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

21 Dec 2016

Chinese cities choked by dangerous smog for fifth day; factories, schools closed

By David Stanway | December 21 2016 (Reuters) Northern China was shrouded in almost record pollution for a fifth day on Wednesday, disrupting flights, traffic and shipping, and closing factories and schools, […]

A man wearing a mask walks along the Bund along the Huangpu River on a hazy day in Shanghai May 15, 2012. The U.S. consulate in Shanghai began posting hourly air quality readings for the city this week, with data showing "very unhealthy" conditions Tuesday afternoon. The consulate's classification reflects U.S. pollution standards, but operates on a different scale than the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, which called conditions "slightly polluted".Credit: REUTERS

19 Dec 2016

Air pollution in northern Chinese city surpasses WHO guideline by 100 times

By Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo | December 19 2016 (Reuters) Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline by 100 […]

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

19 Dec 2016

Texas city lifts tap water ban after chemical spill fear

By Laila Kearney | December 19 2016 (Reuters) Tap water in Corpus Christi is safe to drink, the mayor of the Texas city said on Sunday, lifting a four-day ban after a […]

Women wear masks while waiting for bus during a smoggy day in Beijing, October 28, 2013. China's Environment Ministry said last week it will send inspection teams to provinces and cities most seriously affected by smog to ensure rules on fighting air pollution are being enforced.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

15 Dec 2016

Beijing issues red alert for severely high air pollution

By Christian Shepherd | December 15 2016 (Reuters) Beijing’s city government has issued a red alert for severely high levels of air pollution in the Chinese capital, running for five days from […]

Uganda, Nadome, Kotido (Karamoja), 2 June 2015
Photo: WFP/ Riccardo Gangale

13 Dec 2016

Africa must act now if it is to feed itself in 2050 – scientists

By Alex Whiting | December 13 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Africa will be able to grow enough cereals to feed its growing population by 2050, but only if it breaks a […]

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12 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PARIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN NEARLY 200 COUNTRIES

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

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6 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Violence against women has high costs – Ending it provides transformative prosperity

The costs of violence against women are real and at a conservative estimate amount to 2 percent of gross GDP or 1.5 Trillion USD every year – equal to the […]

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

2 Dec 2016

Rural Cambodia uses guppy fish to fight dengue

By Astrid Zweynert | December 2 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world’s fastest spreading tropical disease […]

Workers are seen near welding storage tanks for radioactive water, under construction in the J1 area at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima

30 Nov 2016

Radioactive water splashes Japan reactor workers; no injuries, contamination: power firm

By Osamu Tsukimori | November 30 2016 (Reuters) Japan Atomic Power Co said on Wednesday water used for cooling its Tsuruga No.2 reactor, shut for maintenance, splashed on 10 employees […]

A honeybee collects pollen on a snowdrop flower in Klosterneuburg on the first day of spring March 20, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

24 Nov 2016

Australia storm triggers ‘unprecedented’ pollen asthma attacks

By Melanie Burton | November 24 2016 (Reuters) A storm in the Australian city of Melbourne triggered thousands of pollen allergy asthma attacks which killed at least four people and […]

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