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Corporate Governance

Houses sit along what was once Surf Street at the ocean's edge in Saco, Maine November 19, 2012. In the aftermath of the historic floods caused by Superstorm Sandy, some city leaders have begun to argue for the construction of sea walls capable of shielding the U.S. coastline from ever more intense storms. But in Saco, Maine, storm protection comes in a far less glamorous package. Along what used to be Surf Street, owners of beachfront houses are jacking their homes up to allow storm surges from Saco Bay to flow underneath them. To match feature STORM-SANDY/ADAPTATION.Credit: REUTERS

24 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Focusing on long-term value

By Tim Nixon, Managing Editor, Thomson Reuters Sustainability | 23 March 2017 In an extraordinary event roughly three weeks ago in NYC, CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) hosted a pioneering, cross-sector CEO Investor Forum, […]

A dry pipe drips water on Gless Ranch in Kern County, California, in this file photo taken July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files

23 Mar 2017

UK water company hit with record fine for polluting River Thames

By Alistair Smout | March 23 2017 (Reuters) One of Britain’s biggest water companies was handed a record 20 million pound ($25 million) fine on Wednesday for pumping sewage into […]

The headquarters of food giant Nestle is pictured in Vevey August 8, 2012. The company is due to announce their half-year results on August 9.Credit: REUTERS

21 Mar 2017

Nestle, Mars vow to clean up pet food supply chains

By Sebastien Malo | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Swiss food giant Nestlé SA and U.S. candy and pet food company Mars pledged on Thursday to take steps to ensure […]

Energy saving light bulb is illuminated within a lamp shade in an office in London. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

21 Mar 2017

Private sector power for refugee camps could light up rural communities – experts

By Kieran Guilbert | March 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Attracting private sector investment to provide clean energy in refugee camps would not only end their reliance on dangerous fuels and […]

Waves crash over the conical drilling unit Kulluk where it sits aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo taken January 1, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg'/USCG/Handout

21 Mar 2017

Faced with rising seas, French Polynesia ponders floating islands

By Sebastien Malo | March 21 2013 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When former Google software engineer Patri Friedman came up with the idea of building floating islands, he had in mind an […]

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18 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: A vision for climate and sustainability from Toyota

We sat down with Kevin Butt, Toyota Motor North America Regional Environmental Director, to understand how one of the largest global auto makers is thinking about sustainability, climate risk and […]

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14 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Unilever providing new transparency on ingredients

In this piece, David Blanchard, Chief R&D Officer at Unilever, explains how and why transparency matters in personal care and home brands. 14 March 2017 Sustainability: Why and for whom […]

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14 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Access is critical to driving gender equality

By Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters | 13 March 2017 In advance of International Women’s Day, Thomson Reuters and Women’s World Banking co-hosted a […]

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

14 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Increase Private Sector Investment for Gender Equality

By Ravi Karkara and Vipul Nanda | March 14 2017 2015 saw Gender equality being recognized and affirmed as a precondition for the realization of sustainable development, while also being […]

The company logo is placed at the flagship store of H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, HMb.ST, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer is seen in Stockholm

14 Mar 2017

H&M to encourage garment factories to pay workers digitally to empower women

By Nita Bhalla | March 14 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) pledged on Wednesday to encourage its supplier factories across the world to pay workers […]

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13 Mar 2017

White Paper: The growing complexity of corporate reporting

The Sustainability Reporter: A Deep Dive Into the Challenges and Benefits of New Corporate Reporting Processes Corporate reporting is modernizing globally. Investors and other stakeholders are demanding new categories of […]

A passenger plane flies through aircraft contrails in the skies near Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

10 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Our Choice, Sustainable Lifestyles and Economies – Making The Connections in Berlin

By Steven Stone, Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, UN Environment | 9 March 2017 A lot has been said about the surprise results coming in from recent elections and referendums […]

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 […]

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 […]

People shop in the newly opened Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) store in Moscow in this March 13, 2009 file photo. H&M, which pioneered global expansion in fashion retailing, now finds itself tailing Zara owner Inditex not just in size but in strategy as it trials separate fashion chains to attract new customers. To match Analysis H&M-EXPANSION.Credit: REUTERS

23 Feb 2017

H&M plans proper pay structures, worker committees in garment factories by 2018

By Nita Bhalla | February 23 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) said on Tuesday it planned to have elected committees and proper pay structures […]

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

22 Feb 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Enel, Climate Leader and Energy Producer

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

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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 […]

Members of the emergency services walk through floodwater on a residential street in York after the river Ouse burst its banks, in northern England, Dec. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Yates

21 Feb 2017

FEATURE-Investing in disaster resilience now ‘mission critical’ for business

By Adela Suliman and Sophie Hares | February 21 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Gillis, Ellis & Baker, a New Orleans-based insurance company, relocated […]

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

17 Feb 2017

Auto CEOs want Trump to order review of 2025 fuel rules

By David Shepardson | February 17 2017 (Reuters) The chief executives of 18 major automakers and their U.S. units urged President Donald Trump to revisit a decision by the Obama administration […]

A woman carries her child and milk packets as she wades through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Dec. 5, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

16 Feb 2017

Facebook creates ‘Community Help’ feature for disaster assistance

By David Ingram | February 16 2017 (Reuters) Facebook plans to add a feature on Wednesday to make it easier for people affected by disasters to find each other locally […]

File photo of cars pictured during a rush hour traffic jam in central Shanghai

9 Feb 2017

South Africa targets auto sector with fuel cell plant

By Wendell Roelf | February 9 2017 (Reuters) Africa’s first fuel cell component plant using platinum as a catalyst will start production by December aiming to take advantage of rising […]

Trucks ferry excavated gold, copper and zinc ore from the main mining pit at the Bisha Mining Share Company, northwest of Eritrea's capital Asmara, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

8 Feb 2017

Water scarcity tops list of world miners’ worries

By Barbara Lewis | February 08 2017 (Reuters) The world’s top mining companies warned on Tuesday that assets will be stranded and investors will walk away unless they deal with water […]

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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 […]

Fire photographer Tod Sudmeier gets hit with flying embers from strong winds at the Solimar brush fire in Ventura County, California, December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

27 Jan 2017

Chile’s timber industry says over 40,000 hectares lost to fires

By Rosalba O’Brien | January 27 2017 (Reuters) Wildfires sweeping across Chile have destroyed more than 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of forestry land belonging to companies, most of it growing […]

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24 Jan 2017

More businesses must work with suppliers to curb climate change: study

By Alister Doyle | January 24 2017 (Reuters) Too few businesses are working with their suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study that praised 29 companies including General […]

Employees work inside a garment factory in Mumbai, India, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

21 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The human cost of the global fashion industry

20 January 2017 The internationally bestselling, award-winning author of four novels, Corban Addison writes large-canvas stories about issues of global injustice that combine the authenticity and on-the-ground research of investigative […]

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

20 Jan 2017

BHP, Vale, Samarco set June 30 deadline to resolve multibillion dollar claims

By Sonali Paul and Jane Wardell | January 20 2017 (Reuters) Miner BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP.AX) (BLT.L), its partner Vale SA (VALE5.SA) and their jointly owned Samarco unit said on […]

A labourer stacks firewood for use in a brick kiln as smoke billows from a chimney on the outskirts of Jammu May 2, 2012. With four times the population of the United States, an economy growing 8-9 percent a year and surging energy demand, India's race to become an economic power has propelled it to No. 3 in the list of top carbon polluters. India's greenhouse gas emissions will keep rising as it tries to lift millions out of poverty and connect nearly half a billion people to electricity grids.Credit: REUTERS

20 Jan 2017

Exclusive: Lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret looks to uncover supply chain issues

By Ellen Wulfhorst  | January 20 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret, famed for its racy bras and thongs, has pledged to trace the sources of its wood-based […]

The charging plug of an electric Volkswagen Passat car is pictured at charging station at a VW dealer in Berlin, Germany, February 2, 2016.
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16 Jan 2017

China, Europe drive shift to electric cars as U.S. lags

By Laurence Frost | January 16 2017 Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe – just not in North America. Tighter emissions rules […]

Wildflowers bloom on a hill overlooking a fjord filled with icebergs near the south Greenland town of Narsaq July 27, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong (GREENLAND ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL IMAGES OF THE DAY)

16 Jan 2017

Businesses can unlock $12 trillion via key development goals – Davos study

By Sujata Rao | January 16 2017 (Reuters) Companies could unlock at least $12 trillion in market opportunities by 2030 and create up to 380 million jobs by implementing a […]

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13 Jan 2017

Africa’s first grid-connected biogas plant powers up

By Geoffrey Kamadi | January 13 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A commercial farm in Kenya has become Africa’s first electricity producer powered by biogas to sell surplus electricity to the national […]

The sun sets behind an iron ore bulk carrier moored at the iron ore loading facility in Port Hedland, about 1,600 km (994 miles) north of Perth in this May 30, 2008 file photo. Australia, the world's biggest exporter of iron ore, revised down its revenue forecasts for the key steelmaking ingredient by a fifth on September 18, 2012, a fresh sign the industry is losing steam as a slowdown in top customer China drives down prices.Credit: REUTERS

12 Jan 2017

Global clean energy investment falls to $288 billion in 2016: research

12 January 2017 (Reuters) Clean energy investment worldwide fell by 18 percent to $287.5 billion last year due to sharp falls in renewable technology prices and less spending on projects […]

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

Ralph Lauren joins fight to ensure fabrics not damaging forests and lives

By Ellen Wulfhorst | January 9 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Fashion giant Ralph Lauren Corp, whose designs are sashayed on Hollywood’s red carpets, has unveiled plans to trace wood pulp used […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near the abandoned Gold King Mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado, in this picture from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department taken August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department/Handout

4 Jan 2017

Wedding vows a blessing for clean-up of filthy Indonesian river

By Heru Asprihanto and Angie Teo | January 4 2017 (Reuters) Only a year ago, this stretch of the Ciliwung river in Indonesia’s capital was foul-smelling and clogged by a […]

A woman works at a conveyor belt carrying eggs to packaging at Deqingyuan ecological farm on the outskirts of Beijing, China, September 10, 2015.

3 Jan 2017

U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

By Tom Polansek | January 3 2017 (Reuters) U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on […]

A ship passes through the Suez Canal near Port Said, 170 km (106 miles) northeast of Cairo, March 10, 2013. Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security.Credit: REUTERS

21 Dec 2016

Shipping faces threat from EU of unilateral levy on carbon emissions

By Jonathan Saul | December 21 2016 (Reuters) The shipping industry faces the threat of paying a levy to the European Union on its greenhouse gas emissions as lawmakers from the bloc […]

A child in first grade uses a new laptop as part of the Canaima project at a Bolivarian school in Caracas September 23, 2009. This program, the product of an agreement between Venezuela and Portugal, is aimed at giving a laptop computer to children attending first grade in public schools across the country. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

20 Dec 2016

California adopts first U.S. energy-saving rules for computers

By Steve Gorman | December 20 2016 (Reuters) California regulators on Wednesday adopted the nation’s first mandatory energy efficiency rules for computers and monitors – devices that account for 3 […]

An Indonesian worker pushes a cart of palm oil fruits at Felda Bukit Cerakah in the district of Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur April 16, 2014. A slump in the number of Indonesian workers applying for jobs in Malaysia's palm oil sector is worsening a labour crunch that industry players say is taking a heavy toll on the export earnings of the world's second-largest grower of the edible oil. The two countries account for about 85 percent of the global output of palm oil - used in foods ranging from margarines and biscuits to instant noodles - and Indonesia's booming economy also poses a longer-term threat to its own palm oil output as urbanisation drains rural workers. Picture taken April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS COMMODITIES EMPLOYMENT) - RTR3MU8O

20 Dec 2016

Plantations seen behind more than half Malaysian Borneo deforestation

By Rozanna Latiff | December 20 2016 (Reuters) Palm oil and pulp wood companies are responsible for more than half of the rapid deforestation in the Malaysian part of Borneo […]

Emblems of VW Golf VII car are pictured in a production line at the plant of German carmaker Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo - RTSKOGI

19 Dec 2016

VW agrees to pay $200 million into U.S. pollution reduction fund

By David Shepardson | December 19 2016 (Reuters) Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay more than $200 million into a fund created to cut diesel pollution, part of its agreement over about […]

A honeybee gathers nectar from a flower at a farm in the western Austrian village of Seefeld May 14, 2013.   REUTERS/ Dominic Ebenbichler

16 Dec 2016

Chemical companies pitch bug-killing options amid neonic farm bans

By Rod Nickel | December 16 2016 (Reuters) Companies that make bug-killing chemicals and natural remedies are racing to take advantage of restrictions on neonics, a type of insecticide popular with farmers […]

Fishermen pull a basket filled with anchovies aboard a fishing boat at the Pacific Ocean, off of Peru's northern port of Chimbote, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

16 Dec 2016

Big seafood companies promise to reduce illegal fishing

By Geert De Clercq | December 16 2016 (Reuters) Eight of the world’s largest seafood companies have promised for the first time to improve transparency and the traceability of their catches to stop […]

People walk in the shadows of office skyscrapers in a business district in Tokyo August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

14 Dec 2016

G20 task force wants companies to come clean on climate risk

By Nina Chestney | December 14 2016 (Reuters) Companies will be asked to disclose how they manage the risks to their business from climate change and greenhouse gas emission cuts by […]

A student uses his mobile phone as he walks inside the Engineering building at the University of Waterloo

13 Dec 2016

Bill Gates, investors launch $1 billion clean tech fund

By Valerie Volcovici and Anya George Tharakan | December 13 2016 (Reuters)  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and a group of high-profile executives are investing $1 billion in a fund to […]

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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 […]

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, July 21, 2015.
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7 Dec 2016

California EPA says settled with Apple on hazardous waste claims

By Stephen Nellis | December 7 2016 (Reuters) The California Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said Apple Inc agreed to pay $450,000 to settle state claims that it had mishandled hazardous […]

The manufacturer's badge is displayed on a VW car in London, Britain September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

7 Dec 2016

South Korea to slap VW with record fine, pursue executives over emissions ads

By Hyunjoo Jin | December 7 2016 (Reuters) South Korea said it will file criminal complaints against five former and current executives at Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) South Korean unit and […]

A Google logo is seen at the garage where the company was founded on Google's 15th anniversary in Menlo Park, California

7 Dec 2016

Google meets renewable energy goal for global operations

By Julia Love | December 7 2016 (Reuters) Alphabet’s Google is on track to purchase enough renewable energy to cover all its global electricity consumption next year, the company said on Tuesday. […]

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

7 Dec 2016

Vale-BHP’s Samarco expects preliminary license in first quarter

By Marta Nogueira and Stephen Eisenhammer  | December 7 2016 (Reuters) Brazilian iron ore miner Samarco Mineracao expects to receive a preliminary environmental license in the first quarter, an important step […]

A sign with a logo is on display at a Toyota car sales and showroom in St. Petersburg, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

6 Dec 2016

Toyota to expand hybrid system development to further cut emissions

By Naomi Tajitsu | December 6 2016 (Reuters) Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will expand the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology over the next five years to speed up the […]

A Catholic church is reflected in a lake in front of Mount Ortler in the northern Italian village of Sulden, in Alto Adige (South Tyrol) province

5 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Prosperity through combating religious prejudice

In this remarkable piece for our times, Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO, leads a groundbreaking secular organization called Tanenbaum that promotes mutual respect to bridge religious differences and build new models of […]

Trees are reflected on a raindrop on a leaf at a park near the venue of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) in Nagoya, central Japan October 28, 2010. Ministers from around the world have gathered in Japan in a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, with the World Bank saying it's critical to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

5 Dec 2016

Business not yet doing enough to stop commodities destroying forests

By Megan Rowling | December 5 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Global companies that produce and use commodities such as palm oil and soy are moving too slowly to cut deforestation, suggesting […]

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2 Dec 2016

Chinese bikes just one obstacle for WTO environmental trade talks

By Tom Miles | December 2 2016 (Reuters) European resistance to China’s massive bicycle industry is just one potential stumbling block for environmental trade talks this weekend in Geneva, where World Trade […]

A U.S. $100 banknote is placed next to 100 yuan banknotes in this picture illustration taken in Beijing in this October 16, 2010 file photo. China took a milestone step in turning the yuan into a global currency on April 14, 2012, by doubling the size of its trading band against the dollar, pushing through a crucial reform that further liberalises its nascent financial markets.Credit: REUTERS

1 Dec 2016

China hikes tax on ‘super cars’ amid luxury crackdown

By Adam Jourdan and Norihiko Shirouzu | December 1 2016 (Reuters) China will impose an extra 10 percent tax on super cars and other luxury models costing 1.3 million yuan ($188,852) and […]

A farmer harvests palm fruits at a palm plantation in Langkat at Indonesia's North Sumatra province January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

30 Nov 2016

Labor abuses found at Indonesian palm plantations supplying global companies: Amnesty

By Eveline Danubrata and Bernadette Christina Munthe | November 30 2016 Global consumer companies, including Unilever, Nestle, Kellogg and Procter & Gamble, have sourced palm oil from Indonesian plantations where labor […]

A general view of the Hong Kong Island skyline is seen from the Peak in Hong Kong

29 Nov 2016

China ‘green’ sector seen growing to 3 percent of GDP by 2020: official

By John Ruwitch and David Stanway | November 29 2016 (Reuters) China expects the output value of its energy saving and environmental protection industry to rise from 4.5 trillion yuan […]

United Auto Workers union member Gary Phillips secures a seat belt in a Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle at General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Hamtramck, Michigan July 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

28 Nov 2016

Jaguar Land Rover wants to build electric cars in Britain

By Costas Pitas | November 28 2016 (Reuters) Britain’s biggest carmarker Jaguar Land Rover said it wants to build electric cars in Britain in what would be a further boost to […]

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)

28 Nov 2016

More company climate votes ahead, as Trump may loosen energy rules

By Ross Kerber | November 28 2016 (Reuters) Activist shareholders plan a record number of resolutions focused on climate change at U.S. company annual meetings in 2017, even as President-elect […]

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

25 Nov 2016

BHP Vale to fund, extend credit over Samarco disaster

By James Regan | November 25 2016 (Reuters) BHP Billiton and Vale Sa have each approved $181 million to fund remediation and compensation programs at the Samarco iron ore joint venture in […]

A train is loaded near a processing plant at the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) Christmas Creek iron ore mine located south of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, November 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Regan/File Photo

23 Nov 2016

Fortescue gets environmental approval for iron ore mine expansion

By James Regan | November 23 2016 (Reuters) Australia’s environmental authorities on Wednesday cleared the way for the world’s No. 4 iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group to extend operations at […]

Afghan women collect saffron flowers in the Karukh district of Herat, Afghanistan, November 5, 2016. Picture taken November 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Shoib

23 Nov 2016

Spice of life: Saffron harvest offers jobs, opportunity in Afghanistan

By Jalil Ahmad Razayee | November 23 2016 (Reuters) It is early morning in a saffron field outside the western Afghan city of Herat and dozens of women are harvesting the […]

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

22 Nov 2016

Brazil judge to hear criminal charges for Samarco dam disaster

By Stephen Eisenhammer | November 22 2016 (Reuters) A federal judge in Brazil has agreed to hear a criminal case against four companies and 22 employees for a burst tailings […]

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18 Nov 2016

Can investing in connectivity help combat climate change?

By Houlin Zhao, International Telecommunication Union | November 18 2016 * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In […]

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17 Nov 2016

Business calls for Trump, world leaders to support Paris climate pact

By Nina Chestney | November 17 2016 More than 360 businesses and investors called on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and world leaders on Wednesday to continue to support agreed curbs on […]

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 […]

The European flag (top L) flies amongst EU member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg October 12, 2012. The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday, an award seen as morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis. The committee praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War Two and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.Credit: REUTERS

11 Nov 2016

ArcelorMittal says new EU plans for CO2 permits pose business threat

By Tom Käckenhoff | November 11 2016 (Reuters) ArcelorMittal <ISPA.AS sees EU plans to scrap some free carbon permits for energy-intensive industries as a threat to its European business, a […]

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

11 Nov 2016

Kenyan regulator delays licence for new coal-fired power plant – report

By George Obulutsa and Duncan Miriri | November 11 2016 (Reuters) Kenya’s energy industry regulator has delayed issuing a licence for a planned 1,000 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant due to […]

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 […]

A farmer harvests palm fruits at a palm plantation in Langkat at Indonesia's North Sumatra province January 12, 2013. REUTERS/Roni Bintang

9 Nov 2016

World’s first forest bond beats expectations

By Barbara Lewis and Karin Strohecker | November 9 2016 (Reuters) A green investment that for the first time channels private money into protecting forests has raised twice as much […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

3 Nov 2016

Exclusive: Oil majors join forces in climate push with renewable energy fund

By Ron Bousso | November 3 2016 (Reuters) Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell are joining forces to create an investment fund to develop technologies to promote renewable energy, […]

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 […]

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 […]

People are reflected in the window of a Royal Bank of Scotland building in London January 27, 2012. Politicians from across the spectrum united in condemning the near one million pound bonus awarded to RBS chief Stephen Hester, with Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg saying the public sees such sums as "from another planet."Credit: Reuters

31 Oct 2016

Britain seeks to curb subsidy payments for diesel-fired power plants

By Susanna Twidale and Peter Hobson | October 31 2016 (Reuters) Britain has proposed tighter rules for small power generators, such as operators of diesel-fired plants seeking subsides under its […]

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 […]

The plug of an electric car lies on the ground at an electric car exhibition in west Sydney July 12, 2011.
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27 Oct 2016

New Zealand to double electric fleet to reduce oil bill

By Jessica Jaganathan and Seng Li Peng | October 27 2016 New Zealand aims to double its electric vehicle fleet every year through to 2021 to reduce high-cost oil product […]

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27 Oct 2016

Carbon emission cuts key catalyst for LNG bunkering: Bernhard Schulte

By Mark Tay | October 27 2016 (Reuters) Global efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions will be key for the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, German […]

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

27 Oct 2016

Dutch companies want next government to focus on shift to clean energy

By Anthony Deutsch | October 27 2016 (Reuters) Dozens of Dutch companies called on the country’s next government on Tuesday to establish an independent climate authority, environment minister and national […]

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

25 Oct 2016

Company climate change plans too weak to meet Paris goals-survey

By Alister Doyle | October 25 2016 (Reuters) Plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by big companies represent only a quarter of the amounts needed to limit global warming under targets […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 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 […]

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

20 Oct 2016

Climate fund to push decentralised renewables into Africa’s mainstream

By William Brent, Power for All | October 20 2016 An industry knows it has gone mainstream when the most risk-averse money – institutional investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, banks, […]

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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 harvester unloads corn to a cargo truck at a farm in Gaocheng, Hebei province, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

20 Oct 2016

Canadian carbon price worries farmers, fertilizer makers

By Rod Nickel and Alastair Sharp | October 20 2016 Canada’s plan to price carbon emissions may weaken the farm sector in one of the biggest grain-shipping countries, raising farmers’ […]

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

18 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: This Organization Went To Market

By Corinne Fleischer, Director of Supply Chain, World Food Programme | October 17 2016 Syria, Yemen or Haiti: humanitarian crises, natural or man-made, protracted or punctual, keep tugging at humanity’s conscience […]

A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources field representatives (unseen) work a checkpoint set up to inspect heavy-duty trucks traveling near the Mexican-U.S. border in Otay Mesa, California September 10, 2013.
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14 Oct 2016

Exclusive: Carmakers forced back to bigger engines in new emissions era

By Laurence Frost and Agnieszka Flak | October 14 2016 Tougher European car emissions tests being introduced in the wake of the Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) scandal are about to bring surprising […]

A general view of drought-damaged corn stalks at the McIntosh family farm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, in this August 13, 2012 file photo. Corn prices fell back slightly after surging by 5 percent to a three-week high October 11, 2012 after USDA cut forecasts for global ending stocks and estimated the U.S. crop would be the smallest in six years.Credit: REUTERS

14 Oct 2016

Big farm opportunities seen for business in 2030 UN goals

By Alister Doyle | October 14 2016 (Reuters) Businesses could earn hundreds of billions of dollars a year by 2030 by investing in better agriculture and food ranging from micro-irrigation of […]

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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 […]

Yellow mine waste water from the Gold King Mine is seen in San Juan County, Colorado, in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taken August 7, 2015.  REUTERS/EPA/Handout

13 Oct 2016

No criminal charges in EPA-caused Colorado mine waste spill

By Keith Coffman | October 13 2016 No criminal charges will be filed against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee over a 3-million gallon spill of toxic waste from a defunct […]

E85 ethanol fuel is shown being pumped into a vehicle at a gas station selling alternative fuels in the town of Nevada, Iowa, December 6, 2007.       REUTERS/Jason Reed

13 Oct 2016

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

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

A view of ILVA steel plants in Taranto August 4, 2012. The sprawling ILVA steelworks has loomed over the skyline of Taranto and dominated the city's economy for 50 years, but toxic pollution has transformed the site from a symbol of postwar prosperity to an emblem of Italy's long industrial decline. Picture taken August 4, 2012. To match Analysis ITALY-POLLUTION.Credit: REUTERS

10 Oct 2016

China says 173 steel firms violate environmental rules

By David Stanway | October 10 2016 As many as 173 Chinese steel enterprises were found to have violated the country’s environmental rules during recent nationwide investigations into the industry, […]

A Volkswagen logo is seen at a dealership in Seoul, South Korea, August 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

7 Oct 2016

Volkswagen suspends ties with some Indian suppliers after expose of child deaths in mica mines

By Rina Chandran | October 07 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) German carmaker Volkswagen has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found […]

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) chairman Jiang Dalong kisses an NEVS electric car as he poses during an interview at its Beijing headquarters building December 28, 2015.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

7 Oct 2016

Electric car tipping point may challenge pioneers

By Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume | October 07 2016 (Reuters) Electric car prototypes and plans are set to dominate the Paris auto show as the Volkswagen diesel scandal and […]

A passenger plane flies through aircraft contrails in the skies near Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, April 12, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

7 Oct 2016

UN sets limits on global airline emissions amid dissent

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

A large stainless steel shovel lies on top of steamed crabs at the A.E. Phillips & Son Inc. crab picking house on Hooper's Island in Fishing Creek, Maryland August 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

6 Oct 2016

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

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

Solar panels are placed atop a mock house of Sekisui House, one of Japan's largest home builders, in Yokohama, near Tokyo June 13, 2012. Japan approved on June 18, 2012 incentives for renewable energy that could unleash billions of dollars in clean-energy investment and help the world's third-biggest economy shift away from a reliance on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster. Picture taken June 13, 2012. To match ENERGY-RENEWABLES/JAPAN.Credit: REUTERS

6 Oct 2016

Sensing opportunity, cities seek business backing for climate change efforts

By Megan Rowling | October 06 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Cities around the world, including in developing nations, are increasingly grasping the economic opportunities generated by the need to tackle […]

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

5 Oct 2016

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

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

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

4 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: From Corporate Citizenship to Corporate Statesmanship

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

Women walk as they shout slogans during a rally calling for gender equality, two days after International Women's Day, in Istanbul March 10, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

27 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Global Call to All Boys and Young Men to LEAP in Gender Equality for Planet 50-50 by 2030

By Richard Castillo (Man Up Campaign), Jason Tan de Bibiana (Next Gen Men) and Ravi Karkara (UN Women) | 27 September 2016 There are more young people between the ages […]

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

26 Sep 2016

INTERVIEW-Companies that care for workers can drive “sustainable cities”

By Astrid Zweynert | September 26 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Companies can play an important role in improving city life if they pursue programmes to benefit workers as much as […]

A fisherman pulls his net out of the water during sunset at the village of Habaniya, 85 km (52 miles) west of Baghdad, October 26, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

26 Sep 2016

Fishing for fairness: Ending slavery and labour exploitation in the fishing industry

By Trang Chu Minh, TrustLaw | September 26 2016 Championing the fight against modern day slavery, TrustLaw connected Visayan Forum Foundation to seven law firms, led by Linklaters, to lead a critical […]

The sun rises above the financial district of the City of London. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

26 Sep 2016

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

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

Energy saving light bulb is illuminated within a lamp shade in an office in London. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

26 Sep 2016

How do we cut poverty and emissions? Fund some clean energy

By Laurie Goering | September 26 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) To avoid the worst impacts of climate change – from worsening droughts, flooding and storms to sea level rise – countries […]

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26 Sep 2016

Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

By Richard Orange| September 26 2016 (The Guardian) The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense […]

A passenger aircraft is silhouetted against the rising moon in New Delhi May 7, 2009. Carbon trading and increased regulation could hinder efforts to reduce airplane greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and increased use of biofuels, airline industry leaders said on Wednesday.   REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS) - RTXEU4D

26 Sep 2016

Carbon emissions not priced at true cost to climate: OECD

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

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23 Sep 2016

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

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

Power-generating wind turbines are seen in Ngong hills, about 22 km southwest of Kenya's capital Nairobi, Sept. 8, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

22 Sep 2016

Five lessons from Kenya’s energy access boom

By Muriithi Micheni | September 22 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Kenya’s market for decentralised renewables is the fastest-moving in Africa. Already 15 to 20 percent of Kenyan households use solar […]

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

22 Sep 2016

Philippines to suspend 12 more mines in environmental crackdown

By Enrico Dela Cruz | September 22 2016 A dozen more Philippine mines, mostly nickel projects, are in danger of being suspended in an ongoing environmental crackdown on the sector, an […]

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

20 Sep 2016

To be really clever, smart cities need to be collaborative and inclusive

By Astrid Zweynert | September 20 2016 Cities from Singapore to San Francisco and Barcelona to Bangalore are buzzing with efforts to become smart by teaming up with companies to […]

Smoke rises from chimneys of a thermal power plant at Changchun, Jilin January 22, 2013. Picture was taken through a tinted window. Picture taken January 22, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

20 Sep 2016

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

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

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19 Sep 2016

Glencore court ruling in Zambia may trigger new pollution claims

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

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 in this January 8, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly/Files

19 Sep 2016

Protection of Amazon’s biodiversity could fuel ‘fourth industrial revolution’: study

By Chris Arsenault | By September 19 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The Amazon rainforest holds the biological keys to kick-start a “fourth industrial revolution” if its biodiversity is protected, said […]

A car is filled with gasoline at a gas station pump in Carlsbad, California August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

19 Sep 2016

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

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

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

16 Sep 2016

Ecuador begins drilling for oil in pristine corner of Amazon

By Jose Llangari | September 16 2016 (Reuters) Ecuador began drilling for oil on Wednesday near an Amazon nature reserve known as Yasuni, a site that President Rafael Correa had […]

A Malawian trader sells maize near the capital Lilongwe, February 1, 2016. Late rains in Malawi threaten the staple maize crop and have pushed prices to record highs. About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

15 Sep 2016

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

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

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15 Sep 2016

Brazil activists occupy government office demanding farmland

By Chris Arsenault | Septemeber 15 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Hundreds of protesters have occupied a government office in Brazil’s capital demanding farmland for 120,000 landless families and other reforms, […]

U.S. actor and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio takes the podium to speak during the Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

14 Sep 2016

DiCaprio’s ‘Before The Flood’ aims to make climate a U.S. election issue

By Alastair Sharp | September 14 2016 (Reuters) Hollywood heartthrob and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio said he rushed to release his upcoming climate change documentary “Before the Flood” ahead of […]

The Tsirku River winds through forest as seen in an aerial view near Haines, in southwestern Alaska, U.S. on October 7, 2014.   REUTERS/Bob Strong/File Photo

8 Sep 2016

Paradise lost: study documents big decline in Earth’s wilderness

By Will Dunham | 8 September 2016 (Reuters) Unspoiled lands are disappearing from the face of the Earth at an alarming pace, with about 10 percent of wilderness regions – […]

Sawmills that process illegally logged trees from the Amazon rainforest are seen near Rio Pardo, in the district of Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015.
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7 Sep 2016

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

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

AirAsia planes sit on the tarmac next to Tiger Airways and Jetstar planes at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

7 Sep 2016

Marshall Islands backs plan to curb aviation emissions

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

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 […]

An assembly line producing electronic cars is seen at a factory of Beijing Electric Vehicle, funded by BAIC Group, in Beijing, China, January 18, 2016.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

6 Sep 2016

In China’s electric car boom, global automakers select different gear

By Jake Spring | September 6 2016 (Reuters) By 2020, Beijing says automakers must meet tough new green standards to cut epic pollution in China’s cities. As domestic firms bet heavily […]

China's national flag is seen in front of cranes on a construction site at a commercial district in Beijing, China, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

2 Sep 2016

China’s parliament proposes new environmental tax benefits -state media

By Beijing newsroom, Josephine Mason and Kathy Chen | September 2, 2016 (Reuters) China’s parliament has proposed increasing tax benefits for companies that cut pollution by more than the national […]

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

2 Sep 2016

Scientists hope new varieties can start Africa rice revolution

By Isaiah Esipisu | September 2 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say […]

A worker collects palm oil fruit inside a palm oil factory in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said

31 Aug 2016

Breakthrough for small-scale palm oil growers as hundreds win certification

By Tom Esslemont | August 31 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  Hundreds of small-scale palm oil farmers in Indonesia have won the right to export their crop with certification from a […]

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (TEPCO) Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant, which is the world's biggest, is seen from its observatory in Kashiwazaki, November 12, 2012. Tokyo Electronic Power Co will probably have to delay restarting the world's biggest nuclear plant, which is sitting idle in the wake of the Fukushima disaster 20 months ago, further raising costs as the utility spends more on fossil fuels to generate electricity. Picture taken November 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

31 Aug 2016

Insurers call on G20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020

“Climate change in particular represents the mother of all risks” By Alister Doyle | August 31 2016 (Reuters) Insurers with $1.2 trillion under management called on Tuesday for the Group of […]

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, delivers his opening remarks at the Paris Agreement signing ceremony on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

30 Aug 2016

Investors urge G20 nations to ratify Paris climate deal this year

By Alister Doyle | August 30 2016 Investors managing more than $13 trillion of assets urged leaders of the Group of 20 on Wednesday to ratify a global climate deal […]

Piles of clothes are seen alongside sewing machines in the Tazreen Fashions garment factory, where 112 workers died in a devastating fire last month, in Savar November 30, 2012. After the fire, both Wal-Mart and Sears admitted that their goods were being manufactured at the Tazreen Fashions workshop, even though both had specifically denied that factory authorisation as a supplier. Under pressure from big Western brands to produce huge volumes of apparel fast and at rock-bottom prices, Bangladeshi suppliers routinely sub-contract their orders, which frequently happens without the knowledge of the end-buyers. Picture taken On November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: BUSINESS DISASTER) - RTR3BART

29 Aug 2016

Can the throw-away fashion industry lead a new trend toward sustainability?

By Priya Dadlani | August 29 2016 “One day we will not even say sustainable; we will just call it fashion” (Thomson Reuters Foundation) After oil, fashion is the most polluting industry […]

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 […]

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 […]

Filipino miners push a cart containing sacks of mineral muck ore in the gold mining town of Diwalwal in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

11 Aug 2016

Philippines suspends two more mines in environmental clampdown

By Enrico Dela Cruz (Reuters) | 11 August 2016 MANILA – The Philippine government has suspended operations at two more mines due to environmental violations in an ongoing audit of […]

A gas pump displays the price for E15, a gasoline with 15 percent of ethanol, and various other ethanol blends at a gas station in Nevada, Iowa, United States, May 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young

11 Aug 2016

Refiners on track to spend record on U.S. clean fuel standards

By Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) | 10 August 2016 NEW YORK – Major refiners like Valero Energy Corp are on track to pay record amounts this year for credits to comply […]

A sign is seen on all-electric battery "concept" car called LeSEE as it's unveiled by Jia Yueting (unseen), co-founder and head of Le Holdings Co Ltd, also known as LeEco and formerly as LeTV during a ceremony in Beijing, China April 20, 2016.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

10 Aug 2016

China’s LeEco to invest $1.8 billion in electric car factory

By Jake Spring and Norihiko Shirouzu (Reuters) | 10 August 2016 China‘s Le Holdings Co Ltd, also known as LeEco, said on Wednesday it would invest 12 billion yuan ($1.8 […]

A view of the Eagle Butte Mine, operated by Alpha Natural Resources, as seen from a public access overlook platform near Gillette, Wyoming, U.S. May 31, 2016.  REUTERS/Kristina Barker - RTSJFSN

10 Aug 2016

U.S. coal regulator to crack down on cleanup coverage

By Tracy Rucinski (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. states should force coal companies to set aside collateral to pay for future mine cleanups and protect taxpayers as […]

A woman stands on an overhead bridge on a hazy day in Beijing's central business district July 28, 2012. Smoke from factories and heating plants, winds blowing in from the Gobi Desert and fumes from millions of vehicles can combine to blanket the city in this pungent shroud for days. The Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability index this year in 2012 ranked Beijing's pollution at 4.5, with 5 being the worst. Picture taken July 28, 2012. To match Feature CHINA-POLLUTION/    REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

10 Aug 2016

Youth Perspective: Are women key to sustainability?

By Raquel Helen Silva | 10 August 2016 Strengthened by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), women are highlighting the importance of diversity by bringing new insight to this […]

Chinese workers unload a roll of tin plate at Baosteel plant on the outskirts of Shanghai November 20, 2003. REUTERS/Claro Cortes/File Photo

9 Aug 2016

Pollution crackdown on China tin producers could spur imports, lift prices

By Melanie Burton and Ruby Lian (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 MELBOURNE/SHANGHAI – China could ramp up imports of refined tin as a string of environmental inspections at smelters in the […]

Bicycle-mounted police officers patrol outside the World Bank building during International Monetary Fund/World Bank Spring Meetings at IMF headquarters in Washington, April 24, 2010.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

5 Aug 2016

World Bank approves new safeguards criticized by some NGOs

By David Lawder (Reuters) | 04 August 2016 WASHINGTON – The World Bank approved new rules on Thursday that aim to expand protections for people and the environment in projects […]

A model displays the charging plug of a BMW i3 electric car during the Auto China 2016 in Beijing, China, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

5 Aug 2016

Germany’s new electric car discount scheme draws nearly 2,000 applicants

By Andreas Cremer (Reuters) | 04 August 2016 Nearly 2,000 people in Germany have applied for the government’s electric car discount scheme, introduced on July 1, and a third of […]

Workers are seen at a factory of Da Mata, the Brazilian sugar cane processor, in Valparaiso, 355 miles northwest of Sao Paulo September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

5 Aug 2016

U.S. ethanol industry finds sweet deals in Brazil as sugar prices soar

By Chris Prentice and Reese Ewing (Reuters) | 04 August 2016 NEW YORK/SAO PAULO – U.S. ethanol plants and traders are rushing to sell biofuel to Brazil as tightening supplies […]

A labourer pushes a hand cart loaded with sacks of rice at a wholesale market in Kolkata March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

4 Aug 2016

British anti-slavery data bank gets sluggish response from business

By Tom Esslemont (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 01 August 2016 Nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, which estimated there were 11,700 victims living […]

A SolarCity vehicle is seen on the road in San Diego, California, U.S. June 22, 2016.        REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

3 Aug 2016

Under Tesla’s wing, SolarCity’s future remains uncertain

By Nichola Groom (Reuters) | 03 August 2016 After four rocky years as a publicly traded company in the volatile renewable energy sector, SolarCity Corp may now be wading into […]

A vintage wheelcap of a BMW is picturesd before a news conference marking the company's 100th birthday festivities in Munich, southern Germany March 7, 2016.     REUTERS/Michael Dalder

3 Aug 2016

EPA approves sales of 2017 BMW diesel vehicles

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has approved the sale of new 2017 model year […]

A biodiesel vehicle is seen at Dogpatch Biofuels filling station in San Francisco, California January 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

3 Aug 2016

U.S. should probe price spike in biofuels credits: ethanol group

By Tom Polansek (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 CHICAGO – U.S. derivatives regulators and environmental officials should probe for possible manipulation in the market for U.S. biofuels credits after prices […]

A plane is seen during take off in New Jersey behind the Statue of Liberty in New York's Harbor as seen from the Brooklyn borough of New York February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

3 Aug 2016

Exclusive – U.N. aviation emissions pact may be voluntary at first: sources

By Allison Lampert (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 MONTREAL – A deal to limit carbon emissions from global civil aviation could be voluntary for the first five years instead of […]

A train is loaded near a processing plant at the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) Christmas Creek iron ore mine located south of Port Hedland in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, November 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Regan/File Photo

2 Aug 2016

Australian miners leave clean-up bill after taking the cash

By Jonathan Barrett (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 SYDNEY – A move by Australia’s biggest mining state to support the industry by handing back funds earmarked for mine rehabilitation has […]

A combine drives over stalks of soft red winter wheat during the harvest on a farm in Dixon, Illinois, July 16, 2013.    REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

2 Aug 2016

Japan, South Korea block certain U.S. wheat varieties over GMO concerns: USDA

By P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 CHICAGO – Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from […]

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

2 Aug 2016

SolarCity accepts Tesla’s $2.6 billion offer; both shares fall

By Paul Lienert and Liana B. Baker (Reuters) | 01 August 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. SolarCity Corp (SCTY.O) agreed to Tesla Motors Inc’s (TSLA.O) $2.6 billion […]

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 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

1 Aug 2016

USDA confirms unapproved GMO wheat found in Washington state

By Karl Plume (Reuters) | 29 July 2016 Genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto Co, and never approved by federal regulators, has been found growing in a Washington state farm field, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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

27 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Globalization & Four Ways To Avoid Self Destruction

By Georg Kell, Vice Chairman of Arabesque and Founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact | 27 July 2016 In a landmark speech in January 1999, the former UN […]

Testing tubes full of blood are seen at a donation center in Washington, February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

27 Jul 2016

U.S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 26 July 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently […]

A wind turbine producing electricity operates near Newcastle, about 125 km (78 miles) north of Sydney December 14, 2004. A report released at an international wind conference in Sydney on Wednesday says that New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, could have all its domestic power needs met by wind power within five years if it receives government support, Australian radio reported. Photo taken December 14, 2004. NTRES REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

27 Jul 2016

Australia’s AGL and state-owned funds establish renewables fund

By Tom Westbrook (Reuters) | 27 July 2016 Australia’s second-largest energy retailer AGL Energy Ltd said on Wednesday it had set up the nation’s largest renewable energy fund, worth A$2-3 […]

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 […]

A man fishes off a beach in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii July 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Marco Garcia

26 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: What does climate change mean for America’s $73 billion angling industry?

Source: ensia.com By Mary Hoff (Ensia) | 15 July 2016 Inland fish play critical roles in North American ecosystems and economics: In the U.S. alone in 2011, freshwater anglers spent more […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A man uses an inhaler at his house in Beijing, China November 2, 2014.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

20 Jul 2016

Your inhaler’s watching you: drugmakers race for smart devices

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 LONDON – Makers of inhalers to treat asthma and chronic lung disease are racing to develop a new generation of smart devices […]

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 […]

About 2880 candles are seen lit during a World AIDS Day event in Jakarta in this file photo dated December 1, 2009. REUTERS/Dadang Tri

20 Jul 2016

African study exceeds U.N. ‘test and treat’ goal for ending HIV pandemic

By Katy Migiro (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 July 2016 UN goal to get seven out of 10 HIV positive people to take a test and start medication is achievable, researchers […]

A staff shows a medicine used for tuberculosis patients at the government's tuberculosis center in Rawalpindi, Pakistan July 11, 2016. Picture taken July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

20 Jul 2016

Pricing dispute hits supply of TB drugs in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Novartis AG said it has stopped making tuberculosis drugs in Pakistan in a dispute over pricing, prompting fears of a […]

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 […]

Employees work inside a garment factory in Mumbai, India, June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

20 Jul 2016

Indian court orders 30 percent pay hike for garment workers

By Anuradha Nagaraj (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 India is one of the world’s largest textile and garment manufacturers — CHENNAI, India – An Indian court has ordered a […]

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 […]

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 […]

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London, Britain, in this June 18, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files

19 Jul 2016

China approves use of GSK vaccine Cervarix for cervical cancer

By Donny Kwok (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc said on Monday the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has approved its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Cervarix, for […]

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 […]

The keypad on a new Telstra public phone in Sydney.

16 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Delivering on corporate purpose

Global Corporations face the continued challenge of playing their part in making the world a better place. With increased focus from customers, employees, shareholders and the wider community, BT have […]

Political dissident Nguyen Quang A (C) holds a sign which reads "Formasa - damaged the environment and is a criminal" during a protest in Hanoi, Vietnam May 1, 2016 against a unit of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics, a firm they blame for causing an environmental disaster and the death of large numbers of fish in central coast provinces in April. A government investigation into the fish deaths is underway but its preliminary probe found no links to Formosa's $10.6 billion coastal steel plant in Ha Tinh province. REUTERS/Kham

15 Jul 2016

Vietnam says investigating dry waste by Formosa steel unit

By My Pham, Faith Hung and J.R. Wu (Reuters) | 15 July 2016 Vietnamese environmental authorities said they were working with local officials in the Ha Tinh province to investigate dry waste, […]

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 virtual map of Bryant Park is displayed on the screen as a man plays the augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo in New York City, U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

15 Jul 2016

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 July 2016 By rewarding users with virtual badges, MSF hopes the app will be as engaging as Angry Birds or Candy Crush — […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Excavators are seen parked at the construction site of the Kondhane Dam in Karjat, India, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

14 Jul 2016

India’s big development plans could force more from homes, fuel tension: research

By Rina Chandran (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 July 2016 Development activities uproot about 15 million people in their own countries every year, with India accounting for some of the highest […]

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 […]

Suraphon Songruk, an advisor and coordinator for the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand, looks on after a meeting with government officials at Klong Sai Pattana in Surat Thani, south of Thailand, July 1, 2016. Picture taken July 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Alisa Tang

14 Jul 2016

Thai land rights campaigners’ most powerful weapon? Access to information

By Alisa Tang (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 July 2016 With Thai politics in turmoil, land rights campaigners fear the right to access information hangs in the balance — KLONG SAI […]

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 […]

A man carries a cooler as he passes giant bottles of Coca Cola on a beach in Cancun, October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

13 Jul 2016

New tool aims to help businesses value and manage natural assets

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 13 July 2016 “Nature is free, in effect, and so it has been over-exploited and is being depleted” — BARCELONA – A new international […]

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 […]

An employee examines tubes with the label 'Zika virus' at Genekam Biotechnology AG in Duisburg, Germany, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

12 Jul 2016

Austrian biotech plans Zika vaccine clinical trials in 12 months

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 12 July 2016 An Austrian biotech company working with the Institut Pasteur said on Tuesday it planned to start clinical trials with an experimental Zika […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A customer picks up produce near a sign supporting a ballot initiative in Washington state that would require labelling of foods containing genetically modified crops at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

8 Jul 2016

U.S. GMO food labeling bill passes Senate

By Chris Prentice (Reuters) | 8 July 2016 The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would for the first time require food to carry labels listing genetically-modified ingredients, which […]

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 […]

A Monsanto logo is pictured in the company headquarters in Morges, Switzerland, May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

8 Jul 2016

Monsanto, DuPont sign supply agreement for dicamba herbicide

By Karl Plume (Reuters) | 7 July 2016 CHICAGO – U.S. seed and agrochemicals companies Monsanto Co and DuPont said on Thursday they have signed a multi-year supply agreement for […]

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 view of the Dupont logo on a sign at the Dupont  Chestnut Run Plaza  facility near Wilmington, Delaware, April 17, 2012.  REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

8 Jul 2016

DuPont ordered to pay $5.1 million in trial over Teflon-making chemical

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 NEW YORK – A U.S. jury on Wednesday ordered DuPont to pay $5.1 million to a man who said he developed testicular […]

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 […]

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York April 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File photo

8 Jul 2016

Pfizer, Germany’s Merck begin large ovarian cancer trial

By Ransdell Pierson (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 Pfizer Inc and German drugmaker Merck KGaA on Wednesday said they had begun a late-stage trial of their immuno-oncology drug avelumab in […]

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 […]

The Sanofi logo is seen at the company's Sanofi Pasteur headquarters in Lyon, France, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

6 Jul 2016

France’s Sanofi partners U.S. Army to speed up Zika vaccine

By Matthias Blamont and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 6 July 2016 PARIS/LONDON – French drugmaker Sanofi said on Wednesday it had struck a research and development deal with the U.S. […]

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 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 […]

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen in a test tube in a laboratory conducting research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health in Guatemala City, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Josue Decavele

4 Jul 2016

Obama says Congress must end deadlock on Zika funding

By Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Congress must end its deadlock on funding to combat the Zika virus before lawmakers head […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sierra Leonean security forces guard the Marampa 803, a vessel apprehended for alleged illegal fishing activities, that has been moored off the West African country's capital Freetown January 21, 2012. West Africa, recognized as one of the world's richest fisheries grounds teeming with snapper, grouper, sardines, mackerel and shrimp, loses up to $1.5 billion worth of fish each year to vessels fishing in protected zones or without proper equipment or licenses. Widespread corruption and a continuing lack of resources for enforcement mean huge foreign trawlers often venture into areas near the coast that are reserved exclusively for artisanal fishermen, allowing them to drag off tonnes of catch and putting at risk the livelihoods of millions of local people. Picture taken January 21, 2012. To match Feature WESTAFRICA-FISHING/ REUTERS/Simon Akam

30 Jun 2016

Crack down on illegal fishing to protect millions of workers in W.Africa – thinktank

By Kieran Guilbert (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 29 June 2016 Foreign trawlers venture into coastal areas, exhausting local stocks, often illegally, and forcing locals further out to sea to find […]

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 […]

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 Cuban sells black market potatoes door-to-door in a Havana neighborhood, in this April 13, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Claudia Daut/Files

29 Jun 2016

Mexican judge bans import of fresh potatoes from United States

By Alizeh Kohari (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 A Mexican federal judge banned the entry of fresh potatoes from the United States amid concerns that pests they contain may damage […]

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed in the company headquarters in Morges, Switzerland, May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

29 Jun 2016

European Commission to extend glyphosate license for 18 months

By Philip Blenkinsop, Alissa de Carbonnel and Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 The European Commission is extending by 18 months its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

The headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) is pictured in Geneva, Switzerland, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

28 Jun 2016

WHO appoints ex-UNICEF health expert to head new emergency unit

By Kate Kelland (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 28 June 2016 New unit is designed to provide rapid support in health emergency arising from disease, natural or man-made disasters or conflict […]

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger holds the horn of a rhino, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of ivory and a tonne of rhino horn confiscated from smugglers and poachers to be burnt at the Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

28 Jun 2016

Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency suspends boss over missing rhino horns

By MacDonald Dzirutwe (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 Zimbabwe’s wildlife authority has suspended its director general and is investigating the disappearance of 228 kg (500 pounds) of the agency’s stored […]

Products made from giant clam shells are displayed inside a store in the seaside town of Tanmen in China's Hainan province May 10, 2016. Picture taken May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Farah Master

28 Jun 2016

South China Sea reefs ‘decimated’ as giant clams harvested in bulk

By Farah Master (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 TANMEN, China – Ornaments made from the shells of endangered giant clams, renowned in China for having auspicious powers and the luster […]

Cases of Diet Pepsi are displayed for sale in Carlsbad, California February 7, 2012. PepsiCo Inc. will report their earnings February 9. REUTERS/Mike Blake

28 Jun 2016

PepsiCo to bring back aspartame in Diet Pepsi

By Sruthi Ramakrishnan (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N) plans to bring back aspartame, an artificial sweetener it removed from Diet Pepsi in the United States last year, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh arrives for an  Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting in Vienna, Austria, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

28 Jun 2016

Iran oil chief shakes up oil firm in bid to strike pre-election deals

By Rania el Gamal and Dmitry Zhdannikov (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 DUBAI/LONDON – Oil minister Bijan Zanganeh has handed the running of Iran‘s national oil company to a trusted […]

The tiger Arjuna is pictured with Moksha Bybee at Myrtle Beach Safari in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S, in this handout photo provided by MyrtleBeachSafari.com.  MyrtleBeachSafari.com/Handout via Reuters

28 Jun 2016

Exclusive: U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animals

By John Shiffman (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 WASHINGTON – Last year, after a Minnesota dentist sparked an uproar by killing a popular lion named Cecil while on safari in […]

File picture shows a natural gas well drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 8, 2012. Opposition to shale gas from Germany's powerful environmental lobby is sparking fears that major industries in Europe's largest economy will lose out to U.S. rivals tapping cheaper energy. Opponents to the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used to drill for shale are stepping up their arguments about the environmental risks it could pose while industry leaders urge the government to draw up rules to allow exploration. Picture taken January 8, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

27 Jun 2016

Texas ‘Frack Master’ bilked investors out of millions, SEC says

By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Joshua Schneyer (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 NEW YORK – Texas oilman Chris Faulkner built a high-profile public persona, raised millions for his oil and gas […]

A half-finished ivory product from government registered ivory tusk is seen inside a factory in Hong Kong, China June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

27 Jun 2016

Hong Kong timetables total ban on ivory trading for first time

By Farah Master, Sharon Shi, Joyce Zhou, Venus Wu and Stefanie McIntyre (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Hong Kong has called for an end to local ivory trading within five […]

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files

27 Jun 2016

Supreme Court refuses to review prenatal test patent dispute

By Andrew Chung (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 NEW YORK – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid to review a legal fight over the cancellation of a […]

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 […]

President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun speaks at a news conference in Beijing January 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

27 Jun 2016

China touts new bank’s greater understanding of developing world

By Ben Blanchard (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 26 June 2016 Indonesia slum renovation, Pakistan highway construction and Bangladesh power grid upgrade among first deals — BEIJING – The China-led Asian […]

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 […]

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

24 Jun 2016

Ad firms join forces to publicize global U.N. poverty goals

By Sebastien Malo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 24 June 2016 “Even fierce competitors can set aside their differences in order to serve a wider common interest” — NEW YORK – […]

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 […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau

24 Jun 2016

EU officials to decide on Roundup herbicide after political impasse

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 BRUSSELS – An impasse between EU nations on whether to allow Monsanto’s Roundup and similar weed-killers to continue to be sold […]

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 […]

The hand of a child, who has been put on drip after showing symptoms of dengue fever, is seen in the pediatric emergency room of a public hospital in Santo Domingo August 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

24 Jun 2016

Third of hospitals in developing world lack clean running water – study

By Lin Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 Every year, half a million babies die before they are one-month-old due to a lack of clean water and safe […]

Alligator trapper Mark Whitmire prepares an alligator he caught in a lagoon on a golf course to relocate it to a more natural environment in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

24 Jun 2016

Disney World’s ongoing battle against ‘nuisance’ alligators

By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) has had more than 240 “nuisance” alligators captured and killed over the last 10 years at its Florida […]

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 […]

An endangered east African black rhinoceros and her young one walk in Tanzania's Serengeti park in this file photo from May 21, 2010, during the start of an initiative that would see 32 rhinos flown to Tanzania from South Africa. REUTERS/Tom Kirkwood/Files

24 Jun 2016

Auctioneer gets year in U.S. prison for ivory, rhino horn smuggling

By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 NEW YORK – An executive with a Beverly Hills gallery and auction house was sentenced on Wednesday to one year and one day […]

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 […]

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 […]

A bottle of water with the logo of Veolia Environnement is seen during the company's 2014 annual results presentation in Paris February 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

22 Jun 2016

Michigan attorney general sues France’s Veolia in Flint water crisis

By Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 DETROIT – The Michigan attorney general on Wednesday sued French water company Veolia and a Texas firm for “botching” their roles in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A sign explaining the parameters concerning the Zika virus and blood donations is seen at the American Red Cross Charles Drew Donation Center in Washington February 16, 2016.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron

22 Jun 2016

U.S. to help fund technology to eliminate Zika in blood supply

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The U.S. government said on Monday it has agreed to help fund two pathogen reduction technologies to help reduce the risk of […]

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks during the Climate Summit at United Nations headquarters in New York, in this September 23, 2014, file photo. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files

22 Jun 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Making Global Goals Local Business

22 June 2016 This week, leaders from across the globe meet in New York for the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit to discuss the future of our Planet. We spoke […]

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 […]

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan February 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

21 Jun 2016

Cat allergy flop torpedoes high-profile UK biotech Circassia

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Circassia Pharmaceuticals lost nearly two-thirds of its value on Monday as its experimental cat allergy treatment failed in a late-stage trial, dealing […]

Material to prevent Zika infection by mosquitoes are displayed at the 69th World Health Assembly at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

21 Jun 2016

Inovio Pharma gets green signal to test Zika vaccine in human trial

By Amrutha Penumudi (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Drug developer Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc and its partner GeneOne Life Sciences Inc said they had received approval from U.S. regulators to start […]

A pump jack operates at a well site leased by Devon Energy Production Company near Guthrie, Oklahoma September 15, 2015.    REUTERS/Nick Oxford

21 Jun 2016

Marathon Oil to buy PayRock Energy Holdings for $888 mln

By Arathy S Nair (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Oil and natgas producer Marathon Oil Corp said on Monday it agreed to buy PayRock Energy Holdings LLC for $888 million […]

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 […]

The corporate logo of Bayer is seen at the headquarters building in Caracas March 1, 2016.   REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Photo - RTSFW21

21 Jun 2016

Bayer crop unit apologizes to farmers after Twitter gaffe

By Tom Polansek (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 CHICAGO – Bayer AG’s crop science division apologized on Monday for a tweet that suggested reduced meat demand could benefit the environment, […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.     REUTERS/Charles Platiau

21 Jun 2016

France to vote against continued EU use of weedkiller glyphosate

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 France will vote on Friday against the continued use of weedkiller glyphosate, its environment minister said, adding to uncertainty over the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Flowers are seen at the Royal FloraHolland flower market in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

17 Jun 2016

African growers threaten Dutch flower power

By Thomas Escritt (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 AALSMEER, Netherlands – The Netherlands is fighting to retain its crown as the world’s top auction house for flowers as growers in […]

LG Electronics' company logo is displayed at their news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

17 Jun 2016

LG Electronics sells mosquito-repelling TV in India

By Nataly Pak (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 SEOUL – The Indian arm of South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc has begun selling a TV with a feature that it says repels […]

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 […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

17 Jun 2016

WHO says 122 million dollars needed for global response to Zika virus

By Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 LONDON – Almost $122 million is needed to prevent and manage the medical complications of the Zika virus spreading throughout the Americas […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 bakery worker rides a bicycle in Cairo, Egypt May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

15 Jun 2016

For Egypt’s entrepreneurs, going green makes business sense

By Dina Zayed (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 15 June 2016 Eco-friendly startups are creating jobs for young people and solving local environmental problems — CAIRO – As young people across […]

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 […]

A surgical team prepares a man for surgery to receive a donated kidney in New York, August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

14 Jun 2016

U.S. to invest $200 million to shorten organ transplant wait lists

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 The U.S. government announced plans on Monday to invest $200 million to help shorten the waiting list for patients waiting for organ […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Irving Oil refinery is photographed at sunset on in Saint John, New Brunswick, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Devaan Ingraham

10 Jun 2016

Exclusive: Irving Oil dust pollution exceeded limits in Canadian city

By Dave Sherwood (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 Irving Oil’s refinery in the Canadian province of New Brunswick spewed an excessive amount of ash-like catalyst into the surrounding city of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Philips logo is seen at Philips headquarters, where Philips CEO Frans van Houten gave a presentation of the company's 2013 full-year results, in Amsterdam January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos

8 Jun 2016

Tech-savvy patients from Gulf to China to drive Philips health

By Toby Sterling (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 Demand from technology-savvy patients seeking control over their medical data will overcome privacy concerns about the “connected” products and services Philips is now […]

2016 Rio Olympics Chief Medical Officer Joao Grangeiro attends a briefing on Zika virus for international media in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

8 Jun 2016

WHO to consider new evidence on Zika, Olympics next week

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it will convene experts next week to discuss the Zika outbreak, including its […]

A doctor tests a child for malaria at the Ithani-Asheri Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Katy Migiro

7 Jun 2016

Presidents and billionaires drive battle against Africa’s deadliest creature

By Katy Migiro (Reuters) | 7 June 2016 ARUSHA, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Jakaya Kikwete, the former president of Tanzania, recalled arriving at his cousin’s house to find the family […]

Workers dry cocoa beans in the village of Goin Debe, Blolequin department, western Ivory Coast in this August 17, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Luc Gnago/Files

7 Jun 2016

Cocoa exporter rejections rise on quality of Ivory Coast mid-crop

By Ange Aboa (Reuters) | 7 June 2016 Exporters are rejecting roughly half of cocoa port arrivals from top producer Ivory Coast on quality grounds, adding to problems that are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Picture taken January 24.   TO MATCH STORY GERMANY-FOODSHARING.Credit: REUTERS

6 Jun 2016

Global standard to measure food waste aims to put more on plates

By Megan Rowling  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 June 2016 BARCELONA, A new global standard for measuring food loss and waste will help countries and companies step up efforts 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 […]

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 […]

The corporate logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is shown in Silver Spring, Maryland, November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed

3 Jun 2016

Experimental drugs for compassionate use to sell only at cost: FDA

By Amrutha Penumudi and Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 2 June 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said companies could only charge patients for the cost of manufacturing experimental treatments […]

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 […]

A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials continue moving live tigers from the controversial Tiger Temple, in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

3 Jun 2016

Thai police charge 22 with wildlife trafficking at Tiger Temple

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 Thai police have charged 22 people, including three Buddhist monks, with wildlife trafficking and removed more dead animals including a bear and […]

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

3 Jun 2016

VW receives approval for fixes on more than 800,000 cars

By Maria Sheahan (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has received regulatory approval for technical fixes on some models, it said on Friday, meaning it could now recall more […]

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 – […]

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 […]

Canada's Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand speaks during a news conference upon the release of her report in Ottawa, Canada, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie - RTX243QI

1 Jun 2016

Canada must do more to mitigate climate disasters: watchdog

By David Ljunggren (Reuters) | 31 May 2016 The Canadian government needs to do more to mitigate climate disasters such as floods and wildfires, a top green watchdog said on […]

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 […]

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 […]

A mother and son from the native Indian tribe Kemha Yatsepo draw drinking water from a well at their settlement in Chaco Paraguayo, 244 km (152 miles) north of Asuncion, October 2, 2012. The UN's World Food Programme is helping Paraguay's government to distribute some 1,800 kg of food aid to help 10,000 families affected by flooding last April, according to their Paraguayan office.Credit: REUTERS

28 May 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Nutrition and Sustainability

Mr. Sunny Verghese is CEO of Olam International, a global agribusiness, and earlier this year, he was the only private sector invitee to speak at the UN’s High Level Thematic […]

File photo of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers seen on sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

16 May 2016

U.N. experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 LONDON, The pesticide glyphosate, sold by Monsanto in its Roundup weed killer product and widely used in agriculture and by gardeners, is unlikely to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Drought-hit South Africa partners with Iran to build desalination plants

By Wendell Roelf (Reuters) | 11 May 2016 South Africa has partnered with Iran to develop desalination plants along all coastal communities to boost water supplies, the water minister said […]

Planes are parked next to a landing track at the international airport of Santiago city, Chile, September 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

11 May 2016

Carbon-offset deal would cost airlines $6.2 billion in 2025: IATA

By Allison Lampert (Reuters) | 11 May 206 A global market-based measure to curb aviation emissions would cost the airline industry up to $6.2 billion in the year 2025, but […]

A man pushes a wheelbarrow loaded with water containers in a neighbourhood called "The Tank" at the slum of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

10 May 2016

Venezuela extends two-day workweek for state employees to save energy

By Alexandra Ulmer (Reuters) | 10 May 2016 Venezuela’s socialist government has extended a two-day workweek for public sector employees for another two weeks because of a drought that has […]

Volunteers unload relief supplies from a truck at Asslang village in Gorkha, Nepal, on April 29, 2015, four days after a devastating earthquake struck. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

10 May 2016

EXCLUSIVE – Pump more aid dollars into local response, say global charities

By Tom Esslemont | 10 May 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The chaos of emergency responses to crises such as the Syria war and Nepal earthquake could be drastically […]

South Sudanese who fled the recent ethnic violence carry food aid from a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in Pibor, Jonglei State, in this January 12, 2012 file photo. Two years ago, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a petition to fight hunger with the slogan: "1,000,000,000 people live in chronic hunger and I'm mad as hell. " But outrage over the "horrifying figure" of 1 billion hungry people around the world has turned to embarrassment in some quarters in light of growing doubts about the accuracy of the number. Many researchers say the estimate was simply too high. The controversy led the Committee on World Food Security, to urge the FAO to overhaul its calculations using better data and methodology and to call for a set of internationally agreed food-security indicators. The first fruits are due in October when a new estimate of the number of undernourished people will be published along with revisions for previous years as part of the FAO's annual report on food insecurity. To match Feature HUNGER-METRICS.Credit: REUTERS

9 May 2016

South Sudan food crisis may almost double to 5.3 million: U.N.

By Tom Miles (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 Up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face a severe food shortages during this year’s lean season, the U.N. World […]

Union flags and the Big Ben clocktower cover notebooks are seen on sale in London, Britain, Thursday  December 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

9 May 2016

Pharma body says Brexit could leave UK patients facing drug delays

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 Britain’s pharmaceuticals trade body has come out firmly against the country leaving the European Union, warning on Monday that an exit could […]

A wreath for a victim who died in a protest against a Chinese-run copper mine in Myanmar on December 22, 2014, is seen in front of police officers standing guard during a demonstration near the Chinese embassy in Yangon December 29, 2014. Myanmar police on December 22, 2014, fired on protesters near the Letpadaung mine which is at the center of a long-running land dispute, killing one person and wounding 20. REUTERS/Minzayar (MYANMAR - Tags: CIVIL UNREST ENERGY) - RTR4JJW0

9 May 2016

After Myanmar protests, China says companies should respect laws

By Ben Blanchard (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 China has consistently demanded its companies operating abroad respect local laws, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday after hundreds of villagers in […]

Australia's Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg participates in a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra, Australia, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Postles/Pool

9 May 2016

Australian inquiry backs nuclear power after decades-long aversion

By Byron Kaye (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 An Australian royal commission on Monday recommended building a nuclear industry, including a waste dump, in the uranium-rich state of South Australia, propelling […]

A woman fetches drinking water from a well along a dry Chemumvuri river near Gokwe, Zimbabwe. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

9 May 2016

U.N. agency says needs $290 million for drought-sticken Zimbabwe

By MacDonald Dzirutwe (Reuters) | 9 May 2016 The United Nations Development Programme has raised $70 million since February for humanitarian aid for drought-stricken Zimbabwe but has a funding gap […]

An internally displaced girl carries her sibling past makeshift shelters at Gorgor camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, as famine swept across the Horn of Africa nation, Aug. 19, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

9 May 2016

ANALYSIS – How to stop people dying from aid shortages? Tackle roots of crises

By Megan Rowling | 9 May 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women in Niger travel miles by donkey cart to health centres in the hope of getting food for their […]

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

9 May 2016

Armed guards protect last water in drought-parched Indian city

By Shuriah Niazi | 9 May 2016 TIKAMGARH, India, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in this drought-parched city in central India have deployed round-the-clock armed guards at a river-fed community reservoir […]

A view of Benson Street in Monrovia October 13, 2011. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

6 May 2016

Land rights at root of palm oil conflict in Liberia, campaigners say

By Matthew Ponsford | 6 May 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The lack of tenure over ancestral lands lies at the root of violent clashes on land leased to […]

A crane loads shipping containers on "Hambourg Bridge" ship along the dockside at the Seayard Co. terminal, operated by the Marseille-Fos port authority in Fos sur Mer, France, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

5 May 2016

Pressure builds on shipping industry to set carbon targets

By Jonathan Saul and Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 5 May 2016 LONDON, Disagreement among nations means no carbon emissions targets have been set for international shipping, but voices from within the […]

Residents wait with their containers to collect water in Latur, India, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui - RTX2BSPM

5 May 2016

Women’s wisdom crucial to beating climate change, researchers say

By Laurie Goering | 5 May 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the Indian community of Mahewa, when monsoon floods come, women start to eat and drink as little […]

A farmer holds earth from his farm in the village of Rio Pardo next to Bom Futuro National Forest, in the district of Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 1, 2015.REUTERS/Nacho Doce

4 May 2016

Land titles for farmers help cut Brazil’s forest loss – scientist

By Chris Arsenault (Reuters) | 4 May 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Brazil should speed up its programme to grant small farmers formal land ownership to slow down […]

A worker carries a sack of rice at main market in Colombo January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

4 May 2016

As the climate shifts, tradition threatens Sri Lanka’s rice harvest

By Amantha Perera | 4 May 2016 RAJANGANAYA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In mid-April, at the same time of year as their families have done for generations, Sri […]

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to steelworkers during a campaign event in Ashland, Kentucky, United States, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

4 May 2016

Clinton vows to support U.S. coal regions while embracing cleaner energy

By Susan Heavey (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 Please link here to view video on Reuters. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the United States must move toward […]

A shrimp farm affected by drought is seen in Bac Lieu province, in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam March 30, 2016. Picture taken on March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kham      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2AA1H

4 May 2016

Economies could shrink by mid-century due to scarce water – World Bank

By Sebastien Malo (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Economies across large swathes of the globe could shrink dramatically by mid-century as fresh water grows […]

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

3 May 2016

France gets G7 to discuss global regulation of medicine prices

By Matthias Blamont and Jean-Baptiste Vey (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 France will press its G7 partners this month to launch an “irreversible” process to control the prices of new medicines, part of a […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau

3 May 2016

EPA takes offline report that says glyphosate not likely carcinogenic

By P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday pulled a report offline that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, saying […]

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.  REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

3 May 2016

Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA

By Osamu Tsukimori (Reuters) | 2 May 2016 Countries that plan to build coal-fired power plants need to reassess their energy strategy because such facilities may not be a viable […]

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news conference at City Hall in the Manhattan borough of New York City, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

3 May 2016

New York businesses to cut trash by half in ‘Zero Waste’ plan

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) | 2 May 2016 More than 30 New York City businesses, including Whole Foods Market Inc, Walt Disney Co’s ABC and Anheuser Busch, have agreed to […]

The new Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

29 Apr 2016

Investor network says utilities should face climate change stress tests

By Nina Chestney  (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 Electric utilities should undergo stress tests to show how their business models are in line with limiting global warming, a global network of […]

A 33-month-old black rhino is seen at a game reserve near Cape Town, South Africa, January 8, 2005.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

29 Apr 2016

Swaziland to ask U.N. body to sell its rhino horn stockpile

By Ed Stoddard (Reuters) | 29 April 2016 Swaziland has submitted a proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to sell its rhino horn stocks to […]

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert arrives for a news conference in Berlin, Germany, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

29 Apr 2016

Berlin: German nuclear commission has shown way for sustainable solution

By Joseph Nasr (Reuters) | 29 April 2016 A report on allotting the costs of atomic waste storage by a commission overseeingGermany‘s nuclear exit lays the foundations for a sustainable […]

Indigenous leaders from all over the world pray as they sail on the Seine near the Eiffel Tower during a gathering demanding true climate solutions, in Paris, Dec. 6, 2015, as the U.N. climate change conference continued at Le Bourget near the French capital. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

29 Apr 2016

Researchers collect indigenous stories to fill climate change data gaps

By Sebastien Malo | 29 April 2016 NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Canadian scientists have collected stories from more than 90,000 people whose traditional ways of life rely on nature, […]

A northern white rhino, only three of its kind left in the world, moves in an enclosed and constantly protected perimeter ahead of the Giants Club Summit of African leaders and others on tackling poaching of elephants and rhinos, Ol Pejeta conservancy near the town of Nanyuki, Laikipia County, Kenya, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

29 Apr 2016

Africa leaders, conservationists seek end to slaughter of elephants, rhinos

By Edmund Blair (Reuters) | 29 April 2016 The future of Africa’s elephants and rhinos depends on the ability of the continent’s nations to battle together against poaching, Kenya’s president […]

People work in a field just outside Pyongyang, North Korea October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

28 Apr 2016

N. Korea food production falls for first time since 2010, hunger worsening – UN

By Magdalena Mis | 28 April 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Food production in North Korea has fallen for the first time since 2010, the U.N. Food and Agriculture […]

An aedes aegypti mosquito is pictured on a leaf in San Jose, Costa Rica February 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

27 Apr 2016

White House urges Congress to move on Zika funding

By Timothy Gardner (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 Two senior Obama administration officials wrote congressional leaders on Tuesday to urge legislation be passed to fund the fight against the Zika […]

Commuters pass the Town Hall and Council House in Birmingham in central England October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

27 Apr 2016

More urgent action needed on air pollution in Britain-MPs

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 27 April 2016 A government plan to tackle air pollution in five major cities in Britain by 2020 will not be enough and more urgent […]

A girl carries a metal pitcher filled with water through a field in Latur, India, April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

27 Apr 2016

Trafficking risk rises as villagers flee India’s worst drought in decades

By Rina Chandran | 27 April 2016 MUMBAI, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The worst drought in decades across several states in India is forcing tens of thousands of people to […]

Mitsubishi Motors Corp's showroom is pictured at its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, April 21, 2016.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

27 Apr 2016

EPA orders Mitsubishi to conduct new vehicle testing

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it ordered Mitsubishi Motors Corp to provide additional information and conduct new tests of […]

Investor, philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

26 Apr 2016

Billionaire green donor launches U.S. millennial voter drive

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 25 April 2016 Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer’s super PAC launched a $25 million youth voter drive on Monday in seven political battleground states to […]

French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal delivers a speech to open the annual environmental conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

26 Apr 2016

France to set unilateral floor price for carbon emissions

By Emmanuel Jarry (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 The French government has committed to unilaterally set a carbon price floor for electricity producers in a move aimed at curbing coal-fired […]

A banner installed by activists with the Rainforest Action Network hangs from an iconic Pepsi-Cola billboard located on the edge of the East River in the New York City borough of Queens on 25 April, 2016. REUTERS/Walter Hergt/Handout via Reuters

26 Apr 2016

Activists unfurl banner on iconic NYC Pepsi sign in palm oil protest

By Sebastien Malo | 25 April 2016 (Updates with response from PepsiCo.) — NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Environmental activists attempted to shame multinational PepsiCo on Monday by draping […]

A pile of plastic bottles, collected by young people in Yaounde, Cameroon, wait for collection on a city street. TRF/Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

26 Apr 2016

Cameroon fights flooding by turning plastic waste into jobs

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame | 26 April 2016 YAOUNDE, Cameroon, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Retired Cameroonian footballer Roger Milla is already famous for being the oldest goal scorer – at age […]

Huts in the village of Bagare, Passore province, northern Burkina Faso, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Zoe Tabary

26 Apr 2016

Laws fail victims of forced, early marriage in “chauvinistic” Burkina Faso – Amnesty

By Kieran Guilbert | 26 April 2016 DAKAR, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Burkina Faso’s marriage laws are failing girls who are forced into early marriage by their families and threatened, abused […]

An Indonesian worker pushes a cart of palm oil fruits at Felda Bukit Cerakah in the district of Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur April 16, 2014. A slump in the number of Indonesian workers applying for jobs in Malaysia's palm oil sector is worsening a labour crunch that industry players say is taking a heavy toll on the export earnings of the world's second-largest grower of the edible oil. The two countries account for about 85 percent of the global output of palm oil - used in foods ranging from margarines and biscuits to instant noodles - and Indonesia's booming economy also poses a longer-term threat to its own palm oil output as urbanisation drains rural workers. Picture taken April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS COMMODITIES EMPLOYMENT) - RTR3MU8O

26 Apr 2016

Palm oil industry group orders company to halt Peru planting

By Mitra Taj (Reuters) | 25 April 2016 LIMA,  A palm oil industry body on Monday ordered a member company with a 5,000 hectare (12,355 acre) concession in Peru to stop developing […]

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is pictured at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva, January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

26 Apr 2016

WHO issues yellow fever warning as deadly outbreak grows

By Kate Kelland and Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 LONDON/GENEVA, Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to the […]

A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012.     REUTERS/Les Stone

25 Apr 2016

Pennsylvania voters torn over calls for a fracking ban

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 24 April 2016 For some Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, Tuesday’s primary election will be more than just a chance to pick preferred candidates for public […]

Workers fumigate against mosquito breeding as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at the cemetery in Sochi, Russia, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kazbek Basayev

25 Apr 2016

U.S. agencies issues rules to protect workers from Zika

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 U.S. health and safety officials issued new guidelines on Friday to help protect workers from exposure to Zika, a mosquito-borne and sexually-transmitted […]

Indigenous people call for justice for members of their communities who have died in the battle to protect their forests from exploitation, New York, April 22 2016. TRF/Nádia Pontes

25 Apr 2016

Indigenous leaders seek forest protection role in global climate fight

By Nádia Pontes | 24 April 2016 NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As 175 countries signed the Paris climate change deal at U.N. headquarters on Friday, Diana Rios, a 23-year-old indigenous […]

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

25 Apr 2016

Push to ward off disasters in Dhaka slum deters early marriage

By Laurie Goering | 25 April 2016 DHAKA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the 127 families of Medical Slum, a warren of tin shacks set in the shadow of a towering […]

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

22 Apr 2016

Congo signs landmark $200 mln deal to protect forests

By Kieran Guilbert | 22 April 2016 DAKAR, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday signed a landmark $200 million deal with donors to tackle deforestation […]

In this file November 28, 2014 photo, Munduruku Indians do a traditional dance around officials from Brazil's national Indian agency (Funai), in western Para state, to protest the construction of the planned Sao Luiz do Tapajos hydroelectric dam. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

22 Apr 2016

Brazil suspends Amazon dam project over fears for indigenous people

By Chris Arsenault | 22 April 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Land rights campaigners have welcomed the suspension of a mega-dam project in Brazil‘s Amazon basin which […]

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

22 Apr 2016

Volkswagen takes $18 billion hit over emissions scandal

By Andreas Cremer and Edward Taylor (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Volkswagen (VW) said on Friday it would take a 16.2-billion-euro ($18.2 billion) hit to its 2015 […]

The crew of the  U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, in the midst of their ICESCAPE mission, retrieves supplies for some mid-mission fixes dropped by parachute from a C-130 in the Arctic Ocean in this July 12, 2011 NASA handout photo obtained by Reuters June 11, 2011. Scientists punched through the sea ice to find waters richer in phytoplankton than any other region on earth. Phytoplankton, the base component of the marine food chain, were thought to grow in the Arctic Ocean only after sea ice had retreated for the summer. Scientists now think that the thinning Arctic ice is allowing sunlight to reach the waters under the sea ice, catalyzing the plant blooms where they had never been observed.Credit: Reuters

22 Apr 2016

China, U.S. pledge to ratify Paris climate deal this year

By Michelle Nichols and Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. China and the United States, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gas emissions, pledged on Friday […]

A participant poses with a replica of the planet during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe  - RTX1XPEY

22 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Working for a Better World

By Patsy Doerr, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters | 22 April 2016 (Earth Day) Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a foundational pillar of business today. Organizations realize […]

Cooling towers of South African petro-chemical company Sasol's synthetic fuel plant in Secunda, north of Johannesburg, are seen in this picture taken March 1,2016.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko - RTSBVFF

22 Apr 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Businesses can help drive climate-resilient development in Africa

By Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman, Planet Earth Institute | 22 April 2016 April 22, or Earth Day, is set to be a significant day for African development. Today President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi […]

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.

21 Apr 2016

Carbon pricing campaign stepped up ahead of climate deal ceremony

By Susanna Twidale (Reuters) | 21 April 2016 A group of world leaders and international banks on Thursday urged more countries to launch schemes that put a price on carbon […]

A participant hands out tree seedlings to be planted during the annual "Pista ng Kagueban" ("Feast of the Forest") event held in Puerto Princesa city, Philippines, in this June 2009 file photo. REUTERS/John Javellana

21 Apr 2016

To protect Philippine forests, may the “tribal force” be with you

By Purple Romero | 20 April 2016 DAVAO, Philippines, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indigenous people in the Philippines are calling on the government to authorise a force of tribal rangers […]

A woman walks in front of Mitsubishi Motors Corp's headquarters in Tokyo May 23, 2013.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

21 Apr 2016

Mitsubishi Motors shares dive, Japan officials raid facility

By Chang-Ran Kim (Reuters) | 21 April 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Japanese officials raided a facility belonging to Mitsubishi Motors Corp (7211.T) on Thursday after the […]

An area deforested by illegal gold mining is seen in a zone known as Mega 14, in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios July 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Janine Costa

21 Apr 2016

With climate deal, activists seeks land rights for native people

By Sebastien Malo | 21 April 2016 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With world leaders converging in New York to sign a landmark climate deal, activists along with actor […]

Ships sail on the Yangtze river near Shanghai November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

20 Apr 2016

China wants ships to use faster Arctic route opened by global warming

(Reuters) China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the […]

Environmental activists march in defence of Europe's last ancient forest, the Bialowieza Primeval Forest, in Warsaw, Poland January 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

19 Apr 2016

Activists lobby EU about logging in Poland’s ancient forest

By Agnieszka Barteczko (Reuters) | 19 April 2016 Poland’s plans to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest could breach European Union law because it would some of its destroy natural […]

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a news conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

19 Apr 2016

Brazil’s Rousseff cancels U.S. trip to sign climate pact: sources

By Lisandra Paraguassu (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 BRASILIA,Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a scheduled trip to New York to participate in a climate event at the United Nations this […]

Britain's Energy Secretary Amber Rudd arrives to attend a cabinet meeting at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

19 Apr 2016

UK carbon emission goals in jeopardy if Hinkley delayed: minister

By Susanna Twidale (Reuters) | 19 April 2016 Britain’s carbon emission targets could be at risk if the Hinkley C nuclear power project is canceled or delayed beyond its planned […]

Employees work behind a globe on the floor of the outsourcing company WNS in Mumbai March 19, 2012. Indian back-office company WNS Holdings Ltd may launch the first of three customer-service centres in the United States over the next quarter, its CEO Keshav Murugesh said, as it looks to boost revenues in its second largest market. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

18 Apr 2016

ANALYSIS-Does premature Paris climate deal risk a painful birth?

By Megan Rowling | 18 April 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When ministers and climate change negotiators from the world’s poorest countries gathered in Kinshasa recently, they were dismayed […]

In this 2014 file photo, a youth displaced by the fighting charges batteries with solar panels at a makeshift shop in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the United Nations (UN) base in Bentiu, South Sudan. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

15 Apr 2016

Development banks urged to put more energy into power for poor

By Megan Rowling |  14 April 2016 BARCELONA,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The World Bank and other major development banks are investing far too little in getting electric power to poor […]

People wait outside closed stores at a mall in Caracas, Venezuela, February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello

15 Apr 2016

Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power

By Andrew Cawthorne (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 (Adds time change measure) — CARACAS, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday punitive electricity rationing would be imposed on 15 shopping malls and drought-hit […]

Mark Carney, the chairman of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), speaks during a news conference after FSB plenary session in Tokyo, Japan, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

15 Apr 2016

EXCLUSIVE-EU weighs stress tests for banks’ climate risk exposure

By Francesco Guarascio (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 Financial firms in the European Union may have to undergo stress tests on their exposure to climate change risk, such as floods, and to […]

A female herder holds up her livestock insurance contract in Marsabit County, northern Kenya. TRF/Anthony Langat

14 Apr 2016

Subsidised insurance bolsters Kenyan herders against drought

By Anthony Langat | 13 April 2016 MARSABIT, Kenya, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At 7am, the Kubi-Qallo borehole near Goro Rukesa village in northern Kenya is already a hive of activity, […]

Entrepreneur Sean Parker, founder of Napster, takes part in a panel during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York, September 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

13 Apr 2016

Sean Parker sets up $250 million cancer immunotherapy collaboration

By Deena Beasley (Reuters) | 13 April 2016 A $250 million grant from Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, announced on Wednesday, aims to speed development of more effective cancer treatments […]

The ticker and stock information for Peabody Energy is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

13 Apr 2016

Peabody, world’s top private coal miner, files for bankruptcy

By Tracy Rucinski and Tom Hals (Reuters) | 13 April 2016 Peabody Energy Corp, the world’s largest privately owned coal producer, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in the wake […]

A United Nations logo is pictured at the Grand Palais during the Solutions COP21 in Paris, France, December 4, 2015 as the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) continues at Le Bourget near the French capital.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

13 Apr 2016

UN climate chief predicts Paris deal will take effect early

By Laurie Goering | 12 April 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new global pact to tackle climate change, agreed in Paris in December, could come into force two […]

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

12 Apr 2016

China to release more water to alleviate Southeast Asia drought

By Ben Blanchard (Reuters) | 12 April 2016 China will release more water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of […]

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

12 Apr 2016

Argentina aims for $5 bln investment in renewable energy by 2018

By Juliana Castilla (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina aims to rake in $5 billion in investments in renewable energy by 2018 with the goal of reducing its energy […]

A veterinarian injects antibiotics into chickens at a poultry farm in Arbil, about 350 km (220 miles) north of [Baghdad] February 1, 2006. Officials in northern Iraq said on Tuesday they were treating 12 patients suspected of having bird flu as a World Health Organization (WHO) team prepared to travel to the area to give urgent assistance. - RTXO6LN

11 Apr 2016

Investor group launches campaign to curb antibiotic use in food

By Simon Jessop, Martinne Geller and Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 Fifty four large investors managing 1 trillion pounds in assets have launched a campaign to curb the use […]

A labourer drinks water as smokes rise from a chimney of a brick factory at Togga village on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 6, 2009. India set a goal on Thursday for slowing the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions, the last major economy to offer a climate target four days before the start of U.N. talks on combating global warming. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

11 Apr 2016

India’s budget for climate adaptation inadequate – activists

By Sujit Chakraborty (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 NEW DELHI, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Indian government has come under fire after allocating 3.5 billion rupees ($52.8 million) for climate […]

Steam is seen drifting from a factory over the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in this February, 6, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Darren Hauck/Files

11 Apr 2016

Nations seek rapid ratification of Paris climate deal, four-year lock

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 10 April 2016 Many nations are pushing for swift ratification of a Paris agreement to slow climate change and lock it in place for four […]

A man walks by a pipe discharging waste water into the Yangtze River from a paper mill in Anqing, Anhui province, December 4, 2013. REUTERS/William Hong

8 Apr 2016

“Sludge” can help China curb emissions and power cities, says think tank

By Magdalena Mis | 8 April 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – China can cut its greenhouse gas emissions and generate electricity by treating the 30 million tonnes of sludge […]

Subsistence farmers tend their fields near the capital Lilongwe, as Malawi suffers from drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern, Feb. 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

8 Apr 2016

World Bank ramps up help for poor to adapt to climate change

By Megan Rowling | 8 April 2016 BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The World Bank Group plans to invest more of its funds to help developing countries adapt to the […]

The Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig contracted from Diamond Offshore Drilling by Desire Petroleum floats in location for oil drilling some 150 km (93 miles) from the Falkland Islands in this February 19, 2010 file photo. Few people are tracking the ups and downs of the British companies looking for oil off the disputed Falkland Islands as closely as islanders themselves. The search for black gold in South Atlantic waters claimed by Argentina has even persuaded some residents to dabble in the stock market as they bet on a windfall that could guarantee their small community's prosperity for decades to come.Credit: REUTERS

8 Apr 2016

Argentina to boost ethanol requirement in fuels: industry body

By Walter Bianchi (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 Argentina will more than double the required blend of ethanol used in gasoline from next year as part of efforts to diversify […]

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner   Doctor Robert Califf   in Washington, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

8 Apr 2016

FDA to revoke pig drug approval over human cancer risk concern

By Toni Clarke (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday moved to revoke approval of a drug used to treat certain conditions in pigs […]

Signage at a Volkswagen dealership is seen in London, Britain, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

8 Apr 2016

Lower Saxony criticizes bonus payments to VW managers

By Andreas Cremer and Sabine Wollrab (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 The German state of Lower Saxony on Friday criticized Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) plans to pay bonuses to top managers when […]

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

8 Apr 2016

Sixty world leaders to attend UN climate signing in New York on April 22

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 7 April 2016 OSLO, About 60 world leaders will attend an April 22 ceremony in New York opening the period for signatures on last year’s Paris […]

A female Aedes aegypti  mosquito is shown in this 2006 Center for Disease Control (CDC) photograph released to Reuters on October 30, 2013. The mosquito, known to carry such potentially deadly diseases as dengue and yellow fever, has been detected for the first time in California, raising concerns among public health officials and prompting intense efforts to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly diseases. REUTERS/James Gathany/CDC/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH) ATTENTION EDITORS - 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 - RTX14UD6

7 Apr 2016

White House finds temporary fix in Zika funding fight

By Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner (Reuters) | 6 April 2016 The White House said on Wednesday it will redirect $589 million in funds to prepare for the Zika virus […]

Students stand inside their damaged school in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

5 Apr 2016

Global peace forum vows to double efforts to tackle terrorism and migration

By Belinda Goldsmith | 5 April 2016 (Recasts lead, adds press conference) — STOCKHOLM, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An international peace forum vowed on Tuesday to double efforts […]

A roadside peanut seller offers a jar of water for passersby - and birds - at a busy intersection in Bhubaneswar, deserted during intense mid-day heat. TRF/Manipadma Jena

5 Apr 2016

India’s Odisha readies pioneering plan to combat deadly heat

By Manipadma Jena | 5 April 2016 BHUBANESWAR, India, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From stopping work at brick kilns on very hot days to issuing five-day advance warning of heat […]

A shopkeeper tries to save belongings as residents use a bridge covered with floodwater after heavy rain in Nowshera District on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

5 Apr 2016

Climate change puts trillions of dollars of financial assets at risk: study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 4 April 2016 Trillions of dollars of non-bank financial assets around the world are vulnerable to the effects of global warming, according to a study […]

Joni Spiers wears a gas mask while rallying for the permanent shut down of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch neighborhood in Los Angeles, California February 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

4 Apr 2016

U.S. task force to look at massive California natural gas leak

By Timothy Gardner (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 A new U.S. government task force will look into the country’s biggest ever accidental release of methane, which occurred over several months […]

A Google logo is reflected on the screen of a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in Prague January 31, 2014. Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which are frequently involved in patent infringement lawsuits but not against each other, announced on January 26, 2014 that they have reached a global patent cross-licensing agreement. Picture taken January 31.   REUTERS/David W Cerny

4 Apr 2016

Tech giants back EPA in climate rule legal challenge

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 Technology companies Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon on Friday declared support for the Obama administration in a lawsuit facing its central plan […]

Indonesian soldiers spray water on peatland fire in Pulang Pisau regency east of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia in this October 29, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Darren Whiteside/Files

4 Apr 2016

As Indonesian forests burn, new anti-fire agency feels heat

By Bernadette Christina Munthe and Kanupriya Kapoor (Reuters) | 4 April 2016 As forest fires raged like never before across Indonesia last year, President Joko Widodo announced he was setting up a special agency […]

Buildings under construction are seen during a hazy day in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

4 Apr 2016

Global regulators eye climate risk disclosure for listed companies

By Huw Jones (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 A global task force unveiled plans on Friday for all listed companies to disclose in financial reports how climate-related risks could hit […]

Workers are seen walking during the lunch hour in the City of London, in Britain, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

1 Apr 2016

Britain’s new minimum wage feeds in to ‘Brexit’ debate

By Kate Holton (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 More than a million British workers were given a pay rise on Friday as a higher minimum wage came into force, an […]

Residential buildings are seen in smog during a polluted day in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

1 Apr 2016

United States, China to sign Paris climate accord on April 22

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 31 March 2016 The United States and China confirmed Thursday that they will sign the Paris climate change agreement in New York on April 22, a […]

Solar system installer Thomas Bywater adjusts new solar panels on the roof of a house in Sydney in this August 19, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files

31 Mar 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: New Documentary Showcases the Promise Of Solar Energy

Source: Ensia By Todd Reubold @treubold, Ensia publisher and director | 21 March 2016         March 21, 2016 — What do an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist […]

Signage for GlaxoSmithKline is seen on it's offices in London, Britain, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

31 Mar 2016

GSK plans graduated approach to drug patents to help poor

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 31 March 2016 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) said on Thursday it would adopt a graduated approach to patenting its medicines, depending on the wealth of different countries, in […]

A man says a prayer from outside the window of the shrine of Bari Imam on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

31 Mar 2016

Can imams drive action on climate change in Pakistan?

By Saleem Shaikh | 31 March 2016 ISLAMABAD, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Imams and other religious leaders are an under-used means of pushing action to combat climate change, experts and […]

Deden, a teenager whose father says suffers from mental illness, lives chained to a tree under a shelter next to a rice paddy near his family home in Longkewang village in Serang, Banten province, Indonesia March 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Beawiharta

30 Mar 2016

Indonesia pushes to unshackle victims of mental illness

By Johan Purnomo and Angie Teo (Reuters) | 30 March 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Indonesian rice farmer Usman has kept his 19-year-old son chained in the family’s tiny wooden hut […]

Women collect water from a stream outside the village of Tsemera in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, February 13, 2016. REUTERS/Katy Migiro

30 Mar 2016

Ethiopia, UK met agencies join forces to battle weather extremes

By Fasika Tadesse | 30 March 2016 KONSO, Ethiopia, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It is the seventh consecutive year that Deneke Degaga, a father of eight, is facing a crop […]

Members of the clergy enter York Minster before a service to consecrate Reverend Libby Lane as the first female bishop in the Church of England, in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

30 Mar 2016

Hundreds of UK churches set to go green, switch to renewable energy-charities

By Magdalena Mis | 30 March 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than 400 churches in the United Kingdom plan to switch to clean energy providers for their light […]

Badui tribe men carry paddy during the harvest season at Kanekes village on the outskirts of Lebak regency, Indonesia's Banten province, April 8, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta

29 Mar 2016

Pressure grows on Jakarta to tackle indigenous rights abuses

By Fidelis E. Satriastanti | 25 March JAKARTA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indonesia’s government is under pressure to boost protection for indigenous peoples’ rights, after a state-led inquiry identified 40 […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

29 Mar 2016

GMO labels spread as U.S. congressional effort to halt them fades

By Lisa Baertlein (Reuters) | 28 March Even as General Mills Inc and other companies vow to keep fighting mandatory labeling of genetically modified food ingredients, they have begun rolling […]

Tree trunks are pictured along the waters of the Pacific Ocean at Olympic National Park near Forks, Washington on March 11, 2014, on the three-year anniversary of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Scientists predict low levels of radiation from Fukushima could reach waters off the Pacific Northwest as soon as next month, media reported. REUTERS/Jason Redmond  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANNIVERSARY) - RTR3GNQC

29 Mar 2016

USGS revises seismic risk map to include quakes caused by humans

By Liz Hampton, Valerie Volcovici and Jessica Resnick-Ault (Reuters) | 28 March 2016 Earthquakes caused by human activity will now be included in the U.S. Geological Survey’s seismic risk maps, the […]

In this 2015 file photo, an aerial view shows an illegal logging camp (blue tarpaulin in foreground) in the Bom Futuro National Forest near Rio Pardo in Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

29 Mar 2016

To save South America’s forests harmonize tough environment rules – study

By Chris Arsenault | 28 March 2016 TORONTO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – To feed a growing population without destroying the world’s forests, governments and companies need to harmonise rules on […]

A woman sells hot food to a driver stranded on a highway between Beijing and Hebei province, China, that is closed due to smog on an extremely polluted day in this November 30, 2015 file picture. REUTERS/DAMIR SAGOLJ/FILES

29 Mar 2016

China’s polluted Hebei promises clean-up for 2022 Winter Games

By David Stanway and Kathy Chen (Reuters) | 28 March 2016 The top official in China‘s northern province of Hebei, one of the country’s most polluted, has vowed to use […]

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

24 Mar 2016

Rockefeller Family Fund hits Exxon, divests from fossil fuels

By Terry Wade and Anna Driver | 23 March 2016 (Reuters) The Rockefeller Family Fund said on Wednesday it would divest from fossil fuels as quickly as possible and “eliminate […]

Women walk as they shout slogans during a rally calling for gender equality, two days after International Women's Day, in Istanbul March 10, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

8 Mar 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Impatient for change? Stand up for rights while sitting at your desk

By Patsy Doerr | 8 March 2016 With voices around the world calling for women to be educated, paid and treated the same as men – it’s easy to feel […]

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde attends a session during the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Shanghai, China February 27, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

7 Mar 2016

IMF’s Lagarde eyes subsidies, simple things to tackle climate change

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss (Reuters) | 4 March 2016 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Turning the tide on global warming should be tackled by big and small steps that range from cutting subsidies to […]

Pupils of the Stamford CLC Photo Credit: CLC

2 Mar 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Collaborate to improve communities

7 March 2016 Stamford, Connecticut preschool provider Childcare Learning Centers (CLC) joined The Vita Health and Wellness District earlier this year. A collaboration between businesses, community partners and nonprofits, Vita and its […]

Mariam Araujo, 25, plays with Lucas, her 4-months old second child and born with microcephaly as they wait for a physiotherapy session in  Pedro I hospital in Campina Grande, Brazil, February 17, 2016.   REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

2 Mar 2016

New FDA guidelines aim to prevent Zika transmission via tissue, cell donation

By Bill Berkrot in and Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) | 1 March 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued new recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of Zika […]

A contract worker surveys pipes at a Chevron geothermal steam well in Bay Laguna south of the Philippines' capital Manila, in this file photo, February 2008. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

2 Mar 2016

ADB supports 1st climate bond in Asia in $225 mln Philippine deal

By Manuel Mogato (Reuters) | 1 March 2016 MANILA, The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has backed the issuance of Asia’s first climate bond, providing credit enhancement to a Philippine renewable power […]

Children walk past the partially collapsed boundary wall of a school and a Buddhist shrine that were damaged during the earthquake earlier this year at Khumjung, a typical Sherpa village in Solukhumbu district also known as the Everest region, in this picture taken November 30, 2015. To match Insight QUAKE-NEPAL/SHERPAS      REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

1 Mar 2016

Nepal extends Everest permits for climbers put off by earthquakes

By Gopal Sharma | 1 March 2016 Nepal has extended the climbing permits of hundreds of foreigners forced to abandon the Himalayas after last year’s twin earthquakes, the government said […]

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, February 22, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

1 Mar 2016

Trudeau, Canadian provinces set for tough climate change talks

By David Ljunggren (Reuters) | 29 February 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a challenging day of climate change talks on Thursday with leaders of the country’s 10 provinces, one of […]

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim takes to the stage to deliver remarks at the plenary session at the IMF-World Bank annual meetings at Constitution Hall in Washington October 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

1 Mar 2016

World Bank to hold $20 million carbon credit auction

By Susanna Twidale (Reuters) | 29 February 2016 The World Bank will hold a $20 million auction for carbon credits from projects designed to cut methane emissions, offering up to […]

A helicopter flies over the Hudson River with One World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan in the background, on a hazy day in New York City, December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Rickey Rogers      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY         - RTX1XGIK

29 Feb 2016

Exclusive – Democratic Party slams GOP candidates on climate change

By Luciana Lopez (Reuters) | 28 February 2016 The Democratic Party released a video on Sunday slamming Republican presidential hopefuls for their opposition to action on climate change, suggesting the […]

Storm clouds can be seen above a coal ship as it sails near Lady Elliot Island located north-east of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 9, 2015.  REUTERS/David Gray

29 Feb 2016

Global group to assess human impact on nature over three years

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 28 February 2016 A global scientific group on Sunday launched a three-year assessment of mankind’s impact on nature to help protect plants and animals from […]

Water faucet filters are distributed to Flint residents at a distribution center in a fire station in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it was joining a criminal investigation of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention. Picture taken January 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

29 Feb 2016

Michigan governor’s aides urged switch away from Flint River

By Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 27 February 2016 Quality problems prompted two of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s top lawyers to urge that Flint be moved back to the Detroit water […]

Villagers walk along a dry rice field in Chainat province, north of Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

26 Feb 2016

Thailand plans measures worth $285 million to help drought-hit rice farmers

By Panarat Thepgumpanat (Reuters) | 26 February 2016 Thailand, the world’s second-biggest rice exporter, on Friday announced measures worth around $285 million to help farmers in the country who have been […]

Children play in a mustard field at Mohini village, about 190 km (118 miles) south of Siliguri, December 6, 2007. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

26 Feb 2016

Economic Survey backs hybrid seeds in boost for GM food

By Krishna N. Das (Reuters) | 26 February 2016 India should look to introduce high-yielding hybrid seeds to lift its lagging farm productivity, a finance ministry report urged on Friday, in what […]

A general view shows the gold, copper and zinc mining pit at the Bisha Mining Share Company, northwest of Eritrea's capital Asmara, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

26 Feb 2016

Eritrea looks to build mining sector to kick-start economy

By Edmund Blair (Reuters) | 26 February 2016 Eritrea expects to have four mines in operation by 2018 producing gold, copper, zinc and potash as one of Africa’s poorest nations looks to […]

A woman walks past a map showing the elevation of the sea in the last 22 years during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 11, 2015.
REUTERS/STEPHANE MAHE

26 Feb 2016

Oil industry sees Paris climate deal as chance to innovate

By Ernest Scheyder (Reuters) | 26 February 2016 If a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, the oil industry sees the Paris climate accord not as a death knell, […]

A woman sleeps under a mosquito net with her two-year-old son, who is suffering from dengue fever, inside a dengue ward of a local hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

26 Feb 2016

Health experts press for urgent, integrated approach to tackle dengue

By Alisa Tang | 25 February 2016 BANGKOK, Feb 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Health experts called on Thursday for urgent action to tackle the “global dengue pandemic”, and said […]

A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

24 Feb 2016

Brexit is the wrong prescription, says European pharma industry

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 24 February 2016 Britain’s departure from the European Union would threaten scientific research and jeopardise the 28-nation bloc’s system of drug regulation, the European pharmaceutical industry said […]

An assembly line producing electronic cars is seen at a factory of Beijing Electric Vehicle, funded by BAIC Group, in Beijing, China, January 18, 2016.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

24 Feb 2016

China to boost government purchases of new energy vehicles

By Michael Martina (Reuters) | 24 February 2016 China will increase to more than half the ratio of purchases of new energy vehicles by some government departments, the State Council […]

A flower blooms in a durian orchard in an area exploited by bauxite mining companies in Kuantan, Malaysia, February 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris

24 Feb 2016

Kicking up a stink: Malaysia durian farmers demand mining clampdown

By Emily Chow (Reuters) | 23 February 2016 Malaysian farmers of the famously pungent durian fruit are calling for tighter regulations on mining they say is destroying arable land and tainting the […]

The Flint River is seen flowing thru downtown in Flint, Michigan, in this December 16, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

24 Feb 2016

Michigan Senate approves $30 million to help pay Flint water bills

By Mary Wisniewski (Reuters) | 23 February 2016 Residents of Flint, Michigan, one of the poorest cities in the United States, will get $30 million to help pay their water […]

The 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid is displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 14, 2013. REUTERS/James Fassinger

24 Feb 2016

Honda aims for green cars to make up two-thirds of line-up by 2030

By Naomi Tajitsu (Reuters) | 24 February 2016 Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T) on Wednesday said it aimed for new-energy vehicles to account for two-thirds of its line-up by 2030 from around […]

The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on a Volkswagen Golf GTI car at a showroom of Swiss car importer AMAG in Duebendorf, Switzerland February 12, 2016. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

23 Feb 2016

France, Italy yet to reply to EU with VW scandal info: source

By Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 23 February 2016 All European Union nations except for France and Italy have replied to the European Commission’s request for information from member states in […]

A plane is seen during take-off in New Jersey behind the Statue of Liberty in New York's Harbor, Feb. 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

23 Feb 2016

Airline manufacturers escape threat of big costs from new U.N. climate standards

By Allison Lampert (Reuters) | 22 February 2016 MONTREAL, After six years of negotiations over U.N. greenhouse gas regulations, the aerospace industry dodged the threat of spending billions of dollars […]

A utility pole supporting wires for electricity distribution is seen in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 11, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

23 Feb 2016

Kenyan wind power project cancelled due to land disputes

By George Obulutsa  (Reuters) | 23 February 2016 NAIROBI, A $144 million Kenyan wind power project backed by a joint venture between Macquarie Group and Old Mutual Investment Group has […]

Eloy, 38, a Cuban military reservist who is working in a fumigation campaign against Aedes aegypti mosquito, posses for a picture in Havana February 22, 2016.  REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

22 Feb 2016

Cuba deploys army in effort to avoid Zika virus

By Marc Frank (Reuters) | 22 February 2016 Cuban President Raul Castro called on the entire Cuban population to help eradicate the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus on Monday […]

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

22 Feb 2016

EPA asks Volkswagen to make electric cars in U.S.: Welt am Sonntag

By Christoph Steitz, Andreas Cremer and David Shepardson (Reuters) | 21 February 2016 U.S. authorities have asked the German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) to produce electric vehicles in the United States […]

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

22 Feb 2016

China’s smoggy capital to double air monitoring stations

By Ben Blanchard (Reuters) | 22 February 2016 China‘s smoggy capital will almost double the number of air monitoring stations to give a better idea about the true state of […]

Field labourers stand in line at a gym turned shelter in Saltillo, Mexico, August 21, 2015. Some 200 people stayed at the gym after they were rescued, along with 63 minors, in an operation headed by the state attorney, from the farms of a livestock company where they were working under conditions of semi-slavery, according to local media. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

19 Feb 2016

Businesses to feel the heat from slavery scrutiny in 2016

By Alex Whiting | 16 February 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Businesses are coming under increased public scrutiny over the use of slavery in their supply chains, making forced […]

An Apple logo is seen inside the Apple Store in Palo Alto, California November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files

18 Feb 2016

Apple issues $1.5 billion in green bonds in first sale

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 17 February 2016 Apple has issued $1.5 billion in bonds dedicated to financing clean energy projects across its global business operations, the largest green bond […]

General view of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

18 Feb 2016

WHO seeks $56 million for Zika; Brazil microcephaly cases rise

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 18 February 2016 The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Wednesday for $56 million to combat the Zika virus, a disease that has been linked to severe […]

Volkswagen cars are parked outside a VW dealership in London, Britain November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

17 Feb 2016

Small diesel cars seen vulnerable to post VW scandal reforms

By Barbara Lewis and Meredith Mcgrath (Reuters) | 17 February 2016 A tougher European testing regime following Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) emissions test cheating scandal could mean new small diesel car models are modified or withdrawn, […]

The Flint River is seen flowing thru downtown in Flint, Michigan, in this December 16, 2015 file photo.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

17 Feb 2016

Contaminated Flint water among most expensive in the U.S.: report

By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) | 16 February 2016  Residents of Flint, Michigan, one of the poorest cities in the United States, paid some of the nation’s highest water bills even […]

Sales Manager Raymond Liu points to an Aston Martin insignia on a car as he explains how each is handmade, at their showroom in Singapore August 1, 2014.     REUTERS/Edgar Su

17 Feb 2016

Aston Martin to develop electric car with China’s LeEco

By Edward Taylor (Reuters) | 17 February 2016 Aston Martin set up a venture with Chinese consumer electronics group LeEco (300104.SZ) to jointly develop the British luxury car brand’s first electric vehicle, […]

A farmer channels water to irrigate his wheat field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

17 Feb 2016

Better water management could halve global food deficit – scientists

By Astrid Zweynert | 16 February 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Investing in agricultural water management could substantially reduce hunger while limiting some of the harmful effects of climate […]

Neel Kashkari speaks on stage during the California Republican Party Spring Convention in Burlingame, California March 16, 2014  REUTERS/Stephen Lam

17 Feb 2016

Fed’s Kashkari, in first speech, suggests radical Wall St. overhaul

By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Jason Lange | 17 February 2016 The U.S. Federal Reserve’s newest policymaker and a former point man for the government’s bailout of the financial industry on Tuesday called on lawmakers […]

Former French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Feb. 1, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

16 Feb 2016

Fabius will not stay on as U.N. climate talks chair

By Dominique Vidalon | 15 February 2016 Former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday he had decided to leave his position as chair of U.N. climate talks after helping […]

A participant poses with a replica of the planet during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe  - RTX1XPEY

15 Feb 2016

Body Shop concocts new formula for making money while protecting the planet

By Megan Rowling | 15 February 2016 BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Beauty brand The Body Shop is turning 40 next month and has set an ambitious goal of being “the world’s […]

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

15 Feb 2016

Drought may affect 49 million in southern Africa: WFP

By MacDonald Dzirutwe (Reuters) | 15 February 2016 As many as 49 million people in southern Africa could be affected by a drought that has been worsened by the most […]

A Flint resident (L) picks up a replacement water filter at a fire station in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

12 Feb 2016

Legionnaires’ outbreak near Flint discussed ahead of public notice: report

By Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 12 February 2016 At least six Environmental Protection Agency officials discussed late last March the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Genesee County and a suspected link […]

Anne Schuchat (L) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Anthony Fauci (R), director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, speak with reporters during a press briefing about the Zika virus at the White House in Washington February 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

9 Feb 2016

Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

ByRoberta Rampton and Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 9 February 2016 President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad […]

Uganda's main opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, addresses a campaign rally in Masaka town, central Uganda January 28, 2016, ahead of the Feb. 18 presidential election. REUTERS/James Akena

9 Feb 2016

Uganda’s presidential hopefuls campaign on promises of better land rights

By Evelyn Lirri | 9 February 2016 KAMPALA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As candidates canvass for votes in Uganda’s Feb. 18 presidential election, contenders are promising sweeping reforms to resolve […]

A woman talking on the phone walks past an electronic board of the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange (KRX) in Seoul, South Korea, January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

9 Feb 2016

More women executives mean more profits, according to study of 91 countries

By Sebastien Malo | 8 February 2016 NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Companies with 30 percent female executives rake in as much as six percentage points more in profits, […]

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

8 Feb 2016

U.S., India in talks to settle solar power trade dispute

By David Lawder (Reuters) | 6 February 2016 The United States and India are in talks that could settle a long-running solar power trade dispute, delaying the announcement of a […]

An illegal diamond dealer from Zimbabwe displays diamonds for sale in Manica, Mozambique, Sept. 19, 2010. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

8 Feb 2016

Surrounded by diamonds, villagers go hungry in drought-hit Zimbabwe

By Andrew Mambondiyani | 8 February 2016 MUTARE, Zimbabwe, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Shylet Mutsago, a 63-year-old who lives near the diamond fields of Marange, cannot hide her anger over […]

An employee examines a tube with the label 'Zika virus' at Genekam Biotechnology AG in Duisburg, Germany, February 2, 2016.
REUTERS/INA FASSBENDER

3 Feb 2016

Pfizer, J&J, Merck evaluating technologies for Zika vaccine

By Amrutha Penumudi and Natalie Grover (Reuters) | 3 February 2016 Pfizer Inc, Johnson and Johnson and Merck & Co Inc said they were evaluating their technologies or existing vaccines […]

Porter Ranch residents Danielle Michaels (L) and Michelle Theriault (R) hold signs outside Los Angeles City Hall during a demonstration ahead of the testimony before the Los Angeles City Council on the ongoing natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, California December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

3 Feb 2016

U.S. urges gas storage owners to shore up leak prevention

By Nichola Groom (Reuters) | 2 February 2016 Federal pipeline safety regulators on Tuesday urged operators of underground natural gas storage facilities to shore up efforts to prevent leaks like the […]

A Yawanawa Indian splashes in the Gregorio river during the Mariri Festival in the village of Mutum, in the Amazon forest of Acre state, Brazil, Aug. 11, 2014. REUTERS/Odair Leal

3 Feb 2016

Investor push urged to help secure indigenous land rights

By Megan Rowling | 3 February 2016 LONDON, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Conditions are ripe for a global leap forward in recognising the land rights of indigenous people and forest […]

A Flint River sign is seen along the Flint river in Flint, Michigan in this December 16, 2015 file photo.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

2 Feb 2016

In garbage crisis, Lebanon chokes on bad air and bad politics

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 2 February 2016 The FBI is joining a U.S. criminal investigation into Flint, Michigan’s water contamination crisis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in […]

A couple walks past a Barclays logo in Johannesburg December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

1 Feb 2016

Barclays, Credit Suisse strike record deals with SEC, NY over dark pools

By Sarah N. Lynch (Reuters) | 31 January 2016 Barclays (BARC.L) and Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) have settled federal and state charges that they misled investors in their dark pools, with […]

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

1 Feb 2016

Michigan environmental agency to present Flint water-testing plan: report

By Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 1 February 2016 The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will present a comprehensive plan to federal officials on Monday to test lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, the […]

A man poses with an iPhone that displays the United Nations University Jargon Buster App in this photo illustration in the Manhattan borough of New York, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

28 Jan 2016

WEEE? UNSSSS? New app unscrambles jumble of U.N. jargon

By Sebastien Malo | 27 January 2016 NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Understanding the workings of the United Nations as SDGs are thrown around with RIMLGs can be challenging […]

A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua January 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

28 Jan 2016

U.S. researchers call for WHO to take rapid action on Zika

By Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) | 27 January 2016 U.S. researchers called on the World Health Organization on Wednesday to take swift action on the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus that is linked […]

Mike McCann, Westminster Palace Manager, at one of the faces of Big Ben, London, October, 2000. REUTERS/File

28 Jan 2016

Doomsday Clock stays unchanged at three minutes to midnight

By Ian Simpson (Reuters) | 26 January 2016 Click here to view video on Reuters. WASHINGTON, The Iran nuclear deal and movement on climate change prompted the scientists who maintain […]

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

26 Jan 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Corporate reporting on GHG emissions evolving, KPMG

KPMG recently published a survey on the quality of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data available from the private sector to policymakers, investors and the general public.  The survey raises some […]

Robina Gul shows seeds from different plant species she has collected in the forest around her village in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as her son looks on. TRF/Aamir Saeed

25 Jan 2016

Pakistani women nurture trees and pride in forest drive

By Aamir Saeed | 25 January 2016 HARIPUR, Pakistan, Jan 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Robina Gul has swapped her needle for a trowel. Until recently, the villager from northern […]

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

22 Jan 2016

Obama administration seeks to curb methane emissions on public land

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 22 January 2016 In its latest move to combat climate change, the Obama administration on Friday said it will overhaul 30-year-old regulations for oil and […]

Pope Francis holds a child as he leads the weekly audience in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

22 Jan 2016

Pope tells Davos elite: Consider your role in creating poverty

By Philip Pullella (Reuters) | 22 January 2016 DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – Pope Francis told members of the world’s wealthy political and economic elite on Wednesday that they should not be deaf […]

A woman searches for food at the garbage dump of the La Terminal food centre, one of the largest food markets in Guatemala City February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez

22 Jan 2016

New $130 million project aims to cut food waste from fields to tables

By Sebastien Malo | 21 January 2016 NEW YORK, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a third of the world’s food goes uneaten, and many crops harvested in […]

A shopper checks out at a Walmart store in Secaucus, New Jersey, November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson - RTS6KQW

21 Jan 2016

Walmart CEO in Davos: Ignore climate sceptics

Source: Climate Change News By Alex Pashley | 20 January 2016 Responding to climate issues is best for business, says head of US retail colossus Doug McMillon at World Economic Forum — […]

People walk in the shadows of office skyscrapers in a business district in Tokyo August 20, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

21 Jan 2016

A $59 trillion tailwind spurs governance changes in Asia firms

By Nichola Saminather and Viparat Jantraprap (Reuters) | 19 January 2016 A surge in socially responsible investments to $59 trillion globally over the past decade is nudging Asian firms to […]

Indonesian schoolchildren stand near a concrete floodwall as the government demolishes houses on the banks of Jakarta's Ciliwung river to make way for the wall, Jan. 12, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

21 Jan 2016

INTERVIEW-Stop ignoring costs of smaller disasters – UN risk chief

By Megan Rowling | 21 January 2016 BARCELONA, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Governments around the world are underestimating the costs of disasters, particularly smaller ones triggered by weather […]

Brazilian slaver labourer Francisco Borges de Souza bleeds from the side of his nose as he cuts down forest on the Bom Jesus farm in the Amazon basin, some 1,600 km north of Brasilia, in this September 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Rickey Rogers

21 Jan 2016

Links between slavery, environmental damage are cause for hope, author argues

By Ellen Wulfhorst | 20 January 2016 NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Human slavery and environmental destruction go hand in hand, a complex but encouraging combination that […]

A Swiss special policeman patrols on a roof before the start of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2014 in Davos January 21, 2014. The annual Davos gathering, which draws thousands of the world's most powerful people, will this year welcome more than 40 heads of state and government to focus on questions about the world's future, organisers said on Wednesday. This year's event will run from Jan 22 to 25. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

20 Jan 2016

Davos could do with a “DiCaprio ultimatum” on pay

By John Foley (Reuters Breakingviews) | 20 January 2016 The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own. Corporate greed causes climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio, “The […]

The top of a water tower at the Flint Water Plant is seen in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.     REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

20 Jan 2016

Obama to meet Michigan mayor to discuss contaminated water: White House

By Roberta Rampton and Doina Chiacu (Reuters) | 20 January 2016 WASHINGTON, President Barack Obama will meet with the mayor of Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday to discuss the city’s problems […]

Flint residents pick up bottled water and water filters at a fire station in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

20 Jan 2016

EPA says its response to Flint water crisis too slow

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 20 January 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it was reviewing its handling of a crisis over lead-contaminated drinking water in the […]

A transmission electron micrograph shows Ebola virus particles in this undated handout image released by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fredrick, Maryland.
REUTERS/USAMRIID/HANDOUT

20 Jan 2016

Vaccines alliance signs $5 million advance deal for Merck’s Ebola shot

By Ben Hirschler And Kate Kelland (Reuters) | 20 January 2016 DAVOS/LONDON – The Gavi global alliance for vaccines and immunization group signed a $5 million advance purchase commitment on Wednesday to buy a […]

Workers rest after lunch at a construction site in Shanghai, China, January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Song

20 Jan 2016

China’s growth hits quarter-century low, raising hopes of more stimulus

By Pete Sweeney And Samuel Shen (Reuters) | 19 January 2016 China‘s economy grew at its weakest pace in a quarter of a century last year, raising hopes Beijing would cushion the […]

Staff program a robot arm by Nachi Robotic Systems at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan December 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

19 Jan 2016

Robots, new working ways to cost five million jobs by 2020, Davos study says

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 18 January 2016 Disruptive labor market changes, including the rise of robots and artificial intelligence, will result in a net loss of 5.1 million jobs over […]

A family prepares to load bags of rice and bottles of oil they have been given, onto their cart, at a food distribution center run by the Spanish Non-Governmental Organization Accion contra el Hambre (Action against Hunger) in Tarenguel, Gorgol region, in Mauritania May 30, 2012. A full third of the country's population, amounting to around a million people, are at risk of severe malnutrition if rain doesn't fall by July, according to Accion contra el Hambre estimates.Credit: REUTERS

19 Jan 2016

U.N. food agency says 14 million face hunger in southern Africa

By Ed Stoddard (Reuters) | 18 January 2016 About 14 million people face hunger in Southern Africa because of a drought that has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern, the […]

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

19 Jan 2016

Switching on clean energy can light way to development goals: UN chief

By Saket S | 18 January 2016 ABU DHABI, Jan. 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Faster adoption of clean, renewable energy will act as a catalyst for many of the […]

The Swiss mountain resort of Davos is seen in this January 16, 2012 file photo.
Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

18 Jan 2016

A world divided: Elites descend on Swiss Alps amid rising inequality

By Ben Hirschler and Noah Barkin (Reuters) | 18 January 2016 Politicians and business leaders gathering in the Swiss Alps this week face an increasingly divided world, with the poor falling […]

A TV cameraman works as crews from Southern California Gas Company and outside experts work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon gas field above the Porter Ranch section of northwest Los Angeles, California in this December 9, 2015 pool photo.   REUTERS/Dean Musgrove/Pool

18 Jan 2016

California officials delay plans to mitigate massive gas leak

By Phoenix Tso (Reuters) | 17 January 2016 Southern California air quality officials on Saturday delayed plans to capture and burn off natural gas leaking from an underground well near […]

Farmer Daniel Chirara surveys his plot of wilting maize in Vumba, Manicaland province, Zimbabwe. TRF/Andrew Mambondiyani

18 Jan 2016

Food aid, baobab on menu as Zimbabwe struggles with drought

By Andrew Mambondiyani | 18 January 2016 MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Jan 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Elliot Nzarayebani, a farmer in Zimunya, a small community near Mutare city, expects to have […]

A market maker works on the trading floor at IG Index in London, Britain, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

15 Jan 2016

London financial district launches push to boost green bonds

By Huw Jones (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 LONDON, London’s financial district launched a push on Thursday to encourage pension and insurance funds to invest more in green bonds and help […]

The top of a water tower at the Flint Water Plant is seen in Flint, Michigan January 13, 2016.
REUTERS/REBECCA COOK

15 Jan 2016

Michigan governor asks Obama for federal aid in Flint water crisis

By Ben Klayman (Reuters) | 15 January 2016 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has asked President Barack Obama to declare both an emergency and an expedited major disaster in the county where the […]

A Chipotle restaurant is shown in Federal Way, Washington November 20, 2015. REUTERS/David Ryder

15 Jan 2016

Chipotle to shut outlets next month for food safety meeting

By Subrat Patnaik (Reuters) | 15 January 2016 Popular burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc will close its restaurants for a few hours next month to hold a meeting on food […]

An Egyptian farmer walks past his crops damaged by drought in a farm formerly irrigated by the river Nile, in El-Dakahlya, about 120 km (75 miles) from Cairo June 4, 2013. Ethiopia has not thought hard enough about the impact of its ambitious dam project along the Nile, Egypt said on Sunday, underlining how countries down stream are concerned about its impact on water supplies. The Egyptian presidency was citing the findings of a report put together by a panel of experts from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the impact of the plan to build a $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam. Ethiopia triggered deep concern in Egypt last week when it began work to divert the river as part of the project. Egypt depends on the Nile for nearly all its water. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: ENVIRONMENT) - RTX10BYX

15 Jan 2016

U.N. food agency calls for $50 million to help drought-ravaged Ethiopia

By Isla Binnie (Reuters) | 15 January 2016 Ethiopia faces its worst drought in decades, leading the United Nations food agency to call on Friday for an emergency cash injection […]

A health worker enters a tent in an Ebola virus treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Saliou Samb

14 Jan 2016

Ebola epidemic ended in West Africa but flare ups possible: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 The World Health Organisation on Thursday announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a milestone that marks […]

Police officers stand on a fishing boat during a police inspection at the pier of Songkhla, south Thailand December 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom

14 Jan 2016

Thailand reports progress in illegal fishing clampdown ahead of EU visit

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 Thailand delivered a progress report on Thursday on efforts to clamp down on illegal fishing in a last-ditch attempt to show […]

Refugees and migrants jump off a boat as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos, in this November 26, 2015 file photo. To match DAVOS-MEETING/RISKS
REUTERS/GIORGOS MOUTAFIS/FILES

14 Jan 2016

Danger ahead: migration, climate top risks for Davos leaders

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 We live in an increasingly dangerous world, with political, economic and environmental threats piling up, according to experts polled by the World Economic Forum. […]

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

13 Jan 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Finding the value in sustainability

By Nik Jhangiani, CFO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, explains why value has a broader meaning – far beyond a currency symbol. | 13 January 2016 For a long time, I’ve been […]

Coal is stacked at the base of coal loaders along the Ohio River in Ceredo, West Virginia May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

13 Jan 2016

Obama says must change the way nation manages fossil fuel resources

By Roberta Rampton (Reuters) | 13 January 2016 WASHINGTON,  President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he would seek changes in the way U.S. oil and coal resources are managed, prompting a […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

13 Jan 2016

EU food safety watchdog hits back at scientists in glyphosate spat

By Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 13 January 2016 The head of Europe’s food safety watchdog has written to a group of nearly 100 senior scientists strongly rejecting their criticisms in an ongoing […]

A family wades through a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, due to typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, Sept. 10, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato

13 Jan 2016

Climate change means more fear, less fun for global middle class – UBS

By Megan Rowling | 11 January 2016 BARCELONA, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The erosion of wealth among the world’s middle class due to climate change is a threat […]

The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

13 Jan 2016

Anthem targets $3 billion in drug cost savings with Express Scripts

By Susan Kelly And Caroline Humer (Reuters) | 13 January 2016 Anthem Inc could save $3 billion annually on drug costs from a re-pricing provision in its current contract with pharmacy benefits […]

Josiah Diamond looks at health care plan options on a government health site while trying to enroll in a plan at the Community Service Society in New York, March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

12 Jan 2016

Exclusive: State attorneys general joining probe of health insurer mergers

By Diane Bartz (Reuters) | 12 January 2016 About 15 state attorneys general have joined the Justice Department’s probe of two big insurance mergers, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing […]

In this 2015 file photo, the Tesoro oil refinery is viewed from the air in Carson, California. REUTERS/Mike Blake

12 Jan 2016

Lack of methane emission reporting poses investor risk-green group

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 11 January 2016 WASHINGTON, Fewer than one-third of oil and gas companies report their emissions of powerful greenhouse gas methane through voluntary, publicly available sources, posing […]

A man ties sacks of charcoal onto a cart to deliver them for sale at a nearby market, in Manila, March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

11 Jan 2016

ADB says global carbon trade could help Southeast Asia

By Erik dela Cruz (Reuters) | 11 January 2016 MANILA, A global carbon trading market could boost Southeast Asia’s efforts to combat climate change, the Asian Development Bank said on Monday. […]

Workers from the Animal Protection Ministry cull chicks to contain an outbreak of bird flu, at a farm in the village of Modeste, Ivory Coast, in this August 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

11 Jan 2016

Iraq bans poultry imports from 24 countries over avian flu threat

By Saif Hameed (Reuters) | 10 January 2016 Iraq has extended a ban on imports of frozen and live poultry products to cover two dozen countries, including China and South […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

11 Jan 2016

BioMarin CEO, waiting on FDA on Duchenne drug, eyes Europe

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) | 11 January 2016 BioMarin Pharmaceutical is expecting U.S. regulators to take action this month on its drug to treat a fatal muscle-wasting disease but is also eyeing […]

A woman wearing a protective mask makes her way on a heavily polluted day in Beijing, December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

11 Jan 2016

Beijing to shut 2,500 firms this year to fight pollution

By Brenda Goh (Reuters) | 9 January 2016 Beijing will close 2,500 small polluting firms this year in its latest effort to combat pollution, state news agency Xinhua reported on […]

Porter Ranch residents Danielle Michaels (L) and Michelle Theriault (R) hold signs outside Los Angeles City Hall during a demonstration ahead of the testimony before the Los Angeles City Council on the ongoing natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles, California December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

11 Jan 2016

LA-area residents implore officials to approve plan to mitigate gas leak

By Phoenix Tso (Reuters) | 10 January 2016 Residents of a southern California community on Saturday implored air quality officials to force a gas company to take steps to mitigate […]

Cans of Campbell's brand soups are seen at the Safeway store in Wheaton, Maryland February 13, 2015.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron

8 Jan 2016

Campbell Soup to label U.S. products for GMO ingredients

By Siddharth Cavale and Sneha Teresa Johny (Reuters) | 8 January 2015 Campbell Soup Co said it will label all its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from […]

An aerial view of the mouth of Rio Doce (Doce River), which was flooded with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, at an area where the river joins the sea on the coast of Espirito Santo in Regencia Village, Brazil, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

8 Jan 2016

Brazil dam burst tailings spill below early estimates

By Sonali Paul (Reuters) | 8 January 2016 Much less sludge was spilled than first estimated from a dam burst at a Brazilian iron ore mine last November which killed 17 people, […]

A labourer stacks concrete blocks on his head at the construction site of a residential complex on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, Nov. 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

8 Jan 2016

Human imprint has thrust Earth into new geological epoch – study

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 7 January 2016 * “Anthropocene” may have begun in mid-20th century * Evidence of human influence on planet overwhelming — OSLO – The indelible imprint left […]

FBI Director James Comey Jr. testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington December 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

8 Jan 2016

White House, Silicon Valley to hold summit on militants’ social media use

By Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball (Reuters) | 7 January 2016 Senior White House officials and U.S. intelligence and law enforcement figures will meet with Silicon Valley executives on Friday […]

Workers drag rice plants in a flooded rice field at Karangtinoto village in Tuban, East Java province after hundreds of hectares of rice crops in the region were submerged in floodwater from Bengawan Solo river, forcing farmers to harvest earlier. Photo taken April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Antara Foto/Aguk Sudarmojo

7 Jan 2016

Indonesia prepares rural flood defences to protect crops

By Bernadette Christina Munthe (Reuters) | 6 January 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesia is bolstering its rural flood defences to help farmers protect crops from monsoon waters and the La Nina […]

An overweight woman sits on a chair in Times Square in New York, May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

7 Jan 2016

U.S. issues new dietary guidelines, including targets for sugar

By Caroline Humer (Reuters) | 7 January 2016 The U.S. government issued new dietary guidelines on Thursday that advise Americans to reduce their consumption of sugar and saturated fat to less […]

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) chairman Jiang Dalong is silhouetted as he poses in front of its company logo at its Beijing headquarters building December 28, 2015.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

7 Jan 2016

A rebranded Saab at the center of China’s green car push

By Norihiko Shirouzu (Reuters) | 7 January 2016 The Swedish automaker once known as Saab has emerged as part of China‘s push to make electric vehicles a mass-market alternative to […]

People exercise during a sunset on Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

6 Jan 2016

Brazil cuts vaccine doses as health system under pressure

By Stephen Eisenhammer (Reuters) | 6 January 2016 Brazil has cut the number of doses for vaccinations given by the public health service to counter human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumonia, […]

A coastal storm is pictured in the mid-Atlantic off the U.S. Northeast coast in this November 7, 2012 NASA handout satellite image obtained by Reuters November 8.  The low pressure system is expected to move north, bringing rain, snow, and/or a mixture of precipitation to areas across the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, as well as wind gusts as high as 60 mph along the coast. Snowfall across interior sections of New England could approach 6-12 inches. Coastal flooding is also possible.Credit: REUTERS

6 Jan 2016

U.S. may lack resources to treat kids in disasters

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) | 5 January 2016 In the event of a natural disaster, epidemic or terrorist attack, the U.S. may not have enough medical resources to aid […]

A harvester unloads corn to a cargo truck at a farm in Gaocheng, Hebei province, China, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

6 Jan 2016

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

By Dominique Patton (Reuters) | 6 January 2016 Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China‘s northeast, said environmental non-profit Greenpeace on Wednesday, in a report that may generate […]

A man teaches his son how to prepare rice fields using a tractor, near the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, in this April 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

5 Jan 2016

Sri Lanka seeks ways to turn El Niño pain into gain for farmers

By Amantha Perera | 5 January 2016 POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, Jan 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rice farmer Weerasinghearchchilage Darmarathana is used to periodic flooding in his low-lying village of […]

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

5 Jan 2016

Indonesia postpones new levy on gasoline and diesel

By Jakarta Bureau (Reuters) | 4 January 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesia has postponed a new levy on fossil fuels intended to support development of renewable energy resources and improve energy security, […]

A boy looks from the window of his family's house, damaged by a Saudi-led air strike, on the outskirts of Yemen's capital Sanaa December 29, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

4 Jan 2016

Weather, war threaten to leave millions more hungry in 2016 – aid agencies

By Belinda Goldsmith | 31 December 2015 LONDON, Dec 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Millions more people globally are facing the threat of severe food and water shortages in early […]

A local man wades through flood water on a residential street in Carlisle, Britain December 6, 2015.
REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE

4 Jan 2016

Insurance cost of natural disasters falls in 2015 -Munich Re

By Jonathan Gould | 4 January 2016 * NatCat claims fall to $27 bln in 2015 vs $31 bln in 2014 * Lower hurricane activity helped cut insurance payouts * […]

The Flint River is seen flowing thru downtown in Flint, Michigan, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

4 Jan 2016

Michigan governor apologizes for state’s handling of Flint’s water

By Ben Klayman | 30 December 2015 Michigan’s governor apologized on Tuesday for the state’s mishandling of lead contamination in the city of Flint’s water supply and accepted the resignation of the […]

Council workers rebuild a wall with sandbags following flooding at Newton Stewart in Scotland, Britain December 31, 2015.   REUTERS/Darren Staples

4 Jan 2016

Britain promises more money to improve flood defenses

By Elizabeth Piper | 3 January 2016 Britain’s government has promised more than 40 million pounds to rebuild and improve the country’s flood defenses that failed to protect thousands of homes […]

The coastline is seen covered by algae in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, June 24, 2015. Picture taken June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT.

4 Jan 2016

Frutarom invests in algae startup for food, cosmetic products

By Ari Rabinovitch | 4 January 2016 One of the world’s largest flavoring and specialty natural ingredient companies is investing in algae to enhance its food and cosmetic products. Frutarom Industries […]

The company logo of Norwegian energy firm Statoil is seen at the headquarters outside Oslo, Norway, November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix

4 Jan 2016

Statoil to conduct CCS feasibility studies in North Sea fields

By Stine Jacobsen | 4 January 2016 The Norwegian government has asked oil and gas firm Statoil to conduct new studies on carbon storage on the Norwegian continental shelf, the […]

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

4 Jan 2016

As hydropower dries up, Tanzania moves toward fossil fuels

By Kizito Makoye | 29 December 2015 DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As drought continues to cripple its hydropower plants, Tanzania is struggling to produce enough […]

A seagull flies over the Hudson River as the sun sets on an unseasonably warm winter day in New York

30 Dec 2015

Posh New York City hotels pledge to go green

By Sebastien Malo | 29 December 2015 NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some of New York’s most iconic hotels, comprising more than 11,000 guest rooms, promised to cut their […]

Skyscrapers are seen at Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

23 Dec 2015

Exclusive: Seven big investment banks in UK paid just $30 million tax in 2014

By Tim Bergin | 23 December 2015 Seven of the biggest investment banks operating in London paid little or no tax in Britain last year, despite reporting billions of dollars […]

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers a speech at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, in Tokyo, Japan, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Atsushi Tomura/Pool

18 Dec 2015

Australia PM – whaling spat shouldn’t be allowed to hurt Japan ties

By Linda Sieg and Matt Siegel | 18 December 2015 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed disappointment on Friday at Japan‘s resumption of whaling in the Southern Ocean, but said the […]

In this 2009 file photo a patient has an eye test at a clinic in Venice, California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

17 Dec 2015

Men with moustaches outnumber women in top U.S. academic medical jobs-researchers

By Alex Whiting | 16 December 2015 LONDON, Dec 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Men sporting moustaches are more likely than women to head medical departments in 50 leading U.S. […]

A Romanian farmer shows genetically modified soybeans in the village of Varasti, 130km southeast of Bucharest, in this May 21, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

17 Dec 2015

Exclusive: Philippine government to challenge ban on GMO imports ordered by top court

By Enrico Dela Cruz and Manolo Serapio Jr  | 17 December 2015 The Philippine government said it will challenge a ban on GMO imports ordered by the country’s top court, […]

A man rides his bicycle next to Indian soldiers marching in front of India Gate on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

17 Dec 2015

Indian carmakers call for comprehensive plan after Delhi smog crackdown

By Aditi Shah | 17 December 2015 India’s carmakers and dealers on Thursday called for a clear, nationwide policy to combat air pollution, after a crackdown on diesel cars and trucks in […]

A man wearing a mask walks on a street on a hazy day in Beijing in this file photo taken on October 24, 2014.
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17 Dec 2015

China detains 10 company officials over fabricated pollution data

By Sui-Lee Wee | 17 December 2015 Police in China have detained 10 company officials for fabricating pollution data, the environment ministry said on Thursday, as the government steps up inspections […]

Construction work is seen being undertaken at a field of solar panels near Andover in southern England May 3, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville

17 Dec 2015

Britain follows Paris deal with cuts to green subsidies

By Nina Chestney | 17 December 2015 Britain cut more renewable energy subsidies on Thursday, putting jobs at risk and drawing criticism for losing credibility in tackling climate change, a week after […]

A sign adorns the building where mining company Rio Tinto has their office in Perth, Western Australia, November 19, 2015.
REUTERS/DAVID GRAY

16 Dec 2015

Investors put pressure on miners to respond to climate change

By Carolyn Cohn | 16 December 2015 An alliance of around 100 investors is calling on mining companies Anglo American Glencore and Rio Tinto to show that they are working to […]

The IGas Energy exploratory gas drilling site is seen at at Barton Moss near Manchester in northern England January 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Phil Noble

16 Dec 2015

UK to allow shale gas fracking beneath national parks

By Karolin Schaps and William James | 16 December 2015 MPs on Wednesday voted in favour of the use of fracking to extract shale gas under national parks, weakening a decision […]

A 13.8 megawatt hydroelectric dam undergoes construction in Matebe, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alyssa Ross

16 Dec 2015

Congo opens hydroelectric plant in east to jumpstart economy

By Aaron Ross | 16 December 2015 KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo opened a hydroelectric plant financed by American philanthropist Howard Buffett on Wednesday, aiming to jumpstart economic development in […]

A man sets up a warning sign next to a vehicle after an accident amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever "red alert" for air pollution, in Beijing, China, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

15 Dec 2015

China again promises to clean up air ahead of 2022 Games

By Megha Rajagopalan | 15 December 2015 China promised again on Tuesday to take steps to reduce air pollution in the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics, to be held […]

Hundreds of environmentalists arrange their bodies to form a message of hope and peace in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, December 6, 2015, as the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) continues at Le Bourget near the French capital. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

15 Dec 2015

Paris climate pact sinks coal stocks, lifts renewable energy

By Sudip Kar-Gupta, Annabella Nielsen and Swetha Gopinath | 14 December 2015 A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies and lifted renewable energy stocks on […]

From L-R, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, President-designate of COP21 and French President Francois Hollande applaud... REUTERS/STEPHANE MAHE

14 Dec 2015

How the world learned its lesson and got a climate deal

By Richard Valdmanis and Emmanuel Jarry | 14 December 2015 It was an agreement born from a fear of failure, delivered by the smoothness of French diplomacy. Six years earlier, countries had […]

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

14 Dec 2015

Can the Paris agreement protect poor farmers from climate change?

By Megan Rowling | 14 December 2015 BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Purity Gachanga is one small-scale farmer who is beating climate change. On her several acres of land in Embu […]

A DWP worker cleans up mud from a water main break in Brentwood in Los Angeles, California, United States July 7, 2015. California is in the fourth year of a catastrophic drought, and mandatory cutbacks require some communities to trim water use by as much as 36 percent. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1JFVS

14 Dec 2015

Release: EPA Issues Policy to Increase Funding of Green Infrastructure Projects

14 December 2015 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a Green Infrastructure Policy to support increased financing of green infrastructure projects under the Clean Water State Revolving […]

A worker walks among steel rods at a steel collection facility in Tokyo, Japan, October 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

11 Dec 2015

Japan steelmakers to start pilot tests to cut carbon emissions

By Yuka Obayashi | 11 December 2015 Japanese steelmakers will start testing in a pilot furnace next year a technique to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions after laboratory experiments have […]

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

11 Dec 2015

Poor states warned not to trade away protection at climate talks

By Laurie Goering | 11 December 2015 PARIS, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Poorer nations at U.N. climate negotiations in Paris may end up trading away some protections for […]

A woman holds her child January 15, 2015 in the coastal part of Tacloban that was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

11 Dec 2015

Climate deal could bar poor from seeking compensation for losses

By Laurie Goering | 11 December PARIS, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Poor countries could be barred from seeking compensation for losses and damages from rising seas, worsening storms […]

An observer works on his computer at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/JACKY NAEGELEN

11 Dec 2015

Global climate talks stumble near finish line, Fabius optimistic

By David Stanway and Lesley Wroughton | 11 December 2015 Efforts to craft a global accord to combat climate change stumbled on Friday with China and many other nations refusing to yield ground, […]

A plane flies in the polluted air above the airport fences in Beijing February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

10 Dec 2015

Aviation emissions deal expected next year, no matter outcome of Paris talks: industry official

By Victoria Bryan | 10 December 2015 A deal on limiting carbon dioxide emissions from aviation will likely be reached next year, no matter the outcome of this week’s climate […]

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,...
REUTERS/STEPHANE MAHE

10 Dec 2015

Ambition of Paris climate talks rises by half a degree

By Valerie Volcovici | 10 December 2015 It would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, but a new global deal to combat climate change may set the world […]

Villager Diediou guides his donkeys with a cart of freshly cut timber through the almost treeless Tanghory national forest in Digante, Senegal, November 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Jean-Francois Huertas

9 Dec 2015

Corruption, poverty hinder fight to save Africa’s forests

By Emma Farge | 9 December 2015 When Idrissa Balde, mayor of a small community in southern Senegal, blew the whistle on illegal logging in a nearby forest reserve, he says the […]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman (L) during the International New York Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference at the Hotel Potocki, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the sidelines of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan

9 Dec 2015

U.S. doubles climate adaption aid to nearly $900 million

By Lesley Wroughton and Valerie Volcovici | 9 December 2015 The United States announced plans on Wednesday to double grant funding it provides to help developing countries adapt to climate change to around $860 […]

A woman carries her child and milk packets as she wades through a flooded street in Chennai, India, Dec. 5, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

8 Dec 2015

INTERVIEW-Keep human rights in UN deal to secure climate justice – Robinson

By Megan Rowling | 8 December 2015 PARIS, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Human rights and gender equality must be enshrined in the legally binding section of a new […]

Cows stand in a field at a farm near Nairn in northern Scotland in this August 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/David Moir

8 Dec 2015

British review calls for urgent cuts to antibiotic use in livestock

By Kate Kelland | 8 December 2015 Massive use of antibiotics in farming poses a critical threat to global public health and should be reduced dramatically to an internationally-agreed target, […]

Various types of Kellogg's cereals are seen at the Safeway store in Wheaton, Maryland February 13, 2015. REUTERS/GARY CAMERON

8 Dec 2015

Kellogg, Sony and others sign up to emissions goals

By Barbara Lewis And Emma Thomasson | 8 Decembner 2015 Kellogg (K.N), Sony (6758.T), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE.N) and a group of other companies have committed to targets certified by independent assessors to cut their […]

A technician positions a woman at an imaging machine to receive a mammogram in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 21, 2012. As many as a third of cancers detected through routine mammograms may not be life threatening, said a study published November 21, that raises fresh questions about the benefits of breast cancer screening.Credit: REUTERS

7 Dec 2015

Organizations issue joint guidelines for breast cancer survivors

By Lisa Rapaport | 7 December 2015 Most breast cancer survivors require routine mammograms and physical exams to check for new tumors, but they don’t need additional imaging or lab […]

People wear protective masks next to a paramilitary soldier at the Tiananmen Square on an extremely polluted day as hazardous, choking smog continues to blanket Beijing, China December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

7 Dec 2015

China’s capital issues first ever ‘red alert’ on air pollution

By Megha Rajagopalan | 7 December 2015 China‘s capital on Monday issued its first ever “red alert” for pollution, as the city government warned that Beijing would be shrouded in […]

Visitors and ecological stands are reflected on a giant ball suspended from the roof of the Grand Palais during the Solutions COP21 in Paris, France, December 4, 2015 as the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) continues at Le Bouget near the French capital. REUTERS/BENOIT TESSIER

7 Dec 2015

At U.N. climate talks, top officials turn up heat for final week

By Alister Doyle, Barbara Lewis, Bate Felix | 7 December 2015 Link here for video on Reuters. A four-year global effort to craft a binding deal to brake rising world temperatures […]

Participant gather during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

4 Dec 2015

At halfway, chance of U.N. climate deal higher, but ambition lower, than in 2009

By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis | 4 December 2015 Near the halfway mark of a U.N. climate change conference in Paris, hopes for a deal are far higher than at the last, failed […]

A view from New York Harbor shows the Lower Manhattan, New York City skyline and the One World Trade Center tower (R) just after sunset May 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

3 Dec 2015

Engineering firm sees climate change opportunity in cities

By Toby Sterling | 3 December 2015 A Dutch engineering company that is helping New York and New Orleans defend themselves against big storms and rising seas says climate change […]

The Adidas logo is pictured in a pop-up store in Berlin December 2, 2014.    REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

3 Dec 2015

Top fashion CEOs fear rising costs from climate change

By Emma Thomasson | 3 December 2015 The chief executives of seven top clothing companies, including Hennes & Mauritz (HMb.ST) Gap (GPS.N) and Adidas (ADSGn.DE), are calling on governments to agree […]

Peter Terium, CEO of German power supplier RWE reacts during the annual shareholders meeting in Essen April 23, 2015.REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

3 Dec 2015

Exclusive: Germany’s RWE bets big on wind and solar in corporate overhaul

By Tom Käckenhoff, Christoph Steitz and Vera Eckert | 3 December 2015 RWE could triple investments in wind and solar power in a big expansion of its renewables business, its CEO told Reuters, […]

Britain's Prince Charles delivers his speech as he attends the Lima Paris Action Agenda Focus on Forests event during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 1, 2015.     REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

2 Dec 2015

Protecting forests must become the norm in supply chains: Prince Charles

By Barbara Lewis and Megan Rowling | 2 December 2015 PARIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Business leaders, environment ministers and even royalty urged companies to eschew raw materials that destroy […]

Vapour rises from cooling towers at the Loy Yang coal fired power station, about 150 km (93 miles) east of Melbourne in Victoria state April 2, 2012. REUTERS/Sonali Paul

2 Dec 2015

Desperately seeking strategy, utilities lost in low-carbon world

By Geert De Clercq | 2 December 2015 European utilities executives meeting at the Paris Climate Conference know they are part of the problem. What they have not yet figured […]

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

2 Dec 2015

INTERVIEW – Zero hunger ‘impossible’ without climate protection – WFP

By Megan Rowling | 2 December 2015 PARIS, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ending hunger by 2030, one of 17 global goals adopted in September, can only happen if […]

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

2 Dec 2015

World’s richest tenth produce half carbon emissions, poorest half one tenth: Oxfam

By Katie Nguyen | 2 December 2015 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The richest tenth of the world’s people produce half of all carbon emissions, while the poorest half – most […]

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

1 Dec 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Managing the footprint of global travel

For some events, travel and face to face time is critical to drive a result, especially when the stakes are very high and the decision-makers very senior.  That said, there […]

China's President Xi Jinping arrives at Orly airport, outside Paris, France, November 29, 2015 ahead of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) held in Le Bourget, near Paris.   REUTERS/Yoan Valat/Pool

1 Dec 2015

China plans to launch carbon-tracking satellites into space

By Kathy Chen | 1 December 2015 China plans to launch satellites to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions as the country, estimated to be the world’s top carbon emitter, steps […]

French President Francois Hollande reads his notes as he attends "The Climate Challenge and African solutions" event during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 1, 2015.    REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

1 Dec 2015

France to spend billions of euros on African green projects

By John Irish | 1 December 2015 France plans to spend billions of euros in renewable energy and other environmental projects in its former west African colonies and across Africa […]

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of his visit to Paris, France December 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

1 Dec 2015

Obama: climate change an economic, security imperative

By Jeff Mason and Lisa Lambert | 1 December 2015 Please link here to view video from Reuters. — U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world needs an enduring framework […]

A woman 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/JACKY NAEGELEN

1 Dec 2015

After leaders’ rhetoric, climate negotiators start work on deal

By Barbara Lewis and Bate Felix | 1 December 2015 Please link here for a Video on Reuters. — With encouragement from 150 world leaders ringing in their ears, government […]

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

30 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: With Climate, Finance Ministers have a role to play

Mr. Bruno Bézard is the current General Director of the Treasury of France, and he served previously as Tax Commissioner of France and also as the Minister for economic affairs […]

Workers are seen silhouetted as they repair lights on a globe structure outside a mall in Manila April 22, 2012.
 REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

29 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The private sector and climate change, standing on the right side of history

The author of this piece, Mr. Georg Kell, is the founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with over 8,000 corporate […]

Faithful sing religious songs after Pope Francis arrive at the Kangemi slum in the outskirt of Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 27, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

27 Nov 2015

Pope in Africa calls city slums “wounds” inflicted by inequality

By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa | 27 November 2015 * Pope has championed the poor in words and actions * Tour has addressed religious dialogue, climate change * Before […]

HIV self tests are displayed in a pharmacy in Bordeaux, France, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

27 Nov 2015

WHO records highest-ever number of new HIV cases in its European Region

By Anna Ringstrom | 26 November 2015 The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that in 2014 it had recorded the highest number of new HIV cases in its […]

Employees work under solar panels during the installation of the exhibition "Paris de L'Avenir", a showcase for tangible climate solutions in the context of  the COP21 World Climate Summit, in front of Paris city hall, France, November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

27 Nov 2015

Germany says Paris climate deal must include solid review scheme

By Michael Nienaber | 26 November 2015 Next week’s climate conference in Paris will only be a success if the final deal includes a solid review scheme that ensures pledges […]

Beaufix, one of the two Bull supercomputers of Meteo France, is seen at the Meteo-France Toulouse site, Nov. 3, 2015. With two of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, the French national meteorological service participates in the international scientific work on climate change which is the basis for U.N. climate talks. REUTERS/Fred Lancelot

27 Nov 2015

Governments take rose-tinted view of climate projections before summit

By Alister Doyle | 27 November 2015 Before a summit on climate change in Paris next week, many governments are citing scientific studies indicating that their plans to curb greenhouse […]

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 Nov 2015

French businesses pledge investment to fight global warming

By Bate Felix | 26 November 2015 A group of 39 French firms with combined revenue of about 1.2 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) pledged on Thursday to invest at least 45 […]

The VW logo is pictured on the back of a vintage Volkswagen car at a car shop in Bad Honnef near Bonn, Germany, November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

26 Nov 2015

California orders VW to draft 3.0 diesel emissions fix plan

By David Shepardson | 25 November 2015 The California Air Resources Board on Wednesday ordered Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) to draft a plan by early January to fix more than 15,000 […]

The coastline is seen covered by algae in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China, June 24, 2015. Picture taken June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT.

26 Nov 2015

Scientists seek to harvest electricity from algae in green-energy effort

By Chris Arsenault | 25 November 2015 TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scientists are making progress in harnessing electricity from algae in what could be a breakthrough in green-energy technology […]

A biodiesel vehicle is seen at Dogpatch Biofuels filling station in San Francisco, California January 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

25 Nov 2015

EPA expected to nudge higher biofuels mandates: sources

By Chris Prentice | 25 November 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is widely expected to increase requirements for biofuels use through 2016 due to higher total fuel demand, […]

Swiss drugmaker Roche's logo is seen at their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

25 Nov 2015

EU approves Roche’s Cotellic in combo therapy against skin cancer

By John Miller | 25 November 2015 The European Union gave its green light to Roche’s Cotellic for use in combination with the drug Zelboraf against advanced melanoma, the company […]

The Eiffel Tower is seen at night in Paris, France, November 23, 2015. The capital will host the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) from November 30 to December 11.
REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU

25 Nov 2015

EU ‘ready to work day and night for right climate deal in Paris’

By Barbara Lewis | 25 November 2015 The European Union will negotiate day and night at U.N. talks on global warming in Paris to ensure a robust deal, followed up […]

An aerial view shows an illegal mine in the jungle,south of Venezuela, November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

25 Nov 2015

Possible EU-Guyana trade deal must protect land rights – activists

By Chris Arsenault | 24 November 2015 TORONTO, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A potential trade pact between the European Union and Guyana must contain land rights protections for […]

A farmer with her face covered carries soil as she prepares her field for sowing rice on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

25 Nov 2015

EPA withdraws registration for Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide

By Sneha Banerjee | 25 November 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Wednesday it had revoked the registration of Dow Chemical Co’s new herbicide Enlist Duo due […]

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

25 Nov 2015

2015 to be hottest year on record – until next year-: WMO

By Tom Miles | 25 November 2015 This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be even hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern, the World […]

Sawmills that process illegally logged trees from the Amazon rainforest are seen near Rio Pardo, in the district of Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015.
REUTERS/NACHO DOCE

24 Nov 2015

Brazilian exchange launches app to track illegal timber trade

By Marcelo Teixeira | 24 November 2015 Brazil‘s environmental assets exchange BVRio on Tuesday launched an app that promises to help foreign traders and buyers of Brazilian timber make sure […]

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

24 Nov 2015

Alberta addresses battered environmental reputation with climate plan

By Mike De Souza | 24 November 2015 The Canadian province of Alberta, holder of the world’s third-largest oil reserves, has proposed a new climate change plan that will give […]

A pile of firewood is seen at a firewood merchant in the Varkiza suburb, south of Athens January 22, 2013. With Greeks already struggling under wage and pension cuts imposed by the foreign lenders that bailed their country out, many have stopped using heating oil altogether, pushing consumption down 70 percent in the last three months of 2012 from a year earlier. Instead, Greeks are turning burning firewood - using anything from branches to old furniture - which has helped create a blanket of smog over the Greek capital while illegal logging multiplies across forests in the countryside. Picture taken January 22, 2013.   REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTR3DGIA

24 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Time for governments to give illegal logging the axe

Dr Nicole Arcilla is the lead researcher of a study published in September by scientists at Drexel University and the University of Ghana on the impacts of legal and illegal logging on […]

Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, of Britain, attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, January 26, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

24 Nov 2015

Release: Unilever engages with Social Entrepreneurs to accelerate their Sustainable Living Plan

For release – Monday 23 November 2015, London: Today, Unilever has announced the next wave of innovation challenges as part of the business’s commitment to sustainable living. Through the Unilever […]

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

23 Nov 2015

Climate change root cause of Syrian war: Britain’s Prince Charles

By Michael Holden | 23 November 2015 Britain’s Prince Charles has pointed to the world’s failure to tackle climate change as a root cause of the civil war in Syria, […]

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

19 Nov 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Amundi and Coalition driving climate solutions

19 November 2015 There are a number of private sector initiatives aligning behind the goals in the upcoming Paris climate talks.  One of them involves a group of investors called […]

A worker of Petate water reservoir works in a field in Consolacion del Sur, Pinar del Rio province August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

13 Nov 2015

Oxfam slams fossil fuel subsidies, tells rich nations to help poor

By Chris Arsenault | 13 November 2015 TORONTO, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rich nations should take advantage of low oil prices to cut fossil fuel subsidies and channel […]

Migrants who attempted to flee the Libyan coast to head to Europe sit after they were detained at the Libyan naval base in the coastal city of Tripoli September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

12 Nov 2015

EU launches $2 bn emergency fund for Africa to combat migration

  By Alastair Macdonald | 12 November 2015 * EU trust fund based on 1.8 billion euros from central budget * Member states asked to match that to tackle causes […]

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near Paris, France, June 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

12 Nov 2015

European scientists say weedkiller glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer

By Barbara Lewis | 12 November 2015 Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which nevertheless proposed limits on Thursday on the […]

Djily Dramane, a migrant from Mali working as a transporter in Mauritania, poses next to his donkey-driven cart in Bassikounou, near the border with Mali, May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

11 Nov 2015

Safe haven elusive for Africans fleeing conflict, climate stress

By Manipadma Jena | 11 November 2015 ANKARA, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The growing flow of migrants into drought-prone Niger, whose own population often struggles with hunger, raises […]

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

10 Nov 2015

Kerry: panel to integrate climate threats into foreign policy plans

By Timothy Gardner | 10 November 2015 Saying climate change’s threat is not just to polar bears but to people, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he is […]

A Ka'apor Indian warrior carries a chainsaw which was confiscated during a jungle expedition to search for and expel loggers from the Alto Turiacu Indian territory, near the Centro do Guilherme municipality in the northeast of Maranhao state in the Amazon basin, Brazil, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

10 Nov 2015

Indigenous peoples given interactive map to help secure land rights

By Magdalena Mis | 10 November 2015 LONDON, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indigenous peoples whose land rights have often been exploited due to lack of maps and data […]

Children play on a fallen tree branch in the aftermath of a typhoon in a coastal village of sea gypsies, also known as Badjaos, in Batangas city, south of Manila, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

9 Nov 2015

FACTBOX-How does climate change make people poorer?

By Megan Rowling | 8 November 2015 BARCELONA, Nov 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new report from the World Bank finds that the poorest people are more exposed to climate-related shocks […]

Abraham Keita (R) is awarded the International Children's Peace Prize by Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee in the Ridderzaal (Knight Hall) in the Hague. Photographer: ANP IN OPDRACHT MARCO DE SWART

9 Nov 2015

Liberian wins Children’s Peace Prize for defending victims of violence, rape

By Kieran Guilbert | 9 November 2015 DAKAR, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Liberian teenager was awarded a prestigious international prize on Monday for his role in fighting […]

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference and expo in Chicago October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

9 Nov 2015

White House says Obama will press ambitious climate targets in Paris

By Julia Edwards | 9 November 2015 The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama will press for an agreement at the Paris climate talks that reflects ambitious climate […]

A patient suffering from cholera rests inside a hospital in Baghdad, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

6 Nov 2015

Cholera spreads from Iraq to Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain: UNICEF

By Isabel Coles | 6 November 2015 A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to neighboring Syria, Kuwait and Bahrain, and risks turning into a region-wide epidemic as millions of […]

Steam and other emissions are seen coming from funnels at a chemical manufacturing facility in Melbourne June 24, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

6 Nov 2015

Global emissions gap could still be 12 billion tonnes in 2030: U.N.

By Nina Chestney | 6 November 2015 Greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 could still be up to 12 billion tonnes more than the level needed to keep global warming within […]

A customer selects vegetables at a market in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

5 Nov 2015

World food prices up 3.9 percent in October: U.N. food agency

By Crispian Balmer | 5 November 2015 World food prices rose in October, spurred by weather-driven concerns about sugar and palm oil supplies, but remained well below their equivalent level a […]

European flags fly at the entrance of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium September 29, 2015.   REUTERS/Yves Herman

5 Nov 2015

EU plans to tackle throw-away economy: document

By Barbara Lewis | 4 November 2015 EU regulators plan to make it easier to repair or re-use anything from electrical appliances to buildings, saying in a draft document that […]

The manufacturer's badge is displayed on a VW car in London, Britain September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

5 Nov 2015

Germany sees VW scandal might lead to new clean options

By Caroline Copley | 4 November 2015 Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) emissions cheating scandal could force German carmakers to come up with new and better ways to build more climate-friendly vehicles, a senior […]

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.  Picture taken September 18. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

5 Nov 2015

OECD warns high-priced drugs are stretching health budgets

By Kate Kelland | 4 November 2015 Specialty medicines for which pharmaceutical companies demand high prices are straining wealthy nations’ health budgets, the OECD said on Wednesday, with drugs accounting […]

A boy crosses a hanging bridge in the San Francisco slum, near San Jose, Costa Rica, on November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

4 Nov 2015

Can UN climate talks catch up with the real world?

By Megan Rowling | 4 November 2015 BARCELONA, Nov 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – While companies and citizens find ways to cope with climate change on the ground and push […]

A Porsche Cayenne Diesel is pictured during the second media day of the 79th Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo in Geneva in this March 4, 2009 file photo.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files

3 Nov 2015

Porsche, more Audi models pulled into VW emissions scandal

By Patrick Rucker and Timothy Gardiner | 2 November 2015 Volkswagen used devices to cheat air pollution tests in diesel luxury vehicles, U.S. environmental regulators said on Monday, in a […]

Crude oil washes up near the shore after a Shell pipeline leaked, in the Oloma community in Nigeria's delta region November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Tife Owolabi

3 Nov 2015

Amnesty accuses Shell of failing to clear Nigeria oil spills

By Alexis Akwagyiram | 3 November 2015 Shell has failed to fulfill its legal obligations to clear up oil spills that it has caused in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region, […]

Bicycles are parked under a tree at Muusini primary school, where newly planted trees stand in the background in Kibwezi, east of Kenya's capital, Nairobi June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

3 Nov 2015

Kenyan youths renounce crime to protect forests

By Kagondu Njagi | 3 November 2015 THARAKA NITHI, Kenya, Nov 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Groups of reformed youths who once sold drugs and stole from their neighbours are […]

France's President Francois Hollande shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (R) after a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Nov. 2, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Pool

2 Nov 2015

China and France seek five-year reviews of planned UN climate deal

By Megha Rajagopalan | 2 November 2015 * 150 states have issued plans for curbing emissions * Climate change accord expected in Paris next month — China and France agreed […]

Water is seen in a pond in front of Beverly Hills' city sign, California, May 11, 2015. California water regulators last week adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Affluent suburbs like Beverly Hills will have to trim usage by 36 percent. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1CI6I

2 Nov 2015

Beverly Hills fined for not conserving enough water in drought

By Sharon Bernstein | 31 October 2015 Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during […]

An SUV moves through the assembly line at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone

2 Nov 2015

U.S. manufacturing weakness persists; worst may be over

By Lucia Mutikani | 2 November 2015 U.S. manufacturing activity in October hit a 2-1/2-year low, but a rise in new orders offered hope for a sector buffeted by a […]

Storm clouds form near a BP station in Alexandria, Virginia in this July 19, 2010 file photograph. The U.S. government temporarily banned BP Plc from federal contracts on Wednesday over its "lack of business integrity" in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, a move that the British company had said could force it to rethink its entire U.S. operations.    REUTERS/Molly Riley/Files  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)

2 Nov 2015

BP sees technology nearly doubling world energy resources by 2050

By Ron Bousso | 2 November 2015 * Existing technology to reduce need for exploration * Alternative power further lower fears of supply crunch * Carbon pricing key to unlock […]

Smoke rises from the chimneys of a thermal power plant in a suburb of Shanghai March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

30 Oct 2015

Climate curbs will slow temperature rise; more needed for 2C goal: U.N.

By Alister Doyle and Susanna Twidale | 30 October 2015 Plans by about 150 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions will slow climate change this century but they need to […]

In this 2008 file photo, school children hold umbrellas during an awareness campaign to protect the ozone layer as part of the International Ozone Day in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

30 Oct 2015

U.N. climate agency says “Don’t panic!” as ozone hole gets wider

By Tom Miles | 29 October 2015 The U.N.’s weather and climate agency said on Thursday there was no cause for alarm about a record-size hole this month in the […]

Employees stock shelves near a sign supporting non genetically modified organisms (GMO) at the Central Co-op in Seattle, Washington October 29, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

29 Oct 2015

GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars

By Chris Prentice | 29 October 2015 America’s sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun genetically modified (GMO) crops. In the past seven years, the […]

An African White Backed Vulture sits on a tree in the Serengeti National Park plains August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Noor Khamis (TANZANIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL) - RTR36YB0

29 Oct 2015

Release: Conservationists warn Africa’s vultures are sliding towards extinction

BirdLife | 29 October 2015 Six of Africa’s 11 vulture species – the continent’s largest and most recognisable birds of prey – are now at a higher risk of extinction, according […]

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

28 Oct 2015