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A traditional light bulb of lamp manufacturer Osram is pictured in Germering near Munich November 28, 2012. Siemens AG is expected to publish details of the long-awaited spin-off of Osram on Wednesday after its supervisory board meets to set out a future course for the lighting unit. In a separate meeting on Thursday, Osram's supervisory board is expected to approve plans for a restructuring programme costing 500 million euros and thousands of jobs, sources have said. Osram, whose brand is 106 years old, has been slow to adapt to a shift from traditional light bulbs to more energy efficient and durable light-emitting diodes (LEDs).Credit: REUTERS

13 Apr 2017

Policy makers drag feet on getting electric power to the people

By Megan Rowling | April 13 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Just over 1 billion people, or around one in seven, still have no access to electricity, a figure that has barely […]

Vapour rises from a steel mill chimney in the industrial town of Port Kembla, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Sydney in this July 7, 2011 file photograph. Australia and the European Commission on August 28, 2012 agreed to link their carbon trading schemes by 2018, allowing Australian companies to buy cheaper EU carbon credits and providing a much-needed boost for the flagging European market.Credit: Reuters

13 Apr 2017

Peru proposes lower air quality standards to attract buyer for smelter

By Ursula Scollo | April 13 2017 (Reuters) Peru has proposed loosening air quality regulations in parts of the country, a move that could clear the path toward attracting a […]

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York

13 Apr 2017

Mayors will lead on climate change for political gain, says ex-NYC mayor

By Sebastien Malo | April 13 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Mayors globally are increasingly adopting measures to slash greenhouse gas emissions because it makes them popular with voters, former New York […]

A grizzly bear roams through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, May 18, 2014. The nearly 3,500 square mile park straddling the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho was founded in 1872 as America's first national park. Picture taken May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES) - RTR3PWTQ

13 Apr 2017

U.S. government sued over plan to kill cougars and bears in Colorado

By Laura Zuckerman | April 13 2017 (Reuters) Wildlife conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday seeking to halt a plan to trap and kill as many as 120 mountain […]

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

7 Apr 2017

Brazil’s land titles programme improves Amazon forest protection – research

By Chris Arsenault | April 7 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  A Brazilian government programme to formally distribute land to thousands of small-scale farmers is helping the country protect its vast forests, […]

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

7 Apr 2017

U.S. backs out of Latam development fund in sign of policy shift

By Daniela Desantis | April 7 2017 (Reuters) The United States, historically a major backer of multilateral lending institutions, will not renew its contribution to a Inter-American Development Bank fund that […]

Photo illustration shows two euro coin through a magnifying glass near a picture of German share trading DAX index

21 Mar 2017

Climate change financing dropped from G20 draft statement

By Jan Strupczewski and Michael Nienaber | March 21 2017 (Reuters) Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programmes […]

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

21 Mar 2017

EPA hit hardest as Trump budget targets regulations

By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner | March 21 2017 (Reuters) President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, as the White House […]

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

21 Mar 2017

EU lawmakers reject call for ban on Arctic oil exploration

By Waverly Colville | March 21 2017 (Reuters) The European Parliament rejected a call to ban Arctic oil and gas exploration on Thursday, in a symbolic vote seen as a […]

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

14 Mar 2017

Brazil launches database to fight illegal Amazon logging

By Stephen Eisenhammer | March 14 2017 (Reuters) Brazil’s federal environmental agency, Ibama, launched on Tuesday a centralized database to track timber from source to sale, a vital step in […]

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