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Corporate Governance

23 Jun 2017

EU promises tough line on U.S., China while pushing for free trade

By Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters) | 23 June 2017 BRUSSELS – German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that Europe would react in kind if the United States did not play […]

22 Jun 2017

China needs patience to fight costly war against soil pollution: government

By Hallie Gu and David Stanway (Reuters) | 22 June 2017 China must show patience in its “long war” against widespread soil pollution, the environment ministry said this week, with […]

20 Jun 2017

Religious and indigenous leaders urge better protection of forests

By Alister Doyle (Reuters) | 19 June 2017 OSLO – Religious and indigenous leaders appealed on Monday for better protection of tropical forests from the Amazon to the Congo basin, […]

19 Jun 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: HSBC integrating sustainability into its business model

19 June 2017 HSBC is one of the first global financial institutions to become transparent on the carbon footprint of its financial holdings.  We sat down with Pat Burke, President […]

19 Jun 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Philanthropy: the “golden key” to unlock China’s next chapter of modernization?

19 June 2017 By Anna-Marie Harling, Director, Thought Leadership – Philanthropy, UBS Wealth Management, and Christina Tung, Head Philanthropy Advisory, Asia Pacific, UBS Wealth Management Having just spent time with […]

19 Jun 2017

IKEA aims to halve food waste at its restaurants by mid-2020

By Anna Ringstrom (Reuters) | 19 June 2017 IKEA, which as well as being the No.1 furniture retailer also runs one of the world’s biggest restaurant chains, aims to halve […]

19 Jun 2017

How a math formula could decide fate of endangered U.S. species

By Sharon Bernstein | 19 June 2017 The Trump administration is considering a proposal that could effectively let some plants and animals become extinct so cash-strapped agencies can use more […]

16 Jun 2017

China, ADB launch green financing platform to fight pollution

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 16 June 2017 China and the Asia Development Bank (ADB) have launched a green financing platform to support efforts by small- and medium-sized enterprises to […]

15 Jun 2017

Google bets on European biotech drugs, backs new fund

By Ben Hirschler (Reuters) | 15 June 2017 LONDON, Google is betting on the potential of European biotech companies to deliver life-changing drugs by investing alongside Swiss company Novartis (NOVN.S) in a new […]

14 Jun 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Latest New York filing asks if Exxon is still lying to investors about how it manages carbon risk

By Sophie Marjanac, Company and Financial lawyer, ClientEarth | 14 June 2017 As the New York Attorney General’s investigation unfolds, claims emerge that Exxon’s deception may be greater than was even […]

13 Jun 2017

Apple issues $1 billion green bond after Trump’s Paris climate exit

13 June 2017 (Reuters) Apple Inc (AAPL.O) offered a $1 billion bond dedicated to financing clean energy and environmental projects on Tuesday, the first corporate green bond offered since President […]

12 Jun 2017

China to clamp down on new car plants in fight against capacity glut, pollution

By Jake Spring (Reuters) | 12 June 2017 China’s top state planner said it would tighten regulations for building new factories for traditional petrol-burning vehicles, as the country cracks down […]

12 Jun 2017

France to close some nuclear reactors, says ecology minister Hulot

By Stephen Jewkes (Reuters) | 12 June 2017 French environment and energy minister Nicolas Hulot said on Monday that the government plans to close some nuclear reactors of state-controlled utility […]

12 Jun 2017

U.S. breaks with G7 on climate, development banks – statement

By Stephen Jewkes (Reuters) | 12 June 2017 The United States refused to sign up to the Group of Seven major industrialised economies’ statement on climate change and plans to […]

12 Jun 2017

Kerry says U.S. climate goals in reach despite Trump Paris pullout

By Gwladys Fouche (Reuters) | 12 June 2017 Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry predicted on Monday that the United States will achieve goals to limit climate change set […]

12 Jun 2017

Release: Thomson Reuters Launches Latest Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

Global 100 Greenhouse Gas Performance: New Pathways for Growth and Leadership reveals not only new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data across the value chain from the world’s 100 largest publicly […]

9 Jun 2017

Facebook launches disaster maps to help aid workers save lives

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  | 7 June 2017 LONDON, Facebook on Wednesday launched disaster maps – an initiative aimed at helping humanitarian organisations save lives in emergencies. “When […]

8 Jun 2017

South Korea to fine Novartis unit over unfair drug promotions

By Hyunjoo Jin (Reuters) | 8 June 2017 South Korea’s antitrust regulator said it would fine Novartis’ local unit 500 million won ($444,089) for alleged unfair promotions, in another setback […]

8 Jun 2017

France launches website to lure foreign brainpower on climate change

By Michel Rose (Reuters) | 8 June 2017 The French presidency launched on Thursday a website to lure international scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to France following U.S. President Donald Trump’s […]

8 Jun 2017

Exclusive: Norway’s $960 billion fund wants banks to disclose carbon footprint of loans

By Gwladys Fouche | 2 June 2017 (Reuters) Norway’s $960 billion sovereign wealth fund will ask the banks in which it has invested to disclose how their lending contributes to […]

5 Jun 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Connecting nature, people and climate

By Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada | 5 June 2017 We had to keep our voices low. In the distance – a few hundred meters from […]

2 Jun 2017

World pledges to save ‘Mother Earth’ despite Trump’s snub to climate pact

By Thomas Escritt and Philip Blenkinsop | 2 June 2017 (Reuters) China and Europe pledged on Friday to unite to save what German Chancellor Angela Merkel called “our Mother Earth”, […]

31 May 2017

Trump planning to pull U.S. out of Paris climate deal: source

By Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason | 31 May 2017 (Reuters) President Donald Trump plans to make good on his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from a global […]

30 May 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: On building social capital

We sat down with Jane Wales, CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs, vice president of the Aspen Institute and host of the nationally-syndicated National Public Radio interview […]

23 May 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Monetizing sustainable development

23 May 2017 We sat down with Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability Affairs at Novozymes, the world’s largest industrial biotechnology company.  Novozymes sees significant long term growth potential […]

11 May 2017

Trump’s climate stance looms over Arctic meeting

By Timothy Gardner | 11 May 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host foreign ministers from Arctic nations at a summit in Alaska on Thursday, where President Donald […]

5 May 2017

Can crowd funding help scale up solar power for Africa’s poor?

By Maina Waruru | May 5 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When Ronald Van Harten arrived in Kenya from the Netherlands in 2015 he was determined to invest in solar-powered equipment for […]

5 May 2017

As land conflicts rise, clean energy investors face financial risks

By Laurie Goering | May 5 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Growing investment in renewable energy projects around the world is sparking more conflicts over land and resources in areas where they […]

4 May 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Impact Investing On The Rise

By Anthony Berkley, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Prudential Financial, Inc., and Charles Haines, Program Associate, Strategic Investor Initiative, CECP | 4 May 2017 There is a new way for […]

27 Apr 2017

EU steps up legal action vs Poland over logging of primeval forest

By Jan Strupczewski | 27 April 2017 The European Commission stepped up on Thursday its legal action against Poland over the logging of the protected primeval Bialowieza forest in the […]

27 Apr 2017

Republican lawmakers urge Trump to weaken Paris climate pact pledge

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

13 Apr 2017

Ethical investment tide lifts ‘greenwash’ concerns

By Cecile Lefort and Jonathan Barrett | April 13 2017 (Reuters) Investors are ploughing ever more into ethical funds to back their views on issues such as global warming and […]

13 Apr 2017

China solar, wind to attract $780 billion investment by 2030 – research report

By David Stanway | April 13 2017 (Reuters) China’s wind and solar sectors could attract as much as 5.4 trillion yuan ($782 billion) in investment between 2016 and 2030 as the […]

13 Apr 2017

Mercedes-Benz undecided if it will sell future U.S. diesels

By David Shepardson | April 13 2017 (Reuters) Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz USA chief said the German automaker has not decided whether to resume selling diesel vehicles in the United States. […]

11 Apr 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The view of climate change from 3 islands

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

7 Apr 2017

Cities must lure private dollars fast to meet climate goals

By Alex Whiting | April 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Cities must find ways to tap major private investment fast if they are to build the “green” infrastructure needed to help […]

30 Mar 2017

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

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

28 Mar 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Economic growth intertwined with climate stewardship

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

27 Mar 2017

French Mercedes owners take legal action after German emissions probe

By Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume || March 27 2017 (Reuters) Three French Mercedes car owners filed legal complaints against the carmaker’s parent Daimler (DAIGn.DE) on Friday, alleging consumer fraud […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

22 Feb 2017

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

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

21 Feb 2017

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

12 Jan 2017

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

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

12 Jan 2017

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

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

9 Jan 2017

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Nov 2016

Samsung Electronics reviewing ways to limit Note 7 environment impact

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

3 Nov 2016

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

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

3 Nov 2016

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, […]

1 Nov 2016

Portuguese renewables developer EDPR quietly upstages power giants

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

1 Nov 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

21 Oct 2016

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

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

21 Oct 2016

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

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

20 Oct 2016

Greener infrastructure said key to Paris climate deal – study

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

20 Oct 2016

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, […]

20 Oct 2016

Adapting to climate change is good business

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

20 Oct 2016

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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

13 Oct 2016

EU Parliament committee backs carbon market reform compromise

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

13 Oct 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Oct 2016

UN sets limits on global airline emissions amid dissent

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

6 Oct 2016

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

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

6 Oct 2016

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 […]

5 Oct 2016

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

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

4 Oct 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

26 Sep 2016

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

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

26 Sep 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

20 Sep 2016

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

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

19 Sep 2016

Glencore court ruling in Zambia may trigger new pollution claims

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

19 Sep 2016

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 […]

19 Sep 2016

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

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

16 Sep 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 – […]

7 Sep 2016

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

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

7 Sep 2016

Marshall Islands backs plan to curb aviation emissions

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

7 Sep 2016

Agriculture investment yields growth and nutrition gains for Africa

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

6 Sep 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

17 Aug 2016

After scorching heat, Earth likely to get respite in 2017

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

16 Aug 2016

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

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

11 Aug 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

1 Aug 2016

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

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

1 Aug 2016

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, […]

1 Aug 2016

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

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

29 Jul 2016

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

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

29 Jul 2016

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

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

29 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Quantifying carbon risk

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

28 Jul 2016

France to support grain farmers after crops hit by weather

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

28 Jul 2016

Chinese polluters to face more business, financing restrictions

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

28 Jul 2016

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

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

27 Jul 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

27 Jul 2016

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

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

26 Jul 2016

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 […]

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 […]

21 Jul 2016

China launches new alert system to tame wind power investments

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

21 Jul 2016

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

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

21 Jul 2016

Oil Search bows to ExxonMobil in battle for InterOil

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

21 Jul 2016

Insurers ignoring risks of oil, gas investments – study

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

21 Jul 2016

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

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

21 Jul 2016

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

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

20 Jul 2016

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 […]

20 Jul 2016

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

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

20 Jul 2016

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 […]

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 […]

20 Jul 2016

In turnaround, FHA will insure mortgages with PACE assessments

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

20 Jul 2016

EU truckmakers fined $3.2 billion over price collusion

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

20 Jul 2016

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

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

20 Jul 2016

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 […]

19 Jul 2016

Rotterdam offers burial at sea for greenhouse gases

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

19 Jul 2016

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

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

19 Jul 2016

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

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

19 Jul 2016

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

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

19 Jul 2016

India doubles down on solar parks after SunEdison setback

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

19 Jul 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

15 Jul 2016

Former Japan nuclear regulator lashes out over earthquake standards

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

15 Jul 2016

Land scheme abuses thwart Indian Kashmir’s energy ambitions

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

15 Jul 2016

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 — […]

15 Jul 2016

Energy companies spend big to fight Colorado ballot initiatives

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

15 Jul 2016

Environmental protests spur Morocco to halt waste imports for energy

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

15 Jul 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The Natural Capital Protocol enables new risk models

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

14 Jul 2016

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

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

14 Jul 2016

California rejects VW’s recall plan for larger diesel cars

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

14 Jul 2016

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 […]

14 Jul 2016

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

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

14 Jul 2016

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 […]

14 Jul 2016

Brazil prosecutors open criminal probe into Samarco CEO

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

14 Jul 2016

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

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

13 Jul 2016

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 […]

13 Jul 2016

Brexit could provide boost for Britain’s shale gas

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

13 Jul 2016

Peugeot tests Israeli range-extender technology in electric car push

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

13 Jul 2016

Solar energy firms get loans to light up rural Tanzania

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

13 Jul 2016

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

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

12 Jul 2016

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 […]

12 Jul 2016

Japan court upholds reactor shutdown in new blow to nuclear industry

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

12 Jul 2016

EDF acquires majority stake in Chinese wind energy developer

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

12 Jul 2016

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

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

12 Jul 2016

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

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

12 Jul 2016

Cameroon moves to curb forest loss linked to Chinese investment

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

12 Jul 2016

French carbon pricing committee proposes tax on coal-fired power

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

11 Jul 2016

German prosecutors say won’t be lenient with VW

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

11 Jul 2016

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

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

11 Jul 2016

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

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

11 Jul 2016

Indonesia’s top diesel buyer says biofuel rule unworkable

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

11 Jul 2016

Poland’s disappearing lakes fuel battle over coal mining

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

11 Jul 2016

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

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

8 Jul 2016

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 […]

8 Jul 2016

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

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

8 Jul 2016

China to launch environmental probes in eight more provinces

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

8 Jul 2016

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

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

8 Jul 2016

U.S. finalizes Arctic energy development regulation

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

8 Jul 2016

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 […]

8 Jul 2016

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

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

8 Jul 2016

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

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

8 Jul 2016

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

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

8 Jul 2016

Bank of China jumbo green bond shows growing Asian presence

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

8 Jul 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Jul 2016

China top polluter Hebei province promises to clean up act

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

6 Jul 2016

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. […]

6 Jul 2016

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

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

6 Jul 2016

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

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

5 Jul 2016

New haze fears as palm oil firms ditch Indonesia pact

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

5 Jul 2016

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

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

5 Jul 2016

Free at Rio Olympics: 9 million forest-friendly condoms

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

5 Jul 2016

Norway says could achieve full carbon capture and storage by 2022

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

4 Jul 2016

China defends use of wild animals in traditional medicine

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

4 Jul 2016

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 […]

1 Jul 2016

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

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

1 Jul 2016

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

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

1 Jul 2016

As Japan re-embraces nuclear power, safety warnings persist

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

1 Jul 2016

Rwanda harnesses lake “demons” to power the economy

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

1 Jul 2016

Cuba plans cuts in fuel, electricity consumption: sources

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

1 Jul 2016

Philippines to review all mines as environmentalist takes the helm

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

1 Jul 2016

China says will ban IPOs by firms breaking environment protection rules

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

1 Jul 2016

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

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

1 Jul 2016

BHP says will fight $6 billion claim over Samarco disaster

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

30 Jun 2016

Green Climate Fund seeks new director, more ambitious projects

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

30 Jun 2016

New ways to lower investment risk seek to propel climate action

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

30 Jun 2016

Indonesia faces environmental time bomb after coal bust

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

30 Jun 2016

Important to look at individuals in VW scandal: Lynch

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

30 Jun 2016

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 […]

30 Jun 2016

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

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

29 Jun 2016

Investors seek ruling against Petrobras in corruption lawsuit

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

29 Jun 2016

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 […]

29 Jun 2016

Volkswagen diesel deal could be a win for many companies

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

29 Jun 2016

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

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

29 Jun 2016

Indoor farming gives former New Jersey arena new lease on life

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

29 Jun 2016

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 […]

29 Jun 2016

Pressure mounts on G20 for fossil fuel subsidies deadline

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

29 Jun 2016

Youth Perspective: How Businesses Can Promote Sustainability in Developing Countries

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

28 Jun 2016

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

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

28 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

28 Jun 2016

Maersk Oil to focus on North Sea, Kenya after Qatar contract loss

By Teis Jensen (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Maersk Oil, a unit of Danish conglomerate A. P. Moller-Maersk, will focus on building on its operations in the North Sea and […]

28 Jun 2016

Canada oil sands output to grow 42 percent by 2025 -report

By Nia Williams (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Canada’s oil sands production will grow by 42 percent to 3.4 million barrels per day by 2025, most of which will come […]

28 Jun 2016

Nigeria oil output rises to 1.9 million bpd due to repairs -NNPC

By Alexis Akwagyiram (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 Oil production in Nigeria has risen to about 1.9 million barrels per day (bpd), from 1.6 million bpd, due to repairs and […]

28 Jun 2016

Tanzania dam halt a ‘victory’ for vulnerable communities, says aid agency

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 27 June 2016 Activists say local communities have not been offered a choice on whether to be resettled because of the project — DAR […]

28 Jun 2016

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar in talks for $800 mln loan to fund solar project

By Tom Arnold (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 DUBAI – A consortium led by Abu Dhabi’s Masdar is aiming to raise an $800 million loan to help fund the building […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

27 Jun 2016

‘Sweet business’ of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe’s forests

By Andrew Mambondiyani (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 27 June 2016 MUTARE, Zimbabwe – Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt […]

27 Jun 2016

China city shuts down waste-burning plant project over protests

By Megha Rajagopalan (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 BEIJING – The mayor of a city in central China made a rare public address calling for calm after thousands of people […]

27 Jun 2016

Peru state energy company reports Amazon oil spill

By Ursula Scollo (Reuters) | 25 June 2016 An oil spill in the Amazon region of Peru was detected on Friday night, state energy company Petroperu said in a statement […]

27 Jun 2016

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 […]

27 Jun 2016

Rosatom’s global nuclear ambition cramped by Kremlin politics

By Geert de Clercq, Svetlana Burmistrova, and Jack Stubbs (Reuters) | 26 June 2016 The $100 billion overseas order book of Russia‘s nuclear power plant builder Rosatom — bigger than […]

27 Jun 2016

U.S. states, Rockefellers clash with U.S. House panel on Exxon climate probes

By Terry Wade (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 HOUSTON – With a number of U.S. states proceeding with investigations of Exxon Mobil Corp’s (XOM.N) record on climate change, the attorney […]

24 Jun 2016

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 – […]

24 Jun 2016

Nissan sues South Korea government over accusations of emissions cheating

By Hyunjoo Jin (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s South Korean unit said it has filed a lawsuit over claims by the government that the automaker had […]

24 Jun 2016

Germany imposes limits on fracking

By Caroline Copley and Vera Eckert (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 Germany imposed limits on fracking on Friday, dealing a blow to efforts to develop shale gas. Under legislation passed […]

24 Jun 2016

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 […]

24 Jun 2016

California regulators voice support for cap and trade program

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 24 June 2016 SAN FRANCISCO – Staff for California’s air regulator on Thursday recommended the state extend its carbon cap and trade system beyond 2020, […]

24 Jun 2016

Power output in Alberta oil sands near pre-fire levels

By Scott Disavino (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 The amount of power generated by cogeneration electric plants around the fire-ravaged town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, climbed near levels […]

24 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

24 Jun 2016

Behind Tesla carnage, signs of support for Musk’s SolarCity deal

By Ross Kerber and Tim McLaughlin (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Some of Tesla Motor Inc’s (TSLA.O) biggest investors have signaled support for […]

24 Jun 2016

Supporters of global sustainability ask businesses to step up

By Ellen Wulfhorst (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 Fortune 500 should build new development goals into business plans, shareholder pitches and publicity — NEW YORK – Advocates of sustainable development […]

24 Jun 2016

French parliament scraps planned extra tax on palm oil

By Sybille de La Hamaide (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 Major producing countries said proposed tax was discriminatory and against international trade rules — PARIS – France’s National Assembly […]

24 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

22 Jun 2016

Tesla offers $2.8 billion for SolarCity in ‘no brainer’ deal for Musk

By Nichola Groom and Paul Lienert (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 LOS ANGELES/DETROIT – Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, […]

22 Jun 2016

In Chile’s forests, shadowy rebel groups threaten logging industry

By Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 ANGOL, Chile – A few moments of relaxation for Chilean logger Nelson Hidalgo were shattered one day last month when 12 armed […]

22 Jun 2016

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 […]

22 Jun 2016

White House economists say U.S. coal program costing taxpayers

By Patrick Rucker (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 WASHINGTON – A U.S. program meant to encourage coal mining on federal land is open to industry abuse and costs taxpayers billions […]

22 Jun 2016

Dutch test ‘Ocean Cleanup’ plan to collect floating plastic trash

By Toby Sterling (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 A Dutch foundation has developed floating barriers to try to collect trash from the world’s oceans, and will launch a 100 meter-long […]

22 Jun 2016

Colombia coffee-growers worry over looming La Nina rains

By Julia Symmes Cobb and Luis Jaime Acosta (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 BOGOTA – Colombian coffee growers still dealing with the consequences of the El Nino drought are now […]

22 Jun 2016

Tokyo Gas buys Eagle Ford shale stake, despite loss from prior U.S. purchase

By Osamu Tsukimori (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Tokyo Gas Co (9531.T) said on Tuesday it has bought a 25 percent stake in an Eagle Ford shale gas formation, in […]

22 Jun 2016

China plans energy-sector technology capacity boost over next decade

By Kathy Chen (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 BEIJING – China wants to boost its domestic capacity to produce cutting-edge energy technologies in the next decade to challenge international energy majors […]

22 Jun 2016

Heat wave tests Southern California’s power grid amid gas shortage

By Steve Gorman and Nichola Groom (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 LOS ANGELES – California’s power grid operators warned homes and businesses on Monday to conserve electricity as rising demand […]

22 Jun 2016

As drought parches reserves, Zimbabwe puts wildlife on the block

By Jeffrey Moyo (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 But selling elephants and other animals could put the country’s future tourism potential at risk, critics charge — MASVINGO, Zimbabwe […]

22 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

21 Jun 2016

With oil price near $50, resilient U.S. shale producers eye new chapter

By Ernest Scheyder and Terry Wade (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Two years into the worst oil price rout in a generation, large and mid-sized U.S. independent producers are surviving […]

21 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

21 Jun 2016

IMF extends Malawi loan program, adds $80 million for drought measures

By Mfuneko Toyana (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will increase loans to Malawi by $76.8 million, the global lender said on Monday following an economic […]

21 Jun 2016

Tighter rules for Canada energy projects could be seen in 2017

By David Ljunggren (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 Tighter environmental rules for Canadian natural resource projects could start coming into force in 2017, ahead of schedule, an official said on […]

21 Jun 2016

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, […]

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 […]

21 Jun 2016

South Africa’s Eskom gets new hydro plant fully linked to grid

By Nqobile Dludla (Reuters) | 19 June 2016 JOHANNESBURG – Eskom hailed a milestone in its efforts to overcome South Africa’s chronic electricity shortages on Sunday, saying it had linked […]

21 Jun 2016

Angolan activist calls for president’s daughter to step down as oil firm chief

By Herculano Coroado and Nqobile Dludla (Reuters) | 18 June 2016 Human rights activist Rafael Marques has asked Angola’s Attorney General to revoke the appointment of Isabel dos Santos as head […]

21 Jun 2016

House panel claims oversight of state climate probes into Exxon

By Terry Wade and Ernest Scheyder (Reuters) | 18 June 2016 HOUSTON – A Republican-led congressional committee sought on Friday to assert oversight over inquiries that about 20 states are […]

21 Jun 2016

Brazil fines Samarco 142 million reais for damages to protected areas

By Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) | 18 June 2016 Brazil‘s Environment Ministry fined mining company Samarco 142 million reais (28.98 million pounds) for damages to three protected areas resulting from a […]

21 Jun 2016

With men gone, women shake up farming in rural Nepal

By Zoe Tabary (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 9 June 2016 PHULBARI, Nepal, Ratna Chaudhary delicately lifts the hem of her pink and green dress with one hand, while using the other […]

21 Jun 2016

Satellite maps pinpoint “high risk” palm growers to prevent deforestation before it happens

By Matthew Ponsford, @mjponsford  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 MILAN – A new satellite-driven mapping project has been launched to help palm oil companies identify and weed out growers […]

21 Jun 2016

Philippines’ Duterte to review projects as environmentalist gets mining post

By Karen Lema (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Incoming Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned he would cancel mining projects causing environmental harm as an anti-mining advocate accepted his […]

21 Jun 2016

EU needs significant fall in road pollution to meet targets

By Alissa De Carbonnel (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 European Union greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2014 to their lowest level since 1990, although the bloc said more diesel vehicles had increased […]

17 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

17 Jun 2016

Siemens, Gamesa to form world’s largest wind farm business

By Jose Elías Rodríguez (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 MADRID/FRANKFURT – Siemens and Spain’s Gamesa agreed on Friday to create the world’s biggest builder of windfarms, with the German company […]

17 Jun 2016

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 […]

17 Jun 2016

Clean energy for poorest starved of investment: researchers

By Megan Rowling (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 17 June 2016 BARCELONA – Only a tiny fraction of climate change funding is going into small-scale solar, biogas and other off-grid systems […]

17 Jun 2016

Taiwan activists press Formosa Plastics over dead fish in Vietnam

By J.R. Wu (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 Activists in Taiwan called on the island’s largest industrial group, Formosa Plastics, to investigate recent mass fish deaths in Vietnam, near where […]

17 Jun 2016

China orders 255 Shanghai industrial facilities to shut for G20

By Meng Meng and Chen Aizhu (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 BEIJING – China ordered at least 255 Shanghai-based industrial facilities, including part of a major oil refinery operated by Sinopec […]

17 Jun 2016

Satellite tags aim to shed light on endangered hawksbill sea turtle migration

By Matthew Stock (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. Scientists are tagging hawksbill sea turtles in a key South Pacific breeding ground, hoping that information […]

17 Jun 2016

Sun-powered phone charger gives migrants in Greece free electricity

By Karolina Tagaris (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 LESBOS, Greece – For refugees and migrants stuck in Greece, a smartphone is a lifeline — as long as its battery lasts. […]

17 Jun 2016

Latin America must safeguard energy investors -industry leaders

By Nelson Bocanegra and Julia Symmes Cobb (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 Latin America offers ample opportunities for the energy sector, but governments must make changes to protect investors from […]

17 Jun 2016

Vale-BHP’s Samarco no longer sees operations resuming this year

By Marta Nogueira (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 Brazilian miner Samarco, a joint venture between Vale SA (VALE5.SA) and BHP Billiton (BLT.L), no longer expects to resume mining operations this […]

16 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

15 Jun 2016

California’s landmark cap and trade program faces uncertain future

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 California’s greenhouse gas reduction program is in a battle for its life, and uncertainty about its future has spooked buyers of its […]

15 Jun 2016

France ratifies Paris climate agreement

By Jean-Baptiste Vey (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 President Francois Hollande on Wednesday signed a bill formally ratifying the Paris climate agreement reached last December by nearly 200 countries to […]

15 Jun 2016

EU proposes stricter tests on car emissions from 2017 in wake of VW scandal

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 EU regulators proposed stricter tests on Wednesday on car fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions from late next year to plug […]

15 Jun 2016

Solar, wind costs could fall up to 59 percent by 2025, study says

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 The average cost of electricity generated by solar and wind energy could fall by up to 59 percent by 2025 if the […]

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 […]

14 Jun 2016

Global farmland deals now cover area the size of Finland – campaigners

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 June 2016 Internationally, there are 491 large-scale farmland deals in 78 countries, says campaign group GRAIN — RIO DE JANEIRO – Global investors […]

14 Jun 2016

‘Mercedes’ cocoa helps Ivorian farmers speed to better harvest

By Busani Bafana (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 14 June 2016 OUATTARADOUGOU, Ivory Coast – Abou Ouattara has grown cocoa for the last 17 years, but luckily the 52-year-old does not […]

14 Jun 2016

Chile’s embattled salmon industry intensified antibiotic use in 2015: government

By Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 Salmon producers in Chile, under pressure from international buyers to reduce the amount of antibiotics they put into their fish, intensified their […]

14 Jun 2016

Nissan to develop ethanol-based fuel cell technology by 2020

By Naomi Tajitsu (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) said on Tuesday it was developing fuel cell vehicle (FCV) technology using ethanol as a hydrogen source in […]

13 Jun 2016

Australian PM pledges A$1 bln to help ailing Great Barrier Reef

By Peter Gosnell (Reuters) | 13 June 2016 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, facing a tight re-election battle, pledged on Monday a A$1 billion ($738 million) fund for the Great […]

10 Jun 2016

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 […]

10 Jun 2016

Marathon Petroleum, U.S. reach agreement on refinery pollution

By Timothy Ahmann and Terry Wade (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 Marathon Petroleum Corp will spend about $334.6 million to cut pollution at refineries in five states and pay a […]

10 Jun 2016

ADM, biofuel supporters say EPA underestimates use of higher-ethanol fuels

By Chris Prentice (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 Archer Daniels Midland Co and other supporters of biofuels on Thursday said U.S. regulators grossly underestimated the amount of higher-ethanol fuel blends at […]

10 Jun 2016

Ten EU nations still breaching pollution limits: EEA

By Nina Chestney (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 Air pollution from sources such as transport and agriculture is still above legal limits in 10 European Union member states, data from […]

9 Jun 2016

U.S. solar market to nearly double in 2016, led by utilities

By Nichola Groom (Reuters) | 9 June 2016 The U.S. solar energy market will nearly double new installations this year to 14.5 gigawatts, led by utility projects that developers scrambled to […]

9 Jun 2016

In boost to Paris climate pact, India says it aims to join this year

By Jeff Mason and David Brunnstrom (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. India has agreed to work toward joining the Paris Agreement on climate change this year, India […]

8 Jun 2016

VW receives regulatory approval for fixes on 1.1 million cars

By Andreas Cremer (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said on Wednesday it received regulatory approval to fix another 1.1 million cars, raising the number of VW models cleared […]

8 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Jun 2016

Groups urge U.S. Congress to reject TPP over environmental concerns

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 6 June 2016 WASHINGTON, More than 450 groups on Monday called on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership if it comes up for a vote this […]

7 Jun 2016

Villagers spared eviction as Tanzania halts $500 million energy project to save wildlife

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 June 2016 BAGAMOYO, Tanzania – In a rare victory for landless villagers in Africa, more than 1,500 people have been spared eviction […]

7 Jun 2016

Most big users failing on cotton sustainability: report

By Anna Ringstrom (Reuters) | 7 June 2016 Most companies using cotton do nearly nothing to improve environmental sustainability in its supply, environmental groups said on Tuesday, citing a report […]

6 Jun 2016

Airlines support carbon emissions deal despite costs: trade group

By Victoria Bryan and Allison Lampert (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 DUBLIN/MONTREAL, – Airlines want one global deal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air travel despite higher costs, in order to […]

6 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

3 Jun 2016

East Africa food scheme aims to stop the rot, boost trade

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 2 June 2016 KILOSA, Tanzania, The huge stock of maize Jumanne Masele put aside last year was enough to spare his family from hunger […]

3 Jun 2016

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 […]

3 Jun 2016

Luxembourg sets aside 200 million euros to fund space mining ventures

By Robert-Jan Bartunek (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 Luxembourg on Friday upped its bid to be a leader in the nascent space mining industry by setting aside 200 million euros […]

3 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

1 Jun 2016

Germany ends row with states over green energy roll-out

By Markus Wacket (Reuters) | 1 June 2016 BERLIN, Chancellor Angela Merkel hammered out the framework for a deal with state premiers on Wednesday on reforms to Germany‘s renewable energy […]

1 Jun 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

16 May 2016

Ontario to spend $5.4 billion to cut carbon footprint : Globe and Mail

By Sruthi Shankar (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 The government of the Canadian province of Ontario plans to spend more than C$7 billion ($5.41 billion) over four years from 2017 […]

16 May 2016

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 […]

12 May 2016

Oil refiners, gas producers face higher costs from climate laws: report

By Susanna Twidale (Reuters) | 12 May 2016 Oil refiners and gas producers could face higher production costs if countries use a high carbon price to follow through promises made […]

11 May 2016

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

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

11 May 2016

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

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

10 May 2016

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

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

10 May 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

9 May 2016

Australian inquiry backs nuclear power after decades-long aversion

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

9 May 2016

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 […]

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 […]

9 May 2016

Armed guards protect last water in drought-parched Indian city

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

6 May 2016

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

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

5 May 2016

Pressure builds on shipping industry to set carbon targets

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

5 May 2016

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

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

4 May 2016

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

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

4 May 2016

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

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

4 May 2016

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

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

4 May 2016

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

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

3 May 2016

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 […]

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 […]

3 May 2016

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

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

3 May 2016

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

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

29 Apr 2016

Investor network says utilities should face climate change stress tests

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

29 Apr 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

29 Apr 2016

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

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

28 Apr 2016

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 […]

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 […]

27 Apr 2016

More urgent action needed on air pollution in Britain-MPs

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

27 Apr 2016

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

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

27 Apr 2016

EPA orders Mitsubishi to conduct new vehicle testing

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

26 Apr 2016

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 […]

26 Apr 2016

France to set unilateral floor price for carbon emissions

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

26 Apr 2016

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 […]

26 Apr 2016

Cameroon fights flooding by turning plastic waste into jobs

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

26 Apr 2016

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 […]

26 Apr 2016

Palm oil industry group orders company to halt Peru planting

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

26 Apr 2016

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 […]

25 Apr 2016

Pennsylvania voters torn over calls for a fracking ban

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

25 Apr 2016

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 […]

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 […]

25 Apr 2016

Push to ward off disasters in Dhaka slum deters early marriage

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

22 Apr 2016

Congo signs landmark $200 mln deal to protect forests

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

22 Apr 2016

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 […]

22 Apr 2016

Volkswagen takes $18 billion hit over emissions scandal

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

22 Apr 2016

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

21 Apr 2016

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

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

21 Apr 2016

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 […]

21 Apr 2016

With climate deal, activists seeks land rights for native people

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

20 Apr 2016

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

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

19 Apr 2016

Activists lobby EU about logging in Poland’s ancient forest

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

19 Apr 2016

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 […]

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 […]

18 Apr 2016

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

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

15 Apr 2016

Development banks urged to put more energy into power for poor

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

15 Apr 2016

Venezuela to ration malls, change clocks, to save power

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

15 Apr 2016

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

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

14 Apr 2016

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, […]

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 […]

13 Apr 2016

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

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

13 Apr 2016

UN climate chief predicts Paris deal will take effect early

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

12 Apr 2016

China to release more water to alleviate Southeast Asia drought

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

12 Apr 2016

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

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

11 Apr 2016

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 […]

11 Apr 2016

India’s budget for climate adaptation inadequate – activists

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

11 Apr 2016

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

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

8 Apr 2016

“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 […]

8 Apr 2016

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

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

8 Apr 2016

Argentina to boost ethanol requirement in fuels: industry body

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

8 Apr 2016

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 […]

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 […]

8 Apr 2016

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

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

7 Apr 2016

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 * […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

28 Oct 2015

Governments to raise $22 billion from carbon pricing in 2015: report

By Susanna Twidale | 28 October 2015 Governments around the world will this year raise around $22 billion from schemes putting a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions such as […]

27 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Collaborating across the supply chain to create zero waste

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Unilever, tells us more about Unilever’s new milestone in becoming a zero landfill company across Europe. Ultimately, Unilever is aiming to become […]

27 Oct 2015

UK will force firms to publish more pay details to combat gender gap

By Costas Pista | 25 October 2015 Britain said on Sunday it will go further in its attempts to tackle the gender pay gap by forcing large firms to publish […]

27 Oct 2015

BP shrinks further to weather extended oil slump

By Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps | 27 October 2015 BP (BP.L) announced on Tuesday a third round of spending cuts and more asset sales in the coming years to […]

27 Oct 2015

Bacon and other processed meats can cause cancer, experts say

By Gus Trompiz and P.J. Huffstutter | 26 October 2015 Eating processed meats like hot dogs, sausages and bacon can cause colorectal cancer in humans, and red meat is also […]

26 Oct 2015

Turkey’s plan to help farmers adapt to climate change? Ask a tablet

By Manipadma Jena | 26 October 2015 KAZAN, Turkey, Oct 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ahmed Kinavkates has a problem. The farmer in the Kazan district of the Turkish capital […]

26 Oct 2015

Nestle plans to resume Maggi sales in India next month: spokesman

By Angelika Gruber | 26 October 2015 Nestle SA, the world’s largest packaged food company, plans to resume sales in India of its Maggi noodles in November, a spokesman for […]

26 Oct 2015

World Catholic leaders appeal for bold climate change agreement

By Philip Pullella | 26 October 2015 Roman Catholic leaders from around the world made an unprecedented joint appeal on Monday to a forthcoming U.N. conference on climate change to […]

26 Oct 2015

As oil industry bleeds jobs, Asia’s green energy drive offers bright spot

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen | 25 October 2015 Renewables are powering a rare bright spot in the energy industry, with record job hiring in solar, wind and hydro partly offsetting the […]

22 Oct 2015

Green Climate Fund aims to fund first projects in November

By Megan Rowling | 22 October 2015 BONN, Germany, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Green Climate Fund, which is due to deliver billions of dollars to help poorer […]

22 Oct 2015

British PM Cameron against imposing sugar tax to fight child obesity

By William James | 22 October 2015 British Prime Minister David Cameron is against imposing a tax on sugar as a means to tackle childhood obesity, his spokesman said on Thursday, […]

22 Oct 2015

China environment bureau says Coca-Cola bottling plant falsified pollution data

By Adam Jourdan and Michael Martina | 22 October 2015 An environmental protection bureau in northwest China said police temporarily detained an executive at a Coca-Cola Co bottling facility in Gansu […]

22 Oct 2015

Paris climate summit will hinge on climate aid: poor nations

By Alister Doyle | 22 October 2015 More funds to help poor nations cope with climate change will be the make-or-break issue when a Paris summit seeks a U.N. deal […]

22 Oct 2015

Apple to build more solar projects in China, green its suppliers

By Valerie Volcovici and Julia Love | 22 October 2015 Apple announced Wednesday it will build 200 megawatts of solar energy projects in China and work with local suppliers to source […]

21 Oct 2015

U.S. leads industrialised nations in shift from coal: study

By Alister Doyle | 21 October 2015 The United States is leading a shift away from using coal among leading industrialized democracies, with Japan the main laggard in policies that […]

21 Oct 2015

Female farmers in East Africa need support to compete – report

Kizito Makoye | 21 October 2015 DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thousands of female farmers in Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda could escape a life of poverty if […]

21 Oct 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An Ethical Predicament on Farmland

Can non-farming landlords and tenant farmers who have less long-term stake in farmland’s health fulfill the obligations of a land ethic? 20 October 2016 | By Stanley A. Temple, Beers-Bascom […]

20 Oct 2015

Obama says Paris climate pledge good for U.S. business

By Lisa Lambert and Roberta Rampton | 19 October 2015 Watch video here on Reuters.com President Barack Obama on Monday argued that his push for an international climate deal next month […]

20 Oct 2015

New database tracks large land deals in bid to boost transparency

By Chris Arsenault | 20 October 2015 (Changes title in fourth paragraph to Investment from Development) — Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Large purchases of farmland can at times […]

20 Oct 2015

CO2 emission reduction plans not enough to meet targets – OECD

By Gregory Blachier | 20 October 2015 PARIS – Plans published by rich nations and major emerging countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to limit a rise […]

20 Oct 2015

World, business leaders call for global carbon pricing policies

By Valerie Volcovici | 19 October 2015 WASHINGTON – A half dozen heads of state joined forces with leaders of states, cities and corporations on Monday to call for wider adoption of […]

16 Oct 2015

How will we feed 9 billion people in 2050?

By Thomson Reuters An estimated 805 million people will go to bed hungry tonight, yet we produce enough food to feed everyone… A number of factors contribute to this: the […]

15 Oct 2015

Black Mamba APU: 2015 Champion of the Earth

   Source: UNEP — For outstanding courage in fighting the illegal wildlife trade at community level About Black Mamba APU The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is a majority women group […]

15 Oct 2015

U.S. report calls for end to ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBT youth

By Andrew M. Seaman | 15 October 2015 (Reuters Health) – A new report from the U.S. government calls for an end to the discredited practice known as conversion therapy […]

15 Oct 2015

China slaps one-year ban on imports of African ivory hunting trophies

By Michael Martina | 15 October 2015 China slapped a one-year ban on African ivory hunting trophy imports, the state forestry authority said on Thursday ahead of a trip by […]

15 Oct 2015

Australia clears way for Adani’s $7 bln coal and rail project

By James Regan | 15 October 2015 SYDNEY – The Australian government on Thursday reissued an environmental permit for construction of one of the world’s biggest coal mines to India’s […]

15 Oct 2015

Proper hand washing essential to cut high child death rate – UNICEF

By Magdalena Mis | 15 October 2015 (Adds detail on impact on infants in first month) — LONDON, Oct 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Failing to wash hands with soap […]

14 Oct 2015

World must carry out U.N. slavery pledge – Nobel winner Satyarthi

By Nita Bhalla | 13 October 2015 NEW DELHI, Oct 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The new U.N. global development pact may have been a significant step towards ending human […]

14 Oct 2015

EPA hasn’t decided if new software on 2016 VW diesels is legal

By Paul Lienert | 13 October 2015 U.S. regulators haven’t determined the legality of a new emission-control device on Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) 2016 diesel models, a top official said on Tuesday. […]

14 Oct 2015

Germany’s Gabriel backs incentives for electric cars

By Michelle Martin | 14 October 2015 German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned on Wednesday against condemning diesel technology as a whole due to the emissions scandal at Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) […]

14 Oct 2015

Toyota targets fuel-cell car sales of 30,000 a year by 2020

By Naomi Tajitsu | 14 October 2015 Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) set what it called an ambitious target to sell 30,000 fuel-cell vehicles a year by the end of the […]

13 Oct 2015

Global climate pledges not enough but good start: European Commission

By Aziz El Yaakoubi | 12 October 2015 National pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even if fully implemented, would cap global warming at 3 degrees Celsius rather than the […]

13 Oct 2015

States to boost international protection for people fleeing disasters

By Megan Rowling | 13 October 2015 BARCELONA, Oct 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Governments of 110 nations have promised to beef up action to help people forced to leave […]

12 Oct 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa rates poorly in equal education for boys and girls – U.N.

By Joseph D’Urso | 12 October 2015 LONDON, Oct 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Less than half of the world’s countries have equal numbers of girls and boys in school […]

12 Oct 2015

World took step towards greener GDP in 2014; more needed: PwC

By Alister Doyle | 11 October 2015 Governments took a step towards greener economic growth in 2014 but will need to do far more to limit rising temperatures to a United […]

12 Oct 2015

New climate-financing pledges at IMF talks closer to $100 billion-a-year

By Randall Palmer | 10 October 2015 The world’s rich countries most likely will be able to reach the goal of providing $100 billion a year by 2020 to help […]

12 Oct 2015

Clariant sees biofuels boost from VW diesel affair: paper

By Michael Shields | 10 October 2015 Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant expects biofuels to get a boost from the scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) manipulation of diesel motor emissions tests, Chief […]

12 Oct 2015

India risks backsliding on success against HIV-U.N. envoy

By Aditya Kalra | 10 October 2015 New HIV infections in India could rise for the first time in more than a decade because states are mismanaging a prevention program […]

9 Oct 2015

Poaching threatens Mali’s rare desert elephants: U.N. mission

By Emma Farge | 8 October 2015 About a fifth of Mali’s rare desert elephants have been killed this year as ivory poachers exploit a security vacuum in the country’s […]

9 Oct 2015

Bank of England head rebuts critics of his global warming remarks

By Randall Palmer | 9 October 2015 Bank of England Governor Mark Carney struck back on Thursday at critics of his recent remarks about the effect of climate change, saying […]

9 Oct 2015

Pest blights India’s GM cotton crop, fuelling debate over risks

By Rajendra Jadhav and Rupam Jain Nair | 9 October 2015 Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, […]

9 Oct 2015

China says must make $315 billion – $630 billion green investments per year

By Randall Palmer and Mitra Taj | 9 October 2015 China must make green investments of between 2 trillion and 4 trillion yuan ($315-630 billion) per year over the next […]

9 Oct 2015

Pressure grows for global climate cash to help hard-hit poor

By Megan Rowling | 9 October 2015 BARCELONA, Oct 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As finance ministers from 20 developing states agreed on Thursday to work on boosting funding for […]

9 Oct 2015

Can India tap fresh water wisdom for “smart” cities?

By Shuriah Niazi | 9 October 2015 NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Shanti Kushwaha waits anxiously for the water tanker to reach the slums of Seelampur in […]

8 Oct 2015

Water-short Pakistani farmers test less thirsty way to grow rice

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | 8 October 2015 ISLAMABAD, Oct 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Erratic monsoon rains have made it increasingly hard for rice farmer Sardar Muhammad […]

8 Oct 2015

Britain’s tech community links up with charities to help migrants with mobiles

By Joseph D’Urso | 8 October 2015 LONDON, Oct 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Frustrated by the lack of technological solutions to the European refugee crisis, a group of London-based […]

8 Oct 2015

China raises solar installation target for 2015

By Kathy Chen and Chen Aizhu | 8 October 2015 China has raised its solar power installation target for 2015 by 30 percent from its previous goal, state media reported, […]

8 Oct 2015

Ocean heat wave harming world’s coral reefs this year: experts

By Alister Doyle | 8 October 2015 Corals reefs are suffering a severe underwater heat wave this year for the third time on record, including a mysterious warm patch in […]

7 Oct 2015

VW under pressure for answers as emissions scandal deadlines loom

By Andreas Cremer | 7 October 2015 Hans Dieter Poetsch’s first board meeting as chairman of Volkswagen on Wednesday could turn out to be his most important, coming just hours […]

7 Oct 2015

Glencore calls on Paris climate summit to adopt coal policy

By James Regan | 7 October 2015 Embattled miner and commodities trader Glencore Plc on Wednesday called on delegates meeting for a global climate summit later this year to adopt a […]

7 Oct 2015

Geek teams on two continents write poverty-breaking apps for Kenya

By Katy Migiro | 7 October 2015 NAIROBI, Oct 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Powered by caffeine and adrenalin, hundreds of Kenyan and Canadian geeks will compete over Skype in […]

7 Oct 2015

Green beer cuts Tanzanian brewery’s costs and carbon emissions

By Kizito Makoye | 6 October 2015 MWANZA, Tanzania, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Green beer may not sound too appealing, but in Mwanza, it’s going down a treat. […]

6 Oct 2015

California closes loophole in ivory trade

By Sharon Bernstein | 6 October 2015 It will be illegal to sell almost all ivory products in California under a measure signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that […]

6 Oct 2015

India leads Asia’s dash for coal as emissions blow east

By Krishna N. Das and Tommy Wilkes | 6 October 2015 * India opening a mine a month, to double coal output by 2020 * U.N. summit on climate change […]

5 Oct 2015

Think Europe’s halting GMOs? It could be heading for more

By Sybille de La Hamaide and Barbara Lewis | 5 October 2015 The large number of European countries opposing GMO cultivation may have given the impression the bloc is putting […]

5 Oct 2015

U.S. says BP to pay $20 billion in fines for 2010 oil spill

By Susan Heavey, Patrick Rucker and Emily Stephenson | 5 September 2015 BP Plc will pay more than $20 billion in fines to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico […]

5 Oct 2015

Toughen climate action every five years, UN draft suggests

By Alister Doyle | 5 October 2015 * Draft text streamlines 80 pages to just 20 * Leaves many details unclear, such as carbon markets — All nations should agree […]

2 Oct 2015

Govts must cooperate more in water ‘hotspots’ to prevent conflict-UN University

By Magdalena Mis | 02 October 2015 LONDON, Oct 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Governments in water ‘hotspots’ need to scale up cooperation over shared water resources to avoid ‘drastic’ […]

2 Oct 2015

EBRD to raise financing for climate projects to 18 bln euros

By Alister Doyle | 30 September 2015 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) plans to raise financing for green projects to 18 billion euros ($20.17 billion) in the […]

1 Oct 2015

Climate plans by 140 nations mark progress, but not enough: experts

By Alister Doyle | 1 September 2015 Plans submitted by 140 nations to limit their greenhouse gases would go some way towards tackling climate change, but not enough to prevent […]

1 Oct 2015

Lack of local land rights harms fight against poverty, climate change – researchers

By Megan Rowling | 30 September 2015 BARCELONA, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indigenous people and local communities lack legal rights to almost three quarters of their traditional lands, […]

29 Sep 2015

Volkswagen to refit cars affected by emissions scandal

By Andreas Cremer | 29 September 2015 Volkswagen announced plans on Tuesday to refit up to 11 million vehicles and overhaul its namesake brand to try to move on from […]

29 Sep 2015

Modi calls for climate change agenda that helps developing countries

By David Brunnstrom and Jeff Mason | 28 September 2015 UNITED NATIONS – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met U.S. President Barack Obama and France and Britain’s leaders on Monday, […]

29 Sep 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cities face steep climb to 100% renewable energy

By Conor Riffle | 29 September 2015 Reshaping the energy mix in cities presents big challenges for local governments.  But some cities are illuminating the way ahead.  — Every year, […]

28 Sep 2015

To build a greener economy, Bhutan wants to go organic by 2020

By Stella Paul | 28 September 2015 SATSAM, Bhutan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Farmer Phub Zam, 55, is in a hurry. Monsoon rains have hit her farm in Bhutan’s Paro […]

28 Sep 2015

Audi says 2.1 million cars affected by diesel emission scandal

By Andreas Cremer | 28 September 2015 Audi (VOWG_p.DE) said 2.1 million cars worldwide were fitted with the software that allowed parent Volkswagen to cheat U.S. emission tests. Some 1.42 […]

28 Sep 2015

France’s Hollande says climate talk promises must now become action

By John Irish | 27 September 2015 French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday he was encouraged by promises made by leaders at the U.N. General Assembly to reach a […]

28 Sep 2015

National climate pledges to curb temperature rises: study

By Arpan Varghese | 28 September 2015 National promises to curb greenhouse gas emissions will help avert the worst levels of global warming by 2100, but more action is needed […]

28 Sep 2015

Germany investigates VW’s ex-boss over fraud allegations

By Andreas Cremer | 28 September 2015 German prosecutors launched an investigation on Monday into fraud allegations against former Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) boss Martin Winterkorn, showing their determination to get quickly […]

28 Sep 2015

Who funds the trillion dollar plan of the U.N.’s new global goals?

By Belinda Goldsmith | 26 September 2015 UNITED NATIONS, Sept 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As world leaders brandish a hard-fought new set of global goals designed to improve lives […]

28 Sep 2015

S.Africa’s female anti-poachers call on U.N. to protect natural resources

By Belinda Goldsmith | 27 September 2015 UNITED NATIONS, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Unemployed and bored, Collet Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane both jumped at the chance when asked […]

28 Sep 2015

ANALYSIS-UN’s new global goals applauded but now for the tough part – action

By Ellen Wulfhorst | 27 September 2015 UNITED NATIONS, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It’s taken three years to write the script for the future of the world, but […]