, the government said on Wednesday, far from original goals of […]

17 Apr 2017

Water out of thin air? It can be done, say scientists

By J.D. Capelouto | April 17 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) People living in arid, drought-ridden areas may soon be able to get water straight from a source that’s all around them […]

13 Apr 2017

Emerging nations urge rich countries to honour climate finance pledges – statement

By Elias Glenn | April 13 2017 (Reuters) China, Brazil, India and South Africa have urged industrialised countries to honour financial commitments made in Paris in 2015 to help developing countries […]

13 Apr 2017

World can peak planet-warming emissions by 2020 – ex-UN climate chief

By Alex Whiting | April 13 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) World emissions must peak by 2020 and decline soon after that if countries are to achieve their Paris climate goals and […]

13 Apr 2017

UK-based start-up hopes to cut plastic waste with innovative water balls

By Matthew J. Stock | April 13 2017 (Reuters) Small transparent spheres filled with natural or flavored water could help provide a solution to London’s plastic waste problem, according to the […]

13 Apr 2017

China slams Shanghai for environmental violations

By David Stanway | April 13 2017 (Reuters) China’s business hub of Shanghai has slacked off in efforts to improve the environment, levying fines too small to deter polluters, hundreds […]

11 Apr 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The view of climate change from 3 islands

You won’t find climate skeptics living on these islands.  For them, climate change equates to being irreparably and deliberately harmed by the rest of the world.  Here are three stories […]

7 Apr 2017

World investment in green power down, money went further in 2016 -report

By Vera Eckert | April 7 2017 (Reuters) Record levels of renewable energy capacity were added across the world in 2016 but the falling costs of green power equipment led […]

7 Apr 2017

Make climate change an economic – not green – issue, urges ex-president of Maldives

By Laurie Goering | April 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Winning effective action on climate change will require treating the problem less as an environmental or human rights crisis and more […]

30 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Xcel Energy, Climate Leader’s vision for 2050

29 March 2017 Climate Leadership is about being both transparent on emissions performance, and reducing emissions in line with policy guidance to stay within 2 degrees C global warming.  As […]

29 Mar 2017

China, EU reaffirm climate action after Trump backs away

By Ben Blanchard and Alister Doyle | March 29 2017 (Reuters) Nations led by China and the European Union rallied around a global plan to slow climate change on Wednesday […]

29 Mar 2017

Pollution from international trade killed 700,000 in one year – scientists

By J.D. Capelouto | March 29 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Air pollution from industries making goods for export are linked to more than 700,000 premature deaths worldwide in a single year, […]

28 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Economic growth intertwined with climate stewardship

Source: World Resources Institute | 28 March 2017 STATEMENT: Trump Executive Order a Sweeping Attack on U.S. Climate Action According to media reports, President Trump will sign a sweeping Executive […]

27 Mar 2017

Germany increases electric car charging points 27 percent in 2016

By Vera Eckert | March 27 2017 (Reuters) The number of electric car charging points for public use in Germany rose by 27 percent last year, including hundreds more fast-charging […]

27 Mar 2017

Stop treating oceans as ‘waste swimming pool’: U.N.’s FAO chief

By Alister Doyle  March 27 2017 (Reuters) The world must stop treating the oceans as a “waste swimming pool” for pollution, a senior U.N. official said on Friday at the […]

27 Mar 2017

Lights go out around the world for 10th Earth Hour

By Peter Gosnell | March 27 2016 (Reuters) The lights are being switched off around the world at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, and […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

14 Mar 2017

The Alps are losing snow, but people can control how much, researchers say

By J.D. Capelouto | March 14 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) With the European ski season drawing to a close next month, small communities reliant on tourism are starting to feel the […]

14 Mar 2017

In race to curb climate change, cities outpace governments

By Alister Doyle | March 14 2017 (Reuters) Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with central governments about who […]

9 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How global investors are using climate data

By Paul Simpson, CEO & Co-founder, CDP | 9 March 2017 Revealing new research shows how global investors are using climate data to support smarter investment decision-making. This year marks […]

9 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: NRG, Energy Producer and Climate Leader

Climate Leadership is about being both transparent on emissions, and gradually reducing emissions in line with policy guidance to stay within 2 degrees C global warming.  As part of our […]

6 Mar 2017

Pipe dream? China faces daunting task to suck in gas and wean itself off coal

By Meng Meng and Josephine Mason | March 6 2017 (Reuters) China has set itself a staggering task to cure its smothering pollution: switching coal-fired boilers and heating systems in at […]

3 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A global retailer sees reducing emissions as good for business

At a time of great geo-political change, we sat down with Fred Bedore, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Sustainability at Walmart, to find out more about Walmart’s approach to […]

3 Mar 2017

Ancient human tree cultivation shaped Amazon landscape

By Will Dunham | March 3 2017 (Reuters) Ancient indigenous peoples had a far more profound impact on the composition of the vast Amazon rainforest than previously known, according to a […]

3 Mar 2017

Mexico tequila maker has a shot at turning agave waste into fuel

By Sophie Hares | March 3 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) One of Mexico’s most famous tequila companies, Herradura, hopes to turn into fuel the thousands of tonnes of waste it generates […]

3 Mar 2017

Bangladesh opens first solar-powered food warehouse

By Ruma Paul | March 3 2017 (Reuters) Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated on Sunday the country’s first solar-powered food warehouse with a capacity of 25,000 tonnes of grain […]

3 Mar 2017

Biofuels could cut transport emissions – but food may be at risk

By Maina Waruru | March 3 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Growing use of electric vehicles around the world is helping lower climate changing emissions, but some means of transport will be […]

1 Mar 2017

U.S. military marches forward on green energy, despite Trump

By Timothy Gardner | March 1 2017 President Donald Trump and his top advisors have often scoffed at government support of green energy. His chief strategist called it “madness.” But […]

24 Feb 2017

As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers’ profits heat up

By Leopold Obi | February 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) It is a hot and cloudless morning, a sign that it will be sunny right through the afternoon. Joseph Mailu moves […]

24 Feb 2017

FEATURE-Can Barcelona ‘superblocks’ cut traffic and clean up city air?

By Sophie Davies | February 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The daily life and work of Gabrielle Green, a language teacher in the Spanish city of Barcelona, just got that […]

24 Feb 2017

Investors urged to quench growing thirst for climate-friendly finance

By Megan Rowling | February 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) India, like many developing countries, is grappling with how to fund a massive increase in its clean energy supplies as part […]

23 Feb 2017

Scientists to test 50 coral reefs to seek ways to counter climate change

By Alister Doyle | February 23 2017 (Reuters) Ocean scientists will pick 50 coral reefs worldwide to test ways to limit damage from climate change, pollution and over-fishing that threatens […]

22 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What does ‘climate leadership’ mean for companies?

By Kevin Moss, Global Director of the World Resources Institute Business Center, WRI’s program that helps the private sector develop strategies that support sustainable strategies and drive growth, and Tim […]

21 Feb 2017

Bolivia seeks $250 mln from Green Climate Fund to tackle drought – FAO

By Sophie Hares | February 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Drought-hit Bolivia will seek $250 million from the Green Climate Fund for projects to bolster water management and food security, said […]

20 Feb 2017

INTERVIEW- Solar-powered Africa “never more possible and less expensive” – energy chief

By Maina Waruru | February 20 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use […]

20 Feb 2017

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice at record low in January – UN

By Tom Miles | February 20 2017 (Reuters) The extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, the U.N. World […]

17 Feb 2017

New solar-reflecting film can cool homes without air con – scientists

By Alex Whiting | February 17 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) While Australians struggle to keep their air conditioners humming as a heatwave threatens to overwhelm the country’s power grid, U.S. scientists […]

16 Feb 2017

Swedish bank SEB issues first green bond raising $532 million

By Nina Chestney | February 1 62017 (Reuters) Swedish banking group SEB issued its first green bond last week, raising 500 million euros ($532 million) for loans to low-carbon projects, […]

16 Feb 2017

Climate change fight will be won or lost in cities, say experts

By Thin Lei Win | February 16 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Cities are on the frontline of the fight against climate change and will play a key role in limiting global […]

16 Feb 2017

In race to clean energy, emerging nations seize bigger role – World Bank

By Alex Whiting | February 16 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A range of developing countries have emerged as leaders in a global race to switch to sustainable energy by 2030, by […]

9 Feb 2017

China’s solar power capacity more than doubles in 2016

By Ryan Woo | February 9 2017 (Reuters) China’s installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled last year, turning the country into the world’s biggest producer of solar energy by […]

9 Feb 2017

U.N. to plant 1 million trees to fight deforestation near Ethiopia refugee camps

By Umberto Bacchi | February 9 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A million trees are to be planted in Ethiopia to fight deforestation around camps hosting hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese […]

9 Feb 2017

FEATURE-Kenyan slum seeks to turn sewage into gold with recycling plant

By Kagondu Njagi | February 9 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Abdullahi Ibrahim’s dream to set up a fruit-juice business has so far been thwarted by water scarcity in Kenya’s biggest slum, […]

8 Feb 2017

U.S. solar jobs grew 25 percent last year

By Nichola Groom | February 8 2017 (Reuters) Jobs in the U.S. solar industry grew 25 percent last year to include more than 260,000 workers, according to a report by sector […]

8 Feb 2017

Oslo’s trash incinerator shows promise in climate change test

By Alister Doyle | February 8 2017 (Reuters) Oslo’s main trash incinerator has shown promising results in the world’s first experiment to capture greenhouse gases from the fumes of burning […]

8 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Corporate leadership reaches an inflection point

We sat down with Dennis Whalen, Leader of the Board Leadership Center at KPMG, to understand more about why corporate governance is reaching an inflection point, with a new emphasis […]

7 Feb 2017

INTERVIEW-Congested Mexico City must look skyward to grow: official

By Sophie Hares | February 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Once the heart of the vast Aztec empire, Mexico’s pulsing capital is now a megacity that dominates the country’s economy, politics […]

7 Feb 2017

Armed with smartphones, Cameroon forest defenders take on illegal loggers

By Elias Ntungwe Nagalame | February 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In an innovative push to combat illegal logging and the corruption that enables it, community volunteers in Cameroon are being […]

7 Feb 2017

Faced with blackouts, Pakistan’s largest public park goes solar

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | February 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Mushtaq Khan, a 48-year-old bank manager, used to enjoy his nightly jog in Islamabad’s huge Fatima Jinnah Park […]

7 Feb 2017

Sweden sets goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

By Alister Doyle | February 7 2017 (Reuters)  Sweden set a goal on Thursday of phasing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, among the most ambitious by any developed nation […]

6 Feb 2017

Chile’s forest fires will cost government $333 million, minister says

By Anthony Esposito | February 6 2017 (Reuters) Chile’s massive forest fires that have killed 11 people and destroyed nearly 1,500 homes will cost the government $333 million dollars, Finance Minister […]

6 Feb 2017

Plastic bags found clogging stomach of dead whale in Norway

By Patrick Johnston | February 6 2017 (Reuters) Around 30 plastic bags were found clogging up the stomach of a 20 foot (6 meter) whale that was put down in […]

6 Feb 2017

From recycling to #MadeinDakar, Senegal’s capital maps route to resilience

By Nellie Peyton | February 6 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Senegal’s capital Dakar aims to boost its ability to weather floods, disease, unemployment and other shocks through a wide-reaching strategy for […]

6 Feb 2017

After 16 attempts, a cheaper method for carbon capture at work in India

By Rina Chandran | February 6 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) As students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur in eastern India, Aniruddha Sharma and Prateek Bumb had one […]

2 Feb 2017

Faced with U.S. retreat on climate change, EU looks to China

By Alissa de Carbonnel | January 2 2017 (Reuters) Faced with a U.S. retreat from international efforts to tackle climate change, European Union officials are looking to China, fearing a leadership […]

30 Jan 2017

EPA confirms White House freeze on grants, contracts ends Friday

By Timothy Gardner | January 30 2017 (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a freeze handed down by President Donald Trump’s White House on new contracts and grants that […]

30 Jan 2017

Putin’s Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall

By Andrew Osborn | January 30 2017 (Reuters) The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union’s Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. […]

30 Jan 2017

Brazil plans to privatize Sao Francisco river transfer

By Anthony Boadle |  January 30 2017 (Reuters) Brazil is studying private operation of the long-delayed Sao Francisco river transfer that will bring water to four states in the drought-stricken […]

27 Jan 2017

World Bank disputes report tying Peru loans to Amazon destruction

By Chris Arsenault | January 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) World Bank loans to Peru threaten to fuel destruction of the Amazon rainforest and drive climate change by financing new gas pipelines, […]

Children light fireworks on the Hindu festival of Diwali in New Delhi October 17, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Reinhard Krause

27 Jan 2017

Beijing tells officials not to set off fireworks to stop smog

By Ben Blanchard | January 27 2017 (Reuters)  The Beijing city government has told officials to lead by example and not set off fireworks or firecrackers to welcome the Lunar […]

27 Jan 2017

India shows it’s serious about solar with giant power plant

By Rina Chandran | January 27 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) It took 8,500 men working two shifts every day for six months – and three shifts for two months – to […]

26 Jan 2017

South, southeast face Europe’s most adverse climate change impacts – agency

By Nina Chestney | January 26 2017 (Reuters) Southern and southeastern regions of Europe will face the continent’s most adverse effects from climate change as heatwaves and droughts become more intense […]

24 Jan 2017

Eco-huts attract tourists, and cash, to Kenyan herding communities

By Benson Rioba | January 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In the late evening, Eunice Kaparo and Rosemary Nenini finish up their daily cleaning routine in the modern Maasai dwellings, or […]

24 Jan 2017

British village gets solar battery boost in green energy trial

By Magdalena Mis | January 24 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Villagers in northern England may soon see their electricity bills slashed by as much as 50 percent in a pilot project […]

23 Jan 2017

To save forests, Tanzania considers tax on charcoal

By Kizito Makoye | January 23 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Tanzania is considering putting a tax on charcoal with the aim of discouraging the use of the fuel, which is a […]

23 Jan 2017

Balkan push for new coal-fired plants raises environmental concerns

By Maja Zuvela | January 23 2017 (Reuters) A Chinese company began work on Monday on a $715 million expansion of a Serbian coal mine and a new power plant, part […]

23 Jan 2017

Small cities unprepared for population flood, warns urban expert

By Sophie Hares | January 23 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) As the world’s giant cities fill up, the brunt of migration to urban areas will fall on smaller cities that are […]

20 Jan 2017

U.S. makes $500 million grant to climate change fund: State Department

By Yeganeh Torbati | January 20 2017 (Reuters) The United States has made a $500 million grant to the Green Climate Fund, meant to help developing nations combat climate change, the […]

20 Jan 2017

‘Pragmatic’ Trump might be persuaded on climate action: UK scientists

By Laurie Goering | January 20 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Donald Trump’s administration, heavy with fossil fuel industry backers, could cause major damage to efforts to deal with climate change through […]

20 Jan 2017

Argentine scientists in Antarctica tally toll of climate change

By Nicolás Misculin | January 20 2017 (Reuters) On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering […]

20 Jan 2017

UK’s Prince Charles co-authors ‘Ladybird’ guide to climate change

By Luke Bridges | January 20 2017 Britain’s Prince Charles, a vocal environmental campaigner, has co-authored a basic guide to the problems posed by climate change. Charles, 68, has written “The […]

20 Jan 2017

Ancient warm period hints at bigger-than-expected sea level rise

By Alister Doyle | January 20 2017 (Reuters) Sea levels could rise by a greater-than-expected six meters (20 ft) over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, […]

16 Jan 2017

UK climate scientists raise concerns about Trump presidency

By Nina Chestney | January 16 2017 (Reuters) British climate scientists asked Britain’s prime minister on Monday to press U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to acknowledge climate change risks and support […]

16 Jan 2017

Kenya prepares to expand solar mini-grids into poorest rural areas

By Maina Waruru | January 16 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Kenya plans to launch a $150 million project this year to bring solar electricity to markets, schools, shops and homes in […]

16 Jan 2017

Carbon deposit in Congo swamp equal to 20 years of U.S. gas emissions -study

By Ed Stoddard | January 16 2017 (Reuters) Scientists say a recently discovered area of peatland straddling the two Congos contains 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 […]

13 Jan 2017

UK should go ahead with world’s first tidal lagoon project – review

By Susanna Twidale | January 13 2017 (Reuters) Britain should go ahead with “cost effective” plans to build what would be the world’s first tidal lagoon renewable power project, a […]

13 Jan 2017

New York seeks to develop U.S.’s biggest offshore wind projects

By Scott DiSavino | January 13 2017 (Reuters) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week proposed to develop up to 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 capable […]

13 Jan 2017

Climate changing for “green bonds” even in face of Trump scepticism

By John Geddie and Alister Doyle | Jnauary 13 2017 (Reuters) A niche market in debt raised to fund environmental projects may be set for significant growth and could make […]

13 Jan 2017

With water short, Zimbabwe’s farmers turn to capturing rain

By Andrew Mambondiyani | January 13 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Kuziwa Matongo’s rainwater harvesting system may not look like much, but its impact is huge. Triangular metal gutters run below the […]

12 Jan 2017

VW shareholders question bonuses in wake of U.S. diesel deal

By Edward Taylor and Simon Jessop | 12 January 2017 (Reuters) Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) investors demanded reforms and questioned executive bonuses after the carmaker admitted to criminal offences in rigging U.S. […]

12 Jan 2017

German power battery storage to grow three-fold this year: study

By Vera Eckert | 12 January 2017 (Reuters) Germany’s power grid industry will expand big electricity battery capacity more than three-fold this year to 200 megawatts (MW) from 60 MW, […]

9 Jan 2017

Paris boosts cycling infrastructure, names 2017 ‘year of the bike’

By Geert De Clercq | January 9 2017 (Reuters) Paris plans a major boost to its cycling infrastructure and will ban cars from outside the Louvre museum as it steps up […]

6 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Financing, Carrot or Stick for the Corporate World?

9 January 2017 In this recent article by HSBC, new research indicates that lack of corporate transparency on climate remains an impediment to informed decision-making by investors.  Subsequent to publication […]

6 Jan 2017

In drought-hit Zimbabwe, women’s “second shift” burden grows

By Andrew Mambondiyani | January 6 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Rhoda Mhlanga looked tired. Even so, Mhlanga, who lives in a remote village in eastern Zimbabwe, managed to smile as she […]

6 Jan 2017

Vast iceberg poised to crack off Antarctica: scientists

By Alister Doyle | January 06 2017 (Reuters) A vast iceberg, expected to be one of the biggest ever recorded with an area almost the size of the U.S. state of […]

6 Jan 2017

World heat shatters records in 2016 in new sign of global warming

By Alister Doyle | January 6 2017 (Reuters) Last year was the hottest on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by almost 200 […]

5 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Why reducing food waste is important and attainable.

By Michel Landel, CEO, Sodexo | 5 January 2017 Across the globe, more than one-third of food that is grown and produced for human consumption ends up lost or wasted. And […]

5 Jan 2017

China to plow $361 billion into renewable fuel by 2020

By Meng Meng and Beijing Monitoring Desk | January 5 2017 (Reuters) China will plow 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency said […]

5 Jan 2017

China to cap 2017 energy consumption at 4.4 bln tonnes coal equivalent

By David Stanway and Meng Meng | January 5 2017 (Reuters) China aims to cap total primary energy consumption at around 4.4 billion tonnes of coal equivalent in 2017, the […]

5 Jan 2017

Insurers paid out $50 billion for natural disasters in 2016

By Georgina Prodhan and Maria Sheahan | January 5 2017 (Reuters) Insurers paid out around $50 billion for natural disaster claims last year, almost double 2015’s payout of $27 billion, reinsurer […]

5 Jan 2017

On Islamabad’s bike lanes, residents pedal towards a greener city

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | January 5 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Cyclists are taking to the streets of the Pakistani capital, after the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation officially opened dedicated […]

4 Jan 2017

FEATURE-Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

By Kizito Makoye  | January 4 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The sight of a drone hovering above the streets of Tandale to map the crowded flood-prone neighbourhood in the north of Dar […]

4 Jan 2017

France to launch inaugural ‘green’ bond this month

By Leigh Thomas | January 3 2017 (Reuters) France aims to launch its first “green” bond by the end of the month, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Tuesday, as […]

3 Jan 2017

In 2017, disruptive forces will shape climate action

By Liz Gallagher, E3G | January 3 2017 * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In 2016, exciting […]

3 Jan 2017

FACTBOX – Five U.S. cities at the forefront of the fight against climate change

By Sebastien Malo | January 3 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) From coast to coast, U.S. cities have multiplied their efforts to emit fewer greenhouse gases and brace for climate change-driven […]

29 Dec 2016

Weather good for Ivorian main cocoa crop despite price concerns

By Loucoumane Coulibaly | December 28 2016 (Reuters) Patchy light rains mixed with hot weather and mild Harmattan winds last week in most of Ivory Coast’s main cocoa growing regions should […]

29 Dec 2016

El Nino-linked cyclones to increase in Pacific with global warming -research

By Umberto Bacchi | December 28 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Small Pacific island states could be hit by more tropical cyclones during future El Nino weather patterns due to climate […]

29 Dec 2016

Earth’s temperature to dip but still sizzle in 2017

By Alister Doyle, Stephanie Nebehay and Nina Chestney | December 28 2016 (Reuters) World temperatures are likely to dip next year from a sizzling record high in 2016, when man-made global […]

22 Dec 2016

China launches carbon-tracking satellite into space: Xinhua

By Engen Tham | December 22 2016 (Reuters) China launched a satellite to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions early on Thursday, the latest step in efforts to cut its carbon footprint, […]

22 Dec 2016

Digital media are shaking up reporting on climate change

By James Painter | December 22 2016 (Reuters) Recent research by Yale and George Mason Universities found that three quarters of Americans “rarely or never discuss global warming with family or friends”. […]

22 Dec 2016

Temperatures around North Pole leap close to melting point

By Alister Doyle | December 22 2016 (Reuters) Temperatures around the North Pole surged close to melting point on Thursday as a freak blast of warm air blanketed an Arctic region […]

22 Dec 2016

2016: A year of transition from talk to action on climate change

By Megan Rowling | December 22 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When it comes to climate change and the battle to keep it in check, 2016 was a year of extremes. The […]

21 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Friedman Prescription

By Robert Walker | Population Institute The world may appear to be rudderless and dangerously adrift, but in his newest book, Thank You for Being Late, Thomas Friedman takes a decidedly […]

20 Dec 2016

Obama prepares to block drilling in Arctic, Atlantic – Bloomberg

By Anya George Tharakan and Emily Stephenson | December 20 2016 (Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama is preparing to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of the […]

20 Dec 2016

Launch of mini-satellites gives forecasters eye into hurricanes

By Irene Klotz | December 20 2016 (Reuters) Eight small satellites, designed to improve hurricane forecasts by detecting the wind speeds within storms, blasted off on Thursday aboard an air-launched […]

19 Dec 2016

Africa at highest risk of major economic blow from future climate threats: global index

By Alex Whiting | December 19 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Countries most dependent on agriculture are also at high risk of experiencing changes in climate over the next 30 years and […]

19 Dec 2016

Actor DiCaprio says climate action is U.S.’s ‘biggest economic opportunity’

By Megan Rowling | December 19 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Tackling climate change is the “biggest economic opportunity” in the history of the United States, no matter who holds political […]

16 Dec 2016

Chilean heat wave breaks record temperature set a century ago

By Anthony Esposito & Antonio de la Jara | December 16 2016 (Reuters) A heat wave brought blistering temperatures to the streets of Chile’s capital city, Santiago, on Wednesday and broke […]

16 Dec 2016

Children take the lead in cyclone early warnings in Bangladesh

By Rafiqul Islam | December 16 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) As Cyclone Roanu approached the coast of Bangladesh last May, 10-year-old Mohammad Hossain worried about his father, a fisherman out at […]

15 Dec 2016

Landowners receive billions in subsidies to protect watersheds: study

By Chris Arsenault | December 15 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Governments are offering more incentives to landowners who protect their watersheds to improve conservation, but must expand these efforts in […]

14 Dec 2016

Germany risks missing 2020 climate targets, ministry report shows

By Markus Wacket | December 14 2016 (Reuters) Germany is at risk of missing its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990, an environment ministry report showed […]

14 Dec 2016

Climate forecasts could help drought-hit herders make smarter moves

By Sophie Mbugua | December 14 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) As Mohammed Ngalo brushes his teeth with a twig, he looks up to the sky for a sign that rain is […]

13 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: WRI statement on leadership in Department of Energy.

WASHINGTON (DECEMBER 13, 2016)– According to multiple media reports, President-elect Donald Trump will select Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 […]

13 Dec 2016

Polar bear numbers seen declining a third from Arctic sea ice melt

By Laura Zuckerman | December 13 2016 (Reuters) Rising temperatures that melt sea ice in the Arctic will probably reduce the polar bear population by a third over the next few […]

13 Dec 2016

Cows and rice paddies boost methane emissions: study

By Geert De Clercq | December 13 2016 (Reuters) Global methane emissions from agriculture and other sources have surged in recent years, threatening efforts to slow climate change, an international study has […]

12 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Rare dual polar ice minimum stuns scientists

Source: Originally published on Updraft at MPR news.   By Paul Huttner | December 12, 2016 Where’s the ice? That’s what many wide eyed climate scientists are asking these days as […]

12 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PARIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN NEARLY 200 COUNTRIES

11 December 2016 The following is a statement from Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute: “Adopted one year ago, the Paris Agreement reflects a decisive response to […]

9 Dec 2016

Japan nearly doubles Fukushima disaster-related cost to $188 billion

By Yuka Obayashi and Kentaro Hamada | December 9 2016 (Reuters) Japan’s government on Friday nearly doubled its projections for costs related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster to 21.5 trillion yen […]

9 Dec 2016

U.S. aquarium aids in release of rescued penguins in South Africa

By Patricia Reaney | December 9 2016 (Reuters) Twenty-three rescued African penguins that had been abandoned several weeks ago along the coast of South Africa were released back into the […]

9 Dec 2016

Trump’s EPA pick may struggle to dismantle Obama’s environmental legacy

By Valerie Volcovici and David Shepardson | December 9 2016 (Reuters) Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has fought President Barack Obama’s measures to curb […]

8 Dec 2016

Paris imposes driving restrictions, plans clunker ban as smog hits highs

By Geert De Clercq | December 8 2016 (Reuters) The French capital Paris announced on Wednesday licence-plate based driving restrictions for a third day in a row and plans bans on old […]

8 Dec 2016

Solar Impulse founder sees electric passenger plane in 10 years

By Victoria Bryan | December 8 2016 (Reuters) The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger […]

8 Dec 2016

As solar power expands the work day, incomes rise in eastern Kenya

By Kagondu Njagi | December 8 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Violet Karimi spends her days as she always has, attending to household chores and working on her farm. But when […]

8 Dec 2016

Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA -source

(Reuters) By Valerie Volcovici and David Shepardson | 7 December 2016 Donald Trump will name Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama’s measures to curb […]

7 Dec 2016

Indonesia pledges to protect peatlands to fight climate change, haze

By Coco Liu | December 7 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Environmental activists hailed on Tuesday Indonesia’s ban on converting peatlands into plantations but said enforcement was critical to reducing annual fires […]

7 Dec 2016

Australia PM rejects carbon pricing, fuels divisions with power generators

By Colin Packham and Byron Kaye | December 7 2016 (Reuters) Australia’s center-right Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday ruled out introducing carbon pricing on emissions from the country’s power generators after […]

6 Dec 2016

Solar irrigation cuts drought risk, emissions for Kenya’s farmers

By Benson Rioba | December 6 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In the scorching sun, Alphonce Abok keeps an eye on his fields of watermelons growing near the banks of the Sondu […]

6 Dec 2016

As warming seas menace fish, communities seek ways to stay afloat

By Laurie Goering | December 6 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When nearly all the young oyster crop died two years in a row at shellfish farms in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, […]

6 Dec 2016

China sets 2020 target for clean air in big cities

By Beijing Monitoring Desk and Kevin Yao | December 6 2016 (Reuters) China aims to provide clean air in its largest cities for 80 percent of each year, or more than […]

6 Dec 2016

Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat

By Alistair Scrutton and John Stonestreet | December 06 2016 (Reuters) Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by […]

5 Dec 2016

Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | 5 December 2016 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise […]

5 Dec 2016

India prioritizing shift to become natural gas-based economy, Modi says

By Promit Mukherjee and Sudarshan Varadan | December 5 2016 (Reuters) India is giving priority to moving toward a natural gas-based economy and efforts must be made to raise local production […]

2 Dec 2016

Australia boosts spending to keep Great Barrier Reef off ‘in danger’ list

By Colin Packham | December 2 2016 (Reuters) Australia will spend A$1.3 billion ($965.3 million) in the next five years to improve the water quality and wellbeing of the Great Barrier Reef […]

2 Dec 2016

Death of Castro could free Cuba to produce biofuels

By Marc Frank | December 2 2016 (Reuters) The death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, a fierce critic of biofuels like ethanol, has raised hopes among industry experts that some […]

2 Dec 2016

Early drought warning helps Pakistan’s farmers prepare for dry season

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | December 2 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Like his farming neighbors, Bilal Khan plants wheat in late October or early November each year, and harvests […]

2 Dec 2016

Give children a say in the planet’s future: prize winner

By Megan Rowling | December 2 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Children must be given a direct role in making decisions on how to protect the planet because they will suffer most […]

1 Dec 2016

Sydney, Vancouver mayors vow to fight climate change despite Trump

By Christine Murray | December 1 2016 (Reuters) Cities around the world can combat climate change without national government support, the mayors of Sydney and Vancouver said on Wednesday, amid fears […]

1 Dec 2016

FEATURE-In Bangladesh, disaster-savvy students protect families from floods

By  Mushfique Wadud | December 1 2016 (Thomson Reuters) Bangladeshi teacher Monjurul Islam was talking to his class of 10-year-olds about how the planet is heating up, when Mosammat Ferdousi stood up and […]

1 Dec 2016

Germany’s Merkel says will work with Trump on climate policy

By Paul Carrel | December 1 2016 (Reuters) Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would try to work on climate policy with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has said he may […]

30 Nov 2016

Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change

By Umberto Bacchi | November 30 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The largest all-female expedition to Antarctica, comprising 76 scientists, is due to set sail from Argentina on Friday in a quest to […]

30 Nov 2016

China vows to cap water consumption, crack down on polluters

By David Stanway and Dominique Patton | November 30 2016 (Reuters) China will keep national annual water consumption below 670 billion cubic meters (bcm) through to 2020, the state planning agency said […]

30 Nov 2016

Lack of fuel, guns hits Brazil’s Amazon guardians

By Stephen Eisenhammer | November 30 2016 (Reuters) The rainforest shook with the sound of exploding tires and groaning steel as flames tore through a truck carrying giant tree trunks illegally sawn […]

30 Nov 2016

Clean energy gains ground – but old dirty habits die hard

By Laurie Goering | November 30 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Solar power is becoming so cheap so fast that in Abu Dhabi it’s now less costly to produce a unit of […]

29 Nov 2016

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

By Tom Westbrook | November 29 2016 (Reuters) Warm seas around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the […]

29 Nov 2016

Pope urges world leaders not to hobble climate change pact

By Philip Pullella | November 29 2016 (Reuters) Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at […]

29 Nov 2016

France turned to fossil fuels in October to offset nuclear shortfall

By Bate Felix | November 29 2016 (Reuters) The use of coal, oil and gas to generate power in France jumped nearly 40 percent last month to compensate for a […]

28 Nov 2016

Fukushima nuclear decommission, compensation costs to almost double: media

By Osamu Tsukimori | November 28 2016 (Reuters) Japan’s trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi […]

28 Nov 2016

Climate change ‘threatens Thai fight against illegal fishing’

By Cod Satrusayang | November 28 2016 (Reuters) Climate change threatens to undermine Thailand’s efforts to combat illegal fishing and avoid a potential European Union ban on exports by the multi-billion […]

28 Nov 2016

Solar, wind industries hope years courting Republicans pays off under Trump

By Nichola Groom | November 28 2016 (Reuters) U.S. wind and solar companies for the first time gave more money to Republicans than Democrats during the 2016 election cycle, according to […]

27 Nov 2016

Global 3500 Greenhouse Gas Performance 2010-2015: Key Trends & Opportunities For Leadership

By Tim Nixon (Thomson Reuters) and  John Moorhead (BSD Consulting) | 3 November 2016 From 2011 to 2015 there is a substantial gap of 9.5% between the Global 3500’s emissions and […]

25 Nov 2016

Tokyo hit by first November snow in 54 years

By Elaine Lies and Megumi Lim | November 25 2016 (Reuters) The Japanese capital of Tokyo on Thursday was hit by its first November snow in 54 years, slowing rush […]

25 Nov 2016

Wildfires tear across drought-stricken parts of Peru

By Teresa Cespedes | November 25 2016 (Reuters) Wildfires have torn through more than 22,000 hectares (54,363 acres) of forest, protected areas and farmland in drought-stricken parts of Peru as […]

24 Nov 2016

EU considering halving crop-based biofuels by 2030: draft

By Robert-Jan Bartunek, Sybille de La Hamaide and Alissa de Carbonnel | November 24 2016 (Reuters) The European Commission is considering halving the maximum amount of crop-based biofuels used in transport […]

24 Nov 2016

Olive business roots young farmers in drying rural Morocco

By Megan Rowling | November 24 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Standing amid rows of healthy fava bean plants, El Badaoui Abdelatif explains how his team of young technicians has helped farmers […]

24 Nov 2016

French PM urges taxes on imports from countries snubbing climate pact

By Leigh Thomas | November 24 2016 (Reuters) Europe should impose tariffs on imports from countries that do not implement a global agreement for fighting climate change, French Prime Minister […]

24 Nov 2016

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23 Nov 2016

U.S. ups 2017 biofuels requirements in victory for Big Corn

By Chris Prentice | November 23 2016 (Reuters) The U.S. government on Wednesday issued final requirements for biofuel use for next year, saying energy companies must boost the amount of renewables […]

23 Nov 2016

South Africa slows nuclear power expansion plans

By Wendell Roelf | November 23 2016 (Reuters) South Africa’s government has slowed its nuclear power expansion plans, according to a draft energy paper, although state energy utility Eskom said the […]

22 Nov 2016

Canada speeds up plan to phase out coal power, targets 2030

By Ethan Lou | November 22 2016 (Reuters) Canada will speed up plans to virtually eliminate traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, the government said on Monday, a stance contrasting sharply […]

22 Nov 2016

Move over Trump: People are at the heart of the climate fight

By Megan Rowling | November 22 2016 * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) For Rachel Kyte, who […]

22 Nov 2016

Under Trump shadow, climate talks set 2018 deadline to agree rules

By Alister Doyle and Megan Rowling | November 22 2016 (Reuters) Nearly 200 nations agreed around midnight on Friday to work out the rules for a landmark 2015 global deal […]

22 Nov 2016

Obama administration bars new oil exploration in Arctic waters

By Timothy Gardner | November 22 2016 (Reuters) The Obama administration on Friday blocked new exploration for oil and gas in Arctic waters, in a win for environmental groups that had […]

18 Nov 2016

UN talks tangle over cash to ease climate pain for poor

By Megan Rowling | November 18 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The Marrakesh climate talks may not deliver the substantial boost in international funding poorer countries need to cope with worsening floods, […]

18 Nov 2016

EU drops part of reservation to Hungary’s Paks nuclear project

By Philip Blenkinsop | November 18 2016 The European Commission has ended proceedings against Hungary over the award of a contract to Russia’s Rosatom to expand the Paks nuclear power […]

18 Nov 2016

Planet heads for hottest year after third-warmest October -U.S. agency

By Ian Simpson | November 18 2016 (Reuters) The earth is on track for its warmest year on record after October temperatures equaled the third-warmest for the month ever, a […]

18 Nov 2016

Trump pullout from climate deal would make odd couple with Nicaragua

By Alister Doyle | November 18 2016 (Reuters) U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s threat of pulling the United States out of a global agreement to curb climate change could place the […]

17 Nov 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The fruitful progress of US climate policy

By Olga Chistyakova, Senior Analyst, Frank Melum, Senior Analyst, and Tianyu Meng, China Analyst, Thomson Reuters Global Carbon Analytics | 17 November 2016 A trifecta of climate agreements: a US […]

17 Nov 2016

Germany to hold 2017 climate talks with Fiji as host: source

By Markus Wacket | November 17 2017 Next year’s international conference on climate change will likely be held in Germany with the small island nation of Fiji as the official […]

17 Nov 2016

EU set to limit priority for future renewable energy projects-draft

By Robert-Jan Bartunek and Alissa de Carbonnel | November 17 2016 (Reuters) EU regulators plan to limit renewable energy producers’ right to be the first to sell their electricity into […]

17 Nov 2016

Sticking to lower 1.5C warming limit would protect world economy – UN

By Megan Rowling | November 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, would avoid economic losses […]

16 Nov 2016

As climate change uproots communities, innovation can rescue culture

By Laurie Goering | November 16 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When powerful Cyclone Heta hit the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue in 2004, it caused huge damage, including destroying 95 […]

16 Nov 2016

Japan agrees second nuclear reactor life extension since Fukushima

By Osamu Tsukimori | November 16 2016 Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved an application by Kansai Electric Power Co Inc to extend the life of an ageing reactor beyond […]

16 Nov 2016

Developing states get a helping hand to roll out climate action plans

By Megan Rowling | November 16 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Developing nations will receive a much-needed boost to roll out their climate change action plans through a partnership, launched at U.N. […]

16 Nov 2016

INTERVIEW-U.S. will be ‘rogue’ state if it ditches climate accord – UN envoy

By Laurie Goering | November 16 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The United States would become “a kind of rogue country” if it pulls out of an international agreement to combat global […]

16 Nov 2016

France, U.N. tell Trump action on climate change unstoppable

By Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | 15 November 2016 (Reuters) France and the United Nations on Tuesday stepped up warnings to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about the risks of […]

11 Nov 2016

Canada PM says to stick to carbon price plan despite Trump win

By David Ljunggren | November 11 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday indicated he would stick to plans for a national price on carbon despite the U.S. election win […]

11 Nov 2016

U.S. seeks to speed wind, solar development on federal lands

By Nichola Groom | November 11 2016 The Obama administration on Thursday took a major step toward encouraging development of renewable energy on federal lands in six Western states by […]

11 Nov 2016

Trump win opens way for China to take climate leadership role

By Valerie Volcovici and Sue-Lin Wong | November 11 2016 (Reuters) The election of climate change skeptic Donald Trump as president is likely to end the U.S. leadership role in the international fight […]

10 Nov 2016

Tiny Slovenia world’s best at preserving environment to boost prosperity

By Umberto Bacchi | November 10 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Protecting the environment makes nations more prosperous, a think tank said on Thursday, as a study showed Slovenia is the country […]

10 Nov 2016

Trump win will not derail global climate effort, activists vow

By Laurie Goering | November 10 2016 (Reuters) Grim-faced activists at U.N. climate negotiations in Morocco pledged on Wednesday that the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president would not derail […]

10 Nov 2016

Animals must play a part in meeting Paris climate goals

By Polly Ericksen | November 10 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The good news is that the Paris Agreement to tackle global warming has come into force today ahead of the COP22 climate […]

10 Nov 2016

Greenhouse gas emissions set to bust global climate pact in 2030 – U.N

By Jeremy Gaunt and Gareth Jones | November 10 2016 (Reuters) Greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will exceed by 12 billion to 14 billion tonnes what is needed to keep […]

10 Nov 2016

White House says committed to implementing Iran deal, climate change agreement

By Susan Heavey | November 10 2016 (Reuters) The Obama administration remains committed to implementing the Paris agreement on climate change and the Iran nuclear deal through its final months, […]

9 Nov 2016

New Delhi targets older diesel vehicles to clear up choking smog

By Sanjeev Miglani | November 9 2016 Authorities in New Delhi began revoking licenses for thousands of older diesel vehicles on Tuesday and halted construction work on the underground rail […]

9 Nov 2016

Factbox: Clean energy faces vote in four state ballot initiatives

By Valerie Volcovici | November 11 2016 In addition to picking the next U.S. president on Tuesday, voters in four states will decide on ballot initiatives related to energy and […]

9 Nov 2016

German economy minister blocks agreement on climate change plan

By Markus Wacket | November 9 2016 (Reuters) German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a Social Democrat, on Tuesday blocked a tentative agreement on a climate action plan that aims to […]

9 Nov 2016

Last five years were hottest on record, more signs heat is man-made: WMO

By Alister Doyle | November 9 2016 (Reuters) The past five years were the hottest on record with mounting evidence that heat waves, floods and rising sea levels are stoked by […]

8 Nov 2016

Rich states urged to dig deeper to help poor respond to ‘climate crisis’

By Megan Rowling | November 8 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) From hurricane-ravaged Haiti to drought-parched southern Africa, the world’s poorest countries are battling increasingly extreme weather being thrown their way as […]

8 Nov 2016

Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

By Yuka Obayashi | November 8 2016 (Reuters) Japan on Tuesday ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement to cut emissions and prevent climate change, four days after the global […]

8 Nov 2016

Spend climate cash smartly to make it stretch, experts urge

By Laurie Goering | November 8 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When heavy rains hit the tiny West African nation of Togo in September, filling a hydropower dam close to overflowing, the […]

8 Nov 2016

Food tax could tackle climate change and save half a million lives – study

By Umberto Bacchi | November 8 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Taxing food on the basis of planet-warming emissions generated to produce it could boost the fight against climate change and save […]

7 Nov 2016

Vast Moroccan solar power plant is hard act for Africa to follow

By Alister Doyle | November 7 2016 (Reuters)  On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely […]

7 Nov 2016

After years of delay, climate talks face a new problem: speed

By Laurie Goering | November 7 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Efforts to build a new global deal to tackle climate change were for many years criticized for moving at a glacial […]

4 Nov 2016

Five steps to ensure climate action does not harm human rights

By Eniko Horvath, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre | November 4 2016 * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. […]

4 Nov 2016

Arctic sea ice retreat pinned to individuals’ emissions: study

By Alister Doyle | November 4 2016 (Reuters) Drive your car 4,000 km (2,500 miles) and its greenhouse gas emissions will melt three square meters (32 square feet) of ice on […]

4 Nov 2016

Paris climate pact enters into force, focus shifts to action

By Nina Chestney and Valerie Volcovici | November 4 2016 (Reuters) A landmark global accord to combat climate change officially entered into force on Friday, putting pressure on countries to start […]

3 Nov 2016

Merkel rebuffs German minister’s call to step into climate dispute

By Caroline Copley, Hans-Edzard Busemann and Andreas Rinke | November 3 2016 Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday rejected a call from her environment minister to intervene in a dispute over how […]

3 Nov 2016

Obama says U.S. mulling alternate routes for North Dakota pipeline

By Valerie Volcovici | November 3 2016 President Barack Obama said the U.S. government is examining ways to reroute an oil pipeline in North Dakota as it addresses concerns raised by […]

3 Nov 2016

Samsung Electronics reviewing ways to limit Note 7 environment impact

By Se Young Lee |  November 3 2016 (Reuters) Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it was reviewing options to limit the potential environmental impact from the firm’s discontinuation […]

3 Nov 2016

New vehicles in U.S. more fuel efficient than ever

By David Shepardson | November 3 2016 (Reuters) New vehicles sold in the United States last year were more fuel efficient than ever before, even as more Americans bought larger trucks […]

3 Nov 2016

Indonesia, Vietnam look to blaze trail for solar in Southeast Asia

By Florence Tan and Wilda Asmarini | November 3 2016 (Reuters) Indonesia and Vietnam are looking to join Thailand in blazing a trail for solar power in Southeast Asia, introducing targets […]

1 Nov 2016

Portuguese renewables developer EDPR quietly upstages power giants

By Geert De Clercq | November 1 2016 The best performer in Europe’s turbulent utilities industry is a little-known Portuguese renewables company whose media-shy chief executive has won the confidence of […]

1 Nov 2016

FACTBOX-10 facts about fast urban growth on World Cities Day

By Priyanka Moorjani | November 1 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  As the world sees the biggest wave of urban growth in history, with millions of people flocking to the fast-growing […]

1 Nov 2016

Indigenous youth and the climate chaos resistance in Peru

By Majandra Rodriguez Acha | November 1 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Despite odds, indigenous youth in Peru are taking action, and implementing powerful local solutions to the climate chaos around them […]

1 Nov 2016

In palm oil, Liberia sees economic boom — but forests may lose

By Sophie Bertazzo, Conservation International | November 1 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Surrounded by heavily deforested neighboring countries, Liberia resembles a green island in satellite images — yet the future of this […]

1 Nov 2016

In rare move, China criticizes Trump plan to exit climate change pact

By Sue-Lin Wong | November 1 2016 (Reuters) China on Tuesday rejected a plan by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to back out of a global climate change pact, saying […]

31 Oct 2016

South Africa reports first Tomato Leaf Miner outbreak

By Ed Stoddard | October 31 2016 (Reuters) South Africa has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest originally from South America which can ruin tomato and […]

31 Oct 2016

Entrepreneur turns plastic waste into a way to save trees in Kenya

By Benson Rioba | October 31 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Plastic littering the streets of Kariobangi is an eyesore for many residents. But for Aghan Oscar it spells opportunity. Thirteen years […]

31 Oct 2016

FEATURE-Driven to Dhaka by disasters, Bangladeshi girls harassed into marriage

By Liz Mermin and Mushfique Wadud and Mushfique Wadud | October 31 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It was after floods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur […]

31 Oct 2016

U.N. sets rules to cut sulfur emissions by ships from 2020

By Jonathan Saul | October 31 2016 (Reuters) The United Nations’ shipping agency set global regulations on Thursday to limit the amount of sulfur emissions from vessels and said they would […]

28 Oct 2016

Dakar suburbs strive to turn floodwaters from foe to friend

By Megan Rowling | October 28 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Balla Fall, the newly elected chairman of a neighbourhood committee managing a project to protect residents from flooding, had a big […]

28 Oct 2016

Recovery plan issued for U.S. Northwest salmon, steelhead

By Laura Zuckerman | October 28 2016 U.S. fisheries managers have unveiled a plan seeking to restore dwindling runs of salmon and trout that migrate 900 miles up the Snake River […]

28 Oct 2016

Mediterranean warming fast, deserts may spread in Europe: study

By Alister Doyle | October 28 2016 Global warming is on track to disrupt the Mediterranean region more than any droughts or heatwaves in the past 10,000 years, turning parts of […]

28 Oct 2016

How solar energy can (finally) create value

By David Frankel, Aaron Perrine, and Dickon Pinner | October 28 2016 (McKinsey&Company) The market for solar power is growing faster than ever, but profitability has been lagging. The keys to […]

27 Oct 2016

Pakistan’s plan to cut disaster risk aims at a new target: schools

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | October 27 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When seven hours of non-stop rain led to a flash flood that swept through his village school, leaving […]

27 Oct 2016

German economy minister sees no brown coal exit before 2040

By Markus Wacket | October 27 2016 (Reuters) Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel does not expect Germany to withdraw from brown coal in its power production before 2040, despite a growing […]

27 Oct 2016

Wildlife populations plunge almost 60 percent since 1970: WWF

By Alister Doyle | October 27 2016 Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 percent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the […]

27 Oct 2016

White House weighing whether greenhouse gas deal needs Senate approval

By Roberta Rampton | October 27 2016 (Reuters) The Obama administration is evaluating whether an international agreement reached earlier this month to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators […]

27 Oct 2016

Google Earth images shed light on where solar rooftops make sense

By Sebastien Malo | October 27 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – During his free time on the job as a Google employee, Carl Elkin began tinkering with the company’s 3D mapping […]

26 Oct 2016

Solar battery power takes up the charge in Kenya

By Anthony Langat | October 26 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Staff of the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) don’t worry too much about the frequent power outages at […]

26 Oct 2016

China’s hydropower plans in Tibet won’t impact downstream water supply: official

By Chen Aizhu | October 26 2016 (Reuters) China’s plans to build large hydropower stations in Tibet are designed to meet growing domestic demand for electricity and will not have a […]

26 Oct 2016

Aboriginal, environmental groups to sue Canada over Petronas LNG project

By A. Ananthalakshmi | October 26 2016 (Reuters) Aboriginal and environmental groups will file lawsuits on Thursday against the government of Canada to overturn the permit for a controversial $27 billion […]

26 Oct 2016

Fukushima nuclear clean-up may rise to several billion dollars a year: government

By Kentaro Hamada and Osamu Tsukimori | October 26 2016 (Reuters) The cost of cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may rise to several billion dollars a […]

25 Oct 2016

Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities

By Jonathan Woetzel, Jaana Remes, Kevin Coles, and Mekala Krishnan | October 25 2016 (McKinsey&Company) The days of easy growth in the world’s cities are over, and how they respond to […]

25 Oct 2016

More coal plants will deepen – not cut – poverty, researchers warn

By Laurie Goering | October 25 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Building just a third of planned new coal-fired power plants around the world would push hundreds of millions of people into […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

20 Oct 2016

Greener infrastructure said key to Paris climate deal – study

By Alister Doyle | October 20 2016 (Reuters) Global spending on infrastructure will total $90 trillion in the next 15 years and is the key to greener economic growth after […]

20 Oct 2016

Britain lacks policies to meet emissions targets: govt advisers

By Susanna Twidale | October 20 2016 (Reuters) Britain lacks the policies needed to achieve its domestic emissions targets, and should by February set out new plans to meet them, the […]

20 Oct 2016

Adapting to climate change is good business

By Charlotte Rye, Overseas Development Institute | October 20 2016 “Sustainable development – these are two words that the existence of all (the) human race depends on. It (climate change) is […]

20 Oct 2016

Invest in cities now or face 2.5 billion discontent urbanites by 2050, report warns

By Chris Arsenault | October 20 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In fast-growing cities across the developing world more than 70 percent of residents lack access to basic services like clean […]

20 Oct 2016

‘Elect more women to build sustainable, inclusive cities’ – female mayors’ group

By Anastasia Moloney | October 20 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Less than five percent of cities are led by women and their lack of political participation is hampering progress in […]

19 Oct 2016

In fume-choked Kochi, a solar rickshaw glides to the rescue

By K. Rajendran | October 19 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The inventor of an innovative solar chick incubator, solar milking machine and solar-powered boat now has his newest item rolling onto […]

19 Oct 2016

To end poverty by 2030, we need energy access for all by 2020

By William Brent, Power for All | October 19 2016 “We’re making progress, but must work faster to reach sustainable energy for all goals by 2030.” This recent Tweet from the World Bank […]

19 Oct 2016

China’s Sichuan to restrict new hydro projects over 2016-2020

By David Stanway | October 19 2016 (Reuters) The hydropower-rich province of Sichuan in southwest China will restrict dam construction in the coming five years and work to improve electric grid […]

18 Oct 2016

FACTBOX-How the food we eat makes climate change worse

By Alex Whiting | October 18 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The way we produce and eat food must change urgently both to cut the amount of planet-warming emissions produced by agriculture, […]

18 Oct 2016

Planning cities is critical challenge in 21st century, United Nations says

By Paola Totaro | October 18 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Urban planning has failed to keep up with mass urbanization around the world, placing cities at the epicenter of the […]

18 Oct 2016

How we saved climate-smart seeds from the conflict in Syria

By Mahmoud Solh | International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Historically, much of the world’s social unrest has hinged on issues of hunger […]

18 Oct 2016

Dakar’s threatened ‘green lung’ gets reforestation boost

By Emmanuelle Landais | October 18 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Pulling away a black plastic pot, a forest guard holds up a short, wispy sapling before dozens of people. He shows […]

18 Oct 2016

Wind could supply fifth of world electricity by 2030 – group

By David Stanway | October 18 2016 (Reuters) Wind power could supply as much as 20 percent of the world’s total electricity by 2030 due to dramatic cost reductions and […]

17 Oct 2016

New York City at risk of flooding every two decades: climate study

By Sebastien Malo | October 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Hurricanes could start flooding New York City’s coastline as often as every 20 years due to the effects of climate change […]

17 Oct 2016

FEATURE-Can global climate cash keep Senegal’s salt collectors afloat?

By Megan Rowling | October 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the humid heat of Senegal’s rainy season, Mbayan Fam points across a bleak expanse of sand dotted with grass […]

17 Oct 2016

Benefits of greenhouse gas pact may fall short of high hopes

By Alister Doyle | October 17 2016 (Reuters) A pact by almost 200 nations to slash greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners will likely fall short of governments’ […]

17 Oct 2016

Without urgent action, climate change will push millions into hunger: U.N

By Alex Whiting | October 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Farmers urgently need help to adapt their methods of growing food if the world is to curb greenhouse gas emissions and […]

17 Oct 2016

As India’s “granary” exhausts groundwater, farmers eye new crops

By Athar Parvaiz | October 17 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  It is hailed as India’s granary, but the northwestern state of Punjab faces a drastic decline in agricultural output unless it […]

14 Oct 2016

As prices plunge, Africa surges into clean, cheap solar energy

By Maina Waruru | October 14 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Until almost two years ago, James Mbugua, a farmer living in Karai, a village on the outskirts of Kenya’s […]

14 Oct 2016

Japan election key to world’s biggest nuclear plant and Abe’s energy policy

By Kentaro Hamada | October 14 2016 A regional election north of Tokyo between candidates most Japanese have never heard of may decide the fate of the world’s biggest nuclear plant […]

14 Oct 2016

Kerry says nations working to reach deal on cutting HFC gases

By Lesley Wroughton | October 14 2016 (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that nations were working towards reaching a global deal this weekend on cutting greenhouse […]

14 Oct 2016

A disaster that does not happen saves lives and money

By Ilan Kelman | October 14 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) How do we prove the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction? It is hard to measure a disaster which does not happen. […]

13 Oct 2016

U.N. calls for deal to cut greenhouse gases at Rwanda talks

By Clement Uwiringiyimana | October 13 2016 The world will not forgive leaders gathered in Rwanda this week if they fail to back a proposed agreement to cut greenhouse gases, a […]

13 Oct 2016

EU Parliament committee backs carbon market reform compromise

By Nina Chestney | October 13 2016 The European Parliament’s industry committee voted on Thursday to back a compromise for reforming the European Union’s carbon market, favoring a Commission proposal on […]

13 Oct 2016

South Africa faces water rationing as dam levels drop after drought

By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo | October 13 2016 South Africa will experience water rationing if consumers do not heed calls to cut consumption to avoid a collapse of the water system as […]

13 Oct 2016

France to cut diesel/gasoline tax gap for companies’ car fleets

By Michel Rose | October 13 2016 France will offer companies the same tax credit when they buy gasoline cars than the one currently allowed for diesel cars, its energy minister […]

13 Oct 2016

‘Global policymakers don’t lead revolutions, cities do’

By Zoe Tabary | October 13 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A new United Nations strategy to address the challenges faced by rapidly growing cities lacks sufficient detail to allow cities to act […]

10 Oct 2016

Want to save the rainforest on the cheap? Give land to the indigenous, report says

By Chris Arsenault | October 10 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Giving indigenous people land title deeds is one of the most cost-effective ways to preserve South America’s endangered rainforest, a […]

10 Oct 2016

World got cannier at using energy last year: IEA

By Nina Chestney | October 10 2016 Global energy efficiency, or the amount of gross domestic product squeezed from a given unit of energy, improved by 1.8 percent last year, the […]

10 Oct 2016

‘Like a nuclear bomb,’ cholera and destruction after hurricane in Haiti

By Gabriel Stargardter | October 10 2016 Patients arrived every 10 or 15 minutes, brought on motorcycles by relatives with vomit-covered shoulders and hoisted up the stairs into southwest Haiti’s Port-a-Piment […]

10 Oct 2016

Kenyan farmers sow resistance to drought, boosting seed demand

By Anthony Langat | October 10 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the late afternoon, Angelina Mwangangi, 52, is digging on her farm on a slope overlooking Iveti hill in […]

7 Oct 2016

Ethiopia soil map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight

By Pius Sawa | October 07 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A comprehensive digital map charting soil fertility in Ethiopia is proving an important tool in tackling the country’s low farm […]

7 Oct 2016

India’s most flood-prone state aided by new satellite mapping

By Manipadma Jena | October 07 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Every year India’s northeastern state of Bihar is deluged by floods that submerge roads, destroy homes and wash away crops, […]

7 Oct 2016

Global warming to breach 2C limit by 2050 unless tougher action-study

By Alister Doyle | October 07 2016 (Reuters) Global warming is on track to breach a 2 degrees Celsius threshold by 2050 unless governments at least double their efforts to […]

7 Oct 2016

Oslo’s radical “climate budget” aims to halve carbon emissions in four years

By Alister Doyle | October 07 2016 (Reuters) Oslo’s leftist city government issued its first “climate budget” on Wednesday aiming to halve greenhouse gas emission within four years in one […]

7 Oct 2016

Floods and farms fuel jump in methane emissions – researchers

By Megan Rowling | October 07 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A sharp increase in methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in the Earth’s atmosphere since 2007 is the result of higher […]

7 Oct 2016

UN sets limits on global airline emissions amid dissent

By Allison Martell (Reuters) | 6 October 2016 MONTREAL – A United Nations agency approved a landmark accord on Thursday to curb aviation pollution amid criticism the deal, which will cost […]

6 Oct 2016

Insured crabs, tea help China’s farmers avoid extreme weather losses

By Coco Liu | October 06 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Ma Rongda, a tea grower for nearly 30 years, knows how badly his business can be affected by extreme weather. […]

6 Oct 2016

As talks for aviation climate deal begin, India holds out

By Allison Lampert | October 06 2016 (Reuters) Fast-growing aviation powerhouse India is not ready to join the world’s first climate deal to curb pollution from commercial flights because it […]

6 Oct 2016

In traffic-choked Islamabad, residents pedal a new way of traveling

By Saleem Shaikh | October 16 2016 Jabeen Fatema, a student at the National University of Science and Technology, hops on a bicycle outside the Islamic Arts Council building and sets off […]

6 Oct 2016

Canada ratifies Paris climate change deal in boost for Trudeau

By David Ljunggren | October 06 2016 (Reuters) Canada’s Parliament on Wednesday ratified the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions, bolstering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bid to tackle climate change after […]

6 Oct 2016

Paris climate targets to cost Asia $300 billion a year, but will help save lives – research

By Beh Lih Yi | October 06 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Developing economies in Asia will have to spend $300 billion a year until 2050 to meet targets set by […]

5 Oct 2016

Paris climate accord to take effect; Obama hails ‘historic day’

By Alister Doyle and Roberta Rampton | 5 October 2016 A global agreement to combat climate change will take force after support from European nations sent the accord across an […]

4 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Actions to green the financial system have doubled, BUT…

The United Nations Environment Programme recently announced that “Actions to Green the Financial System Have Doubled – But Further Transformation Still Needed”.  We sat down with one of their senior […]

4 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: From Corporate Citizenship to Corporate Statesmanship

By Georg Kell and Martin Reeves | 3 October 2016 Georg Kell is Vice Chairman of Arabesque and Founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Martin Reeves is a […]

3 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Responsible and diversified investment options for values-based U.S. investors

By Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Capital Management |  3 October 2016 There are a growing number of U.S. individuals and institutions investing based on environmental and social beliefs. […]

27 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Ambition and action must go hand-in-hand for real impact on climate change

By Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT       27 September 2016 It was a year ago that the United Nations launched its Global Goals for Sustainable Development and I […]

26 Sep 2016

Invest in farmers to stop desperate migration to city slums – U.N. agency

By Alex Whiting | September 26 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Investing in rural areas is crucial to slowing the migration of millions of desperate people from farms to city slums, […]

26 Sep 2016

World Bank to tap capital markets to boost loans to poorest countries

By David Lawder | September 26 2016 (Reuters) The World Bank division that lends to the world’s poorest countries is preparing to raise billions of dollars from capital markets next […]

26 Sep 2016

White House puts real-time climate data online for city planners

By Sebastien Malo | September 26 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A new website powered by the White House and partners including Google and Microsoft, aims to pull real-time climate data […]

26 Sep 2016

Carbon emissions not priced at true cost to climate: OECD

By Bate Felix | September 26 2016 (Reuters) Ninety percent of carbon dioxide emissions by major advanced economies is not priced at a level that truly reflects the actual cost to […]

26 Sep 2016

Paris goes more ambitious with second car-free day

By Mathieu Rosemain | September 26 2016 (Reuters) Half of Paris’ streets and avenues were car-free on Sunday as part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s fight against air pollution, allowing families and […]

26 Sep 2016

Crickets, birds, weather data combine to guide African farmers

By Munyaradzi Makoni | September 26 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) It was in Mbeere, in rural Kenya, where Muthoni Masinde began to pick up on nature’s way of signposting shifting […]

23 Sep 2016

Climate change could cross key threshold in a decade: scientists

By Laurie Goering | September 23 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The planet could pass a key target on world temperature rise in about a decade, prompting accelerating loss of glaciers, steep […]

23 Sep 2016

More than 300 scientists warn over Trump’s climate change stance

U.S. presidential candidate has dismissed climate change as a hoax invented by the Chinese By Ian Simpson | 20 September 2016 (Reuters) – Hundreds of top scientists warned on Tuesday […]

23 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Nimble finance to catalyze solar

Founded in 2013, Wunder won the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2014 Sunshot Challenge, as well as COSEIA’s 2015 Summit Award.  We sat down with their CEO, Bryan Birsic, who leads […]

22 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PREP-aring for a Changing Climate by Harnessing the Data Revolution

Source: WRI By Janet Ranganathan and Francis Gassert – September 22, 2016 Sonoma County, California and Caldas, Colombia are very different communities, yet they share a common threat—climate change. Both […]

22 Sep 2016

EU wants to speed up approval of Paris climate deal

By Alissa de Carbonnel and Jason Hovet | September 22 2016 (Reuters) European Union environment ministers will try next week to overcome an embarrassing delay in the bloc’s approval of the […]

22 Sep 2016

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

By Arshad Mohammed | September 22 2016 (Reuters) International participants at a high-level conference on the world’s oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected […]

22 Sep 2016

Water protests in tech hub expose urban India’s growing pains

By Supriya Kurane and Robin Paxton | September 22 2016 (Reuters) Oracle employees were at work on Monday when protesters entered their nine-storey building in India’s technology hub, Bengaluru, and asked […]

21 Sep 2016

Botswana breaks ranks with neighbors on ivory trade ahead of U.N. meeting

By Ed Cropley |  Septemeber 21 2016 (Reuters) Botswana, home to the world’s largest elephant population, will break ranks with its southern African neighbors and not support bids at an […]

21 Sep 2016

U.S. nuclear waste backlog could be eased by private disposal: Moniz

By Timothy Gardner |  Septemeber 21 2016 The United States could alleviate growing stockpiles of nuclear waste at U.S. power plants by allowing private companies to dispose of it and […]

21 Sep 2016

Irrigation turns drought to cash for Cameroon’s vegetable farmers

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame | Septemeber 21 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Farmers in this poverty-mired region of northwest Cameroon used to watch their vegetable patches dry up and die in drought […]

21 Sep 2016

Solar scale-up in Pakistan hits roadblock after payments slashed

By Aamir Saeed | September 21 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) An effort to boost large-scale solar energy production in Pakistan has hit a roadblock after the government cut the rate […]

20 Sep 2016

France’s Sarkozy says population bigger threat than climate change

By Bate Felix | Septemeber 20 2016 (Reuters) World population growth is a bigger problem than climate change, French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday, pouring more fuel on a […]

20 Sep 2016

INTERVIEW-Peru to work with companies on environmental efforts -minister

By Mitra Taj | September 20 2016 (Reuters) Peru’s new environment minister said on Wednesday the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski would focus on preventing pollution rather than fining companies […]

19 Sep 2016

Glencore court ruling in Zambia may trigger new pollution claims

By Rob Davies | September 19 2016 (The Guardian)  Toxic fumes from one of Glencore’s copper plants in Zambia caused the death of a politician, the African country’s high court […]

19 Sep 2016

Smarter farming could cut hunger in drought-hit southern Africa: researchers

By Busani Bafana | September 19 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources […]

19 Sep 2016

Sell last gasoline car by 2035 to meet climate goals, study says

By Alister Doyle | September 19 2016 (Reuters) The last gasoline-powered car will have to be sold by about 2035 to put the world on track to limit global warming […]

16 Sep 2016

Australia awards funding for solar plants, set to triple capacity

By Sonali Paul | September 16 2016 (Reuters) The Australian government will help fund a dozen large-scale solar projects worth A$1 billion ($770 million), as it looks to boost the use […]

16 Sep 2016

Kenya to plant a “green dress” the size of Costa Rica

By Katy Migiro | September 16 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Kenya aims to restore trees and vegetation across almost nine percent of its land mass by 2030, the government said […]

15 Sep 2016

As drought hits Zambian harvests, food prices are on the rise

By Danstan Kaunda | September 15 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Lower harvests of maize, wheat and sugarcane as a result of severe weather in the region are pushing up prices […]

14 Sep 2016

Climate change ‘significant and direct’ threat to U.S. military: reports

By Idrees Ali | September 14 2016 (Reuters) The effects of climate change endanger U.S. military operations and could increase the danger of international conflict, according to three new documents endorsed […]

14 Sep 2016

Irrigation on rise in Africa as farmers face erratic weather

By Justus Wanzala | September 14 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing a surge of interest in irrigation among small-scale farmers as climate change brings more erratic weather […]

14 Sep 2016

China, US and Europe pledge support for global aviation emissions pact

By David Stanway, Kathy Chen, Allison Lampert, Julia Fioretti, Valerie Volcovici and Victoria Bryan | September 14 2016 (Reuters) China, the United States and Europe all pledged support on Saturday for a new deal to curb […]

8 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: G20 Must ‘Reset’ Global Economy to Fund Low-carbon Development

Source: Caixin Online Financing a timely, inclusive greening of the world economy is the greatest collective challenge facing world leaders. By Ma Jun, chief economist of the Research Bureau of the […]

7 Sep 2016

Global coal power plans fall in 2016, led by China, India: study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 6 September 2016 OSLO, The amount of coal-fired power generation under development worldwide has shrunk by 14 percent this year, driven down by China as […]

7 Sep 2016

Banks pump billions into deforestation-linked firms in Southeast Asia – study

By Beh Lih Yi  | 6 September 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Banks have financed companies responsible for rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia to the tune of billions of dollars, a […]

7 Sep 2016

Marshall Islands backs plan to curb aviation emissions

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 5 September 2016 OSLO, The Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean gave backing on Tuesday for an accord to curb carbon dioxide emissions from airlines in […]

7 Sep 2016

Global warming disrupts oceans, seen lingering in the depths

By Alister Doyle  (Reuters) | 5 September 2016 OSLO, Global warming is disrupting ocean life from plankton to whales and the heat may linger in the depths for centuries even […]

7 Sep 2016

Agriculture investment yields growth and nutrition gains for Africa

By Isaiah Esipisu (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 September 2016 NAIROBI, African countries that took early action in the past decade to invest in agriculture have reaped the rewards, enjoying […]

6 Sep 2016

Pope urges Christians to save planet from “debris, desolation and filth”

By Crispian Balmer | September 6 2016 (Reuters) Pope Francis called on Thursday for concerted action against environmental degradation and climate change, renewing a fierce attack on consumerism and financial greed […]

6 Sep 2016

U.N. worried La Nina will worsen “dire” drought in Somalia

By Katy Migiro | September 6 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The La Nina weather phenomenon is likely to worsen drought and hunger in Somalia, especially in the north where many people […]

6 Sep 2016

Seaweed farming, a sudden slimy success, needs greener rules-UN

By Alister Doyle | September 6 2016 (Reuters)  Seaweed farming needs tighter regulation to limit damage to the environment after booming into a $6.4 billion business with uses in everything […]

5 Sep 2016

Africa forest elephants may take almost a century to recover from poaching: study

By Ed Stoddard | September 5 2016 (Reuters) Africa’s rare forest elephants which play a key role in replenishing the central African rainforests will need almost a century to recover from […]

2 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: G20 shifts into a green gear on finance

“Green finance is one of the very few ideas that, if effectively implemented, can benefit the vast majority of the population in the world, and can help improve the sustainability […]

2 Sep 2016

China considers plan to boost residential green power use – think tank

By Kathy Chen and Josephine Mason | September 2 2016 (Reuters) The Chinese government is considering a proposal that would boost residential green energy use, the latest move to cut air […]

2 Sep 2016

Obama highlights climate progress at home before journey overseas

By Roberta Rampton | September 2 2016 (Reuters) Preserving natural places will help the world adapt to warming temperatures, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday as he began a […]

1 Sep 2016

Germany outlines deal with EU on green levy for co-generation plants

By Markus Wacket | August 1 2016 (Reuters) Germany said it has resolved a dispute with the European Union so that German firms that generate power for their own consumption can […]

1 Sep 2016

France’s Hollande says Paris climate agreement far from implemented

By John Irish, Tom Miles and Alister Doyle |  September 1 2016 (Reuters) An international agreement on climate change struck in Paris last year is still far from being implemented, French President Francois […]

1 Sep 2016

INTERVIEW: Green Climate Fund needs ideas with low-carbon wow factor – ex-head

By Megan Rowling | September 1 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The Green Climate Fund, which aims to channel billions of dollars to help poorer nations tackle global warming, is not yet […]

31 Aug 2016

Man-made warming dates back almost 200 years -study

By Alister Doyle | August 31 2016 (Reuters)  Man-made greenhouse gases began to nudge up the Earth’s temperatures almost 200 years ago as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, far earlier […]

31 Aug 2016

As disaster losses mount, Sri Lanka develops tool to track them

By Amantha Perera | August 31 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Sri Lanka is planning to begin testing its first web-based disaster damage and loss reporting system by the end of […]

30 Aug 2016

All aflutter: Extreme weather threatens Mexico’s monarchs

By Natalie Schachar and Alizeh Kohari | August 30 2016 Heavy storms earlier this year hammered the forests that North America’s monarch butterflies migrate to in central Mexico, a study showed […]

30 Aug 2016

Climate change looms large in Obama’s final trip to Asia

By Roberta Rampton | August 30 2016 (Reuters)  When President Barack Obama sets out this week to meet world leaders in China and Laos during his final presidential trip to […]

29 Aug 2016

Efficient cookstoves save trees – and chickens – in Kenya

By Moraa Obiria | August 29 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Farmers in Kenya’s Laikipia County have found a clever way to reduce their use of wood for fuel while […]

25 Aug 2016

Climate change is not a problem for the future & birds are the messengers

Source: Audubon & Birdlife International Birds are messengers that provide vital insights on how climate change threatens species, habitats and communities worldwide. This global synthesis, an assessment of hundreds of […]

24 Aug 2016

As Earth swelters, global warming target in danger of being missed

  By Alister Doyle | August 24 2016 (Reuters)  The Earth is so hot this year that a limit for global warming agreed by world leaders at a climate summit […]

24 Aug 2016

Desertification eating into agricultural land in India, satellite images show

By Anuradha Nagaraj | August 24 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) More than a quarter of India’s land is turning to desert and the rate of degradation of agricultural areas is […]

23 Aug 2016

Protecting the environment in Senegal? There’s an app for that

By Emmanuelle Landais | August 23 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Hunched over her laptop, eyes locked on the screen, Marième Seye listens to the step-by-step instructions given by her teacher. […]

23 Aug 2016

Scientists to probe ways of meeting tough global warming goal

By Alister Doyle | August 23 2016 (Reuters)  Scientists on Thursday set the outlines of a report on how to restrict global warming to a limit agreed last year by world […]

23 Aug 2016

After dam victory, Brazil’s Munduruku chief appeals for global support over land

By Matthew Ponsford | August 23 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The leader of Brazil’s Munduruku indigenous people has appealed for international support to protect his people’s ancestral forest land in the remote […]

22 Aug 2016

Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them

Source: The Guardian U.S. As the National Parks Service turns 100 this week, we look at how receding ice, extreme heat and acidifying oceans are transforming America’s landscapes, and guardians […]

19 Aug 2016

U.S. village in Alaska votes to relocate due to climate change

By Sebastien Malo | August 19 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A Native American village in the U.S. state of Alaska has voted to relocate its entire population of some 600 people […]

19 Aug 2016

Most cities too hot to host the summer Olympics by 2085: study

By Lily Jamali | August 19 2016 (Reuters) In 70 years, most cities in the Northern Hemisphere will be unfit to host the summer Olympics due to rising temperatures associated with […]

17 Aug 2016

After scorching heat, Earth likely to get respite in 2017

By Alister Doyle | 17 August 2016 (Reuters) The Earth is likely to get relief in 2017 from record scorching temperatures that bolstered governments’ resolve last year in reaching a […]

16 Aug 2016

Antarctica’s sea ice said to be vulnerable to sudden retreat

By Alister Doyle | 16 August 2016 (Reuters) Sea ice around Antarctica shrank in a warm period more than 100,000 years ago, an indication that man-made climate change could also […]

16 Aug 2016

U.S. coal regulator boosts campaign to fix ‘outdated’ cleanup rules

By Tracy Rucinski | 16 August 2016 (Reuters) A leading U.S. coal regulator announced plans on Tuesday to toughen what it called “out-of-date” rules for guaranteeing mine cleanups. The Office […]

11 Aug 2016

U.S. weather forecaster maintains forecast for La Nina in fall or winter

By Luc Cohen (Reuters) | 11 August 2016 A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday reduced its outlook that La Nina conditions would develop in next few months but said […]

11 Aug 2016

Pay-as-you-go irrigation aims to cut water use in Bangladesh

By Rafiqul Islam (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 11 August 2016 Farmers will receive smart cards they can use to pay for their water use, instead of paying a fixed cost to […]

10 Aug 2016

China halts work on $15 billion nuclear waste project after protests

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 10 August 2016 SHANGHAI – A Chinese city has suspended preliminary work on a proposed 100 billion yuan ($15 billion / 11.58 billion pounds) nuclear […]

10 Aug 2016

Asia must invest more in disaster risk reduction – Red Cross

By Beh Lih Yi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 10 August 2016 “It is not enough just to respond when the shock arrives. What is most important is how can we work […]

10 Aug 2016

Zimbabweans spot green gold in bamboo that spares forests

By Jeffrey Moyo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 10 August 2016 The fast-growing giant grass is being used as an alternative to wood, helping protect Zimbabwe’s forests   CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe – Lush […]

10 Aug 2016

Crude oil to carrots: geothermal makeover eyed for Alberta’s old wells

By Nia Williams (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 CALGARY, Alberta – Disused oil and gas wells dotting Canada’s energy heartland may bear fruit for Alberta’s farmers under a proposal to […]

9 Aug 2016

Portugal to phase out power subsidies, avoid Spain example

By Andrei Khalip and Shrikesh Laxmidas (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 LISBON – Portugal is set to begin phasing out support for utilities generating renewable power, a top government official said, […]

9 Aug 2016

Catfish spawn climate solution for Kenya’s dryland farmers

By Isaiah Esipisu (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 09 August 2016 Farmers are breeding catfish in “home dams” that capture rainwater, helping them cope with water scarcity   MBEERE, Kenya – Farmers […]

9 Aug 2016

China drafts new rules to curb mining pollution

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 China plans to raise environmental standards in its highly-polluting mining sector, according to a policy draft circulated by the Ministry of Environmental […]

9 Aug 2016

Britons will decide how to spend 1-billion-pound shale gas fund

By Karolin Schaps and Kylie MacLellan (Reuters) | 08 August 2016 Britons living near “fracking” developments will be able to decide how a 1 billion pound shale gas wealth fund […]

9 Aug 2016

U.N. chief urges large nations to ratify Paris climate accord

By Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 08 August 2016 BUENOS AIRES – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Argentina and other large nations to ratify the Paris climate accord at a Buenos […]

9 Aug 2016

Affordable solar schemes light way to energy for all in Zimbabwe

By Tonderayi Mukeredzi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 08 August 2016 With grid power costly and patchy, race is on to find innovative ways for households to buy solar equipment HARARE – […]

9 Aug 2016

From weddings to the Olympics, the race to end food waste quickens

By Magda Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 08 August 2016 From Italy to Germany and Brazil to Kenya, growing number of enterprises are rescuing food that would otherwise go into landfills […]

8 Aug 2016

Earth Overshoot Day: No winners in the race for natural resources

8 August 2016 By Balakrishna Pisupati (UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions) and Mathis Wackernagel (Global Footprint Network) | 08 August 2016 Carbon emissions are the best lever to […]

5 Aug 2016

Thaw could release Cold War-era U.S. toxic waste buried under Greenland’s ice

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 05 August 2016 Global warming could release radioactive waste stored in an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. military camp deep under Greenland’s ice caps if a […]

5 Aug 2016

Global climate deal likely to enter into force in 2016: study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 05 August 2016 OSLO – A global agreement on climate change looks likely to enter into force this year, a study showed on Friday, making […]

5 Aug 2016

Amazon dam opposed by tribes fails to get environmental license

By Anthony Boadle (Reuters) | 05 August 2016 Brazil‘s environmental regulator Ibama decided on Thursday to shelve the environmental license request for a hydroelectric dam on the Tapajos River in […]

5 Aug 2016

Africa battles to get big solar projects on grid

By Nellie Peyton (Reuters) | 04 August 2016 SANTHIOU MEKHE, Senegal – In an expanse of sand 60 miles (100 km) north of Senegal’s capital, two men set to work […]

4 Aug 2016

Cities rush to measure climate footprint after Paris deal

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 04 August 2016 Today four in 10 cities are measuring their emissions, compared with one in 10 cities in 2011   BARCELONA – The […]

3 Aug 2016

California wildfires likely to worsen as season peaks: forecaster

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) | 03 August 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Drought conditions in California risk stoking new and ongoing wildfires as the season enters its […]

3 Aug 2016

Sri Lanka success whets international appetite for mangrove conservation

By Amantha Perera (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 03 August 2016 Pioneering national programme to protect Sri Lanka’s coastal mangroves could be extended to another island country   KALPITIYA, Sri Lanka – […]

3 Aug 2016

Exclusive: Husky oil spill in Canadian river followed two others nearby – records

By Allison Martell and Rod Nickel (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 A Husky Energy Inc oil spill into a major Canadian river on July 20 was the third in the […]

3 Aug 2016

British couple vow to honour rubbish food at their wedding

By Michael Saunders (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 02 August 2016 Figures from FAO show that about one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year […]

2 Aug 2016

Release: EPA Report Tracks our Changing Climate

2 August 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a report that shows compelling and clear evidence of long-term changes to our climate, and highlights impacts […]

2 Aug 2016

N.Y. regulators approve clean energy standard with nuclear subsidies

By Scott DiSavino (Reuters) | 01 August 2016 New York state energy regulators on Monday approved a plan to pay several upstate nuclear power plants up to $965 million over […]

2 Aug 2016

Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it’s night

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 01 August 2016 OSLO – Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses […]

2 Aug 2016

Wild nature claims place in Romanian capital

By Luiza Ilie (Reuters) | 01 August 2016 BUCHAREST – On an early morning walk through the Romanian capital’s newest park, photographer Helmut Ignat points out cormorants, harriers, terns and several […]

1 Aug 2016

Philippines’ Duterte says nation can survive without mining companies

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz (Reuters) | 1 August 2016 MANILA, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned mining companies to strictly follow tighter environmental rules or shut down, […]

1 Aug 2016

INSIGHT-Rio’s Olympic air: Dirty, deadly and no cleaner legacy from Games

By Brad Brooks (Reuters) | 1 August 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO, Rio de Janeiro’s air is dirtier and deadlier than portrayed by authorities and the Olympics’ promised legacy of cleaner winds […]

1 Aug 2016

Still waters: U.S. to crack down on ocean noise that harms fish

By Ian Simpson (Reuters) | 30 July 2016 The ocean has gotten noisier for decades, with man-made racket from oil drilling, shipping and construction linked to signs of stress in marine […]

1 Aug 2016

Solar-powered televisions brighten homes in rural Kenya

By Benson Rioba (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 1 August 2016 MACHAKOS, Kenya  – Violet Mwikali’s new television has not just brought entertainment to her home. It has ushered in peace, too. […]

1 Aug 2016

Exclusive: California regulator says testing to begin on Volkswagen diesel fix

By Joseph White (Reuters) | 29 July 2016 Volkswagen AG and the California Air Resources Board will begin testing hardware and software that could help the German automaker avoid buying back […]

29 Jul 2016

India’s new reforestation law ignores indigenous people, analysts say

By Rina Chandran (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 29 July 2016 MUMBAI – A new Indian law to boost reforestation across the country ignores the importance of indigenous people in conserving land […]

29 Jul 2016

Ivory Coast drives thousands of cocoa farmers out of national park

By Ange Aboa (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 Ivorian security forces have driven thousands of cocoa farmers out of a national park this week at the start of an operation to […]

29 Jul 2016

Britain casts doubt on EDF’s $24 billion nuclear project

By Nina Chestney and William Schomberg (Reuters) | 29 July 2016 Britain has cast doubt on a $24 billion project with French utility EDF to build the UK’s first new nuclear […]

29 Jul 2016

U.N. warns of “race against time” for 23 mln drought-stricken African farmers

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 July 2016 ROME,  Some 23 million farmers in drought-hit Southern Africa need urgent help to prepare for the next planting season with only a […]

29 Jul 2016

Drought-hit Honduras needs new approach to tackle extreme weather – U.N. envoy

By Anastasia Moloney (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 July 2016 One in four in the country of 8 million people are affected by drought and are struggling to feed themselves — BOGOTA, […]

29 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Quantifying carbon risk

29 July 2016 We sat down with Tarek Soliman, Senior Analyst, Investor Research at CDP to discuss their series of reports which seek to quantify the risk to various sectors […]

28 Jul 2016

Philippine panel asks ‘carbon majors’ to respond to claim of rights violations

By Manolo Serapio Jr (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 A Philippine rights body has set a deadline of 45 days for 47 global oil, mining and cement firms to answer a […]

28 Jul 2016

France to support grain farmers after crops hit by weather

By Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters) | 27 July 2016 France will help grain farmers cope with an expected plunge in revenue after torrential rain and a lack of sunshine in […]

28 Jul 2016

Weaker La Nina event expected this year, WMO says

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 A La Nina event, which affects rainfall and temperatures in the tropics, may develop in the third quarter of the year but […]

28 Jul 2016

Chinese polluters to face more business, financing restrictions

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 Chinese firms guilty of exceeding emissions limits or building plants without environmental permits will face tougher punishments including credit bans and land […]

28 Jul 2016

Elephant poaching in Africa down, but still far too high: CITES

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 The illegal killing of African elephants for their ivory seems to have fallen from record peaks but poaching of the animal is still […]

27 Jul 2016

Brazil agency to say Rio Olympics will bring no environmental gains: sources

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Leonardo Goy (Reuters) | 26 July 2016 Brazil‘s top government finance and spending regulator is expected to report in the coming months that Rio de Janeiro will […]

27 Jul 2016

EU clears French state-aid for tidal energy plant

By Robert-Jan Bartunek (Reuters) | 27 July 2016 The European Commission has cleared French state support for an experimental tidal power plant off the northwestern coast of the country, saying […]

27 Jul 2016

Climate change risk threatens 18 U.S. military sites: study

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 27 July 2016 Rising sea levels due to hurricanes and tidal flooding intensified by climate change will put military bases along the U.S. East Coast and […]

27 Jul 2016

Natural disasters in China kill more than 800 since June

By Ben Blanchard (Reuters) | 26 July 2016 More than 800 people have died and about 200 are missing in a series of natural disasters that have struck China since June, […]

27 Jul 2016

Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures linked to climate change

By Zoe Tabary (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 26 July 2016 “We predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we’ve seen” — LONDON, Record temperatures in the […]

26 Jul 2016

Youth Perspective: If carbon pricing is so great, why isn’t it working?

Source: ensia.com By Peter Fairley (Ensia) | 12 July 2016 Political hurdles and low prices have made carbon pricing a low-impact affair. But there’s still hope it can help limit climate […]

26 Jul 2016

Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy

By Stanley Carvalho (Reuters) | 26 July 2016 A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage […]

26 Jul 2016

UN flexes tech muscle to fight climate change

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 22 July 2016 New software speeds up making of high-resolution satellite images to monitor changes in land use and forest cover — ROME, – New Google-powered […]

26 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Making Millions by Investing Billions!

By Balakrishna Pisupati, Coordinator, Biodiversity MEAs and SDGs, UNEP-DELC | 27 July 2016 If there is one thing that everyone from politicians to the common man understands it is this: […]

21 Jul 2016

Earth on track for hottest year ever as warming speeds up

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 21 July 2016 GENEVA – The earth is on track for its hottest year on record and warming at a faster rate than expected, the […]

21 Jul 2016

After warming fast, part of Antarctica gets a chill: study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 21 July 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. OSLO – The Antarctic Peninsula, among the fastest warming places on Earth last century, has […]

21 Jul 2016

Heavy rainfall and heat swamp Sri Lanka’s anti-dengue drive

By Amantha Perera (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 21 July 2016 “It’s going to be tough” to control dengue in the future, virologist warns — COLOMBO – High temperatures and unseasonal rains […]

21 Jul 2016

China launches new alert system to tame wind power investments

By Kathy Chen (Reuters) | 21 July 2016 BEIJING – China has launched a risk alerting system to prevent further investments in wind power generation in certain locations, after large amounts […]

21 Jul 2016

Title deeds to Amazon farms give thousands of Brazil’s landless new future

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 21 July 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO – Like his father, Ismael Freitas spent long days cultivating fruit in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest on land that […]

21 Jul 2016

Oil Search bows to ExxonMobil in battle for InterOil

By Sonali Paul (Reuters) | 21 July 2016 Australia’s Oil Search Ltd on Thursday cleared the way for ExxonMobil Corp to take over InterOil Corp for $2.2 billion, opting not […]

21 Jul 2016

Insurers ignoring risks of oil, gas investments – study

By Carolyn Cohn (Reuters) | 21 July 2016 Only one percent of insurers globally are assessing the risk of being left with investments in “stranded assets” — oil and gas […]

21 Jul 2016

Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says

By Katy Migiro (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 July 2016 NAIROBI – Child hunger and deaths are rising in Zimbabwe due to the worst drought in two decades, with thousands facing starvation […]

21 Jul 2016

U.S., Enbridge reach $177 million pipeline spill settlement

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 WASHINGTON – Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) has agreed to pay $177 million in penalties and improved safety measures in a […]

21 Jul 2016

South Africa’s great white sharks could die out: study

By Wendell Roelf (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s great white sharks could die out due to human interference, ocean pollution and a limited gene pool, […]

21 Jul 2016

Three U.S. states sue Volkswagen, say executives covered up diesel cheating

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. WASHINGTON – Senior executives at Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) including its former chief executive covered up […]

20 Jul 2016

EU national climate goals test bloc’s resolve amid Brexit

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 BRUSSELS – EU regulators handed out bitterly disputed national emissions-reduction targets on Wednesday for spreading the burden of the bloc’s climate […]

20 Jul 2016

El Nino driving child marriage and labour across southern Africa – agencies

By Katy Migiro (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 NAIROBI – Tens of thousands of children across southern Africa are being pushed out of school and into early marriage or child labour […]

20 Jul 2016

N. American forests not the climate change remedy hoped for – study

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 July 2016 NEW YORK – North American forests will not fight climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide at levels once hoped for because […]

20 Jul 2016

NASA’s new mission: improving food security in West Africa

By Nellie Peyton (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 July 2016 NASA has launched a hub in Niger that will use space-based observations to improve food security — DAKAR – A drive […]

20 Jul 2016

UK’s 2050 CO2 goal to cost extra 30 billion pounds without CCS: report

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 Meeting Britain’s carbon emissions reduction target for 2050 will cost an additional 30 billion pounds ($40 billion) without large-scale deployment of carbon […]

20 Jul 2016

Vienna climate meeting aims for progress on deal to cut HFC use

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 WASHINGTON – Diplomats meeting in Vienna this week hope to take a major step toward a deal under the Montreal Protocol to […]

20 Jul 2016

In turnaround, FHA will insure mortgages with PACE assessments

By Nichola Groom and Will Caiger-Smith (Reuters) | 19 July 2016 The Federal Housing Administration on Tuesday said it would approve mortgages on properties with energy-related home improvements financed through […]

20 Jul 2016

EU truckmakers fined $3.2 billion over price collusion

By Foo Yun Chee and Laurence Frost (Reuters) | 19 July 2016 BRUSSELS/PARIS – EU regulators imposed a record fine of 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) against Europe’s biggest truckmakers […]

20 Jul 2016

Volkswagen’s Audi plans electric car push to put heat on Tesla

By Andreas Cremer and Edward Taylor (Reuters) | 19 July 2016 BERLIN – Audi will aim for electric cars to account for a quarter of its sales by 2025 as […]

20 Jul 2016

How to stop deforestation? Give indigenous people rights to land – U.N. expert

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 Without title deeds, indigenous communities may find their land is taken over for major development projects — ROME – Indigenous people […]

19 Jul 2016

Rotterdam offers burial at sea for greenhouse gases

By Barbara Lewis and Robert-Jan Bartunek (Reuters) | 19 July 2016 ROTTERDAM, Netherlands/Ghent, Belgium – A scheme to collect millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and bury them under the […]

19 Jul 2016

Too hot to work: global warming to cost $2 trillion in lost productivity

By Beh Lih Yi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 The first three months of 2016 have broken temperature records and 2015 was the planet’s warmest year since records began […]

19 Jul 2016

Dodging costs and power cuts, Tanzanian firms profit from solar drive

By Jackline Nzula (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 With the help of government tax cuts, solar energy for manufacturing is taking off in Tanzania — ARUSHA, Tanzania – Mkarima […]

19 Jul 2016

Fracking associated with asthma flare-ups

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 19 July 2016 For asthma patients, living near fracking sites is associated with more symptom flare-ups that require medication and hospital care, a U.S. […]

19 Jul 2016

Ships worsen air pollution over China, killing thousands: study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 OSLO – A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in East Asia, causing thousands of deaths […]

19 Jul 2016

Can we feed the world without cutting forests? It can be done, says U.N.

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 18 July 2016 Agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation globally fuelled by a growing demand for food — ROME – Agriculture is the […]

19 Jul 2016

Indian court orders older diesel vehicles off New Delhi’s roads

By Tommy Wilkes and Sankalp Phartiyal (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 NEW DELHI – India’s top environmental court on Monday ordered authorities to remove all diesel vehicles at least 10 […]

19 Jul 2016

From favelas to the White House, tiles turn footsteps into electricity

By Lin Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 18 July 2016 “We’re softly encouraging people to see the value of their own energy, not just the energy they consume” — LONDON – […]

19 Jul 2016

India doubles down on solar parks after SunEdison setback

By Krishna N. Das (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 NEW DELHI – India will double the target for energy to be generated from solar parks by 2020, a top government […]

19 Jul 2016

Taste for mushrooms helps Tanzanian farmers protect forest

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 18 July 2016 When harvests fail, farmers turn to cutting forests – but growing mushrooms could be an alternative — BABATI, Tanzania – Magdalena […]

19 Jul 2016

Iraq’s marshes, once drained by Saddam, named world heritage site

By Stephen Kalin (Reuters) | 17 July 2016 A wetland in southeast Iraq, thought to be the biblical Garden of Eden and almost completely drained during Saddam Hussein’s rule, has […]

19 Jul 2016

China’s urban air quality improves in first half: ministry

By Nick Heath and Winni Zhou (Reuters) | 17 July 2016 Air quality in China‘s largest cities continued to improve during the first six months of 2016, the country’s environment […]

15 Jul 2016

Former Japan nuclear regulator lashes out over earthquake standards

By Osamu Tsukimori and Aaron Sheldrick (Reuters) | 15 July 2016 A former senior official of Japan‘s atomic watchdog has lashed out publicly at the agency’s response to his concerns over […]

15 Jul 2016

Land scheme abuses thwart Indian Kashmir’s energy ambitions

By Athar Parvaiz (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 15 July 2016 Low revenues from mismanaged scheme hold back Kashmir’s plan to exploit its hydropower potential — SRINIGAR, India – Mismanagement of a […]

15 Jul 2016

Expanding farms harm nature on 58 pct of world’s land: study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 OSLO – An expansion of farmland has damaged nature beyond a “safe” limit on 58 percent of the world’s land surface, threatening […]

15 Jul 2016

Energy companies spend big to fight Colorado ballot initiatives

By Liz Hampton (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 HOUSTON – Energy companies in Colorado are spending millions of dollars to derail a push by environmentalists to put measures on November’s […]

15 Jul 2016

Environmental protests spur Morocco to halt waste imports for energy

By Aziz El Yaakoubi (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 Morocco has suspended imports of European waste to be incinerated for energy after a spate of protests by environmental activists and […]

15 Jul 2016

Global call to development banks: don’t fund projects that violate human rights

By Paola Totaro (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 July 2016 Growing number of national governments have been criminalising activities of land and human rights activists — LONDON – International development […]

15 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Natural Capital Protocol enables new risk models

By Courtney Lowrance,  Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Citi | 15 July 2016 Imagine a risk officer at an international bank. She has a portfolio of […]

14 Jul 2016

Insurance could protect India’s solar panels from “monkey menace”

By Saket S. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 July 2016 Rooftop solar is poised to take off in India – if one troublesome problem can be resolved — JAIPUR, India – […]

14 Jul 2016

U.S. weather forecaster sees likelihood of La Nina August-October

By Marcy Nicholson (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 Following a damaging El Nino weather period, a U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said the La Nina weather phenomenon is favored […]

14 Jul 2016

California rejects VW’s recall plan for larger diesel cars

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. SAN FRANCISCO – California’s chief air regulator has rejected a proposed recall plan from Volkswagen […]

14 Jul 2016

China sets aside $30 million for weather modification program

By David Stanway and Megha Rajagopalan (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 China has allocated 199 million yuan ($29.76 million) to spend on its weather modification program as part of efforts […]

14 Jul 2016

Ranking shows rich nations not leading way to end poverty, inequality

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 July 2016 Poor scores for rich countries on promoting clean energy, fighting inequality and climate change, with only Germany and UK in top […]

14 Jul 2016

Peru’s Kuczynski wants to relax air standards to spur refining

By Marco Aquino (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 LIMA – Peru’s President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski called Peru’s air quality standards “unrealistic” on Wednesday and proposed lowering them to spur investments […]

14 Jul 2016

Brazil prosecutors open criminal probe into Samarco CEO

By Marta Nogueira and Jeb Blount (Reuters) | 13 July 2016 Brazilian federal prosecutors said on Wednesday they opened an investigation into alleged environmental crimes by Roberto Carvalho, chief executive of […]

14 Jul 2016

U.S. House panel subpoenas New York, Massachusetts attorneys general

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 13 July 2016 WASHINGTON – A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday issued subpoenas to the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts to […]

13 Jul 2016

Brexit could provide boost for Britain’s shale gas

By Karolin Schaps (Reuters) | 13 July 2016 LONDON – Britain’s shale gas industry could get a helping hand from a falling pound and a supportive new prime minister just […]

13 Jul 2016

Peugeot tests Israeli range-extender technology in electric car push

By Tova Cohen and Laurence Frost (Reuters) | 13 July 2016 TEL AVIV/PARIS – PSA Group is preparing to test battery-powered cars that recharge with an on-board generator, industry sources […]

13 Jul 2016

Solar energy firms get loans to light up rural Tanzania

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 13 July 2016 Specialist lender links investors with businesses promoting off-grid solar power — DAR ES SALAAM – When Tanzanian company ARTI Energy brought […]

13 Jul 2016

India’s coal mining ambition hurts indigenous group, Amnesty says

By Rina Chandran (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 13 July 2016 One in six of the 87,000 Indians who have been displaced over the past 40 years by state-owned Coal India Ltd […]

12 Jul 2016

El Nino, La Nina could lead to spike in new HIV infections in Africa: UNICEF

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 12 July 2016 The risk of women resorting to selling sex could exacerbate their risk of infection, UNICEF says — ROME – Drought exacerbated […]

12 Jul 2016

Japan court upholds reactor shutdown in new blow to nuclear industry

By Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 TOKYO – A Japanese court on Tuesday upheld an order to keep two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power […]

12 Jul 2016

EDF acquires majority stake in Chinese wind energy developer

By Bate Felix (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 French state-controlled utility EDF said on Tuesday it had entered the growing Chinese renewables energy market with the acquisition of a majority […]

12 Jul 2016

Natural disasters cause fewer deaths, more financial damage -Munich Re

By Arno Schuetze (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 The death toll from natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms and forest fires dropped sharply worldwide in the first six months of […]

12 Jul 2016

Britain advised needs to prepare more for climate change

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 LONDON – Britain needs to do more to prepare for climate change as the severe heatwave of 2003 could become the norm […]

12 Jul 2016

New tool to predict fire risks unveiled as Indonesia’s dry season takes hold

By Beh Lih Yi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 12 July 2016 Fire Risk Map calculates risk of fire catching and spreading using latest satellite data — JAKARTA – A map using […]

12 Jul 2016

Cameroon moves to curb forest loss linked to Chinese investment

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 12 July 2016 A new association set up for Chinese firms exploiting Cameroon’s forests aims to help them work within the law — […]

12 Jul 2016

French carbon pricing committee proposes tax on coal-fired power

By Bate Felix (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 A French government advisory committee has recommended that France increase taxation on coal-fired power plants, or set stiffer carbon emissions standards, to […]

11 Jul 2016

German prosecutors say won’t be lenient with VW

By Jan Schwartz and Andreas Cremer (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 German prosecutors will grant Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) no mitigation for a record vehicle emissions settlement it faces in the United […]

11 Jul 2016

China to slow energy project construction, shifts to capacity cuts-Xinhua

By Kathy Chen (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 China will ban the construction of new coal-based chemical facilities and coal-fired power plants until 2018 and continue to shed overcapacity in […]

11 Jul 2016

Solar plane leaves Seville on penultimate leg of round-the-world flight

By Marcelo Pozo and Paul Day (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 An airplane powered solely by energy from the sun took off from southern Spain early on Monday on the penultimate […]

11 Jul 2016

Indonesia’s top diesel buyer says biofuel rule unworkable

By Bernadette Christina Munthe and Wilda Asmarini (Reuters) | 11 July 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesian state power firm PLN says it cannot comply with government rules on burning diesel with […]

11 Jul 2016

Innovative water storage helps Kenyans thrive in drought

By Isaiah Esipisu (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 11 July 2016 Efforts to store water have been so successful families are now using extra water to grow crops for export — MAKUENI, […]

11 Jul 2016

Poland’s disappearing lakes fuel battle over coal mining

By Claudia Ciobanu (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 10 July 2016 Mining brown coal is sapping underground waters and pitting residents against an energy company’s proposal for another new mine — WILCZYN, […]

11 Jul 2016

Panasonic expects to double sales of electric car batteries in three years

By Yoshiyasu Shida (Reuters) | 8 July 2016 Japan’s Panasonic Corp said it expects strong demand for its lithium-ion batteries from Tesla Motors Inc to help more than double its […]

8 Jul 2016

Threatened by climate change, Mozambique’s Beira bets on urban renewal

By Astrid Zweynert (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 8 July 2016 Country’s second-largest city in race against time to protect itself from cyclones, floods and rising sea levels — BONN, Germany – […]

8 Jul 2016

China to launch environmental probes in eight more provinces

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 8 July 2016 China will send inspection teams to eight more provinces and regions to see how well they are complying with state environment rules […]

8 Jul 2016

Spanish court says Volkswagen parent company liable to answer any emissions fraud charges

By Emma Pinedo and Paul Day (Reuters) | 8 July 2016 Spain’s High Court said on Friday Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) parent company, based in Germany, would be liable to answer any […]

8 Jul 2016

U.S. finalizes Arctic energy development regulation

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Interior on Thursday unveiled its final regulations on drilling in the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf […]

8 Jul 2016

Costa Rica nominates former U.N. climate head to be next UN chief

By Michelle Nichols (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 UNITED NATIONS – Costa Rica nominated former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres on Thursday to be the next U.N. Secretary-General, making […]

8 Jul 2016

U.N. food agency says faces $610 million shortfall for southern Africa drought relief

By Ed Stoddard (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 The United Nations’ food agency said on Thursday it needed $730 million over the next 12 months for relief in seven southern […]

8 Jul 2016

Exclusive: Philippines suspends 2 nickel mines, halts permits in environmental crackdown

By Manolo Serapio Jr. (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 MANILA – The Philippines has ordered the suspension of operations at two nickel ore mines for environmental violations and halted the […]

8 Jul 2016

Bank of China jumbo green bond shows growing Asian presence

By Umesh Desai (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 Bank of China‘s $3 billion multi-currency green bond underlines Asia’s rapidly growing share of global green funding as countries such as China […]

8 Jul 2016

World must stop next El Niño harming development – UN envoy

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 7 July 2016 Extreme weather is causing huge humanitarian needs, which governments are slow to meet, says Mary Robinson — BARCELONA – Governments have […]

8 Jul 2016

Zombies out, cool tech in: Climate comics sketch new vision of warmer world

By Laurie Goering (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 July 2016 Could “climate fiction” help people imagine – and prepare for – coming changes? — LEEDS, England – Thanks to the success […]

8 Jul 2016

Coal miner Alpha says near bankruptcy deal with U.S. government

By Tom Hals and Patrick Rucker (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 WILMINGTON, Del./Washington – Alpha Natural Resources said on Wednesday it expects to reach a deal with the U.S. government […]

7 Jul 2016

Double shock of El Nino, La Nina could affect more than 100 mln people – UN

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 July 2016 “Both rapid and slow-onset climactic events are exposing years of poor investment and preparedness” – U.N. special envoy — ROME – […]

7 Jul 2016

Developing nations to get “tailor-made” advice on climate action

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 July 2016 New support service aims to help turn national plans submitted for Paris Agreement into reality — BARCELONA – For developing countries […]

7 Jul 2016

Access to finance critical for cities to handle urban growth, disasters

By Astrid Zweynert (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 July 2016 Risk of disasters hitting fast-growing cities is rising, adding pressure on authorities to protect residents through better planning — BONN, Germany […]

6 Jul 2016

China top polluter Hebei province promises to clean up act

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 Northern China‘s Hebei, home to seven of the country’s 10 smoggiest cities, has pledged to double up its efforts to tackle hazardous […]

6 Jul 2016

With trees disappearing, Malawi turns to “earth bag” houses

By Joel Chirwa (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 July 2016 Innovative construction technique could be cheaper, safer and protect the country’s dwindling forests — MZUZU, Malawi – At the local brick […]

6 Jul 2016

South Korea to shut 10 ageing coal-fired power plants by 2025

By Jane Chung (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 SEOUL – South Korea plans to shut 10 ageing coal-fired power plants by 2025, as Asia’s fourth-largest economy seeks to cut its […]

5 Jul 2016

New haze fears as palm oil firms ditch Indonesia pact

By Beh Lih Yi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 5 July 2016 Jakarta saw the corporate “zero deforestation” pact as competition to the government’s own standards — JAKARTA – Environmentalists have warned […]

5 Jul 2016

Wind power plant in Atacama Desert fills Chile’s clean-energy sails

By Fabíola Ortiz (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 5 July 2016 Remote community scarred by a battle to shut an unsanitary pork factory embraces a greener future — SAO PAULO – Deep […]

5 Jul 2016

Free at Rio Olympics: 9 million forest-friendly condoms

By Ricardo Moraes (Reuters) | 5 July 2016 XAPURI, Brazil – Brazil’s government will hand out 9 million condoms for free around Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics in August, […]

5 Jul 2016

Norway says could achieve full carbon capture and storage by 2022

By Gwladys Fouche (Reuters) | 4 July 2016 By 2022, Norway could realise every step in the development of a technology many see as critical to reducing global carbon emissions, […]

5 Jul 2016

Amid drought, mystery disease kills Zimbabwe’s baobabs

By Andrew Mambondiyani (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 4 July 2016 What is turning Zimbabwe’s baobabs black? — CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe – A black baobab tree stands forlornly on the side of a highway […]

4 Jul 2016

China defends use of wild animals in traditional medicine

By Ben Blanchard (Reuters) | 2 July 2016 Traditional Chinese medicine risks extinction if there is a push by the government to completely replace the wild animal parts now used […]

4 Jul 2016

Texas, a center of U.S. shark fin trade, enacts ban on practice

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 A ban on the shark fin trade took effect in Texas on Friday, a move environmental groups hope will end the state’s […]

1 Jul 2016

New trends on GHG emissions from Global 500 released

27 June 2016 New York — Thomson Reuters today released its latest Global 500 Greenhouse Gas Performance 2010-2015: 2016 Report on Trends – revealing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data from many […]

1 Jul 2016

Q&A: How health-boosting crops could benefit 1 billion people

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 1 July 2016 HarvestPlus founder discusses his prize-winning work to enrich staple foods with vitamins and minerals — BARCELONA – Food economist Howarth […]

1 Jul 2016

Paris drives old cars off its streets

By Brian Love and Lucien Libert (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 PARIS – Paris banned old, exhaust-belching cars from its streets on Friday in a war on air pollution that […]

1 Jul 2016

Adani plans $1.5 bln copper smelter to boost solar ambitions – source

By Promit Mukherjee and Melanie Burton (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 MUMBAI/SYDNEY – Indian billionaire Gautam Adani-controlled conglomerate Adani Enterprises plans to build a copper smelter with an eye to […]

1 Jul 2016

As Japan re-embraces nuclear power, safety warnings persist

By Aaron Sheldrick (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 TOKYO – Japan‘s re-embrace of nuclear power, on display last week with the recertification of two aging reactors, is prompting some critics to […]

1 Jul 2016

Rwanda harnesses lake “demons” to power the economy

By Clement Uwiringiyimana (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 LAKE KIVU, Rwanda – Rwandans blame the “demons” of Lake Kivu for the deaths of fisherman and others who have occasionally disappeared […]

1 Jul 2016

Cuba plans cuts in fuel, electricity consumption: sources

By Marc Frank (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 HAVANA – Cuba has ordered some state firms and joint ventures to reduce fuel and electricity consumption, a senior diplomat and the […]

1 Jul 2016

Philippines to review all mines as environmentalist takes the helm

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 MANILA – The Philippines will review all mines operating in the country, the new mining minister said […]

1 Jul 2016

China says will ban IPOs by firms breaking environment protection rules

By Samuel Shen and Engen Tham (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 China‘s securities regulator said on Friday it would ban initial public offerings (IPOs) by companies which have violated environmental […]

1 Jul 2016

Volkswagen believes it can fix 85,000 polluting U.S. vehicles

By Alexandria Sage and David Shepardson (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON – A lawyer for Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) said at a court hearing Thursday the German automaker believed […]

1 Jul 2016

BHP says will fight $6 billion claim over Samarco disaster

By James Regan and Ian Chua (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) (BLT.L) on Friday said it would appeal against the decision by a Brazilian court to reinstate […]

30 Jun 2016

Formosa unit offers $500 million for causing toxic disaster in Vietnam

By Mai Nguyen (Reuters) | 30 June 2016 HANOI – One of the biggest environmental disasters to hit Vietnam was caused by a unit of a Taiwanese conglomerate leaking toxic […]

30 Jun 2016

UK sets 2032 climate goal, allays ambition fears

By Susanna Twidale (Reuters) | 30 June 2016 LONDON – Britain on Thursday set a target to reduce emissions by 57 percent by 2032, allaying fears the country’s climate ambitions […]

30 Jun 2016

Green Climate Fund seeks new director, more ambitious projects

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 30 June 2016 Can projects approved so far by $10-billion fund shift the dial on low-carbon, climate-resilient development? — BARCELONA – The Green Climate […]

30 Jun 2016

Drought-hit Central America must help farmers to withstand climate change impact – U.N.

By Anastasia Moloney (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 30 June 2016 Around 3.5 million people are in need of food aid in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — BOGOTA – Aid groups […]

30 Jun 2016

Brexit spells end to EU leadership in climate diplomacy

By Alissa de Carbonnel and Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 30 June 2016 BRUSSELS/LONDON – Britain’s exit dashes the European Union’s leadership ambitions on efforts to slow climate change, leaving the […]

30 Jun 2016

France’s Bollore wins electric car-sharing project in Singapore

By Paige Lim (Reuters) | 30 June 2016 French firm Bollore Group won an electric car-sharing project in Singapore, its first in Asia, with a fleet of 1,000 vehicles expected […]

30 Jun 2016

New ways to lower investment risk seek to propel climate action

By Laurie Goering (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 30 June 2016 How do you boot-strap limited government funds into big cash? Find clever ways to lower the risk for private investors — […]

30 Jun 2016

Kenya’s flourishing flower sector is not all roses for Maasai herdsmen

By Shadrack Kavilu (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 30 June 2016 In many parts of East Africa, governments are pushing pastoralist communities to switch to settled farming — NAIVASHA, Kenya – The […]

30 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An ounce of clean water protection for pounds of cure

Minnesota ranks first in wetland loss and second in deforestation nationally. Like conservation efforts in Ecuador, Brazil and Kenya, The Nature Conservancy recently launched its Minnesota Headwaters Fund to support […]

30 Jun 2016

Amazon biodiversity at risk despite Brazil’s forest protection law – study

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 29 June 2016 “Many of the forests that remain standing are shadows of the pristine forests that once stood in their place” — RIO […]

30 Jun 2016

U.S. Virgin Islands to withdraw subpoena in climate probe into Exxon

By Terry Wade (Reuters) | 30 June 2016 HOUSTON – The U.S. Virgin Islands’ attorney general on Wednesday agreed to withdraw a sweeping subpoena issued against Exxon Mobil Corp as […]

30 Jun 2016

Indonesia faces environmental time bomb after coal bust

By Fergus Jensen (Reuters) | 29 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Thousands of mines are closing in Indonesia’s tropical coal belt as prices languish and seams […]

30 Jun 2016

Germany waters down climate protection plan

By Markus Wacket and Caroline Copley (Reuters) | 29 June 2016 Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction […]

30 Jun 2016

Murders, violence on rise as parched central India battles for water

By Shuriah Niazi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 29 June 2016 BHOPAL, India – Imrat Namdev and her younger sister Pushpa Namdev were neighbors in Chhatarpur district, in the drought-hit Indian […]

30 Jun 2016

Important to look at individuals in VW scandal: Lynch

By Julia Edwards (Reuters) | 29 June 2016 U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Tuesday that it was important for the Justice Department to look at individuals in the […]

30 Jun 2016

Indonesia to step up oil exploration, fishing in South China Sea waters

By Randy Fabi (Reuters) | 29 June 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesia’s president on Wednesday ordered an expansion of offshore oil exploration and commercial fishing in the waters near the Natuna […]

30 Jun 2016

Proposed Amazon dam would fuel land speculation, deforestation, study says

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 Construction permits for the Tapajos dam are currently suspended due to concerns over indigenous land rights — RIO DE JANEIRO […]

29 Jun 2016

Southeast Asian fires emitted most carbon since 1997 – scientists

By Beh Lih Yi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 Fires in Indonesia are used to cheaply clear land for palm oil crops and for pulp and paper plantations […]

29 Jun 2016

Investors seek ruling against Petrobras in corruption lawsuit

By Mica Rosenberg (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 NEW YORK – Investors suing Brazil‘s state-run oil firm Petrobras to recoup billions of dollars in losses argued on Tuesday that the […]

29 Jun 2016

Volkswagen diesel deal could be a win for many companies

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) $15.3 billion settlement of allegations that it cheated on diesel engine pollution tests promises a substantial boost for federal […]

29 Jun 2016

Kenya says major power line to remote north will be ready by December

By George Obulutsa (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 New line will transmit clean wind power from Kenya’s remote north to the national grid — NAIROBI – A major […]

29 Jun 2016

Indoor farming gives former New Jersey arena new lease on life

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. NEWARK, N.J. – In an old warehouse in Newark, New Jersey, that once housed the […]

29 Jun 2016

Pressure mounts on G20 for fossil fuel subsidies deadline

By Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 BRUSSELS – Energy ministers from the Group of 20 major economies meeting in Beijing this week came under a three-pronged attack on […]

29 Jun 2016

Youth Perspective: How Businesses Can Promote Sustainability in Developing Countries

By Hira Waqar | 28 June 2016 As long as humans have existed, they have exchanged goods. From the barter system to a money economy, meeting the needs of people […]

28 Jun 2016

Youth Perspective: Seeing the World While Preserving It

28 June 2016 In today’s global economy, one market in which we see extensive accelerated growth is that of tourism. According to the 2015 Economic Impact Annual Update Summary, Travel […]

28 Jun 2016

VW agrees to buy back diesel vehicles, fund clean air efforts

By David Shepardson and Joel Schectman (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will pay as much as $15.3 billion […]

28 Jun 2016

Global addition to nuclear power capacity hit 10.2 GW in 2015 -IEA

By Bate Felix (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 Global addition to nuclear power capacity in 2015 hit 10.2 gigawatts, the highest growth in 25 years driven by construction of new […]

28 Jun 2016

Shortage of safe land blocks Sri Lanka disaster relocation efforts

By Amantha Perera (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 GAMTHUNA, Sri Lanka – Every time the wind picks up in the night, the Karunadasas get the shivers. The couple has […]

28 Jun 2016

Washington state must fix salmon-blocking pipes: appeals court

By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 SEATTLE – Washington state must repair road culverts that are blocking salmon from swimming to spawning areas because the pipes violate […]

28 Jun 2016

EU may have to adjust CO2 target if UK leaves bloc-UN climate chief

By Karolin Schaps (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 As a member of the EU, Britain contributes to the bloc’s overall commitment to reduce carbon emissions — LONDON – […]

28 Jun 2016

‘Three Amigos’ aim for more clean power by 2025 – White House

By Roberta Rampton and David Ljunggren (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 Canada, Mexico and US currently rely on renewable and nuclear power for about 37 percent of their […]

28 Jun 2016

Maersk Oil to focus on North Sea, Kenya after Qatar contract loss

By Teis Jensen (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Maersk Oil, a unit of Danish conglomerate A. P. Moller-Maersk, will focus on building on its operations in the North Sea and […]

28 Jun 2016

Canada oil sands output to grow 42 percent by 2025 -report

By Nia Williams (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Canada’s oil sands production will grow by 42 percent to 3.4 million barrels per day by 2025, most of which will come […]

28 Jun 2016

Nigeria oil output rises to 1.9 million bpd due to repairs -NNPC

By Alexis Akwagyiram (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Oil production in Nigeria has risen to about 1.9 million barrels per day (bpd), from 1.6 million bpd, due to repairs and […]

28 Jun 2016

Monthly coal use for U.S. power falls to lowest since 1978 -EIA

By Scott DiSavino (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Coal used to generate U.S. power fell in April to its lowest monthly level since 1978, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said […]

28 Jun 2016

Tanzania dam halt a ‘victory’ for vulnerable communities, says aid agency

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 27 June 2016 Activists say local communities have not been offered a choice on whether to be resettled because of the project — DAR […]

28 Jun 2016

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar in talks for $800 mln loan to fund solar project

By Tom Arnold (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 DUBAI – A consortium led by Abu Dhabi’s Masdar is aiming to raise an $800 million loan to help fund the building […]

27 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Diplomacy through Variety of Life!

By Balakrishna Pisupati | Chief, Biodiversity, MEAs and Synergies, United Nations Environment Programme | 27 June 2016 Can the variety of life around us, our biological diversity, deliver on better […]

27 Jun 2016

‘Sweet business’ of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe’s forests

By Andrew Mambondiyani (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 27 June 2016 MUTARE, Zimbabwe – Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt […]

27 Jun 2016

China city shuts down waste-burning plant project over protests

By Megha Rajagopalan (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 BEIJING – The mayor of a city in central China made a rare public address calling for calm after thousands of people […]

27 Jun 2016

Peru state energy company reports Amazon oil spill

By Ursula Scollo (Reuters) | 25 June 2016 An oil spill in the Amazon region of Peru was detected on Friday night, state energy company Petroperu said in a statement […]

27 Jun 2016

Air pollution to kill millions more without energy policy change: IEA

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 LONDON – Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world […]

27 Jun 2016

Rosatom’s global nuclear ambition cramped by Kremlin politics

By Geert de Clercq, Svetlana Burmistrova, and Jack Stubbs (Reuters) | 26 June 2016 The $100 billion overseas order book of Russia‘s nuclear power plant builder Rosatom — bigger than […]

27 Jun 2016

U.S. states, Rockefellers clash with U.S. House panel on Exxon climate probes

By Terry Wade (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 HOUSTON – With a number of U.S. states proceeding with investigations of Exxon Mobil Corp’s (XOM.N) record on climate change, the attorney […]

24 Jun 2016

Nissan sues South Korea government over accusations of emissions cheating

By Hyunjoo Jin (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s South Korean unit said it has filed a lawsuit over claims by the government that the automaker had […]

24 Jun 2016

Germany imposes limits on fracking

By Caroline Copley and Vera Eckert (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 Germany imposed limits on fracking on Friday, dealing a blow to efforts to develop shale gas. Under legislation passed […]

24 Jun 2016

Thousands of heat deaths predicted as New York City heats up, scientists say

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 NEW YORK – More than 3,000 New Yorkers could die each year from intense heat due to climate change beginning […]

24 Jun 2016

California regulators voice support for cap and trade program

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 SAN FRANCISCO – Staff for California’s air regulator on Thursday recommended the state extend its carbon cap and trade system beyond 2020, […]

24 Jun 2016

Power output in Alberta oil sands near pre-fire levels

By Scott Disavino (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 The amount of power generated by cogeneration electric plants around the fire-ravaged town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, climbed near levels […]

24 Jun 2016

U.S. brewer Yuengling to pay $10 million to settle pollution case

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc, the oldest U.S. brewing company, will pay close to $10 million to settle charges it violated the […]

24 Jun 2016

Hidden harm: US healthcare emits more greenhouse gas than entire UK

By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 If the U.S. healthcare sector were ranked as a nation, it would be the world’s 13th-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, more than […]

24 Jun 2016

Four murders and a bloody battle for land rights in Thailand

By Alisa Tang (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 BANGKOK – Supot Kalasong was driving home one afternoon in April when he heard a bang and assumed he had blown […]

24 Jun 2016

Risk of landslides drives migration – and mental health worries

By Ashutosh Sharma (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 In India’s mountainous Jammu and Kashmir state, landslides – and the fear of them – is driving growing problems — UDHAMPUR, […]

24 Jun 2016

Behind Tesla carnage, signs of support for Musk’s SolarCity deal

By Ross Kerber and Tim McLaughlin (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Some of Tesla Motor Inc’s (TSLA.O) biggest investors have signaled support for […]

24 Jun 2016

Supporters of global sustainability ask businesses to step up

By Ellen Wulfhorst (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 Fortune 500 should build new development goals into business plans, shareholder pitches and publicity — NEW YORK – Advocates of sustainable development […]

24 Jun 2016

French parliament scraps planned extra tax on palm oil

By Sybille de La Hamaide (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 Major producing countries said proposed tax was discriminatory and against international trade rules — PARIS – France’s National Assembly […]

24 Jun 2016

China to tear up ‘poisoned’ school running tracks

By Adam Jourdan (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 Chinese authorities will remove substandard running tracks from schools, called “poisoned tracks” by the media due to the industrial waste used to […]

24 Jun 2016

Solar plane lands in Spain after three-day Atlantic crossing

By Marcelo Pozo and Paul Day (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. An airplane powered solely by the sun landed safely in Seville in Spain […]

24 Jun 2016

From engineer to sommelier: Calgary’s laid-off oil workers try plan B

By Nia Williams (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 CALGARY, Alberta – Alejandro Rodriguez wants to be a sommelier. His previous experience: 20 years as an oil reservoir engineer. The 42-year-old […]

24 Jun 2016

Cities forge world’s largest alliance to curb climate change

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 22 June 2016 NEW YORK – Cities in six continents joined up to form the world’s largest alliance to combat climate change on […]

22 Jun 2016

Tesla offers $2.8 billion for SolarCity in ‘no brainer’ deal for Musk

By Nichola Groom and Paul Lienert (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 LOS ANGELES/DETROIT – Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, […]

22 Jun 2016

In Chile’s forests, shadowy rebel groups threaten logging industry

By Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 ANGOL, Chile – A few moments of relaxation for Chilean logger Nelson Hidalgo were shattered one day last month when 12 armed […]

22 Jun 2016

Bangladesh river eats up land and homes, trapping poor villagers

By Rafiqul Islam (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 22 June 2016 KURIGRAM, Bangladesh – Piyara Begum once had a happy life in Garuhara village by the Brahmaputra River in northern Bangladesh, […]

22 Jun 2016

White House economists say U.S. coal program costing taxpayers

By Patrick Rucker (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 WASHINGTON – A U.S. program meant to encourage coal mining on federal land is open to industry abuse and costs taxpayers billions […]

22 Jun 2016

Court strikes down Obama fracking rules for public lands

By David Bailey and Ernest Scheyder (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 A federal judge has struck down the Obama administration’s rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a victory for […]

22 Jun 2016

Dutch test ‘Ocean Cleanup’ plan to collect floating plastic trash

By Toby Sterling (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 A Dutch foundation has developed floating barriers to try to collect trash from the world’s oceans, and will launch a 100 meter-long […]

22 Jun 2016

Colombia coffee-growers worry over looming La Nina rains

By Julia Symmes Cobb and Luis Jaime Acosta (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 BOGOTA – Colombian coffee growers still dealing with the consequences of the El Nino drought are now […]

22 Jun 2016

Tokyo Gas buys Eagle Ford shale stake, despite loss from prior U.S. purchase

By Osamu Tsukimori (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Tokyo Gas Co (9531.T) said on Tuesday it has bought a 25 percent stake in an Eagle Ford shale gas formation, in […]

22 Jun 2016

China plans energy-sector technology capacity boost over next decade

By Kathy Chen (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 BEIJING – China wants to boost its domestic capacity to produce cutting-edge energy technologies in the next decade to challenge international energy majors […]

22 Jun 2016

German government agrees to ban fracking indefinitely

By Holger Hansen and Andrea Shalal (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Germany‘s coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on Tuesday, after years of fractious talks over […]

22 Jun 2016

Nuclear new-build not fast enough to curb global warming: report

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 LONDON – Nuclear reactors are not being built rapidly enough around the world to meet targets on curbing global warming, a report by […]

22 Jun 2016

Solar plane takes on Atlantic as part of round-the-world bid

By Chris Michaud (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. An airplane powered solely by energy from the sun headed across the Atlantic early on […]

22 Jun 2016

Heat wave tests Southern California’s power grid amid gas shortage

By Steve Gorman and Nichola Groom (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 LOS ANGELES – California’s power grid operators warned homes and businesses on Monday to conserve electricity as rising demand […]

22 Jun 2016

As drought parches reserves, Zimbabwe puts wildlife on the block

By Jeffrey Moyo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 But selling elephants and other animals could put the country’s future tourism potential at risk, critics charge — MASVINGO, Zimbabwe […]

22 Jun 2016

How to survive crop failure? Swap with the neighbours

By Kagondu Njagi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 What to do if only one crop survives? Trade the surplus — KANJAU, Kenya – On a sunny morning, Millicent Makena […]

21 Jun 2016

Rebel-backed charcoal traffickers destroy swathes of forest in Congo – rights group

By Kieran Guilbert (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 Congo’s illegal charcoal trade is fuelling widespread deforestation of Africa’s oldest national park — DAKAR – Huge swathes of forest […]

21 Jun 2016

With oil price near $50, resilient U.S. shale producers eye new chapter

By Ernest Scheyder and Terry Wade (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Two years into the worst oil price rout in a generation, large and mid-sized U.S. independent producers are surviving […]

21 Jun 2016

Vancouver takes legal action to block Kinder Morgan pipeline plan

By Julie Gordon (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The City of Vancouver said on Monday it had taken legal action against the Canadian energy regulator’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans […]

21 Jun 2016

Pakistan on track to end power shortages within two years – ADB

By Drazen Jorgic (Reuters) | 20 June 2016     Pakistan could end energy rationing within two years, the Asia Development Bank (ADB) country director for Pakistan said on Monday, […]

21 Jun 2016

IMF extends Malawi loan program, adds $80 million for drought measures

By Mfuneko Toyana (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will increase loans to Malawi by $76.8 million, the global lender said on Monday following an economic […]

21 Jun 2016

Tighter rules for Canada energy projects could be seen in 2017

By David Ljunggren (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Tighter environmental rules for Canadian natural resource projects could start coming into force in 2017, ahead of schedule, an official said on […]

21 Jun 2016

Monsoon rains cover half of India; to accelerate sowing

By Rajendra Jadhav (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Indian monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country, the weather department said on Monday, accelerating planting of summer crops like […]

21 Jun 2016

Vietnam drought leaves one million in urgent need of food aid – EU

By Alisa Tang (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 Worst drought in 90 years and seawater intrusion in Mekong River delta destroy fruit, rice and sugar crops — BANGKOK […]

21 Jun 2016

South Africa’s Eskom gets new hydro plant fully linked to grid

By Nqobile Dludla (Reuters) | 19 June 2016 JOHANNESBURG – Eskom hailed a milestone in its efforts to overcome South Africa’s chronic electricity shortages on Sunday, saying it had linked […]

21 Jun 2016

Angolan activist calls for president’s daughter to step down as oil firm chief

By Herculano Coroado and Nqobile Dludla (Reuters) | 18 June 2016 Human rights activist Rafael Marques has asked Angola’s Attorney General to revoke the appointment of Isabel dos Santos as head […]

21 Jun 2016

Amid melting Arctic ice, Kerry sees looming climate catastrophe

By Lesley Wroughton (Reuters) | 18 June 2016 ABOARD THE HDMS THETIS, Greenland – Standing near Greenland’s Jakobshavn glacier, the reputed source of the iceberg that sank the Titanic over […]

21 Jun 2016

House panel claims oversight of state climate probes into Exxon

By Terry Wade and Ernest Scheyder (Reuters) | 18 June 2016 HOUSTON – A Republican-led congressional committee sought on Friday to assert oversight over inquiries that about 20 states are […]

21 Jun 2016

Brazil fines Samarco 142 million reais for damages to protected areas

By Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) | 18 June 2016 Brazil‘s Environment Ministry fined mining company Samarco 142 million reais (28.98 million pounds) for damages to three protected areas resulting from a […]

21 Jun 2016

With men gone, women shake up farming in rural Nepal

By Zoe Tabary (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 9 June 2016 PHULBARI, Nepal, Ratna Chaudhary delicately lifts the hem of her pink and green dress with one hand, while using the other […]

21 Jun 2016

FACTBOX-The impact of disasters in Asia Pacific on schools and children

By Alisa Tang, @alisatang (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 BANGKOK,  – A greater humanitarian focus on schools before, during and after natural disasters will save lives, protect children and benefit communities […]

21 Jun 2016

Satellite maps pinpoint “high risk” palm growers to prevent deforestation before it happens

By Matthew Ponsford, @mjponsford  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 MILAN – A new satellite-driven mapping project has been launched to help palm oil companies identify and weed out growers […]

21 Jun 2016

U.S. contest challenges video-game makers to battle climate change

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 NEW YORK, Video-game developers are competing this week in a contest that will reward games that combat neither mortal enemies nor monsters […]

21 Jun 2016

U.S. offshore regulator to unveil tougher environmental safeguards

By Tracy Rucinski (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The U.S. government agency created after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill plans in coming weeks to unveil tougher financial requirements for […]

21 Jun 2016

Philippines’ Duterte to review projects as environmentalist gets mining post

By Karen Lema (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Incoming Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned he would cancel mining projects causing environmental harm as an anti-mining advocate accepted his […]

21 Jun 2016

China prosecutors win landmark lawsuit against environmental department

By Brenda Goh (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Chinese prosecutors have successfully sued a county environmental agency for inadequately punishing a sewage firm that produced dye without appropriate safeguards, the […]

21 Jun 2016

Traditional irrigation keeps water flowing in drought-hit India

By Amarjyoti Borah (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 21 June 2016 BAKSA, India – Ask the farmers in remote Baksa district, in the northeast Indian state of Assam, whether they are affected by […]

21 Jun 2016

EU needs significant fall in road pollution to meet targets

By Alissa De Carbonnel (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 European Union greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2014 to their lowest level since 1990, although the bloc said more diesel vehicles had increased […]

17 Jun 2016

China climate goals trigger launch of new derivatives

By Kathy Chen (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 China‘s clean energy pledges are prompting a supply of new financing tools to fund the estimated 43 trillion yuan ($6.53 trillion) needed […]

17 Jun 2016

Siemens, Gamesa to form world’s largest wind farm business

By Jose Elías Rodríguez (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 MADRID/FRANKFURT – Siemens and Spain’s Gamesa agreed on Friday to create the world’s biggest builder of windfarms, with the German company […]

17 Jun 2016

Clean energy for poorest starved of investment: researchers

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 17 June 2016 BARCELONA – Only a tiny fraction of climate change funding is going into small-scale solar, biogas and other off-grid systems […]

17 Jun 2016

Taiwan activists press Formosa Plastics over dead fish in Vietnam

By J.R. Wu (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 Activists in Taiwan called on the island’s largest industrial group, Formosa Plastics, to investigate recent mass fish deaths in Vietnam, near where […]

17 Jun 2016

China orders 255 Shanghai industrial facilities to shut for G20

By Meng Meng and Chen Aizhu (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 BEIJING – China ordered at least 255 Shanghai-based industrial facilities, including part of a major oil refinery operated by Sinopec […]

17 Jun 2016

Brussels steps up effort to halt Poland’s logging plan in primeval forest

By Barbara Lewis and Angieszka Barteczko (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 BRUSSELS/WARSAW – The European Union executive on Thursday stepped up efforts to stop Poland from its planned increase in […]

17 Jun 2016

Satellite tags aim to shed light on endangered hawksbill sea turtle migration

By Matthew Stock (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Scientists are tagging hawksbill sea turtles in a key South Pacific breeding ground, hoping that information […]

17 Jun 2016

U.S. Navy ‘Green Fleet’ fills up with Italian-made biofuel

By Steve Scherer (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 ABOARD THE USS MASON – A U.S. warship took its first delivery of Italian-made biofuel on Thursday as part of the Navy’s […]

17 Jun 2016

Sun-powered phone charger gives migrants in Greece free electricity

By Karolina Tagaris (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 LESBOS, Greece – For refugees and migrants stuck in Greece, a smartphone is a lifeline — as long as its battery lasts. […]

17 Jun 2016

Latin America must safeguard energy investors -industry leaders

By Nelson Bocanegra and Julia Symmes Cobb (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 Latin America offers ample opportunities for the energy sector, but governments must make changes to protect investors from […]

17 Jun 2016

Vale-BHP’s Samarco no longer sees operations resuming this year

By Marta Nogueira (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 Brazilian miner Samarco, a joint venture between Vale SA (VALE5.SA) and BHP Billiton (BLT.L), no longer expects to resume mining operations this […]

16 Jun 2016

Karachi opens heat relief centres in bid to cut death toll

By Aamir Saeed (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 16 June 2016 After nearly 1,300 people died in extreme heat last year, the city is stepping up preparations for this summer — […]

16 Jun 2016

Senegal’s farmers adopt new tool to boost harvests: mobile phones

By Emmanuelle Landais (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 16 June 2016 SIKILO, Senegal – Walking through his dry millet field, Alioune Djaby, chief of Sikilo village, waits for a sign that […]

16 Jun 2016

Exxon asks U.S. court to throw out subpoena in climate change inquiry

By Terry Wade (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 HOUSTON – Exxon Mobil Corp asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a subpoena that would force the oil company […]

16 Jun 2016

Coral ‘bright spots’ offer clues to protecting threatened reefs

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 Some coral reefs are thriving and scientists say they may guide efforts to curb threats such as over-fishing and climate change which […]

16 Jun 2016

More than 41 million people in Southern Africa face food insecurity: trade bloc

By Nqobile Dludla (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 An estimated 41 million people are food insecure with 21 million people requiring immediate assistance in Southern Africa, a regional economic bloc […]

15 Jun 2016

Film links melting glaciers, land loss in Bangladesh

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 15 June 2016 As many as 30 million Bangladeshis are at risk of losing their homes to rising seas in the coming century […]

15 Jun 2016

California’s landmark cap and trade program faces uncertain future

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 California’s greenhouse gas reduction program is in a battle for its life, and uncertainty about its future has spooked buyers of its […]

15 Jun 2016

France ratifies Paris climate agreement

By Jean-Baptiste Vey (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 President Francois Hollande on Wednesday signed a bill formally ratifying the Paris climate agreement reached last December by nearly 200 countries to […]

15 Jun 2016

EU proposes stricter tests on car emissions from 2017 in wake of VW scandal

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 EU regulators proposed stricter tests on Wednesday on car fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions from late next year to plug […]

15 Jun 2016

Solar, wind costs could fall up to 59 percent by 2025, study says

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 The average cost of electricity generated by solar and wind energy could fall by up to 59 percent by 2025 if the […]

15 Jun 2016

From green slime to jet fuel: algae offers airlines a cleaner future

By Reuters TV (Reuters TV) | 15 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. As airlines struggle to find cleaner ways to power jets and with an industry-wide […]

14 Jun 2016

Indigenous rights and private funding key to slowing deforestation, says Norway minister

By Anastasia Moloney (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 June 2016 BOGOTA – Efforts to save the world’s forests hinge on securing private sector funds and ensuring indigenous communities in tropical […]

14 Jun 2016

In drought-stricken Burkina Faso, farmers get creative

By Zoe Tabary/Abdoul Aziz Cissé (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 June 2016 Drought-prone Burkina Faso finds ways to help those most vulnerable to climate extremes — Please link here for video […]

14 Jun 2016

Global farmland deals now cover area the size of Finland – campaigners

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 June 2016 Internationally, there are 491 large-scale farmland deals in 78 countries, says campaign group GRAIN — RIO DE JANEIRO – Global investors […]

14 Jun 2016

‘Mercedes’ cocoa helps Ivorian farmers speed to better harvest

By Busani Bafana (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 June 2016 OUATTARADOUGOU, Ivory Coast – Abou Ouattara has grown cocoa for the last 17 years, but luckily the 52-year-old does not […]

14 Jun 2016

Chile’s embattled salmon industry intensified antibiotic use in 2015: government

By Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 Salmon producers in Chile, under pressure from international buyers to reduce the amount of antibiotics they put into their fish, intensified their […]

14 Jun 2016

Nissan to develop ethanol-based fuel cell technology by 2020

By Naomi Tajitsu (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) said on Tuesday it was developing fuel cell vehicle (FCV) technology using ethanol as a hydrogen source in […]

13 Jun 2016

The bright side: global ‘light pollution’ obscures starry nights

By Will Dunham (Reuters) | 13 June 2016 When Vincent van Gogh peered out the window of the Saint-Paul asylum at the nighttime sky in Saint-Rémy in 1889, he saw […]

13 Jun 2016

U.S. top court rejects challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) | 13 June 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant […]

13 Jun 2016

At ground zero of warming, Greenland seeks to unlock frozen assets

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 13 June 2016 On top of the world, by a fjord in western Greenland, a remote hydro power plant is buzzing with extra […]

13 Jun 2016

Australian PM pledges A$1 bln to help ailing Great Barrier Reef

By Peter Gosnell (Reuters) | 13 June 2016 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, facing a tight re-election battle, pledged on Monday a A$1 billion ($738 million) fund for the Great […]

10 Jun 2016

Marathon Petroleum, U.S. reach agreement on refinery pollution

By Timothy Ahmann and Terry Wade (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 Marathon Petroleum Corp will spend about $334.6 million to cut pollution at refineries in five states and pay a […]

10 Jun 2016

ADM, biofuel supporters say EPA underestimates use of higher-ethanol fuels

By Chris Prentice (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 Archer Daniels Midland Co and other supporters of biofuels on Thursday said U.S. regulators grossly underestimated the amount of higher-ethanol fuel blends at […]

10 Jun 2016

Ten EU nations still breaching pollution limits: EEA

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 Air pollution from sources such as transport and agriculture is still above legal limits in 10 European Union member states, data from […]

10 Jun 2016

France to formally ratify Paris climate accord on June 15 – Minister

By Bate Felix (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 President Francois Hollande will formally sign the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday, June 15, making France the first industrialized nation to ratify […]

9 Jun 2016

U.S. weather forecaster sees high chance of La Nina developing

By Luc Cohen (Reuters) | 9 June 2016 A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday maintained its projections for the La Nina weather phenomenon to take place in the Northern […]

9 Jun 2016

U.S. solar market to nearly double in 2016, led by utilities

By Nichola Groom (Reuters) | 9 June 2016 The U.S. solar energy market will nearly double new installations this year to 14.5 gigawatts, led by utility projects that developers scrambled to […]

9 Jun 2016

Unlikely casualty in California’s renewable energy boom: natural gas

By Nichola Groom (Reuters) | 9 June 2016 In February of 2001, then California Governor Gray Davis stood at the site of Calpine Corp’s new Sutter natural gas power plant and […]

9 Jun 2016

OECD warns of rising premature deaths, costs of air pollution

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 9 June 2016 Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths and represent an economic cost of around $2.6 trillion a year by 2060 […]

9 Jun 2016

In boost to Paris climate pact, India says it aims to join this year

By Jeff Mason and David Brunnstrom (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. India has agreed to work toward joining the Paris Agreement on climate change this year, India […]

8 Jun 2016

VW receives regulatory approval for fixes on 1.1 million cars

By Andreas Cremer (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said on Wednesday it received regulatory approval to fix another 1.1 million cars, raising the number of VW models cleared […]

8 Jun 2016

Drought-parched Zambia turns to the sun to keep water flowing

By Danstan Kaunda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 8 June 2016 As water supplies dry up, solar-powered wells can help — KAZUNGULA, Zambia – Munji Malambo and his younger brother used […]

8 Jun 2016

Rise in global CO2 emissions from energy use slowed in 2015 -BP

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 Carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption grew by 0.1 percent last year in their smallest advance since 2009 due to lower coal use […]

7 Jun 2016

Groups urge U.S. Congress to reject TPP over environmental concerns

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 6 June 2016 WASHINGTON, More than 450 groups on Monday called on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership if it comes up for a vote this […]

7 Jun 2016

Palm plantations shaken by the green body they helped create

By Emily Chow (Reuters) | 7 June 2016 In 2004, Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group became a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and later […]

7 Jun 2016

Villagers spared eviction as Tanzania halts $500 million energy project to save wildlife

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 June 2016 BAGAMOYO, Tanzania – In a rare victory for landless villagers in Africa, more than 1,500 people have been spared eviction […]

7 Jun 2016

Forest fires and logging threaten India’s progress on climate goals

By Athar Parvaiz (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 7 June 2016 DEHRADUN, India, Since the end of April, fires in parts of India’s northern states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have destroyed […]

7 Jun 2016

Most big users failing on cotton sustainability: report

By Anna Ringstrom (Reuters) | 7 June 2016 Most companies using cotton do nearly nothing to improve environmental sustainability in its supply, environmental groups said on Tuesday, citing a report […]

6 Jun 2016

Airlines support carbon emissions deal despite costs: trade group

By Victoria Bryan and Allison Lampert (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 DUBLIN/MONTREAL, – Airlines want one global deal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air travel despite higher costs, in order to […]

6 Jun 2016

Environmental crime growing at “alarming pace” – police body

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 4 June 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO,  Criminal gangs are plundering the Earth’s natural resources faster than previously thought, with the value of environmental crimes estimated […]

6 Jun 2016

German battery maker sonnen GmbH wins backing from GE

By Vera Eckert (Reuters) | 6 June 2016 German battery maker sonnen GmbH on Monday said it has secured financial backing from GE Ventures, General Electric’s venture capital subsidiary, to […]

6 Jun 2016

U.S. environmental groups question Arch Coal’s bankruptcy exit plan

By Tracy Rucinski (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 A coalition of U.S. environmental groups said Arch Coal’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy fails to describe how the coal producer would […]

6 Jun 2016

Illegal poaching, logging and mining worth up to $258 billion: report

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 4 June 2016 Illegal logging, mining, poaching and other environmentally destructive trade earned criminal gangs up to $258 billion last year, the United Nations […]

3 Jun 2016

East Africa food scheme aims to stop the rot, boost trade

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 2 June 2016 KILOSA, Tanzania, The huge stock of maize Jumanne Masele put aside last year was enough to spare his family from hunger […]

3 Jun 2016

Luxembourg sets aside 200 million euros to fund space mining ventures

By Robert-Jan Bartunek (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 Luxembourg on Friday upped its bid to be a leader in the nascent space mining industry by setting aside 200 million euros […]

3 Jun 2016

South African mining firms to appeal silicosis ruling

By TJ Strydom and Wendell Roelf (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 South African gold mining firms plan to appeal against a High Court ruling that allowed class action suits seeking […]

3 Jun 2016

Clean fuel from “bionic leaf” could ease pressure on farmland – scientists

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 2 June 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO, A new clean technology to turn sunlight into liquid fuel could drastically shrink the need for large […]

2 Jun 2016

FEATURE-Lack of water limits Madagascar’s climate-smart agriculture

By Katie Nguyen (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 2 June 2016 BESAKOA, Madagascar, Most days, Hitasoa ignores breakfast and lunch. She is too busy finding enough money to buy food for dinner – […]

2 Jun 2016

Researchers find 39 unreported sources of major pollution: NASA

By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) | 2 June 2016 Researchers in the United States and Canada have located 39 unreported sources of major pollution using a new satellite-based method, the U.S. […]

1 Jun 2016

Germany ends row with states over green energy roll-out

By Markus Wacket (Reuters) | 1 June 2016 BERLIN, Chancellor Angela Merkel hammered out the framework for a deal with state premiers on Wednesday on reforms to Germany‘s renewable energy […]

1 Jun 2016

Record new global renewable capacity installed in 2015: report

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 31 May 2016 LONDON, A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as solar and wind costs fell, becoming more competitive with […]

1 Jun 2016

How to grow food in drought-hit Zimbabwe? Add irrigation

By Andrew Mambondiyani (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 1 June 2016 Efforts to irrigate parched farmland could be a long-term answer to worsening food security in Zimbabwe — CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe, Several rivers […]

31 May 2016

Vietnam’s 2016 drought-hit rice output to fall 1.5 percent: government official

By Ho Binh Minh (Reuters) | 31 May 2016 Vietnam’s rice paddy output will likely fall this year for the first time since 2005 following the worst drought in 90 […]

31 May 2016

China releases new action plan to tackle soil pollution

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 31 May 2016 China aims to curb worsening soil pollution by 2020 and stabilize and improve soil quality by 2030, the cabinet said in an […]

31 May 2016

Cool, cheap and green: Polystyrene homes catch on in Kenya

By Benson Rioba | 30 May 2016 KAJIADO, Kenya, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Justus Opiyo lives in one of around 50 polystyrene houses in a new development in Kajiado County, […]

31 May 2016

Antarctic seas defy global warming thanks to chill from the deep

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 30 May 2016 A persistent chill in the ocean off Antarctica that defies the global warming blamed for melting Arctic ice at the other end […]

31 May 2016

Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn

By Kagondu Njagi | 31 May 2016 NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical […]

23 May 2016

Could UAE solar push lead a trend for the Gulf?

By Saket S. | 23 May 2016 DUBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the Gulf states take steps to expand their use of clean energy, a bold plan by the […]

16 May 2016

Ontario to spend $5.4 billion to cut carbon footprint : Globe and Mail

By Sruthi Shankar (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 The government of the Canadian province of Ontario plans to spend more than C$7 billion ($5.41 billion) over four years from 2017 […]

16 May 2016

Oil prices rise on Nigeria outages and Goldman forecast

By Dmitry Zhdannikov (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent on Monday to their highest since November 2015 on the back of more disruption to supplies from […]

16 May 2016

Governments seek rules for Paris climate deal; temperatures soar

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 Governments began work on Monday on a rule book to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, with the United […]

13 May 2016

Solar plane reaches Tulsa on 11th leg of round-the-world flight

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) | 13 May 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. An experimental airplane powered solely by energy from the sun has flown from Arizona to Oklahoma on […]

12 May 2016

Oil refiners, gas producers face higher costs from climate laws: report

By Susanna Twidale (Reuters) | 12 May 2016 Oil refiners and gas producers could face higher production costs if countries use a high carbon price to follow through promises made […]

11 May 2016

Drought-hit South Africa partners with Iran to build desalination plants

By Wendell Roelf (Reuters) | 11 May 2016 South Africa has partnered with Iran to develop desalination plants along all coastal communities to boost water supplies, the water minister said […]

11 May 2016

UK’s Heathrow says will limit environmental impact of new runway

By Sarah Young (Reuters) | 11 May 2016 Britain’s Heathrow Airport, seeking government permission to build a new runway, said it would comply with an extended ban on night flights […]

11 May 2016

Carbon-offset deal would cost airlines $6.2 billion in 2025: IATA

By Allison Lampert (Reuters) | 11 May 206 A global market-based measure to curb aviation emissions would cost the airline industry up to $6.2 billion in the year 2025, but […]

10 May 2016

Venezuela extends two-day workweek for state employees to save energy

By Alexandra Ulmer (Reuters) | 10 May 2016 Venezuela’s socialist government has extended a two-day workweek for public sector employees for another two weeks because of a drought that has […]

10 May 2016

California to lift severe mandatory water conservation rules

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) | 10 May 2016 SACRAMENTO, CALIF., California on Monday prepared to lift severe mandatory water conservation orders imposed at the height of the state’s multi-year drought, […]

10 May 2016

Fifth of plant types at risk as farms, logging expand

By Stuart McDill (Reuters) | 10 May 2016 One in five types of plant worldwide is at risk of extinction from threats such as farming and logging that are wrecking many […]

10 May 2016

Ancient lava bubbles reveal conditions on primordial Earth

By Will Dunham (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 Tiny bubbles that formed inside volcanic rock 2.7 billion years ago are providing big insights into the conditions on primordial Earth. Scientists […]

10 May 2016

Rising seas submerge five Pacific islands, researchers find

By Sebastien Malo | 9 May 2016 NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared due to rising seas and erosion, a discovery thought to be the […]

9 May 2016

Germany says talks on possible minimum carbon price are ongoing

By Caroline Copley (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 Germany is discussing a possible minimum price to be set on Europe-wide avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions but talks are still ongoing, […]

9 May 2016

Australian inquiry backs nuclear power after decades-long aversion

By Byron Kaye (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 An Australian royal commission on Monday recommended building a nuclear industry, including a waste dump, in the uranium-rich state of South Australia, propelling […]

9 May 2016

Armed guards protect last water in drought-parched Indian city

By Shuriah Niazi | 9 May 2016 TIKAMGARH, India, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir […]

6 May 2016

New York City gives nod to 5-cent charge for store bags

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) | 5 May 2016 The New York City Council approved a bill on Thursday to require many merchants to charge 5 cents for each plastic or […]

6 May 2016

Brazil judge approves Samarco dam burst settlement with government

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Marta Nogueira (Reuters) | 6 May 2016 A Brazilian judge on Thursday ratified the settlement Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton (BLT.L) and Vale SA (VALE5.SA), signed […]

6 May 2016

World’s Top Sustainability Experts Meet to Rethink Consumption, Production Patterns to Reshape Economies

 Source: UNEP  | 3 May 2016 ON THE ROAD TO UNEA Stories that shine a light on how healthy ecosystems have the power to transform the planet and its people – the […]

6 May 2016

Land rights at root of palm oil conflict in Liberia, campaigners say

By Matthew Ponsford | 6 May 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The lack of tenure over ancestral lands lies at the root of violent clashes on land leased to […]

5 May 2016

Africa’s Great Green Wall could halt youth migration, extremism – experts

By Kieran Guilbert | 5 May 2016 DAKAR, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A project to plant a wall of trees stretching across Africa aims not only to halt desertification, but […]

5 May 2016

Pressure builds on shipping industry to set carbon targets

By Jonathan Saul and Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 5 May 2016 LONDON, Disagreement among nations means no carbon emissions targets have been set for international shipping, but voices from within the […]

5 May 2016

In Benin, a new stove turns rice waste into clean fuel

By Busani Bafana | 5 May 2016 COTONOU, Benin, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Naman Abibate’s business is hard to miss. A towering pile of neatly arranged logs, collected by her husband […]

5 May 2016

BHP-Vale’s Samarco has not done enough to fix dam disaster -prosecutor

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Marta Nogueira (Reuters) | 5 May 2016 State prosecutors in Brazil said on Thursday that Samarco, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, has not done […]

5 May 2016

Women’s wisdom crucial to beating climate change, researchers say

By Laurie Goering | 5 May 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the Indian community of Mahewa, when monsoon floods come, women start to eat and drink as little […]

4 May 2016

Land titles for farmers help cut Brazil’s forest loss – scientist

By Chris Arsenault (Reuters) | 4 May 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brazil should speed up its programme to grant small farmers formal land ownership to slow down […]

4 May 2016

As the climate shifts, tradition threatens Sri Lanka’s rice harvest

By Amantha Perera | 4 May 2016 RAJANGANAYA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In mid-April, at the same time of year as their families have done for generations, Sri […]

4 May 2016

Clinton vows to support U.S. coal regions while embracing cleaner energy

By Susan Heavey (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 Please link here to view video on Reuters. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the United States must move toward […]

4 May 2016

VIDEO: App ensures tree grown from ashes stays alive

Edward Baran reports (Reuters Video) | 3 May 2016 Please link here to access Reuters Video. The concept of life after death is being given new meaning with a hi-tech invention […]

4 May 2016

Economies could shrink by mid-century due to scarce water – World Bank

By Sebastien Malo (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Economies across large swathes of the globe could shrink dramatically by mid-century as fresh water grows […]

3 May 2016

Latin America eyes volcanoes to fire up clean development

By Fabiola Ortiz | 3 May 2016 MEXICO CITY/SAN JOSE, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Mexico and Costa Rica aim to build on their position as Latin America’s leading producers of […]

3 May 2016

Ex-Mexican foreign minister Espinosa nominated as UN climate chief

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 Former Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa has been nominated to be the new U.N. climate chief, helping to bolster a 2015 Paris […]

3 May 2016

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in shareholder suit against BP

By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) | 2 May 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the […]

3 May 2016

Norway wealth fund turns up climate heat on Exxon and Chevron

By Alister Doyle and Gwladys Fouche (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 Norway’s $872-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, said it would press U.S. oil majors ExxonMobil and Chevron to do more to report […]

3 May 2016

Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA

By Osamu Tsukimori (Reuters) | 2 May 2016 Countries that plan to build coal-fired power plants need to reassess their energy strategy because such facilities may not be a viable […]

3 May 2016

Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study

By Simon Jessop | 2 May 2016 Almost half of the world’s top 500 investors are doing nothing to address climate change through their investments, a study showed on Monday. […]

3 May 2016

New York businesses to cut trash by half in ‘Zero Waste’ plan

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) | 2 May 2016 More than 30 New York City businesses, including Whole Foods Market Inc, Walt Disney Co’s ABC and Anheuser Busch, have agreed to […]

29 Apr 2016

Investor network says utilities should face climate change stress tests

By Nina Chestney  (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 Electric utilities should undergo stress tests to show how their business models are in line with limiting global warming, a global network of […]

29 Apr 2016

In Kenya, portable toilets find a new role: protecting trees

By Geoffrey Kamadi | 29 April 2016 NAIVASHA, Kenya, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new project is using solar energy to transform toilet waste into efficient cooking fuel, in an initiative […]

29 Apr 2016

Innovation needed to turn on climate cash tap for the poor

By Laurie Goering | 29 April 2016 DHAKA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When residents of the low-lying Del Rosario slum settlement in Valenzuela City in the Philippines noticed floodwater was lapping […]

29 Apr 2016

INTERVIEW-Brazil losing forest the size of two football fields per minute

By Chris Arsenault | 29 April 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Latin America’s largest country is still losing tropical forests the size of two football fields every minute, […]

29 Apr 2016

Africa leaders, conservationists seek end to slaughter of elephants, rhinos

By Edmund Blair (Reuters) | 29 April 2016 The future of Africa’s elephants and rhinos depends on the ability of the continent’s nations to battle together against poaching, Kenya’s president […]

28 Apr 2016

EU calculation for handing out free carbon permits flawed: court

By Alissa De Carbonnel (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 BRUSSELS, Europe’s highest court on Thursday ruled that the European Commission’s calculation for handing out free carbon permits to industries was […]

28 Apr 2016

Radical action needed to decarbonise world energy supply – report

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 LONDON, More radical action is needed to decarbonise the world’s energy supply and improve energy efficiency to keep the global temperature rise to […]

28 Apr 2016

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

By Timothy Mclaughlin and Aung Hla Tun (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 YANGON, Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps […]

27 Apr 2016

More urgent action needed on air pollution in Britain-MPs

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 A government plan to tackle air pollution in five major cities in Britain by 2020 will not be enough and more urgent […]

27 Apr 2016

Venezuela state employees to work two-day week to save energy

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Kai (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 (Adds Maduro, reaction, context) — CARACAS,  – Venezuela’s socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week […]

27 Apr 2016

Trafficking risk rises as villagers flee India’s worst drought in decades

By Rina Chandran | 27 April 2016 MUMBAI, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The worst drought in decades across several states in India is forcing tens of thousands of people to […]

27 Apr 2016

Stanford climate activists slam university over fossil fuel vote

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 SAN FRANCISCO , Stanford University’s announcement on Monday that it will not rid its $22 billion endowment of oil and gas companies has […]

27 Apr 2016

EPA orders Mitsubishi to conduct new vehicle testing

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it ordered Mitsubishi Motors Corp to provide additional information and conduct new tests of […]

26 Apr 2016

Japan transport minister: Mitsubishi Motors expected to submit data Tuesday

By Naomi Tajitsu (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 Japan‘s transport minister said he expects Mitsubishi Motors Corp to submit information related to its falsification of fuel economy data on Tuesday, […]

26 Apr 2016

France to set unilateral floor price for carbon emissions

By Emmanuel Jarry (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 The French government has committed to unilaterally set a carbon price floor for electricity producers in a move aimed at curbing coal-fired […]

26 Apr 2016

Fight against illegal Amazon gold mining intensifies

By Bruno Kelly (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 After trekking nearly two hours through dense jungle, Brazilian environmental special forces burst into a clearing where the trees had been sawn […]

26 Apr 2016

Drones to help farmers in Philippines to prepare for disasters

By Magdalena Mis | 25 April 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Philippines has started to deploy drones to find out where farmland is most at risk from natural […]

26 Apr 2016

Cameroon fights flooding by turning plastic waste into jobs

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame | 26 April 2016 YAOUNDE, Cameroon, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Retired Cameroonian footballer Roger Milla is already famous for being the oldest goal scorer – at age […]

26 Apr 2016

Rising tide of climate migrants spurs Dhaka to seek solutions

By Laurie Goering | 26 April 2016 DHAKA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – On the streets of this South Asian mega-city, jammed solid with rickshaws, honking taxi vans, cars, bicycles, sweating pedestrians […]

26 Apr 2016

Palm oil industry group orders company to halt Peru planting

By Mitra Taj (Reuters) | 25 April 2016 LIMA,  A palm oil industry body on Monday ordered a member company with a 5,000 hectare (12,355 acre) concession in Peru to stop developing […]

26 Apr 2016

Sustainable Innovation for the World: XPRIZE

This brief news release is part of Sustainable Innovation for the World, a series by Thomson Reuters Sustainability on innovation, either scientific or social, which could help make the world […]

25 Apr 2016

Pennsylvania voters torn over calls for a fracking ban

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 24 April 2016 For some Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, Tuesday’s primary election will be more than just a chance to pick preferred candidates for public […]

25 Apr 2016

Insight: Taking on Tesla – China’s Jia Yueting aims to outmuscle Musk

By Norihiko Shirouzu and Paul Lienert (Reuters) | 25 April 2016 Tomorrow’s cars will be all-electric, self-driving, connected to high-speed communications networks … and free. And probably Chinese. That, at […]

25 Apr 2016

Zimbabwe’s tobacco revenue up in smoke due to El Nino

By Jeffrey Moyo | 25 April 2016 MUTOKO, Zimbabwe,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Shouting, sweating and stamping their feet, dozens of farm labourers fill Tinago Chisvo’s makeshift office to demand their […]

25 Apr 2016

China confirms to strictly control coal-fired power capacity

By Kathy Chen and David Stanway (Reuters) | 25 April 2016 * Govt to halt construction of coal plants in many regions * Move had been flagged previously * Country […]

25 Apr 2016

Test of Fiat diesel model shows irregular emissions: Bild am Sonntag

By Agnieszka Flak (Reuters) | 24 April 2016 A German emissions probe conducted following the Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) scandal suggested that some Fiat vehicles showed irregular levels of diesel exhaust pollution […]

25 Apr 2016

Push to ward off disasters in Dhaka slum deters early marriage

By Laurie Goering | 25 April 2016 DHAKA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the 127 families of Medical Slum, a warren of tin shacks set in the shadow of a towering […]

22 Apr 2016

Views on Paris climate deal signing: “A step on a long journey”

By Megan Rowling | 22 April 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Around 170 countries are set to sign the Paris agreement on climate change in New York on Friday, signalling […]

22 Apr 2016

Congo signs landmark $200 mln deal to protect forests

By Kieran Guilbert | 22 April 2016 DAKAR, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday signed a landmark $200 million deal with donors to tackle deforestation […]

22 Apr 2016

EU lawmaker seeks bigger clean tech fund, targeted CO2 permits

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 The European Union should boost its clean technology fund and adopt a more targeted approach to allocating free carbon permits to […]

22 Apr 2016

Volkswagen takes $18 billion hit over emissions scandal

By Andreas Cremer and Edward Taylor (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Volkswagen (VW) said on Friday it would take a 16.2-billion-euro ($18.2 billion) hit to its 2015 […]

22 Apr 2016

China, U.S. pledge to ratify Paris climate deal this year

By Michelle Nichols and Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. China and the United States, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, pledged on Friday […]

21 Apr 2016

VW forges U.S. deal arising from diesel emissions scandal

By Alexandria Sage and David Shepardson (Reuters) | 21 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Volkswagen AG, driving to move beyond a scandal that has disrupted its global business and sullied […]

21 Apr 2016

To protect Philippine forests, may the “tribal force” be with you

By Purple Romero | 20 April 2016 DAVAO, Philippines, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indigenous people in the Philippines are calling on the government to authorise a force of tribal rangers […]

21 Apr 2016

With climate deal, activists seeks land rights for native people

By Sebastien Malo | 21 April 2016 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With world leaders converging in New York to sign a landmark climate deal, activists along with actor […]

20 Apr 2016

China wants ships to use faster Arctic route opened by global warming

(Reuters) China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the […]

19 Apr 2016

VIDEO: Solar powered bid to bring modernity to developing world

Jim Drury reports (Reuters Video) | 17 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters Video. A clean technology company has created a photovoltaic computer which generates clean water, […]

19 Apr 2016

Activists lobby EU about logging in Poland’s ancient forest

By Agnieszka Barteczko (Reuters) | 19 April 2016 Poland’s plans to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest could breach European Union law because it would some of its destroy natural […]

19 Apr 2016

UK carbon emission goals in jeopardy if Hinkley delayed: minister

By Susanna Twidale (Reuters) | 19 April 2016 Britain’s carbon emission targets could be at risk if the Hinkley C nuclear power project is canceled or delayed beyond its planned […]

19 Apr 2016

Global wind capacity to nearly double in next five years: GWEC

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 19 April 2016 Global wind energy capacity will nearly double in the next five years, largely led by further market growth in China, but also as […]

18 Apr 2016

China launches pollution probe after hundreds of students fall sick

By John Ruwitch (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 Authorities in China have launched an investigation after a report that hundreds of children attending a language school built near a polluted […]

18 Apr 2016

Australia state bans underground coal gas drilling

By James Regan (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 Australia’s Queensland state on Monday banned underground coal gasification, a controversial process used to convert coal into gas. Unlike fracking, which involves […]

18 Apr 2016

Campaigners scale Nelson’s Column, other London landmarks in clean-air protest

By Bethany Rielly (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 British police arrested eight Greenpeace activists on Monday after they scaled some of the London’s best-known landmarks including Nelson’s column in Trafalgar […]

18 Apr 2016

ANALYSIS-Does premature Paris climate deal risk a painful birth?

By Megan Rowling | 18 April 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When ministers and climate change negotiators from the world’s poorest countries gathered in Kinshasa recently, they were dismayed […]

15 Apr 2016

Japan’s CO2 emissions fall to three-year low in 2014/15 fiscal year

By Osamu Tsukimori (Reuters) | 2016 Japan‘s greenhouse gas emissions fell 3.1 percent to a three-year low in the fiscal year ended March 2015, due to reduced power demand and […]

15 Apr 2016

U.N. panel to study tough 1.5C limit on global warming

By Alister Doyle  (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 The U.N.’s panel of climate scientists agreed on Thursday to study how to limit global warming to the toughest target suggested by […]

15 Apr 2016

Development banks urged to put more energy into power for poor

By Megan Rowling |  14 April 2016 BARCELONA,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The World Bank and other major development banks are investing far too little in getting electric power to poor […]

15 Apr 2016

Farm technology helps clean up Nairobi’s drinking water

By David Njagi | 15 April 2016 MURANG’A, Kenya, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Samuel Kinuthia knows how to make the most of technology. Using a technique called basin terracing, he has […]

15 Apr 2016

Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power

By Andrew Cawthorne (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 (Adds time change measure) — CARACAS, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday punitive electricity rationing would be imposed on 15 shopping malls and drought-hit […]

15 Apr 2016

EXCLUSIVE-EU weighs stress tests for banks’ climate risk exposure

By Francesco Guarascio (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 Financial firms in the European Union may have to undergo stress tests on their exposure to climate change risk, such as floods, and to […]

14 Apr 2016

Indonesia will issue a moratorium on new palm oil, mining concessions

By Jakarta bureau  (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 JAKARTA, – Indonesia will issue a moratorium on new palm oil and mining concessions, President Joko Widodo said, among efforts to reduce environmental […]

14 Apr 2016

Subsidised insurance bolsters Kenyan herders against drought

By Anthony Langat | 13 April 2016 MARSABIT, Kenya, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At 7am, the Kubi-Qallo borehole near Goro Rukesa village in northern Kenya is already a hive of activity, […]

14 Apr 2016

Obama to issue new offshore drilling rules on Thursday: source

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 13 April 2016 The Obama administration will announce Thursday safety regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling to prevent the kind of explosion that […]

13 Apr 2016

Solar power, text messages fight maternal deaths in rural Cameroon

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame | 12 April 2016 IDENAU, Cameroon, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Julianna Senze, 40, had been in heavy labour for eight hours when she arrived at the […]

13 Apr 2016

Peabody, world’s top private coal miner, files for bankruptcy

By Tracy Rucinski and Tom Hals (Reuters) | 13 April 2016 Peabody Energy Corp, the world’s largest privately owned coal producer, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in the wake […]

13 Apr 2016

Environmental groups file lawsuit over pollution from U.S. aircraft

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 12 April 2016 Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to press for faster action in setting limits on […]

13 Apr 2016

UN climate chief predicts Paris deal will take effect early

By Laurie Goering | 12 April 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new global pact to tackle climate change, agreed in Paris in December, could come into force two […]

12 Apr 2016

U.N. panel to study a cap on global warming that may be out of reach

By Alister Doyle and Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 Top climate scientists will launch a study this week of how hard it would be to limit global warming […]

12 Apr 2016

Political storm clouds outlook for Brazil’s climate change plan

By Nadia Pontes | 12 April 2016 BRASÍLIA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As at least 130 countries prepare to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York later this month, […]

12 Apr 2016

China to release more water to alleviate Southeast Asia drought

By Ben Blanchard (Reuters) | 12 April 2016 China will release more water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of […]

12 Apr 2016

U.S. bans most Pacific sardine fishing after population crash

By Courtney Sherwood (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 Federal fishery managers have banned nearly all sardine fishing off the U.S. West Coast for the second straight year in a move […]

12 Apr 2016

Argentina aims for $5 bln investment in renewable energy by 2018

By Juliana Castilla (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina aims to rake in $5 billion in investments in renewable energy by 2018 with the goal of reducing its energy […]

11 Apr 2016

Israel to cut carbon emissions, sees $8 billion economic boost

By Steven Scheer (Reuters) | 10 April 2016 Israel’s cabinet on Sunday unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and increasing energy efficiency to benefit the economy. Government officials […]

11 Apr 2016

India’s budget for climate adaptation inadequate – activists

By Sujit Chakraborty (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 NEW DELHI, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Indian government has come under fire after allocating 3.5 billion rupees ($52.8 million) for climate […]

11 Apr 2016

VIDEO: Blue City’s little red cars turn London green

8 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. French Battery maker Bollore is promising to roll out 3,000 electric cars in London as part of its car sharing […]

11 Apr 2016

Nations seek rapid ratification of Paris climate deal, four-year lock

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 10 April 2016 Many nations are pushing for swift ratification of a Paris agreement to slow climate change and lock it in place for four […]

8 Apr 2016

World Bank ramps up help for poor to adapt to climate change

By Megan Rowling | 8 April 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The World Bank Group plans to invest more of its funds to help developing countries adapt to the […]

8 Apr 2016

SoCal Gas sees partial restart of crippled storage field this summer

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 Southern California Gas Co aims to partially restore operations at its crippled Aliso Canyon storage field by late summer, but the facility, […]

8 Apr 2016

Argentina to boost ethanol requirement in fuels: industry body

By Walter Bianchi (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 Argentina will more than double the required blend of ethanol used in gasoline from next year as part of efforts to diversify […]

8 Apr 2016

To help curb climate change, stop wasting food – scientists

By Megan Rowling | 7 April 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Reducing food waste around the world would help curb emissions of planet-warming gases, lessening some of the impacts […]

8 Apr 2016

Brazil’s largest grocery chain pledges to chop deforestation, slavery from supply chain

By Chris Arsenault | 8 April 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brazil’s largest grocery chain has pledged to stop selling beef produced on deforested land in the […]

8 Apr 2016

Sixty world leaders to attend UN climate signing in New York on April 22

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 7 April 2016 OSLO, About 60 world leaders will attend an April 22 ceremony in New York opening the period for signatures on last year’s Paris […]

7 Apr 2016

Paris suburb Issy pilots urban smartgrid

By Geert De Clercq (Reuters) | 6 April 2016 Energy, building firms test smartgrid in Paris suburb IssyGrid pairs rooftop solar with local power storage Residents get comparative data on their […]

7 Apr 2016

Global renewables grew at fastest rate on record in 2015: research

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 7 April 2016 Renewable energy generation capacity expanded by 8.3 percent last year to 1,985 gigawatts globally, the fastest annual rate on record, data from […]

7 Apr 2016

INTERVIEW-As migration distracts donors, food security suffers – crop expert

By Laurie Goering | 6 April 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Zimbabwe, worsening droughts mean farmers will struggle to grow a maize crop two out of every five […]

7 Apr 2016

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