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A Hyundai BlueOn electric car is displayed at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, September 28, 2012. The Paris auto show opens its doors to the public from September 29 to October 14.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A prototype of a floating barrier to try to collect and clean trash from the world's oceans is pictured in the port of Scheveningen, the Netherlands, June 22, 2016.  The Ocean Cleanup /Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

A woman and her child use a solar light to study at night, provided by Greenlight Planet, a client of solar energy financing company SunFunder. CREDIT/Greenlight Planet

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 […]

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

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23 Mar 2017

Indonesia finds extensive reef damage after cruise ship runs aground

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

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

23 Mar 2017

China blames climate change for record sea levels

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

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

23 Mar 2017

Business leaders urge G20 to put climate change back on agenda

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

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

21 Mar 2017

Mexico meeting to bring world together on disaster prevention

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

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

21 Mar 2017

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

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

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

21 Mar 2017

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

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

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

20 Mar 2017

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

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

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

20 Mar 2017

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

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

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

14 Mar 2017

Treating droughts like hurricanes would aid vulnerable areas – researchers

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

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

14 Mar 2017

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

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

A car drives through the snow in Aley area, eastern Lebanon January 9, 2013. At least 17 people have also died due to the storm in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Schools in some areas have been shut for days, refugee camps flooded and villages isolated by closed roads.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

People walk along a footbridge across the Yenisei River, in an air temperature of around minus 20 degrees Celsius, in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

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 […]

These briquettes, made from human waste mixed with carbonized agricultural residue, burn longer and produce less smoke than traditional charcoal made from trees. Photo courtesy of Sanivation.

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 […]

Wind turbines and solar panels are seen at a wind and solar energy storage and transmission power station from State Grid Corporation of China, in Zhangjiakou of Hebei province, China, in this March 18, 2016 file picture. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

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 […]

A view of an inactive, open mine pit is seen during a tour of Peabody Energy's Rawhide coal mine near Gillette, Wyoming, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kristina Barker

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 […]

The Walmart logo is pictured at its store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

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 […]

An aerial view shows the Amazon rainforest at the Bom Futuro National Forest near Rio Pardo in Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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 […]

An attendant prepares to refuel a car at a petrol station in Rome

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 […]

A worker displays a handful of rice at a market in Hefei, Anhui province November 27, 2009.  China, the world's largest rice producer and consumer, has approved a locally-developed strain of genetically-modified rice, paving the way for large-scale production in 2 to 3 years, Chinese scientists said on Friday. REUTERS/Jianan Yu (CHINA BUSINESS FOOD SCI TECH) - RTXR6PZ

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 […]

A jumbo jet takes off shortly after midday from Heathrow Airport in west London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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 […]

Indian soldiers march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi January 13 2014. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY ENVIRONMENT ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX17BSV

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 […]

Mwamvua Ali, a butterfly farmer in Pete village in Zanzibar’s Unguja island, puts out ripe mangoes in a netted cage to attract butterflies. TRF/Zuberi Mussa

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 […]

cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guomao Bridge in Beijing July 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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 […]

Windmills are reflected in a car mirror at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011. California aims to slow climate change by putting a price on carbon -- a low, low starting price. The program is the last, keystone step in a controversial half-decade push to green the state's business for the good of the planet and the economy. Picture taken February 9, 2011. To match Special Report CARBON-CALIFORNIA/   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

Coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef can be seen suffering from bleaching in this April 25, 1998 file photo. Australia will create the largest network of marine parks in the world, protecting waters covering an area as large as India while banning oil and gas exploration and limiting commercial fishing in some of the most sensitive areas.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

Torrelavega, Spain
Smoke billows from a factory during sunset in the northern Spanish town of Torrelavega, March 12, 2005. The British government said on March 11, 2005 it would launch legal proceedings against the European Union (EU) over plans for a carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme, which is designed to improve the world's climate. The EU emissions trading system aims to cut CO2 output as part of the 25-nation bloc's commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

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 […]

A worker of SABESP, a Brazilian enterprise of Sao Paulo state, that provides water and sewage services to residential, commercial and industrial areas walks through a dry Jaguary dam as a result of a long drought period that hit the state of Sao Paulo in Braganca Paulista, 100 km from Sao Paulo January 31, 2014. This has been the hottest January on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought has fanned fears of water shortages, crop damage, and higher electricity bills that could drag down the economy during an election year for President Dilma Rousseff.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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 […]

A worker walks through the installed solar modules at the Naini solar power plant in Allahabad March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/Files

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is pictured during a sunset in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 8, 2015. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute and will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere from next July. According to the institutes, ATTO will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation and weather patterns. Picture taken on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4LA8A

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 […]

Wads of Pound Sterling banknotes are pictured at the GSA company's headquarters in Vienna

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, […]

Pedestrians walk at Beijing's Central Business District

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 […]

Children walk through a field of rapeseed near Boroughbridge in northern England

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 […]

In this file photo, Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, cleans solar panels which power ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

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 […]

An aerial view shows the Amazon rainforest at the Bom Futuro National Forest near Rio Pardo in Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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 […]

Zimbabwean children watch as their mother collects water from a communal tap in Harare, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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, […]

File photo of a worker mounting 320 square metres of solar panels on the roof of a farmstead barn in Binsham near Landshut March 21, 2012. Six years ago Capital Stage was a small investment holding company. Today it is a renewable energy utility producing nearly 200 megawatts (MW) of solar and wind power that posted operating earnings of 25 million euros in 2011. Germany's energy industry needs to achieve a similar transformation on a massive scale to meet a looming capacity gap prompted by the government's decision to exit nuclear power. If Germany's energy revolution -- heralded as the "Energiewende" -- succeeds, it could become a model for other industrialised countries seeking to curb both greenhouse gas emissions and their dependence on imported energy. If it fails, the backlash will be huge.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Birds fly next to a power plant near the the eastern German town of Leipzig December 6, 2007.  A 190-nation U.N. Climate Change Conference on Bali island took small steps towards a new global deal to fight global warming by 2009 amid disputes about how far China and India should curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY) - RTX4GE8

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 […]

A man looks at an electronic board displaying share prices in Tokyo

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 […]

cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guomao Bridge in Beijing July 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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 […]

Teak logs are loaded in a logging camp in Pinlebu township, Sagaing, northern Myanmar, in this picture taken March 5, 2014. Myanmar will ban the export of raw timber logs from April 1, 2014 choking off profits in a sector that provided critical funding to the country's former military rulers for decades, as a new reformist government steps up efforts to save forests. To match story MYANMAR-FORESTS/  Picture taken March 5, 2014  REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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 […]

A bird sits on a solar panel at a solar power station on the outskirts of Simferopol, March 25, 2014. Russia and the West sought to draw a provisional line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after major industrialised nations warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY ANIMALS) - RTR3IK1W

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 […]

Wind turbines used to generate electricity are seen at a wind farm in Guazhou, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 15, 2013.
REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA

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 […]

Trees on the slopes of Totu forest burn during a forest fire, on the outskirts of the northern Indian hill town of Shimla, May 18, 2009. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined and no casualties nor property damage has been reported, local media said. Picture taken May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Kanwar

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 […]

A blue whale surfaces in the Bass Strait waters off Australia. REUTERS

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 […]

A Zimbabwean man, Graham Matanhire, harvests maize from a field in a peri-urban suburb of Mabvuku in Harare, April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

Smoke bellow from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest biggest coal-fired power plant, in this May 7, 2009 file photo. The lignite-fired power plant in Belchatow, European Union's biggest polluter, will need to buy up to 20 million tonnes of CO2 emission permits by 2013, its chief Jacek Kaczorowski told Reuters on August 21, 2009. The plant released the equivalent of nearly 31 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere last year, topping by 4 million tonnes its EU-set ceiling as part of the bloc's attempts to curb global warming. To match Interview POLAND-BELCHATOW/    REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files  (POLAND POLITICS ENVIRONMENT ENERGY BUSINESS) - RTR26ZFI

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 […]

Chinese flag is seen in front of the financial district of Pudong amid heavy smog in Shanghai, China, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

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 […]

A boy hugs a tree trunk as he prepares to take part in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record in Kathmandu. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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 […]

Two participants in the 2011 Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station walk across the Arctic ice north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, March 18, 2011. Picture taken March 18, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

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. […]

Pink flamingos are seen at sunset in the Camargue regional natural park, near Arles, southern France, April 12, 2015. Situated in the delta of the Rhone River on the French Mediterranean coast, classified by UNESCO, the Camargue Biosphere Reserve is made up of a mosaic of lagoons of fresh, brackish and saline wetlands, one of the most important in Europe. The Camargue covers an area of over 930 km? (360 square miles) with an exceptional biological diversity and home to unique breeds of horses and bulls, and more than 400 species of birds including pink flamingos.  The marshy land could be impacted by climate changes and coastal erosion in the future as one scientific model for the year  2100 predicts the ocean level rising 50 cm above current levels, and another estimating a 1 metre level rise. Paris will host the World Climate Summit in 2015, called the COP21.     Picture taken April 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier - RTX1CR1P

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 […]

A llama is seen near the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru, in this December 2, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Files - RTSDR8H

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 […]

Narendra Sethi points out his elevated roof-top solar panels, put in place after a first set of panels, put directly on the roof, were damaged by monkeys. TRF/Saket S.

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 […]

Water drips from a rusty pipe at a drinking-trough in a sheep farm near Mavrovo 120 km (75 miles) west from Skopje September 1, 2012. The western Balkans has been hit by an ongoing heat wave that has seen temperatures over 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit), triggering hundreds of wildfires. The Miller and Farmer Association in Macedonia says the country had to import more than 60 percent of their agriculture needs this year, resulting in economic losses from higher bred prices, according to local media. Picture taken September 1, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Girls bond during a school break in Northern Kenya. TRF/Kagondu Njagi

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 […]

The sun is seen over a house wall in Munich April 7, 2011. In the past few weeks, exceptional weather conditions have led to unprecedented ozone depletion over the Arctic. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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 […]

Labourers load coal on trucks at Bari Brahamina on the outskirts of Jammu in this March 16, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

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 […]

The sun is seen through the steam and other emissions coming from funnels of the brown coal Loy Yang Power Station in the Latrobe Valley near Melbourne in this December 15, 2008 file photo.  REUTERS/Mick Tsikas/Files

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 […]

Photo: GMB Akash This century old building in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh does not harbour ghosts of the past – it shelters living and hopeful souls, braving life in the present. It is home to eighty families of sweepers - one of the most neglected and downtrodden communities, despite rendering an important service making it deserved to be noticed and respected.

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 […]

The United States flag flies at half staff in front of the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington December 17, 2012. Even before the mass shooting on Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, gun control advocates were making a furious push to convince U.S. lawmakers that their long-ignored issue was a political winner.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Cities such Chicago say that climate change action is helping them build healthier, more livable and more economically vibrant cities. Photograph: Alamy

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 […]

The Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, is seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica, in this NASA handout photo. A new NASA/British Antarctic Survey study examines why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change over the past two decades.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

Britain's Prince Charles tours the Halifax Public Gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in this file photograph dated May 19, 2014.  B REUTERS/Mark Blinch/files

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 […]

Surfers paddle out to sea during dawn in Durban June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

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, […]

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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 […]

A man installs a small solar panel on the thatched roof in southern Ethiopia. Photo: Solar Energy Foundation

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 […]

An aerial view of Garamba forest in Haute Uele region of northeastern Congo, Feb. 21, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/Files

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 […]

Kitesurfers ride on Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl) in Podersdorf

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 […]

File photo of the sun setting behind power-generating windmill turbines from a wind farm near the eastern German town of Dessau July 27, 2007. Subsidies levied on German consumers to support renewable power will rise by 47 percent next year, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition to keep energy costs in check ahead of a federal election next year. Merkel's decision to abandon nuclear power following last year's Fukushima disaster has led to a growing need for alternative energy sources, causing higher charges that are tagged on to consumers' energy bills.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A woman counts her U.S. dollar bills at a money changer in Jakarta June 13, 2012. Indonesia's central bank sold $700 million of its first dollar-denominated term deposits on Wednesday, in an effort to relieve a local scarcity of the U.S. currency.REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

Drops of rain are seen on a leaf of an unidentified plant in Lviv. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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 […]

New cars of several brands of German carmaker Volkswagen AG are covered with protective covers before they are loaded for export on a transport ship at the harbour of the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany, April 24, 2009.     REUTERS/Christian Charisius/File photo

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. […]

A technician demonstrates a utility-scale battery that can store the energy produced by solar panels on the roofs of houses as part of Nice Grids, a smart solar district demonstration project, in Carros, southeastern France, June 12, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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, […]

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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 […]

A man talking on a mobile phone walks past a HSBC branch office in Mexico City, in this file picture taken July 27, 2012. HSBC has taken a $1.15 billion hit to cover a potential U.S. fine for lax anti-money laundering controls and to pay compensation for mis-selling products in Britain, eating into its quarterly profit, Reuters reported on November 5, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Zimbabwean children watch as their mother collects water from a communal tap in Harare, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison in Antarctica January 2, 2010. Antarctica pact partners have set up a new protected geological site on the frozen continent to preserve rare minerals that could shine a spotlight on the region's history and evolution over millions of years. At a meeting in Brazil in May 2014, the signatories to the Antarctic Treaty designated the Larsemann Hills region of the continent as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area. Picture taken January 2, 2010. REUTERS/Pauline Askin

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 […]

A paddle board rider surfs at sunset on New Year's Eve at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu

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 […]

A woman walks past a grocery store in Loughborough, central England, January 10, 2013. Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour, a report said on Thursday.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Solar Impulse2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Boschberg, flies over the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain after taking off towards Cairo, Egypt, from the San Pablo airport, July 11, 2016. Amalie Decloux, Jean Revillard/SI2/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Coal is excavated at the Jim Bridger Mine, owned by energy firm PacifiCorp and the Idaho Power Company, outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming in this March 14, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

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 […]

A woman carries her child as she wades through floodwaters at a flooded village in Gaibandha July 4, 2012. A new fund aims to help disaster-prone regions such as Bangladesh cope with natural disasters so they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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 […]

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

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 […]

A man transports his daughters from their school on a bicycle through a flooded road after heavy monsoon rains in the eastern India caused the rise in water levels of river Ganga and its tributaries in Kolkata, India, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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 […]

Tourists protect themselves from the rain under umbrellas in front of the Eiffel tower as they visit the French capital during summer holidays in Paris, France July 19, 2011.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

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 […]

File photo of the sun setting behind power-generating windmill turbines from a wind farm near the eastern German town of Dessau July 27, 2007. Subsidies levied on German consumers to support renewable power will rise by 47 percent next year, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition to keep energy costs in check ahead of a federal election next year. Merkel's decision to abandon nuclear power following last year's Fukushima disaster has led to a growing need for alternative energy sources, causing higher charges that are tagged on to consumers' energy bills.       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files   (GERMANY - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

A couple walks on a beach at dusk in Atlantic City October 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Makela

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 […]

Ripe cocoa pods are seen in a cocoa plantation at the San Miguel farm in Matagalpa, Nicaragua January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

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 […]

Hurricane Leslie is seen in this NOAA satellite image taken at 1515 EDT (1715 GMT) September 5, 2012. Leslie has become the sixth hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the forecast track shows Leslie accelerating through Saturday and passing very near Bermuda Sunday morning. Leslie is moving north at about two mph (four km/h) with top sustained winds of 75 mph (115 km/h) according to the National Hurricane Center.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Michael, 4, refreshes his face at a fountain on a hot summer day in central Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2015. The United Nations warned on Wednesday of the dangers posed by hot weather, especially to children and the elderly, as much of Europe sweltered in a heatwave whose intensity it blamed on climate change. REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTX1IS2E

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 […]

The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is deployed by the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-48) in this NASA handout photo dated September 1991. The defunct NASA satellite is expected to fall back to Earth on Friday, showering debris somewhere on the planet although scientists cannot predict exactly where, officials said. UARS operated for 14 years, collecting measurements of ozone and other chemicals in the atmosphere. Since completing its mission in 2005, the satellite has been slowly losing altitude, tugged by Earth's gravity.Credit: Reuters

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, […]

Traders look at computer screens on the trading floor of Bankinter bank during a Spanish bond auction in Madrid September 20, 2012. Spain's 10-year borrowing costs fell to just below 5.7 percent - their lowest level since January - in an auction on Thursday. But relief from market pressure may be short lived as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hesitates over whether to request an international bailout.Credit: REUTERS

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”. […]

An Adelie penguin stands atop a block of melting ice near the French station at Dumont díUrville in East Antarctica in this January 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Pauline Askin/Files

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 […]

Bees are seen gathering pollen on a large sunflower, part of a labyrinth made of some 8,000 sunflowers in Mons, Belgium July 17, 2015.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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 […]

Vehicles drive on Three Ring Road and Jianwai Street in central Beijing

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 […]

The Homer Ferrington gas drilling rig, operated by Noble Energy and drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government, is seen during President Demetris Christofias' visit in the east Mediterranean, Nicosia November 21, 2011. The visit is part of an exploration project condemned by rival Turkey in a row over offshore hydrocarbon deposits.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy is seen in Mantoloking, New Jersey November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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 […]

A Malawian trader counts money as he sells maize near the capital Lilongwe, Malawi February 1,  2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

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 […]

A mangrove plant grows on a shore in Cancun June 21, 2010. In the 40 years since Cancun was founded, countless acres of mangrove forests up and down Mexico's Caribbean Coast have been lost - and the destruction continues. Now many scientists say that mangrove forests can help slow climate change, and are desperate to save them. Picture taken June 21, 2010. To match Feature CLIMATE/MANGROVES  REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is pictured during a sunset in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 8, 2015. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute and will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere from next July. According to the institutes, ATTO will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation and weather patterns. Picture taken on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4LA8A

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 […]

People gather in a shelter house before Cyclone Mahasen approaches in Chittagong May 16, 2013. Cyclone Mahasen started crossing Bangladesh's low-lying coast on Thursday, bearing down on the ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar, as tens of thousands of people huddled in shelters from a storm which the United Nations says threatens 4.1 million people.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Storm clouds loom as a child carries water from a communal borehole near the capital Lilongwe, Malawi February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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 […]

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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 […]

A man fetches water from a partially dried-up reservoir in Taizhou, Zhejiang province August 17, 2013. Close to 13 million people have been affected by shortages in drinking water during a drought which has parched China's southern regions since last month, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, cleans solar panels which power ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015. Three solar-powered machines, are producing about ninety kilos of ice per day, in a region with poor access to electric energy, which used to be produced only with diesel oil, in the Amazon rain forest. The Gelo Solar (Solar Ice) project, developed by the Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development and the Sao Paulo University (USP), aims to improve the life quality of the residents of the communities allowing them to preserve their fish and fruits productions which are their main economic resources. The Mamiraua Institute is also using solar energy to supply the community's homes with water and light up a soccer field. Picture taken September 22. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly - RTS3BNH

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 […]

Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, Males sparing or play fighting. Churchill Manitoba. Churchill Manitoba. explore.org and Polar Bears International

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 […]

A farmer plants rice saplings in a paddy field in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

A spent nuclear fuel final disposal canister and cast iron insert are seen on display at the visitor centre at Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant, May 7, 2012. On a small Finnish island and deep in remote rural France, far from the debates and doubts that followed Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, the ground work is underway for a commitment to atomic power for the long term - the very long term. The problem is disposal of nuclear waste, at present mostly done at surface level. Finland, France and Sweden plan to build the world's first permanent storage sites hundreds of metres underground. Picture taken May 7, 2012. To match Feature NUCLEAR/WASTE      REUTERS/Terhi Kinnunen    (FINLAND - Tags: ENERGY) - RTR33JPK

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 […]

Long-tailed Gentoo Penguins walk in a new penguinarium at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a surburb of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, March 20, 2012. A group of Gentoo Penguins were transferred from Bulgaria to the Krasnoyarsk zoo last month, the only zoo in Russia holding this kind of penguin.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

The United States Capitol Building is reflected in the water at sunrise in Washington, October 31, 2008. There are 435 members of the House of Representatives and one third of the 100 U.S. Senators will be up for election when the new U.S. President is elected on November 4. REUTERS/Jim Young    (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA) - RTXA43K

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 […]

Rush hour traffic fills an avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe at Neuilly-sur-Seine, Western Paris, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

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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 […]

A view of solar panels, set up on what will be the biggest integrated solar panel roof of the world, in a farm in Weinbourg, Eastern France February 12, 2009. Bright winter sun dissolves a blanket of snow on barn roofs to reveal a bold new sideline for farmer Jean-Luc Westphal: besides producing eggs and grains, he is to generate solar power for thousands of homes. Picture taken February 12.         To match feature FRANCE-FARMER/SOLAR              REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  (FRANCE)

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 […]

Birds fly next to a power plant near the the eastern German town of Leipzig December 6, 2007.  A 190-nation U.N. Climate Change Conference on Bali island took small steps towards a new global deal to fight global warming by 2009 amid disputes about how far China and India should curb rising greenhouse gas emissions.       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY) - RTX4GE8

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 […]

A lone tree stands out amongst a patch of burnt land, in the haze hit Bangko Pusako district in Rokan Hilir, on Indonesia's Riau province, June 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

Smoke bellow from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest biggest coal-fired power plant, in this May 7, 2009 file photo. The lignite-fired power plant in Belchatow, European Union's biggest polluter, will need to buy up to 20 million tonnes of CO2 emission permits by 2013, its chief Jacek Kaczorowski told Reuters on August 21, 2009. The plant released the equivalent of nearly 31 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere last year, topping by 4 million tonnes its EU-set ceiling as part of the bloc's attempts to curb global warming. To match Interview POLAND-BELCHATOW/    REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files  (POLAND POLITICS ENVIRONMENT ENERGY BUSINESS) - RTR26ZFI

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 […]

A group of Senegalese farmers finish the day's work in a cabbage field on a small Senegalese farm at Djilakh, 80 km (50 miles) southeast of Dakar, August 28, 2008 . Less than a year ago, the land around this small Senegalese village was parched bush pasture, studded with thick-trunked, knobbly baobab trees. But over the last six months, ground pockmarked with anthills that lay hard and idle during the nine-month dry season has blossomed through irrigation into a thriving small commercial farm thanks to an aid project funded by Spain. Picture taken August 28, 2008.  REUTERS/Ricci Shryock (SENEGAL)    TO MATCH FEATURE AID-DEVELOPMENT/MELONS - RTX8A9R

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 […]

A fisherman carries his catch in the small eastern Sri Lanka fishing village of Vaharai, about 300 km from the capital Colombo. TRF/Amantha Perera

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, […]

A woman wearing a protective mask makes her way in a business district on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, China January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

Icebergs grind against the shallows off the Rothera base, run by the British Antarctic Survey, on the Antarctic Peninsula, January 25, 2009.   REUTERS/Alister Doyle/File Photo

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 […]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (5thL) and Al Gore (6thL), former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman, pose with representative of NGO's, during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 10,...
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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 […]

A natural gas flare on an oil well pad burns as the sun sets outside Watford City, North Dakota January 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

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 […]

Tourists stand in front of huts that form part of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort where a turtle digs for food amongst the coral in the island's lagoon, north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

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 […]

A worker cuts sugar cane for sugar and ethanol production near the city of Dourados in Mato Grosso do Sul state, southern Brazil, April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Jamil Bittar

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 […]

A Kashmiri farmer rest beside paddy plants kept for drying during harvesting season in Wusan, 35 km (22 miles) east of Srinagar October 1, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

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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 […]

A man rides his bicycle through water fountains in front of the skyline in Toronto

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 […]

A woman carries her child as she wades through floodwaters at a flooded village in Gaibandha July 4, 2012. A new fund aims to help disaster-prone regions such as Bangladesh cope with natural disasters so they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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 […]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for the arrival of Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, May 30, 2016.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

The sun reflects off a solar collector assembly during sunset at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Pope Francis delivers a speech during an audience for the participants of the Convention of the Diocese of Rome in St. Peter's square at the Vatican City, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

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 […]

An oil pump jack can be seen in Cisco, Texas, August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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 […]

Goshi Hosono, Japan's environment minister and minister in charge of the response to the nuclear crisis, inspects the building housing Fukushima's No.4 reactor at the Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture May 26, 2012. Japanese officials said on Saturday the unprecedented effort to remove spent fuel rods from the reactor was on track despite lingering concerns about the structure's vulnerability to another earthquake. Picture taken May 26, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Fish swim in the Mediterranean sea on the south coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca. REUTERS/Dani Cardona

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 […]

A bird sits on a solar panel at a solar power station on the outskirts of Simferopol, March 25, 2014. Russia and the West sought to draw a provisional line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after major industrialised nations warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY ANIMALS) - RTR3IK1W

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 […]

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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 […]

Joggers run along the embankment of Aare river during the first snowfall in Bern

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 […]

An aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Bokor, Meranti Islands regency, Riau province, Indonesia in this March 15, 2016 file photo taken by Antara Foto.    REUTERS/ Rony Muharrman/Antara Foto/Files

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Tourists protect themselves from the rain under umbrellas in front of the Eiffel tower as they visit the French capital during summer holidays in Paris, France July 19, 2011.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama reacts after pardoning the National Thanksgiving turkey during the 69th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTST0PY

24 Nov 2016

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A corn field is seen in DeWitt, Iowa in this July 12, 2012 file photo.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files

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 […]

Pylons carry electricity from a coal fired power station in Hwange, Zimbabwe September 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

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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 […]

Children gather in a poor neighbourhood in the Mawzaa village of the southern Yemeni province of Taiz July 1, 2012. One million Yemeni children face severe malnutrition within months as families struggle to pay for food in one of the Arab world's poorest countries, the U.N. World Food Programme has warned. Political turmoil has pushed Yemen to the brink of a humanitarian crisis and aid agencies estimate half the country's 24 million people are malnourished. Picture taken July 1, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

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

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a joint news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah at Al-Hummar Palace, in Amman March 22, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

A boy is vaccinated against measles as part of a vaccination programme at the Dodowa new town health outreach point in Dodowa, April 25, 2012. In 2008, the last year for which full data is available, more than 54,000 Ghanian children died before they had reached their fifth birthday. Public health officials say 20 percent of those deaths were from pneumonia and diarrhoea. So this year, starting this week, Ghana will vaccinate the first babies in a new campaign against rotavirus - a cause of severe diarrhoea - and pneumococcal disease, which causes pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. The vaccines - oral rotavirus shots made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and Merck, and pneumococcal shots made by GSK and Pfizer, are in large part funded by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), a donor-backed group that funds bulk-buy vaccination programmes for poorer nations that cannot afford to pay developed-economy prices. Picture taken April 25, 2012. To match Feature GHANA-VACCINES.Credit: REUTERS

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, […]

Two cooling towers and pressurized water reactors of the nuclear power plant of French supplier Electricite de France (EDF) are pictured in Cattenom, eastern France, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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 […]

People are silhouetted against the setting sun at a park in New Delhi

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 […]

A coal-burning power station can be seen located next to a lake on the outskirts of Beijing November 22, 2011. Economic problems in Europe and elsewhere should not get in the way of a new pact to reduce global warming and slash greenhouse gas emissions, China's top climate official said on Tuesday ahead of the latest round of negotiations beginning in South Africa next week where delegates from nearly 200 countries will meet for climate talks. With global carbon emissions rising by a record amount last year, rebounding on the heels of recession, the United Nations, the International Energy Agency and others say global pledges to curb emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are not enough to prevent the planet heating up beyond 2 degrees Celsius.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

U.S. President Obama  is greeted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon before addressing Climate Summit at UN headquarters in New York

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 […]

A participant is pictured in front of a screen projecting a world map showing climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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 […]

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels May 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

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 […]

People walk along a footbridge across the Yenisei River, in an air temperature of around minus 20 degrees Celsius, in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

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 […]

Children gather to retrieve their belongings from the wreckage after a tornado touched down in Brahmanbaria, March 23, 2013. A tornado swept through nearly two dozen villages southeast of the Bangladeshi capital, killing at least 20 people, officials said. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

Two cooling towers and pressurized water reactors of the nuclear power plant of French supplier Electricite de France (EDF) are pictured in Cattenom, eastern France, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

The slogan 'Climate action' is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, France, December 11, 2015. Reuters/Charles Platiau

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 […]

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a statement before the start of a Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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 […]

Wind turbines used to generate electricity are seen at a wind farm in Guazhou, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 15, 2013.
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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 […]

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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 […]

Monarch butterflies fly at the El Rosario butterfly sanctuary on a mountain in the Mexican state of Michoacan November 27, 2013. Monarch butterflies have started arriving at a butterfly sanctuary in the central Mexican state of Michoacan - an annual spectacle that draws tourists, scientists and locals alike, but not in the arrival numbers expected. Biologist Felipe Martinez, Sub-Director of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, said the arrival has been delayed due to several cold fronts hitting Mexico and continued rain storms. In 2000, Mexico established a 56,000 hectare reserve for the butterflies in Michoacan and part of the State of Mexico, containing some 6.7 million trees. Picture taken November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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 […]

A mountain is reflected in a bay that used to be covered by the Sheldon glacier on the Antarctic peninsula, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle/File Photo

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 […]

Nine-day-old chicks congregate at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California, June 16, 2014.

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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 […]

A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012.  Flaring, or burning off excess gas, can release pollutants into the air, depending on the type of gas burned and the temperature of the fire, according to environmental activist group Earthworks.  Picture taken January 9, 2012.     REUTERS/Les Stone  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)

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 […]

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

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, […]

A woman walks along a street during heavy smog in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTR4ENXM

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 […]

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 5, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared to look for a compromise that would enable them to avoid overruling a 26-year-old precedent that made it easier for plaintiffs to negotiate large class action settlements.
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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 […]

A road leads to the brine pools that are part of the lithium pilot plant on the Uyuni salt lake, which holds the world's largest reserve of lithium, located at 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level in southwestern Bolivia, November 5, 2012. Argentina, Chile and Bolivia hold the planet's largest reserves of lithium,  the world's lightest metal and a key component in batteries used to power a range of technologies from cell phones to laptops to electric cars. Industrial production from countries in this so-called 'lithium triangle' is already high. Chile is the world's leading source of the metal, turning out around 40 percent of global supply, and Argentina is also a significant producer. Output from the Andes may soon rise after Bolivia - the country that holds an estimated 50 percent of the world's lithium reserves - opened its first lithium pilot plant in January. Picture taken November 5, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A paddle board rider surfs at sunset on New Year's Eve at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu

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 […]

People carrying cash boxes walk across a flooded street as they are escorted by the armed security personnel of a cash-in-transit company after Typhoon Utor hit Maoming, Guangzhou province August 15, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

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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 […]

Fifty-cent euro coins are displayed at Belgium's Royal Mint in Brussels December 8, 2011. European Union leaders will discuss proposals for tighter euro zone integration on December 8-9, with the aim of bringing deficits and debt much more strictly into check, a move that may give the European Central Bank room to step up purchases of sovereign bonds and reassure financial markets.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

An unidentified employee prepares fries at the counter of Beurger King Muslim in Clichy-sous-Bois, France.

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 […]

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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 […]

The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station between 4 and 5 a.m. local time on May 5, 2013 and released on May 9, 2013. The space station was at a point above Earth located at 27.4 degrees south latitude and 110.1 degrees west longitude, a few hundred miles east of Easter Island.  NASA/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Children sit in a tent belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at a relief centre for flood victims in Patani community of Delta state October 13, 2012. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on October 11 visited some of the hundreds of thousands of people made homeless by the country's worst flooding in at least five decades, calling it a 'national disaster'. Picture taken October 13, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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. […]

A seal swims by icebergs off the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle/File Photo

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 […]

Pink flamingos are seen at sunset in the Camargue regional natural park, near Arles, southern France, April 12, 2015. Situated in the delta of the Rhone River on the French Mediterranean coast, classified by UNESCO, the Camargue Biosphere Reserve is made up of a mosaic of lagoons of fresh, brackish and saline wetlands, one of the most important in Europe. The Camargue covers an area of over 930 km? (360 square miles) with an exceptional biological diversity and home to unique breeds of horses and bulls, and more than 400 species of birds including pink flamingos.  The marshy land could be impacted by climate changes and coastal erosion in the future as one scientific model for the year  2100 predicts the ocean level rising 50 cm above current levels, and another estimating a 1 metre level rise. Paris will host the World Climate Summit in 2015, called the COP21.     Picture taken April 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier - RTX1CR1P

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 […]

Steam billowing from the cooling towers of Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde brown coal power station is reflected in the water of a lake near Cottbus, eastern Germany December 2, 2009. Most world leaders plan to attend a climate summit in Copenhagen December 7-18, boosting chances that a new U.N. deal to fight climate change will be reached, host Denmark said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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 […]

A warning sign for a natural gas pipeline is seen in front of natural gas flares at an oil pump site outside of Williston, North Dakota March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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 […]

Employees walk in the main office building of Samsung Electronics in Seoul, South Korea, in this file photo taken on January 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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 […]

A worker at state-owned Pertamina, the country's main retailer of subsidised fuel, fills a vehicle at a petrol station in Jakarta, Nov. 17, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

An olive ridley turtle hatchling crawls to the ocean after it was released by the Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation at Kuta Beach, Bali September 10, 2012. According to the conservation, more than 20,000 eggs were safely relocated to the hatchery since 2002, 80% of which have been successfully hatched and released to the ocean.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

File photo of the sun setting behind power-generating windmill turbines from a wind farm near the eastern German town of Dessau July 27, 2007. Subsidies levied on German consumers to support renewable power will rise by 47 percent next year, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition to keep energy costs in check ahead of a federal election next year. Merkel's decision to abandon nuclear power following last year's Fukushima disaster has led to a growing need for alternative energy sources, causing higher charges that are tagged on to consumers' energy bills.       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files   (GERMANY - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

Gas tanks of Tokyo Gas Co.,Ltd are seen in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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 […]

A view is seen from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

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 […]

Women prepare to extract red palm oil in Dabou, around 49 km (30 miles) from Abidjan June 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

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 […]

Windmills are reflected in a car mirror at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, 2011. California aims to slow climate change by putting a price on carbon -- a low, low starting price. The program is the last, keystone step in a controversial half-decade push to green the state's business for the good of the planet and the economy. Picture taken February 9, 2011. To match Special Report CARBON-CALIFORNIA/   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

A man buys tomatoes at a vegetable market in Mbare, in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, on April 15, 2011. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

Workers sort plastic bottles at a recycling centre in Shenyang, Liaoning province

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 […]

Residents of Medical Slum, in Dhaka's Tongi district, watch a community theatre performance on the problems of child marriage and dowry payments. TRF/Laurie Goering

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 […]

Greenpeace ship "Arctic Sunrise" is seen anchored outside the Arctic port city of Murmansk September 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

Men push their bicycles through flood waters on the outskirts of Karachi

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 […]

A salmon jumps out of the water while feeding as sports fishermen cruise by at the mouth of Capilano River in West Vancouver, British Columbia October 9, 2012. Salmon have been migrating up the river to spawn.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

More than two-thirds of the continental United States was plagued by drought in 2012. (AP)

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 […]

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is pictured during a sunset in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 8, 2015. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute and will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere from next July. According to the institutes, ATTO will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation and weather patterns. Picture taken on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4LA8A

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 […]

Malala Yousufzai smiles as she attends Edgbaston High School for girls in Edgbaston, central England in this handout photograph released March 19, 2013. Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who attracted worldwide attention last year after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, was back at school on Tuesday in Britain where she was treated for her wounds.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

The sun is seen through the steam and other emissions coming from funnels of the brown coal Loy Yang Power Station in the Latrobe Valley near Melbourne in this December 15, 2008 file photo.  REUTERS/Mick Tsikas/Files

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 […]

An elephant walks in Serengeti National Park August 18, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A demonstrator holds up a sign during a march past the White House to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, on February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Richard Clement

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 […]

A solar Sun Flower designed by filmmaker James Cameron is pictured at MUSE School in Malibu, California May 19, 2015. Designed as functional art pieces, using existing photovoltaic technologies, the Sun Flowers produce between 75% and 90% of the campus’ power depending upon available daylight. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn - RTX1DPA1

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 […]

Families gather water at a solar-powered well at Simukombo Primary School, in southern Zambia's drought-prone Kazungula District. TRF/Danstan Kaunda

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 […]

A 450-megawatt hydropower project located at Baglihar Dam on the Chenab river, which flows from Indian Kashmir into Pakistan, is seen at Chanderkote, about 145 km north of Jammu, Oct. 10, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

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 […]

Gavel to be used during meeting between Native groups and First Ministers sits on table in Kelowna

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 […]

Aerial view of TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water storage tanks in Fukushima

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 […]

Volunteers and workers carry a sand bag as they build a barrier to protect factories at the Nava Nakorn Industrial Zone from floods in Pathum Thani province

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 […]

Kadija Mohamed cooks food for her children in a camp set up for internally displaced people in Dinsoor, January 5, 2012. Almost six months after famine was declared in parts of Somalia, the Horn of Africa country remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis with 4 million people in need of aid, according to U.N. Figures. Picture taken January 5, 2012.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

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

25 Oct 2016

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

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

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

24 Oct 2016

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

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

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

24 Oct 2016

Nations agree on global road map to steer breakneck urbanization

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

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

24 Oct 2016

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

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

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

24 Oct 2016

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

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

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

21 Oct 2016

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

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

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

21 Oct 2016

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

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

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

21 Oct 2016

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

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

planting-seeds

21 Oct 2016

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

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

A bulldozer spreads processed coal at the Century Mine near Beallsville

21 Oct 2016

China increases limits on construction of coal-fired power plants

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

A general view of one of the electricity-generating turbines at the Olkaria Geothermal power plant, near Naivasha west of Kenya's capital Nairobi, October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Noor Khamis (KENYA - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS) - RTR49PWY

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 […]

A bus crosses Waterloo bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament during a misty morning in London April 13, 2012.   REUTERS/Luke MacGregor  (BRITAIN - Tags: CITYSPACE POLITICS TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

People walk on a crosswalk in Tokyo

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 […]

A girl plays in the Eshash el-Sudan slum in the Dokki neighbourhood of Giza, south of Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 2, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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 […]

woman

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 […]

A man crosses Chelsea Bridge during sunset in London

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 […]

A young girl holds a child as they walk on the streets in Sambizanga informal settlement outside Luanda, Angola, August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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 […]

A 450-megawatt hydropower project located at Baglihar Dam on the Chenab river, which flows from Indian Kashmir into Pakistan, is seen at Chanderkote, about 145 km north of Jammu, Oct. 10, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

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 […]

A boy poses with a chicken burger at a fast food outlet in Taipei January 29, 2010.    REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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, […]

The sun rises behind New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center as seen from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 11, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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 […]

A man holds paddy at a paddy field in Karawang

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 […]

Rain forest in Kakum National Park was logged in the past but now forest rangers provide active protection against logging and poaching; it is a popular destination for tourists in Ghana. Photo: N. Arcilla

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 […]

Wind turbines used to generate electricity are seen at a wind farm in Guazhou, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 15, 2013.
REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA

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 […]

The Tribute in Lights is seen from the Top of the Rock observation deck during events marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York

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 […]

A woman uses a stick to gather salt on flats being cultivated for the white crystals near the village of Ngaye-Ngaye, 10 kilometers (six miles) south of Senegal's northern town of Saint Louis, April 9, 2007. Some 3,000 people, mostly women, spend long hours under the blinding sun scraping up salt with sticks and their hands, earning the equivalent of a dollar or two per day. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SENEGAL)

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 […]

A man looks over a fence towards chimneys of a coal-burning power station located on the outskirts of Beijing November 22, 2011. Economic problems in Europe and elsewhere should not get in the way of a new pact to reduce global warming and slash greenhouse gas emissions, China's top climate official said on Tuesday ahead of the latest round of negotiations beginning in South Africa next week where delegates from nearly 200 countries will meet for climate talks. With global carbon emissions rising by a record amount last year, rebounding on the heels of recession, the United Nations, the International Energy Agency and others say global pledges to curb emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are not enough to prevent the planet heating up beyond 2 degrees Celsius.Credit: REUTERS

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’ […]

A girl helps herself to a buffet at a fast food restaurant in Harlem in New York December 16, 2009. New York City officials have waged what they call a war on obesity in recent years, including banning the use of trans fat by restaurants, but experts say improvement has been slow in low-income neighborhoods where fast food reigns and fruits and vegetables are in short supply. In Harlem, more than half of residents are overweight or obese, according to a recent report by the city Health Department. Picture taken December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly   (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH FOOD) - RTR28B95

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 […]

Mbiwo Constantine Kusebahasa, WWF Climate Witness, checking the quality of the water. The water is sourced from an irrigation project which diverts water from the river to farmland. Many farmers in the region are switching to 'drought-resistant' crops due to the climatic changes happening in the region. Kasese District, Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.

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 […]

The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) is pictured during a sunset in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 8, 2015. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a project of Brazil's National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany's Max Planck Institute and will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere from next July. According to the institutes, ATTO will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation and weather patterns. Picture taken on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4LA8A

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 […]

Japan's national flag flutters near a gas flare from a factory in the Keihin industrial zone in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, June 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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 […]

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press after a meeting with the Tajik president Emomali Rahmon at the Palace of Nations in Dushanbe November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

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 […]

An emergency vehicle plows through flood water as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore in Dewey Beach, Delaware, October 29, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

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. […]

People visiting the Vancouver Convention Centre ride an escalator under giant globe in Vancouver

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 […]

Torrelavega, Spain
Smoke billows from a factory during sunset in the northern Spanish town of Torrelavega, March 12, 2005. The British government said on March 11, 2005 it would launch legal proceedings against the European Union (EU) over plans for a carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme, which is designed to improve the world's climate. The EU emissions trading system aims to cut CO2 output as part of the 25-nation bloc's commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

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 […]

Angeline Mutuku, who heads a Kasomo self help group, gathers water with another woman at the community's rainwater storage dam in Katuthia, Kenya.

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 […]

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BARCELONA, Jan 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Droughts and extreme heat have cut national cereal production by 9 to 10 percent on average around the world in the last half-century, and the impact has worsened since the mid-1980s, researchers said.

Cereal production losses averaged 13.7 percent in drought years from 1985, compared with 6.7 percent during earlier droughts, a new study published in the journal Nature found.

It examined the effects of some 2,800 weather disasters on 16 cereals in 177 countries from 1964 to 2007.

The trend could be due to any combination of rising drought severity - although whether droughts have got worse is still under debate - increasing vulnerability and exposure to drought, and greater reporting of drought events, the researchers said.

The study highlights the urgency for the global cereal production system to adapt to extremes in a changing climate, they added.

"Our findings may help guide agricultural priorities and adaptation efforts, to better protect farming systems and the populations that depend on them," said senior author Navin Ramankutty, professor of global food security and sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

The analysis did not identify any impact on crop production from floods and extreme cold in national data, they noted.

While the damage to cereal production from droughts and extreme heat was considerable, the effect was short-term, as agricultural output rebounded and continued to grow after the disasters, the study said.

Droughts - which can last for several years - appear to be more harmful, reducing cereal yield and causing complete crop failure in some areas, whereas extreme heat only affected yield, it added.

RICH COUNTRIES SUFFER

The study showed production took a bigger hit from extreme weather in technically advanced agricultural systems in North America, Europe and Australasia than in developing countries.

In wealthy nations, production dropped by nearly 20 percent due to droughts, double the global average.

In comparison, the average production deficit was around 12 percent in Asia and just over 9 percent in Africa, while extreme weather had no significant effect in Latin America and the Caribbean, the study said.

This could be explained by the differing approaches of large and small-scale farming, the authors said.

"Across the breadbaskets of North America, for example, the crops and methods of farming are very uniform across huge areas, so if a drought hits in a way that is damaging to those crops, they will all suffer," said Corey Lesk, a recent graduate of McGill University.

"By contrast, in much of the developing world, the cropping systems are a patchwork of small fields with diverse crops. If a drought hits, some of those crops may be damaged, but others may survive," Lesk added.

As farmers in wealthier countries rarely depend on harvests for food and can usually insure crops against bad weather, the best strategy for them may be to maximise yields rather than minimise the risk of weather-related crop damage, as subsistence farmers would seek to do, the researchers said.

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Marshall Islands backs plan to curb aviation emissions

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A utility pole stands in the Dead Sea, Israel July 27, 2015. The Dead Sea is shrinking, and as its waters vanish at a rate of more than one meter a year, hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court, some two storeys deep, are devouring land where the shoreline once stood. Picture taken July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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 […]

A Malawian trader counts money as he sells maize near the capital Lilongwe, Malawi February 1,  2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

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 […]

Pope Francis gestures as he talks during a special audience with members of "Eucharist Youth Movement" in Paul VI hall at the Vatican, in this August 7, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files

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 […]

A farmer works on a drought-hit paddy field in the outskirts of Chongqing municipality in this March 24, 2009 file photo. La Nina-driven weather from South America to Australia and southern Asia will extend into early 2011, disrupting seasonal crop output and  supporting long bets on grains and soft commodities that have gained sharply since the phenomenon began in mid 2010. Picture taken March 24, 2009.  To match Analysis COMMODITIES/LA-NINA  REUTERS/Stringer/Files (CHINA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS)

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 […]

Seaweed farmer Nyafu Juma Uledi tends her crop in tidal pools near the village of Bwejuu on Zanzibar island, Tanzania, December 2, 2007. Local women have earned a degree of financial independence by farming seaweed in Zanzibar, which exports more than 10,000 tonnes a year to Asian markets, making the crop one of the Tanzanian island's main foreign currency earners after tourism. Picture taken December 2, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (TANZANIA) - RTX4E5Q

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 […]

A bird flies over a family of elephants walking in the Amboseli National Park, southeast of Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

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 […]

People wearing masks ride bicycles across a street in smog in Liaocheng, Shandong province, China, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A bird sits on a solar panel at a solar power station on the outskirts of Simferopol, March 25, 2014. Russia and the West sought to draw a provisional line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after major industrialised nations warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY ANIMALS) - RTR3IK1W

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in Washington

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 […]

A picture illustration shows Euro banknotes in Zenica, Jan. 26, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

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 […]

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the ratification ceremony for the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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 […]

A woman counts her U.S. dollar bills at a money changer in Jakarta June 13, 2012. Indonesia's central bank sold $700 million of its first dollar-denominated term deposits on Wednesday, in an effort to relieve a local scarcity of the U.S. currency.REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

A crude oil train moves past the loading rack at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. Laramie, Wyoming July 15, 2014. Leaders of the U.S. energy and rail sectors have agreed to toughen tanker cars for future oil train cargo and to a schedule to retire older model cars that regulators have deemed unsafe, said two industry sources familiar with the plan. The agreement, if endorsed by regulators and other industry stakeholders, would clear one obstacle to a comprehensive deal on oil train safety. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY TRANSPORT) - RTR3YSWQ

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 […]

A delegate checks applications on a smartphone during the launch of the Windows 10 operating system in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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 […]

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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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington

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 […]

Nine-day-old chicks congregate at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near Turlock, California, June 16, 2014.

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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 […]

An American Bald Eagle takes off from a tree at Kingston Point Park along the West shore of the Hudson River in Kingston, New York March 23, 2015.  An eaglet hatched in the Pennsylvania wild was seen for the first time on Wednesday by thousands who watched live footage of the fuzzy fledgling from a camera monitoring a resurgence of bald eagles in the northeastern United States. Bald eagles, which live only in North America, were nearly wiped out over the past century due to hunting, habitat destruction and DDT chemical poisoning, which caused their eggs to crack prematurely. In the United States, there are currently about 10,000 nesting pairs of bald eagles, about a fifth of the number when the birds were adopted as the national symbol in 1782, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Picture taken March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTR4UVOS

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 […]

A boy fishes for trout at lake Rajupaquinan at Huascaran natural reserve in Ancash November 29, 2014. Peru has more tropical glaciers than any other nation but rising temperatures linked to global warming have helped shrink the ice masses by up to 40 percent, filling existing lakes to the brim and spawning hundreds of new ones. In Lima, nearly 200 governments are meeting this week to thrash out a rough draft of a deal to cut carbon emissions in a bid to ward off more warming. The deal is due to be agreed in Paris in late 2015.  Picture taken November 29. To match story CLIMATECHANGE-LIMA/GLACIERS  REUTERS/ Mariana Bazo  (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT) - RTR4HNMF

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 […]

Labourers walk through a parched land of a dried lake on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura April 23, 2013. India may be heading for another bumper grain harvest, if the first forecast for this year's monsoon proves correct, but the rain may be too little - and too late - for southern and western states already parched by the worst drought in four decades.    REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

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 […]

A delegate checks applications on a smartphone during the launch of the Windows 10 operating system in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 29, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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. […]

A local resident walks on a dried-up riverbed at Huangyangchuan reservoir in Lanzhou, Gansu province July 16, 2009. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visit China this week to press China to join with the United States in stepped-up efforts to fight global warming. REUTERS/China Daily

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 […]

Agents from Brazil's Indian Affairs Office (FUNAI) speak with a group of squatters consisting of Amazon Indians and... September 26, 2013 08:00pm EDT

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama views Bear Glacier on a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska September 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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 […]

Sediment can be seen in the water as ships and boats sail past the coastal town of Hervey Bay, north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

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 […]

Olympic volunteer takes pictures of people as they pose under the Olympic rings, as preparations continue at the Olympic Park for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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 […]

The sun is about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in this colorful scene photographed by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station between 4 and 5 a.m. local time on May 5, 2013 and released on May 9, 2013. The space station was at a point above Earth located at 27.4 degrees south latitude and 110.1 degrees west longitude, a few hundred miles east of Easter Island.  NASA/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

FILE PHOTO: Two Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica January 1, 2010.    REUTERS/Pauline Askin/File Photo

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 […]

A view of an inactive, open mine pit is seen during a tour of Peabody Energy's Rawhide coal mine near Gillette, Wyoming, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kristina Barker

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 […]

A wrecked car is seen after heavy floods in Cento near Skopje, Macedonia, August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A farmer carries paddy from the field to a farm house in Dhaka, in this May 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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 […]

Workers (bottom) stand in front of a nuclear reactor as part of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant seen under construction in Taishan, Guangdong province, October 17, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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 […]

Typhoon victims are transported on a military truck along a flooded portion of a highway in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija in northern Philippines after the province was hit by Typhoon Koppu, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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 […]

Abu Ahmad's sons prepare bamboo sticks they collected for their father to build a temporary summer room within a refugee camp that was formerly the Zeyzoun Vanguards summer camp for school children, in Zeyzoun village, Deraa region, Syria, August 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

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 […]

An oilfield worker walks past the Statoil oil sands facility near Conklin, Alberta, in this November 3, 2011 file photo.   REUTERS/Todd Korol/Files

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 […]

Solar panels are seen at a power plant in Amareleja, Portugal, May 1, 2008.   REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro/File Photo

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, […]

A Turkana man hangs fish to dry at a fishing camp on the western shore of Lake Turkana, close to Todonyang, near the Kenya-Ethiopia border in northern Kenya September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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 […]

(Reuters) - Beijing recorded a slight drop in smog levels in 2014, the municipal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Sunday, though some pollutants remained at 150 percent above national minimum levels.  The city government has restricted coal use, shut down factories and introduced new fuel standards for cars and trucks in a bid to limit a surge in air pollution that at times has left the Chinese capital shrouded in smog.  Data released Sunday showed the city is making slow progress in combating pollution, which reports say ends hundreds of thousands of lives in China prematurely every year.  Average concentration of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, known as PM2.5, fell 4 percent from 2013 to 85.9 micrograms per cubic meter, the EPA said. The national standard is 35, although the government does not expect to meet the standard until around 2030.  Sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels fell 17.7 percent, nitrogen dioxide (NOx) 1.3 percent and PM10 7.1 percent, the EPA said, while dust levels rose.  As a result, Beijing's 20 million denizens enjoyed 93 days with "excellent air quality" in 2014, up from 71 days in 2013, the EPA said.  The city plans to cut PM2.5 levels a further 5 percent this year, and reduce SO2 and NOx emissions by 6 percent.  It aims to get coal consumption levels down to 15 million tonnes this year from 19 million in 2014. It will get 200,000 old, highly polluting vehicles off the road and shut down some 300 factories, the EPA said.  By 2017, Beijing hopes to get PM2.5 levels down to 60, after cutting coal consumption to less than 10 million tonnes annually. In August, the municipal government said it would phase out coal use completely by 2020.  (Reporting by Stian Reklev; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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 […]

A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Safe Fracking Is A Bad Fairy Tale" as police escort a lorry to a site run by Cuadrilla Resources, outside the village of Balcombe in southern England August 6, 2013. Protesters have been blocking access to a drilling site in southern England as part of a campaign against the controversial "fracking" process used in shale gas exploration, illustrating the potential battle ahead for Britain's nascent shale industry. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is greeted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (R) before addressing the Climate Summit at United Nations headquarters in New York, September 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 […]

Pylons carry electricity from a coal-fired power station in Hwange, Zimbabwe, Sept. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 – […]

A woman picks up vegetables discarded by food vendors at a garbage dump site of a wholesale market in Xi'an, Shaanxi province July 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

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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 […]

A large iceberg melts into jagged edges as it floats in Eriks Fjord near the town of Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong/File Photo

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 […]

Protesters throw up a globe-shaped balloon during a rally held the day before the start of the 2015 Paris World Climate Change Conference, in Rome, Italy, Nov. 29 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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 […]

A worker of SABESP, a Brazilian enterprise of Sao Paulo state, that provides water and sewage services to residential, commercial and industrial areas walks through a dry Jaguary dam as a result of a long drought period that hit the state of Sao Paulo in Braganca Paulista, 100 km from Sao Paulo January 31, 2014. This has been the hottest January on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought has fanned fears of water shortages, crop damage, and higher electricity bills that could drag down the economy during an election year for President Dilma Rousseff.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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 […]

Solar panels are pictured at a solar carport at the Garden City shopping mall in Kenya's capital Nairobi, September 15, 2015. The Africa's largest solar carport with 3,300 solar panels will generate 1256 MWh annually and cut carbon emission by around 745 tonnes per year, according to Solarcentury and Solar Africa.  REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - RTS16H9

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 […]

Commuters run for cover as they cross a road during monsoon rains in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh in this July 6, 2012 file photo. As much of India continues to wait for this year's elusive monsoon, plans are afoot from both the government and farmers to keep crop loss to a minimum and save one of the world's biggest food consumers from having to buy heavily on global markets. India, one of the largest producers, too, of rice, wheat, pulses and sugar, has for centuries relied heavily on the June to September rains for its summer-sown crops and even now, only 45 percent of its arable land is irrigated.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A firefighter stands on steep terrain while fire crews create fire breaks at Garrapata State Park during the Soberanes Fire north of Big Sur, California, U.S. July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Fiala

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 […]

Mangrove trees grow in the water on the shoreline in El Salvador. Sri Lanka is becoming the first country to preserve all its mangrove trees, which shelter many marine species and provide a barrier against storm damage and erosion. REUTERS/Ulises Rodriguez/Files

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 – […]

President and CEO Asim Ghosh of Husky Energy addresses shareholders during the company's annual general meeting in Calgary, Alberta, May 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Todd Korol/File Photo

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 […]

Vegetables pulled out from waste bins of an organic supermarket are pictured in Berlin, January 24, 2013. Foodsharing is a German internet based platform where individuals, retailers or producers have the possibility of offering surplus food to consumers for free. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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 […]

A participant is pictured in front of a screen projecting a world map showing climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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 […]

The Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York, is seen from across the Hudson River, April 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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 […]

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

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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 […]

A swan, backdropped by reeds, swims on one of the lakes inside Vacaresti wetlands, in Bucharest, Romania, July 23, 2016. Picture taken July 23, 2016. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea/via REUTERS

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 […]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during his first State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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, […]

A machine tests for PM 2.5 levels in front of 2016 Rio Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17, 2016. Picture taken June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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 […]

An Israeli gas platform, controlled by a U.S.-Israeli energy group, is seen in the Mediterranean sea west of Israel's port city of Ashdod February 25, 2013.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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 […]

Solar panels are pictured at a solar carport at the Garden City shopping mall in Kenya's capital Nairobi, September 15, 2015. The Africa's largest solar carport with 3,300 solar panels will generate 1256 MWh annually and cut carbon emission by around 745 tonnes per year, according to Solarcentury and Solar Africa.  REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - RTS16H9

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. […]

The charging plug of an electric Volkswagen Passat car is pictured at charging station at a VW dealer in Berlin, Germany, February 2, 2016.
REUTERS/FABRIZIO BENSCH

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 […]

Girls walk beneath a row of parched tress on a winter day in the outskirts of Jammu February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

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 […]

An agent of the OIPR, one of the government agencies charged with managing protected land, stands next to cocoa trees inside Mont Peko National Park in Duekoue department, western Ivory Coast August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/File

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 […]

File photo shows roads that cut through the site where EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England October 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File Photo

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 […]

Lake St Lucia is almost completely dry due to drought conditions in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, northeast of Durban, South Africa February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

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 […]

A woman shows a dry radish plant at her drought-affected plot, in the southern village of San Francisco de Coray, in the department of Valle, Honduras, August 13, 2015. Linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon, this year's drought has hit subsistence farmers living in Central America's "dry corridor" that runs through parts of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, hard. The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) warned the extended dry spell, which is expected to last until March 2016, will lead to a drastically reduced harvest as drought destroys bean and maize crops, local media reported. Picture taken August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera - RTX1OB6O

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, […]

A woman wearing a mask walks at the Bund along the Huangpu River on a hazy day in Shanghai June 11, 2012. China's carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought, a new analysis of official Chinese data showed on Sunday, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

A worker drives an open truck full of coal before unloading it inside a warehouse in Tondo city, metro Manila January 11, 2016. A global carbon trading market could boost Southeast Asia's efforts to combat climate change, the Asian Development Bank said on Monday. The region had the fastest growth in carbon dioxide emissions in the world from 1990 to 2010, and will continue to rely mainly on coal-fired plants for its power needs, making it one of the top contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, the ADB said in a report. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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 […]

An employee checks the quality of wheat at a farmers' cooperative in Maennolsheim, near Strasbourg, France, July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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 […]

A farmer works on a drought-hit paddy field in the outskirts of Chongqing municipality in this March 24, 2009 file photo. La Nina-driven weather from South America to Australia and southern Asia will extend into early 2011, disrupting seasonal crop output and  supporting long bets on grains and soft commodities that have gained sharply since the phenomenon began in mid 2010. Picture taken March 24, 2009.  To match Analysis COMMODITIES/LA-NINA  REUTERS/Stringer/Files (CHINA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS)

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 […]

A building under construction is seen amidst smog on a polluted day in Shenyang, Liaoning province November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Chen/File Photo

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 […]

A bird flies over a family of elephants walking in the Amboseli National Park, southeast of Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

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 […]

Men work cleaning up the garbage next to an ecobarrier at Meriti River which flows into Guanabara Bay, in Duque de Caxias, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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 […]

General view of the Vaccares pond in the Camargue regional natural park, near Arles, southern France, in this April 12, 2015 file photo.
       REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/Files

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 […]

FILE PHOTO - Former United States Marine Corps recruits march past their drill instructors after emblem graduating ceremonies from the Marine Corps depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, January 6, 2004. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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 […]

An aerial view shows that roads and fields are flooded in Xingtai, Hebei Province, China, July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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, […]

Palestinians cool off in the Mediterranean sea during a hot day in Gaza City July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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 […]

Smoke billows from the chimneys of a heating plant in Jilin, Jilin province, China, in this January 8, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

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 […]

Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane during its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport July 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo - RTSJNRS

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 […]

An aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Bokor, Meranti Islands regency, Riau province, Indonesia in this March 15, 2016 file photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/ Rony Muharrman/Antara

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 […]

Pink flamingos are seen at sunset in the Camargue regional natural park, near Arles, southern France, April 12, 2015. Situated in the delta of the Rhone River on the French Mediterranean coast, classified by UNESCO, the Camargue Biosphere Reserve is made up of a mosaic of lagoons of fresh, brackish and saline wetlands, one of the most important in Europe. The Camargue covers an area of over 930 km? (360 square miles) with an exceptional biological diversity and home to unique breeds of horses and bulls, and more than 400 species of birds including pink flamingos.  The marshy land could be impacted by climate changes and coastal erosion in the future as one scientific model for the year  2100 predicts the ocean level rising 50 cm above current levels, and another estimating a 1 metre level rise. Paris will host the World Climate Summit in 2015, called the COP21.     Picture taken April 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier - RTX1CR1P

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: […]

A man walks through a dried-up Sarkhej lake on a hot summer day in Ahmedabad, India, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

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 […]

A mountain is reflected in a bay that used to be covered by the Sheldon glacier on the Antarctic peninsula, January 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alister Doyle/File Photo

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 […]

An Aedes aegypti mosquitoe is seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, March 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Alvin Baez

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 […]

Wind turbines and solar panels are seen at a wind and solar energy storage and transmission power station from State Grid Corporation of China, in Zhangjiakou of Hebei province, China, in this March 18, 2016 file picture. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

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 […]

A tractor works on a wheat plantation on land that used to be virgin Amazon rainforest near the city of Santarem, Brazil, April 20, 2013. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo

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 […]

The logo of Down Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company Exxon Mobil is seen in Encinitas, California April 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

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 […]

An Israeli gas platform is seen in the Mediterranean sea August 1, 2014.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

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 […]

Zimbabwean children watch as their mother collects water from a communal tap in Harare, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

A cleanup worker watches the absorbent booms collecting oil from the Kalamazoo river after an oil  pipeline, owned by Enbridge Energy Partners, leaked an estimated 820,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo river in Western Michigan, near Marshall July 31, 2010.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo

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 […]

A crowd of beachgoers watch researchers examine and dissect a Great White Shark that washed up on Goosewing Beach in Little Compton, Rhode Island in this September 1, 2012 file photo. Picture taken September 1, 2012. REUTERS/Scott Eisen/Files

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, […]

An American flag flies next to a Volkswagen car dealership in San Diego, California September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

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 […]

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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 […]

Children watch as women pump water from a borehole near Malawi's capital Lilongwe, February 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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 […]

Aspen trees in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho are seen in this undated photograph. REUTERS/U.S. Forest Service/Handout

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 […]

Women carry water at the Boudouri site for displaced persons outside the town of Diffa in southeastern Niger June 18, 2016. Picture taken June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

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 […]

The City of London financial district is seen from Primrose Hill, April 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Toby Melville

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 […]

Hazy weather envelops the centre of Vienna December 7, 2010. Landmarks (L-R): Franz-von-Assisi-Kirche (Francis of Assisi church), Othmarkirche (St. Othmar church) and Riesenrad (Giant Wheel). REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

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 […]

A home with solar panels on its roof is shown in a residential neighborhood in San Marcos, California September 19,2013.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

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 […]

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference at the EU Commission's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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 […]

A view shows the logo of Audi on a car in Moscow, Russia, July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

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 […]

Indigenous people protest against the goverment, demanding land reform and increased state spending in rural areas, at the Panamerican highway in Mondomo, Cauca, Colombia, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

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 […]

A container terminal is seen in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, March 21, 2016.    REUTERS/Michael Kooren/File Photo

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 […]

Beachgoers swim and sit on Bondi beach during a hot spring day in Sydney, Australia, October 4, 2015. The 2015 El Nino is expected to be the strongest event in nearly 20 years, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said last month, which will typically bring dry conditions to Australia's east coast and drought-like conditions across more of Australia.     REUTERS/David Gray

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 […]

A boy dusts off a solar panel installed on the rooftop of his house on the outskirts of of Ahmedabad October 27, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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 […]

A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012.  Flaring, or burning off excess gas, can release pollutants into the air, depending on the type of gas burned and the temperature of the fire, according to environmental activist group Earthworks.  Picture taken January 9, 2012.     REUTERS/Les Stone  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)

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. […]

Containers from China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) are pictured at a port in Shanghai, China, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

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 […]

A farmer uses a machete as he works among dead trees and young cocoa plants inside the protected Gouin-Debe forest in Blolequin department, western Ivory Coast August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

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 […]

A worker switches on a fuel pump before filling a car with diesel at a fuel station in New Delhi September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal/Files

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 […]

Passengers queue to check in at Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport in London March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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 – […]

Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, in this July 2, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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 […]

Magdalena Gwasuma, 60, with some of the oyster mushrooms she grows at her home near Babati town on the edge of the Nou forest in Tanzania's northern Manyara region. TRF/Kizito Makoye

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 […]

Boat owners gather in marshes in Nassiriya, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq July 14, 2016. Picture taken July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

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 […]

Buildings are seen during a moderately polluted day in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A man on vacation dives into the sea as Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Mihama nuclear power plant is seen in the background in Mihama town, Fukui prefecture, July 2, 2011.   REUTERS/Issei Kato

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 […]

A 450-megawatt hydropower project located at Baglihar Dam on the Chenab river, which flows from Indian Kashmir into Pakistan, is seen at Chanderkote, about 145 km north of Jammu, Oct. 10, 2008. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

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 […]

A tractor works on a wheat plantation on land that used to be virgin Amazon rainforest near the city of Santarem, Brazil, April 20, 2013. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo

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 […]

An oil well is seen near Denver, Colorado February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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 […]

People gather at the beach during a heat wave in Casablanca July 20, 2012, one day before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Muslims across the world prepared to observe the holy month of Ramadan, abstaining from consuming food and drink from dawn to dusk.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (MOROCCO - Tags: SOCIETY)

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 […]

Activists hold signs that reads, "#Justice for Berta" to protest against the murder of environmental rights activist Berta Caceres, during International Women's Day outside the Embassy of Honduras in Mexico City, Mexico March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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 […]

In this file 2008 photo, people watch as the spillway gates are opened at Kariba North Bank dam on Lake Kariba to reduce rising water levels as a measure to protect the dam. REUTERS/Mackson Wasamunu

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 […]

A monkey walks on power lines above a busy market in the old quarters of Delhi, India, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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 – […]

A farmer works on a drought-hit paddy field in the outskirts of Chongqing municipality in this March 24, 2009 file photo. La Nina-driven weather from South America to Australia and southern Asia will extend into early 2011, disrupting seasonal crop output and  supporting long bets on grains and soft commodities that have gained sharply since the phenomenon began in mid 2010. Picture taken March 24, 2009.  To match Analysis COMMODITIES/LA-NINA  REUTERS/Stringer/Files (CHINA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS)

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 […]

An American flag flies next to a Volkswagen car dealership in San Diego, California September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

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 […]

A man walks through the dried-up bed of a reservoir in Sanyuan county, Shaanxi province July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

On an unseasonably cold day, a homeless person tries to stay warm at the entrance of a subway station near the White House in Washington January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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 […]

Panoramic view of Miraflores district of Lima, Peru, July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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 […]

An Australian (2nd L) and a Brazilian (2nd R) flags are pictured on the entrance of the mine operator Samarco owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd in Mariana, Brazil, November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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 […]

A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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 […]

Machinery moves earth on the proposed gas fracking site close to the village of Little Plumpton, Britain June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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 […]

Shaul Yaakoby (R), CTO and Inventor, Gal Fridman (C), Chief Marketing Officer, Maya Gonik (L), Head of Business Development and Ariel Gorfung (standing), Chief Executive Officer from Israeli start-up Aquarius Engines pose for a picture next to a prototype of their combustion engine at their offices in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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 […]

A woman and her child use a solar light to study at night, provided by Greenlight Planet, a client of solar energy financing company SunFunder. CREDIT/Greenlight Planet

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 […]

Workers sit atop of an open cast coal field at Dhanbad district in Jharkhand. REUTERS

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 […]

HIV-positive farmer Justina Kabuli walks barefoot through a field during a visit by a home-based care team to her home in Chiyobola village, close to the town of Chikuni in the south of Zambia February 21, 2015. 
REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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 […]

An aerial view shows No. 4 (front L), No. 3 (front R), No. 2 (rear L) and No. 1 reactor buildings at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama town, Fukui prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo November 27, 2014.    Kyodo/File Photo via REUTERS

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 […]

The logo of France's state-owned electricity company EDF is seen on the company tower at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

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 […]

A woman carries her child as she wades through floodwaters at a flooded village in Gaibandha July 4, 2012. A new fund aims to help disaster-prone regions such as Bangladesh cope with natural disasters so they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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 […]

A bus crosses Waterloo bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament during a misty morning in London April 13, 2012.   REUTERS/Luke MacGregor  (BRITAIN - Tags: CITYSPACE POLITICS TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

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 […]

An aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Bokor, Meranti Islands regency, Riau province, Indonesia in this March 15, 2016 file photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/ Rony Muharrman/Antara

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 […]

A worker loads harvested timber on a truck (not seen) at a timber processing site on the outskirts of Hefei, Anhui province, Sept. 2, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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 — […]

The old mine headframes of the former coal mine pit are seen in the town of Grenay and Lievin, northern France October 31, 2015.  Picture taken October 31, 2015.    REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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 […]

A Volkswagen (VW) logo is seen on a car engine at a scrapyard in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany, May 21, 2016.    REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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 […]

A visitor looks at China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) oil refinery in Huizhou, China's southern Guangdong province in this July 28, 2009 file photo. Picture taken July 28, 2009. To match Special Report CNOOC-NEXEN/ REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY)

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 […]

Solar Impulse2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Boschberg, flies over the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain after taking off towards Cairo, Egypt, from the San Pablo airport, July 11, 2016. Amalie Decloux, Jean Revillard/SI2/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

A villager works near gas pipelines near Subang, Indonesia's West Java Province November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

Families carry water from a water catchment pond constructed in Kenya. TRF/Isaiah Esipisu

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, […]

Autumn in Miradzskie forest. Photo: Paweł Kaczorowski

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, […]

Pedestrians walk past a logo of Panasonic Corp outside Panasonic Center in Tokyo, Japan, February 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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 […]

Women collect water at the Chaquelane resettlement camp near the flood hit town of Chokwe, in southern Mozambique. REUTERS

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 – […]

Residential and business buildings are seen amid thick haze in Kunming, Yunnan province January 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A Volkswagen logo is pictured at Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

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 […]

Wind patterns are left in the ice pack that covers the Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska March 18, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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 […]

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), listens during a news conference after a week long preparatory meeting at the U.N. in Geneva February 13, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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 […]

A child drinks water from a cup in drought-hit Masvingo, Zimbabwe, June 1, 2016. Picture taken June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

A Filipino miner uses his hands to scoop mineral muck ore in the gold mining town of Diwalwal in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines May 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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 […]

Pedestrians are seen behind the logo of Bank of China on its ATM machine in Beijing, China, in this March 28, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File photo

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 […]

A woman sits next to her sheep affected by the El Nino-related drought at a temporary shelter in Marodijeex town of southern Hargeysa, in northern Somalia's semi-autonomous Somaliland region, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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 […]

Art: Emma Chinnery

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 […]

A shovel is placed over coal briquettes during a protest in front of the chancellery in Berlin December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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 […]

A fisherman catches fish at a Bak Angrout dried up pond at the drought-hit Kandal province in Cambodia May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

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 – […]

Francisco da Silva Vale, 61, cleans solar panels which power ice machines at Vila Nova do Amana community in the Sustainable Development Reserve, in Amazonas state, Brazil, September 22, 2015. Three solar-powered machines, are producing about ninety kilos of ice per day, in a region with poor access to electric energy, which used to be produced only with diesel oil, in the Amazon rain forest. The Gelo Solar (Solar Ice) project, developed by the Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development and the Sao Paulo University (USP), aims to improve the life quality of the residents of the communities allowing them to preserve their fish and fruits productions which are their main economic resources. The Mamiraua Institute is also using solar energy to supply the community's homes with water and light up a soccer field. Picture taken September 22. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly - RTS3BNH

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 […]

Bicycles are seen in a collapsed building in Portoviejo, after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero

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 […]

Residents on their bicycles and electric bikes wait for the traffic at an intersection amid heavy smog in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A finished home built with the "earth bag" construction technique in Rumphi, Malawi. TRF/Joel Chirwa

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 […]

Used coal briquettes are piled up as a luxury high-rise apartment complex is seen in the background at Guryong village in Seoul, South Korea, April 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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 […]

A worker washes himself at a palm oil plantation near Dumai, Indonesia - BEAWIHARTA/REUTERS

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 […]

Parts to build wind turbines for the new power plant in the Atacama Desert arrive at Huasco port in northern Chile. PHOTO/Latin America Power

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 […]

Condoms, produced with natural rubber extracted from the Seringueira tree, are tested at Natex male condoms plant in Xapuri, Acre state, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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, […]

Oil and gas company Statoil gas processing and CO2 removal platform Sleipner T is pictured in the offshore near the Stavanger, Norway, February 11, 2016.  REUTERS/Nerijus Adomaitis/File Photo

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, […]

A still-healthy baobab in Zimbabwe's eastern Chimanimani district shows signs of damage from previous bark harvesting. TRF/Andrew Mambondiyani

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 […]

A police officer carries a stuffed lynx specimen as he arranges confiscated rare wild animal products displayed at the courtyard of a police station in Kunming, Yunnan province, China January 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Wong Campion/File Photo

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 […]

Confiscated shark fins are seen after a police operation in Manta in this handout picture provided by the Ecuador Interior Ministry on May 28, 2015.  Ecuador Interior Ministry/Xavier Camacho/Handout via Reuters

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 […]

Steam and other emissions rise from a power station in Belgrade

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 […]

Children enjoy the taste of orange sweet potato in Mozambique, in this August 2008 photo. CREDIT/HarvestPlus

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 […]

A man holds a leaflets as French police speaks to a driver with a car older than 20 years to explain a new law to fight air pollution at the Place de la Nation square in Paris, France, July 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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 […]

A technician repairs power supply lines at a power plant of Adani Power at Mundra Port in Gujarat April 2, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

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 […]

An aerial view shows the No.1 (L) and No.2 reactor buildings at Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear power station in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan, August 11, 2015, in this photo taken by Kyodo. REUTERS/Kyodo

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 […]

People collect water from Lake Kivu in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, July 23, 2012. REUTERS/James Akena

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 […]

A general view of Havana July 26, 2011. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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 […]

A view shows the gold mining town of Diwalwal in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines May 25, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo

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 […]

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo - RTX2DFHH

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 […]

The logo of an E-Golf is pictured in a production line at the plant of German carmaker Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

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 […]

The debris of the municipal school of Bento Rodrigues district, which was covered with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, is pictured in Mariana, Brazil, November 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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 […]

A setup video clip shows Formosa Ha Tinh Steel president Chen Yuan-cheng offering apology to Vietnamese Government and people at a press conference on the recent situation of fish deaths in Vietnam's central province, in Hanoi, Vietnam June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kham

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 […]

Smog surrounds The Shard, western Europe's tallest building, and St Paul's Cathedral in London April 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

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 […]

A farmer works in an irrigated field near the village of Botor, Somaliland April 16, 2016. Across the Horn of Africa, millions have been hit by the severe El Nino-related drought. In Somaliland and its neighbouring, also semi-autonomous, Puntland region, 1.7 million people are in need of aid, according to the United Nations. In Somaliland itself, the most affected areas include the northwest Awdal region bordering Ethiopia. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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 […]

A boat moor post shows a water level reference at Guri dam in Bolivar state, Venezuela April 11, 2016. Drought has turned parts of Venezuela's Guri dam, one of the world's biggest, into desert, but the government is optimistic of rain within weeks to drive the vast installation that provides the bulk of the OPEC nation's power. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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 […]

The words "Knock out the toxic tonnes" are seen on a giant ball during a protest by environmental activists in front of the European Parliament in Brussels February 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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 […]

Vincent Bollore, CEO of investment group Bollore, poses by an electric car following a news conference in London March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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 […]

A man trades U.S. dollars for Ghanaian cedis at a currency exchange office in Accra, Ghana, June 15, 2015. Picture taken June 15. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko - RTX1IGPY

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 — […]

Workers harvest roses for export to the European market inside a greenhouse at Maridadi Flowers Limited in Naivasha, 90 km (56 miles) west of Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 19, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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 […]

Running tap water is seen in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, Michigan May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

Cows are seen in this aerial view on a deforested plot of the Amazon rainforest near Rio Pardo, in the district of Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

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 […]

The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, December 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

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 […]

A tug boat pulls a coal barge along the Mahakam River in Samarinda, East Kalimantan province, Indonesia, March 2, 2016.   REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

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 […]

Steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal power plant of RWE, one of Europe's biggest electricity and gas companies in Niederaussem, north-west of Cologne, Germany. Picture taken March 3, 2016.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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 […]

Buffalos graze in dried-up Chandola Lake in Ahmedabad, India, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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 […]

United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks to Reuters in an exclusive interview in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

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 […]

Indonesian President Joko Widodo stands on the deck of the Indonesian Navy ship KRI Imam Bonjol after chairing a limited cabinet meeting in the waters of Natuna Islands,  Riau Islands province, Indonesia June 23, 2016  in this photo provided by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Setpres - Krishadiyanto/ via REUTERS

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 […]

An indigenous woman holds her kid near the Xingu River at the Araras tribe, near Altamira, northern Brazil, April 28, 2010.... May 09, 2013 12:30pm EDT

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 […]

An aerial view of a forest fire burning near the village of Bokor, Meranti Islands regency, Riau province, Indonesia in this March 15, 2016 file photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/ Rony Muharrman/Antara

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 […]

A worker paints a tank of Brazil's state-run Petrobras oil company in Brasilia, Brazil September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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 […]

A sign of a Volkswagen VW car dealer is seen in Bochum, Germany March 16,2016.    REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File Photo

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 […]

Power-generating wind turbines are seen at the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) station in Ngong hills, about 22 km (14 miles) southwest of Kenya's capital Nairobi, September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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 […]

Baby red romaine lettuce (bottom) and arugula (top) grow in vertical farming beds beneath light emitting diode (or "LED") lamps and using a patented growing algorithm of controlled light, nutrients and temperatures for growing a variety of baby greens at an AeroFarms Inc. indoor vertical farming facility in a former indoor paintball arena in Newark, New Jersey,  June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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 […]

A demonstrator wears a headband during a protest in front of the finance ministry in Tokyo ahead of the upcoming Ise-Shima G7 summit, calling on Japan to stop investing in fossil fuels, Japan, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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 […]

A worker walks through the installed solar modules at the Naini solar power plant in Allahabad March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/Files

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 […]

Yachts are seen as the skyline of the city is pictured in the background in Panama City, Panama April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

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 […]

A VW sign is seen outside a Volkswagen dealership in London, Britain November 5, 2015.   REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File photo

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 […]

Steam escapes from the cooling tower of the Tihange nuclear power station, one of the two large-scale nuclear power plants in Belgium, March 26, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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 […]

A trishaw is seen stuck in the mud at Elangipitiya village in Aranayaka, Sri Lanka May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

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 […]

A salmon is seen in a holding tank in the Sacramento River in Rio Vista, California March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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 […]

Vote Leave supporters holds up Union flags in Westminster after Britain voted to leave on the European Union in London, Britain, June 24, 2016.     REUTERS/Toby Melville

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 – […]

U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech during a news conference next to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (both not pictured) at the North American Leaders' Summit in Toluca near Mexico City, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS)

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 […]

The MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the world's biggest container ship, arrives at the harbour of Rotterdam August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

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 […]

A page from a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Environment Canada and the Oil Sands" - obtained by Reuters under access to information laws - which outlines Canadian concerns about its international image because of oil sands, is seen in this photo illustration taken March 5, 2012.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

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 […]

Motorists queue to buy petrol at a fuel station in Ahaoda in Nigeria's oil state in the Delta region, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo

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 […]

Coal is loaded into a truck at the Jim Bridger Mine, owned by energy firm PacifiCorp and the Idaho Power Company, outside Point of the Rocks, Wyoming March 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

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 […]

Seaweed farmer Nyafu Juma Uledi tends her crop in tidal pools near the village of Bwejuu on Zanzibar island, Tanzania, December 2, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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 […]

Men stand in front of solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

Monarch butterflies fly at the El Rosario butterfly sanctuary on a mountain in the Mexican state of Michoacan November 27, 2013. Monarch butterflies have started arriving at a butterfly sanctuary in the central Mexican state of Michoacan - an annual spectacle that draws tourists, scientists and locals alike, but not in the arrival numbers expected. Biologist Felipe Martinez, Sub-Director of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, said the arrival has been delayed due to several cold fronts hitting Mexico and continued rain storms. In 2000, Mexico established a 56,000 hectare reserve for the butterflies in Michoacan and part of the State of Mexico, containing some 6.7 million trees. Picture taken November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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 […]

Bees land on a sunflower to gather pollen in Encinitas, California in this file photo from June 23, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

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 […]

A waste collector carries a sack of recycled material as she leaves a construction site in Beijing's central business district April 13, 2012. China's annual rate of GDP growth in the first quarter slowed to 8.1 percent from 8.9 percent in the previous three months, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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 […]

The office building Petroleos del Peru (Petroperu) a state company dedicated to the  refining, distribution and marketing of fuels is seen at the district of San Isidro in Lima, April 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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 […]

A woman wearing a protective mask makes her way in a business district on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, China January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

The logo of Russian state nuclear monopoly Rosatom is pictured at the World Nuclear Exhibition 2014, the trade fair event for the global nuclear energy sector, in Le Bourget, near Paris October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

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 […]

Storage tanks are seen inside the Exxonmobil Baton Rouge Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Lee Celano

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 […]

Carlos Ghosn  in Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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 […]

Members of environmental activist groups perform during a protest against fracking technology in front of the Chancellery in Berlin, April 1, 2015.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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 […]

The setting sun reflects off of One World Trade Center and surrounding buildings at sunset in the Manhattan borough of New York City, November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Rickey Rogers

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 […]

California Air Resources Board chairman Mary Nichols gestures during the Reuters Alternative Energy Summit in San Francisco, California October 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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, […]

A group of South African firefighters work to uproot a tree as they remove hot spots from a massive wildfire outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Topher Seguin/File Photo

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 […]

Men drink beer at a restaurant in Hanoi in this July 20, 2009 file photo.  REUTERS/Kham/Files

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 […]

Medical equipment is seen during  knee prosthesis surgery in an operation room at the hospital of the Canton of Nidwalden in Stans, October 27, 2011. The hospital is the only one in Switzerland providing a ten year guarantee on knee and hip prosthesis surgeries. Picture taken October 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND - Tags: HEALTH)

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 […]

A sugar cane worker poses while working in a field at Pakchong district in Ratchaburi province, Thailand March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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 […]

A bulldozer clears a landslide from India's Tezpur-Tawang highway, which runs to the Chinese border, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Frank Jack Daniel

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, […]

A Tesla logo hang on a building outside of a Tesla dealership in New York, U.S., April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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 […]

A worker arrives at his office in the Canary Wharf business district in London February 26, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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 […]

A sticker "no palm oil and no preservatives added" is seen through a magnifying glass on a box of biscuits in this illustration photo taken in a supermaket in Nice, France, March 16, 2016 as the French lawmakers are due to vote on a proposed additional tax on palm oil.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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 […]

A Caterpillar excavator is displayed at the China Coal and Mining Expo 2013 in Beijing October 22, 2013. Picture taken October 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard, is pictured before landing at San Pablo airport in Seville, southern Spain June 23, 2016.   REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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 […]

Tomonori Kakita, a sommelier-cum-concierge, demonstrates how to serve wine during a press preview at the Wine Apartment in Tokyo September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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 […]

The sun sets over Manhattan in New York July 8, 2009.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES CITYSCAPE ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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 […]

A Tesla logo on a Model S is photographed inside of a Tesla dealership in New York, U.S., April 29, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

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, […]

A logging truck on the Araucania region’s main highway, passes by a sign warning that reads: "Area video surveillance the 24 hours" to would-be hijackers that the road is video-monitored near in Ercilla city, south of Chile, June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Gram Slattery

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 […]

An undated video grab taken from the documentary film “Thirty Million” shows a young child bathing in muddy waters on Hatiya Island, Bangladesh. Raw Cinematics Production/Handout via Reuters

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, […]

An offshore oil rig is seen from the Coal Oil Point Reserve (COPR) west of the UC Santa Barbara campus in Santa Barbara, California July 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

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 […]

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement at the Treasury Department in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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 […]

A prototype of a floating barrier to try to collect and clean trash from the world's oceans is pictured in the port of Scheveningen, the Netherlands, June 22, 2016.  The Ocean Cleanup /Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

Roberto Velez, head of the National Federation of Coffee Growers, gestures during an interview with Reuters in Bogota, Colombia, June 21, 2016.REUTERS/John Vizcaino

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 […]

Gas tanks of Tokyo Gas Co.,Ltd are seen in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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 […]

A man walks over a bridge as smoke rises from chimneys of a thermal power plant in Shanghai February 23, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

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 […]

Members of environmental activist groups perform during a protest against fracking technology in front of the Chancellery in Berlin, April 1, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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 […]

Two cooling towers and pressurized water reactors of the nuclear power plant of French supplier Electricite de France (EDF) are pictured in Cattenom, eastern France, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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 […]

"Solar Impulse 2", a solar-powered plane piloted by Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland, flies over the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, California, U.S. April 23, 2016, before landing on Moffett Airfield following a 62-hour flight from Hawaii.  Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse/Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

People cool off in the Pacific Ocean during a record-setting heat wave across the U.S. Southwest, on the summer solstice in Santa Monica, California, U.S. June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

Giraffe gather at a water hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, August 2, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

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 […]

Kibibi Mramba replants mangroves along a creek in the Kenyan coastal town of Kilifi. TRF/Sophie Mbugua

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 […]

Congolese Revolution Army (CRA) rebels guard a street in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), November 20, 2012, soon after capturing the city from the government army. REUTERS/James Akena

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 […]

A WPX Energy natural gas drilling rig north of Parachute, Colorado, December 9, 2014. Reuters/Jim Urquhart

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 […]

An anti-oil tanker sign is pictured near a demonstration against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, British Columbia November 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Ben Nelms

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 […]

Residents walk along the beach on a hot summer day in Karachi, Pakistan, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro - RTSF65K

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, […]

Storm clouds loom as a child carries water from a communal borehole near the capital Lilongwe, Malawi February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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 […]

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a statement before the start of a Liberal caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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 […]

Labourers plant saplings in a paddy field on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar in this July 19, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

A farmer burns his dried-up rice on a paddy field stricken by drought in Soc Trang province in Mekong Delta in Vietnam March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kham

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 […]

Workers are seen in front the construction site of Eskom's Medupi power station, a new dry-cooled coal fired power station, in Limpopo province, in a file photo. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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 […]

Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and head of state energy giant Sonangol, speaks during an interview in Luanda, Angola June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Ed Cropley

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 […]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he arrives in Greenland with Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen for a tour of the Illulissat Icefjord and Jakobshavn Glacier, June 17, 2016, in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. REUTERS/Evan Vucci/Pool

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 […]

The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, December 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

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 […]

A view of the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd, in Mariana, Brazil, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Washington Alves

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 […]

A woman works in the mustard fields of Khokana in Lalitpur, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

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 […]

Chalk is placed on a blackboard at a floating school in the Makoko fishing community on the Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria February 29, 2016. In Makoko, a sprawling slum of Nigeria's megacity Lagos, a floating school capable of holding up to a hundred pupils has since November brought free education to the waterways known as the Venice of Lagos. It offers the chance of social mobility for youngsters who, like most of the city's 21 million inhabitants, lack a reliable electricity and water supply and whose water-based way of life is threatened by climate change as well as rapid urbanisation. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

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 […]

Firefighters spray water to burning palm oil trees in haze hit Dumai, in Indonesia's Riau province June 21, 2013. Hospitals in Dumai and Bengkalis in Indonesia's Riau province recorded increases in cases of asthma, lung, eye and skin problems, said health official Arifin Zainal. Free face masks were being distributed and authorities advised residents to stay indoors with their windows shut. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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 […]

A Syrian boy gestures as his friends play video games at the Harran refugee camp in the Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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 […]

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this April 21, 2010 file Photograph. Hopes BP can settle early out of court on liability for its 2010 U.S. Gulf oil spill looked forlorn on Wednesday after U.S. prosecutors laid out a legal case for gross negligence on which tens of billions of dollars hang. In the two years that have passed since the spewing Macondo deepwater well was capped, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has made it clear BP may have a gross negligence case to answer - implying a potential $21 billion fine on top of other payments, some already made, others yet to be determined.Credit: Reuters

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 […]

President-elect, Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a news conference in Davao city in southern Philippines June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lean Daval

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 […]

A general view shows the Central Business District, including the Two IFC commercial tower (R), in Hong Kong April 15, 2013. Severe levels of air pollution hit Hong Kong on Monday, with roadside Air Pollution Index readings in some districts soaring to 204, government radio reported. Any reading above 201 is considered to be very unhealthy by the Environmental Protection Department.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Labourers walk through a parched land of a dried lake on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura April 23, 2013. India may be heading for another bumper grain harvest, if the first forecast for this year's monsoon proves correct, but the rain may be too little - and too late - for southern and western states already parched by the worst drought in four decades.    REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

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 […]

Members of environmental activist group Greenpeace display signs at the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic in Prague June 15, 2011. REUTERS/David W Cerny

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 […]

A man wearing a mask walks on a street on a hazy day in Beijing October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

Siemens AG logo is seen in new headquarters in Munich, Germany, June 14, 2016.    REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Photo

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 […]

A worker walks through the installed solar modules at the Naini solar power plant in Allahabad March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/Files

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 […]

Protesters hold a placard during a protest calling for Taiwanese largest industrial group Formosa Plastics to investigate and voluntarily disclose its own findings on strange fish deaths in Vietnam, in Taipei, Taiwan June 17, 2016. The sign (L) reads: "Poisonous fish". REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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 […]

Buildings are seen in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

Trees are reflected in a river in Bialowieza forest, the last primeval forest in Europe, near Bialowieza village, Poland May 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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 […]

Veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader, (center), ultrasounds an endangered hawksbill sea turtle at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida in this September 2, 2012 handout photo.  The female reptile, laden with eggs, was discovered on a St. Croix, U.S.V.I., beach August 24, just after Tropical Storm Isaac brushed the Virgin Islands. Hospital staff hope to save the turtle and hatch any fertile eggs with the goal of returning them all to St. Croix.   REUTERS/Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/Handout   (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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 […]

USS Chafee, a US Navy destroyer which operates 100 percent on biofuel, sails about 150 miles (241 km) north of the island of Oahu during the RIMPAC Naval exercises off Hawaii July 18,2012.Credit: REUTERS

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 […]

Children stand around a solar powered charging station for mobile devices designed by a group of university students, at the municipality-run camp of Kara Tepe on the island of Lesbos, Greece, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

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. […]

A man rides his bicycle past Edenor electric company power distribution plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 5, 2015. For 13 years, a near blanket freeze on utility tariffs has pushed creaking power grids to the brink of collapse in Argentina's capital, stunting private investment and leading to regular outages when demand peaks. Now, with a presidential election looming, the biggest distributor Edenor is drawing up a new 10-year investment plan. The firm expects a government led by either of the main candidates - the ruling party's Daniel Scioli and his more business-friendly rival Mauricio Macri - will lift rates. To match story ARGENTINA-ELECTION/UTILITIES  REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci - RTX1N7YI

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 […]

A view of the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd, in Mariana, Brazil, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Washington Alves

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 […]

A man pours water on his head to cool off from the heat in Karachi, Pakistan, June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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 — […]

A group of Senegalese farmers finish the day's work in a cabbage field on a small Senegalese farm at Djilakh, 80 km (50 miles) southeast of Dakar, August 28, 2008 . Less than a year ago, the land around this small Senegalese village was parched bush pasture, studded with thick-trunked, knobbly baobab trees. But over the last six months, ground pockmarked with anthills that lay hard and idle during the nine-month dry season has blossomed through irrigation into a thriving small commercial farm thanks to an aid project funded by Spain. Picture taken August 28, 2008.  REUTERS/Ricci Shryock (SENEGAL)

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 […]

A sign is seen at the entrance of the Exxonmobil Port Allen Lubricants Plant in Port Allen, Louisiana, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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 […]

Peter Gash, owner and manager of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, snorkels with Oliver Lanyon and Lewis Marshall, Senior Rangers in the Great Barrier Reef region for the Queenlsand Parks and Wildlife Service, during an inspection of the reef's condition in an area called the 'Coral Gardens' located at Lady Elliot Island located north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

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 […]

Malawians queue for food aid distributed by the United Nations World Food Progamme (WFP) in Mzumazi village near the capital Lilongwe, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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 […]

A video grab taken from documentary film "Thirty Million", which premiered on June 13th 2016 in New York City, shows an aerial shot of land enclosed by embankments in coastal Bangladesh. TRF/Handout via Raw Cinematics Production

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 […]

The downtown Los Angeles skyline is seen with a clear sky from the 110 freeway. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the ratification ceremony for the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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 […]

A Volkswagen (VW) logo is seen on a car engine at a scrapyard in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany, May 21, 2016.    REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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 […]

Wind turbines are pictured in RWE Offshore-Windpark Nordsee Ost in the North sea, 30 km from Helgoland, Germany, May 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Christian Charisius/Pool

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 […]

An Airbus A350 is pictured at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, Germany, May 31, 2016.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

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 […]

Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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 […]

Farmers, including Dieudonné Sedogo (far right), wait for “plant doctors” to examine their damaged crops in the village of Tamissi, Burkina Faso, on 1 April 2016. TRF/Zoe Tabary

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 […]

A farmer works in his field at the Kondo farm in Eldoret 400km (248 miles) west of the capital Nairobi April 27, 2010. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

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 […]

A worker dries cocoa beans at a village in N'Douci, Ivory Coast, November 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Luc Gnago

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 […]

A fisherman rows a boat in the bay of Melinka, about 1200 km (754 miles) south of Santiago, March 24, 2008. The main source of income in Melinka, an island in the Aysen Region, is from the salmon industry and harvest of sea urchins. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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 […]

A Nissan Motor logo is seen at the company's global headquarters in Yokohama, south of Tokyo April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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 […]

The 'Milky Way' is seen in the night sky around telescopes and camps of people over rocks in the White Desert north of the Farafra Oasis southwest of Cairo May 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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 […]

Spring flowers bloom in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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 […]

An iceberg carved from a glacier floats in the Jacobshavn fjord in south-west Greenland in this undated handout photograph released on September 20, 2006. Greenland's massive ice sheet is melting much quicker than scientists had estimated and the pace has accelerated lately, according to research published on Wednesday. EDITORIAL USE ONLY  REUTERS/Konrad Steffen/University of Colorado/Handout  (BRITAIN)

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 […]

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a news conference on the Great Barrier Reef in Townsville, Australia, June 13, 2016   AAP/Lukas Coch/via REUTERS

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 […]

Smoke is released into the sky at a refinery in Wilmington, California March 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Bret Hartman

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 […]

A gas pump selling E15, a gasoline with 15 percent of ethanol, is seen in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

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 […]

The sun rises behind the billowing chimneys of a power station in Berlin, November 27, 2013.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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 […]

The slogan "No Plan B" is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, France, December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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 […]

A field of dead almond trees is seen during a drought in Coalinga in the Central Valley, California, United States May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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 […]

Solar panels are seen on the roof of a car park in Mountain View, California April 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Noah Berger

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 […]

The La Paloma natural gas-fired generating plant is shown in McKittrick, California, U.S., April 20, 2009.  Courtesy of Rockland Capital/Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

A traffic policeman wears a mask to protect himself from dust and air pollution as he signals to drivers in New Delhi, December 23, 2015.
REUTERS/ADNAN ABIDI/FILES

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 […]

President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their remarks to reporters following a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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 […]

The logo of German car maker Volkswagen is pictured at the company's stand during the Hannover Fair in Hanover, Germany, April 25, 2016.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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 […]

A community worker waters crops at the Chikuni Parish Home-Based Care Centre in southern Zambia, Feb. 21, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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 […]

Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's biggest coal-fired power plant, in this May 7, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files

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 […]

People protest against fracking and neighborhood oil drilling in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTSEBN2

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 […]

A worker unloads palm oil fruits from a lorry inside a palm oil factory in Salak Tinggi, outside Kuala Lumpur August 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Samsul Said/File Photo

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 […]

An endangered east African black rhinoceros and her young one walk in Tanzania's Serengeti park, May 21, 2010, during the start of an initiative that will see 32 huge beasts flown to Tanzania from South Africa. An explosion in poaching in the 1960 and 70s saw the population of east African black rhinos in Tanzania plummet from over 1,000 to just 70. Seven of the remaining rhinos were relocated to South Africa in an effort to protect them and bring the rhino sub-species back from the brink of extinction. Picture taken May 21, 2010. REUTERS/Tom Kirkwood (TANZANIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2E7KQ

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 […]

Trees on the slopes of Totu forest burn during a forest fire, on the outskirts of the northern Indian hill town of Shimla, May 18, 2009. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined and no casualties nor property damage has been reported, local media said. Picture taken May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Kanwar

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 […]

Cotton waiting to be picked sits in a field in Florence, Alabama October 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder -

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 […]

An aeroplane flies underneath the jet stream of another aircraft above the Italian city of Padova September 18, 2013. India voiced firm opposition on October 22 to EU plans to impose a scaled-back carbon charge on flights over European airspace while a senior U.S. lawmaker said the EU proposal runs afoul of a law intended to shield U.S. airlines from such charges. The European Commission, the EU executive, last week proposed to make all airlines pay for emissions over European airspace in a retreat from a suspended EU law that covered the duration of flights using EU airports. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray     (ITALY - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX14N9V

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 […]

An Yanomami indian stands near an illegal gold mine during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. At over 9.5 million hectares, the Yanomami territory is twice the size of Switzerland and home to around 27,000 indians. The land has legally belonged to the Yanomami since 1992, but illegal miners continue to plague the area, sawing down trees and poisoning rivers with mercury in their lust for gold. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

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 […]

The sun is reflected on a solar panel at a solar power field in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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 […]

Labourers shovel coal onto a truck at a coal dump site outside Kabul in this January 23, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/Files

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 […]

Fire burns part of an estimated 105 tonnes of ivory and a tonne of rhino horn confiscated from smugglers and poachers at the Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

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 […]

Drought has reduced levels of water in Kidatu hydropower dam, in Tanzania's Morogoro region. TRF/Muhidin Issa Michuzi

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 […]

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a spiral galaxy NGC 6814, whose luminous nucleus and spectacular sweeping arms, rippled with an intricate pattern of dark dust, is a highly variable source of X-ray radiation, causing scientists to suspect that it hosts a supermassive black hole with a mass about 18 million times that of the Sun.  Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS

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 […]

Former gold miner Senzele Silewise, 81, diagnosed with silicosis, talks to paralegals in Bizana in South Africa's impoverished Eastern Cape province March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

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 […]

Solar panels are seen placed on hills in Chaohu, Anhui Province, China, April 18, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

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 […]

A boy runs in a rice paddy field in the outskirts of Antananarivo, Madagascar, on October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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 – […]

Grey plumes of toxic dust from giant nickel smelters in the Siberian city of Norilsk are carried by Arctic winds as far away as Canada and Scandinavia, September 27, 2003. Reuters

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. […]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits for the arrival of Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, May 30, 2016.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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 […]

A view of electric wind power plants in Vila do Bispo in southern Portugal March 1, 2006. Portugal is carrying out one of Europe's biggest tenders for wind power on Wednesday in a bid to cut its heavy fuel bill and clean up its record as a top greenhouse gas polluter. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro - RTR16RKS

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 […]

Subsistence farmer Joice Chimedza harvests maize on her small plot in Norton, a farming area outside Zimbabwe's capital Harare, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo. - RTX2DNC6

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 […]

Dried-up rice is seen on a paddy field stricken by drought in Soc Trang province in Mekong Delta in Vietnam March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kham

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 […]

A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, in this file photo dated November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

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 […]

Australian artist Nike Savvas makes final adjustments to her art piece consisting of over 50,000 polystyrene balls at the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney August 3, 2006. The sculpture titled "Atomix - Full of Love, Full of Wonder" , vibrates with wind from 10 fans and represents the different "shimmering" colours in a hot, outback landscape. It is part of a sculpture exhibition "Adventures with Form in Space" that will open to the public next week. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE   REUTERS/David Gray

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, […]

Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison in Antarctica December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Pauline Askin/File Photo

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 […]

Slices of cucumber and a tomato slice are pictured in this illustration photo taken in Berlin May 30, 2011. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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 […]

A man speaks on the phone as he walks past solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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 […]

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

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 […]

A worker grabs a nozzle at a PTT gas station in Bangkok, Thailand, January 5, 2016.   REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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 […]

People walk walks past the COP21 logo in the Climate Generations area during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 1, 2015.   REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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 […]

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the solar-powered plane, is pictured after landing at Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma, U.S. May 12, 2016. Jean Revillard/SI2/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTX2E511

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 […]

An oil pump jack can be seen in Cisco, Texas, August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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 […]

Lake St Lucia is almost completely dry due to drought conditions in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, northeast of Durban, South Africa February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

11 May 2016