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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.
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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 […]

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

14 Mar 2017

Volkswagen pleads guilty in U.S. court in diesel emissions scandal

By Nick Carey and David Shepardson | March 14 2017 (Reuters) Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements as part of a $4.3 […]

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

23 Feb 2017

Philippine minister stands by call to shut mines as review begins

By Manolo Serapio Jr | February 23 2017 The Philippines’ environment minister said on Monday she stands by her decision to shut more than half the country’s operating mines and bar […]

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

20 Feb 2017

London to introduce vehicle pollution tax from October

By Ritvik Carvalho | February 20 2017 (Reuters) London will introduce a charge on the oldest and most polluting vehicles from October in a new effort to improve air quality, […]

A corn field is seen at the town of Estacion Islas in Buenos Aires province, November 25, 2012. The rains of late last week helped maintain a good level of moisture in Argentina's main crop belt, though some areas are still under water despite the dry weather of recent days, a meteorologist said Tuesday. Many analysts expect record production of soybeans and corn in the marketing year 2012/13 in Argentina, one of the world's biggest food exporters, thanks to good rains linked to the El Nino climate phenomenon. But the extensive rainfall that began in August also brought flooding that has forced some farmers to abandon their sowing plans in the most affected regions. Picture taken November 25, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

17 Feb 2017

Brazil pushes on with plan to open farmland sales to foreigners

By Chris Arsenault | February 17 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Brazil says it is pushing ahead with plans to change the law and let foreigners buy farmland, in a move widely […]

Graduates from the law school hold up gavels in celebration during their commencement at Harvard University in Cambridge

16 Feb 2017

DuPont settles lawsuits over leak of chemical used to make Teflon

By Arathy S Nair | February 16 2017 DuPont and Chemours Co have agreed to pay $671 million in cash to settle thousands of lawsuits involving a leak of a toxic […]

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

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8 Feb 2017

Australia probes coal spill near Great Barrier Reef

By James Regan | February 8 2017 (Reuters) Coal has washed up in waters dangerously close to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, environmental authorities said on Wednesday, following an investigation into complaints […]

Experts work to remove toxic waste at a contaminated site near Akuedo village, Ivory Coast. Photograph: Legnan Koula/EPA

6 Feb 2017

Hungary court orders retrial in toxic red sludge case

By Krisztina Than | February 6 2017 (Reuters) A Hungarian court ordered a retrial on Monday over the spill of toxic red sludge in 2010 that killed 10 people in […]

Palestinian fishermen are reflected in wastewater as they prepare their boat on a beach in the central Gaza Strip June 26, 2014. Palestinian Environment Quality Authority said in a statement the pollution of the seawater has gone beyond 50 percent. The lack of enough fuel to operate sewage treating facilities forced them to send wastewater into the sea. It warned it could close some beaches unless crisis is eased. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

30 Jan 2017

China auditor says 17.6 billion yuan of funds to fight water pollution misused: Xinhua

By Elias Glenn | January 30 2017 (Reuters) China’s audit office found that 17.6 billion yuan ($2.56 billion) earmarked for water pollution prevention work in 2016 was not effectively used, Xinhua reported […]

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

26 Jan 2017

Vietnam punishes four officials over Formosa environmental disaster

By Mai Nguyen | January 26 2017 (Reuters) Vietnam said on Thursday it would punish four officials over one of its worst environmental disasters, caused by a unit of Taiwan conglomerate […]

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

21 Jan 2017

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The human cost of the global fashion industry

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

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

20 Jan 2017

In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects

By Josephine Mason | January 20 2017 (Reuters) China’s energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, with a combined installed capacity of more […]

A farmer stands on the edge of a dam at the rural settlement of San Jose de los Gonzalez, in the municipality of Galeana, at the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon November 30, 2011. Mexico is being battered by its worst drought in seven decades, which is affecting almost 70 percent of the country, devastating farm life, and is expected to continue into next year. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

20 Jan 2017

Protect common land: Indian classical singer makes unusual appeal

By Rina Chandran | January 20 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A popular Indian classical singer stars in a new music video appealing for the protection of common land in Chennai city, […]

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

13 Jan 2017

Gasoline taxes fall despite promises to slow climate change – study

By Alister Doyle | January 13 2017 (Reuters) Average taxes on gasoline worldwide have tended to fall in recent years despite promises by many nations to do more to limit […]

A woman wearing a mask walks past below skyscrapers amid heavy smog at the financial district of Pudong, in Shanghai, China, December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

9 Jan 2017

Beijing launches environmental police force to tackle air pollution

By Sue-Lin Wong and David Stanway | January 9 2017 (Reuters) The smog-hit Chinese capital of Beijing will establish a police force to deal specifically with environmental offences as part of […]

A Shell logo is seen at a petrol station in London January 31, 2013. Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell is struggling to replace its oil and gas reserves as it pushes ahead with plans to produce more, invest more, and pay a higher dividend. Shell was posting quarterly profit that missed expectations on Thursday, rising 15 percent to $5.58 billion on an adjusted current cost of supply basis thanks, in part, to stronger refining margins and compared with a forecast for $6.2 billion.Credit: Reuters

6 Jan 2017

Shell battles Nigerian communities in high-stakes London lawsuit

By Karolin Schaps and Libby George | January 6 2017 (Reuters) A court in London will decide in coming weeks whether Royal Dutch Shell can face trial in the UK over […]

Smoke billows from the chimneys of a coal-burning power station in central Beijing March 15, 2012.   REUTERS/David Gray

4 Jan 2017

China fines 605 power plants 328 million yuan for environmental breaches

By Muyu Xu | January 4 2017 (Reuters) Companies running 605 Chinese coal-fired power plants have been fined a total of 328 million yuan ($47 million) by the country’s economic planning […]

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

3 Jan 2017

Qatar World Cup construction workers to get ‘cooling’ hats

By Tom Finn | January 3 2017 (Reuters) Migrant workers building soccer stadiums in Qatar’s desert heat are to be given ‘cooling’ hard hats to reduce their body temperature and […]

A Marbled Godwit sea bird looks for food along the surf line of the Pacific Ocean in Cardiff, California December 7, 2011.Credit: REUTERS

3 Jan 2017

FEATURE-Mexico’s Maya point way to slow species loss, climate change

By Talli Nauman | Jnauary 3 2017 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Maria Yam Pérez scrambles eggs over a wood-saving, earth-block stove and stirs in freshly chopped chaya, a spinach-like jungle plant known […]

Elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze, are stacked onto pyres at Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

3 Jan 2017

China to ban domestic ivory trade by end of 2017

By Venus Wu | January 3 2017 (Reuters) China will slap a total ban on the domestic ivory trade within a year, the government announced on Friday, shutting the door to the […]

A pile of firewood is seen at a firewood merchant in the Varkiza suburb, south of Athens January 22, 2013. With Greeks already struggling under wage and pension cuts imposed by the foreign lenders that bailed their country out, many have stopped using heating oil altogether, pushing consumption down 70 percent in the last three months of 2012 from a year earlier. Instead, Greeks are turning burning firewood - using anything from branches to old furniture - which has helped create a blanket of smog over the Greek capital while illegal logging multiplies across forests in the countryside. Picture taken January 22, 2013.   REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTR3DGIA

22 Dec 2016

Brazilian conservationists develop new tool to cut illegal wood from supply chains

By Chris Arsenault | December 22 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Companies that want to buy Brazilian timber without contributing to illegal deforestation have a new tool to help them ensure stolen […]

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

21 Dec 2016

Chile’s environmental regulator to sanction salmon companies

By Anthony Esposito and Gram Slattery | December 21 2016 (Reuters) Chile’s environmental regulator said on Tuesday that it started a sanctioning process against the local units of two salmon companies, […]

Steam and other emissions rise from a coal-fired power station near Lithgow, 120 km (75 miles) west of Sydney, in this July 7, 2011 file photo. Australian consumer prices rose a surprisingly large 1.4 percent in the third quarter as energy costs spiked on the introduction of a carbon tax, sending the local dollar higher as the market pared expectations on the speed and scale of further rate cuts.Credit: REUTERS

15 Dec 2016

EU lawmakers opt for more ambitious carbon market reform

By Alissa de Carbonnel | December 15 2016 (Reuters) EU lawmakers on Thursday adopted draft reforms of the carbon market which seek to balance calls for greater cuts in greenhouse gases with […]

A dead wild pine tree is seen behind a pile of eucalyptus logs in Arganil, central Portugal. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

15 Dec 2016

Hong Kong faces new rules on illegal timber flooding China

By Farah Master | December 15 2016 (Reuters) Campaigners say new global rules to protect endangered tree species will be a test for Hong Kong, already grappling to deal with its […]

Brazilian Indians from various indigenous ethnic groups take part in a protest during a National Indigenous Mobilization in front of Planalto Palace in Brasilia April 15, 2015. Organizers of the mobilization aim to discuss issues of land demarcation and indigenous rights with authorities. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

13 Dec 2016

Nature reserves in Central America push out indigenous people – report

By Chris Arsenault | December 13 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The creation of protected areas and parks in Central America aimed at conserving tropical forests has pushed indigenous people off the […]

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13 Dec 2016

India’s landmark forest rights law hobbled by conflicting policies – report

By Rina Chandran | December 13 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A landmark Indian forest rights law passed 10 years ago with the aim of protecting indigenous people has been crippled […]

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12 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: PARIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN NEARLY 200 COUNTRIES

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

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

9 Dec 2016

Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB damages, cleanup costs

By Eric Beech | December 9 2016 (Reuters) Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company’s production […]

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

9 Dec 2016

EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over VW scandal

By Alissa de Carbonnel | December 6 2016 (Reuters) The European Union began legal action on Thursday against Germany, Britain and five other member states for failing to police emissions test cheating […]

A giraffe is seen at a nature reserve in Pilanesberg, near Sun City June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender  (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT) - RTR2FYUV

8 Dec 2016

Giraffes suffer ‘silent extinction’ in Africa: Red List report

By Alister Doyle | December 8 2016 (Reuters) Giraffe numbers have declined by as much as 40 percent since the 1980s in a “silent extinction” driven by illegal hunting and an […]

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

8 Dec 2016

Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA -source

(Reuters) By Valerie Volcovici and David Shepardson | 7 December 2016 Donald Trump will name Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama’s measures to curb […]

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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 […]

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

5 Dec 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Prosperity through combating religious prejudice

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

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (5thL) and Al Gore (6thL), former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman, pose with representative of NGO's, during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 10,...
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5 Dec 2016

Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle | 5 December 2016 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise […]

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

5 Dec 2016

Philippines third quarter nickel ore output drops 16 percent as Duterte’s green clampdown bites

By Manolo Serapio Jr | December 5 2016 (Reuters) The Philippines’ output of nickel ore fell 16 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday, after […]

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

5 Dec 2016

Chilean regulator draws up environmental charges against SQM: reports

By Gram Slattery | December 5 2016 (Reuters) Chile’s government has decided to draw up charges against lithium giant SQM for a series of alleged environmental violations that could result in […]

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

2 Dec 2016

Carnival Princess to pay record $40 million for pollution cover-up

By Susan Heavey | December 2 2016 (Reuters)  Carnival Corp’s Princess Cruise Lines will plead guilty to seven felony charges for polluting the seas and deliberate acts to cover it up, […]

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1 Dec 2016

Obama moves to lock in vehicle greenhouse gas rules

By David Shepardson | December 1 2016 (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it will push to lock in fuel efficiency standards central to outgoing President Barack Obama’s climate […]

The sun is reflected on a solar panel at a solar power field in Kawasaki, near Tokyo in this June 13, 2012 file photo. Japan's subsidies for renewable power suppliers have sparked more than $2 billion of investment since they were launched two months ago, as companies and homeowners try to profit from an anti-nuclear energy policy after last year's Fukushima crisis. Picture taken June 13, 2012. To match story JAPAN-ENERGY/RENEWABLES.Credit: REUTERS

1 Dec 2016

EU unveils power market reform to boost renewables

By Alissa de Carbonnel | December 1 2016 (Reuters) EU regulators set a path on Wednesday for renewables to power half of Europe by 2030, with plans to cut energy use, phase […]

New regulations will oblige companies listed on the London Stock Exchange to measure and report on their carbon emissions from April 2013. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/REUTERS

29 Nov 2016

Exclusive: EU to attach CO2 limits to power reserve subsidies – source

By Alissa de Carbonnel | November 29 2016 (Reuters) EU regulators plan to attach emissions limits to subsidies paid to utilities that set aside capacity to avert blackouts, an EU source told […]

A woman and a child wear protective mask while riding bicycle on an extremely polluted morning as hazardous, choking smog continues to blanket Beijing, China December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

25 Nov 2016

China sends environmental inspection teams to seven more regions

By David Stanway | November 25 2016 (Reuters)  China has dispatched another seven environmental inspection teams to check how its anti-pollution rules are being implemented throughout the regions, the Ministry of […]

Lightning strikes near town of Searchlight in the Nevada desert. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

25 Nov 2016

EU requires pension funds to assess climate change risks

By Francesco Guarascio | November 25 2016 (Reuters) EU pension funds will have to include environmental risks in their investment strategies, under a law passed on Thursday, that ecologists hope will […]

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament in Rennes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

23 Nov 2016

European parliament passes watered-down draft law on air pollution

By Alissa de Carbonnel | November 23 2016 (Reuters) The European Parliament passed a new draft law on air pollution on Wednesday that the European Commission and several members of parliament […]

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

16 Nov 2016

France, U.N. tell Trump action on climate change unstoppable

By Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle | 15 November 2016 (Reuters) France and the United Nations on Tuesday stepped up warnings to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about the risks of […]

Wind turbines used to generate electricity are seen at a wind farm in Guazhou, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 15, 2013.
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11 Nov 2016

U.S. seeks to speed wind, solar development on federal lands

By Nichola Groom | November 11 2016 The Obama administration on Thursday took a major step toward encouraging development of renewable energy on federal lands in six Western states by […]

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 5, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared to look for a compromise that would enable them to avoid overruling a 26-year-old precedent that made it easier for plaintiffs to negotiate large class action settlements.
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9 Nov 2016

Factbox: Clean energy faces vote in four state ballot initiatives

By Valerie Volcovici | November 11 2016 In addition to picking the next U.S. president on Tuesday, voters in four states will decide on ballot initiatives related to energy and […]

Igor sits on a water container in Brasilandia slum

9 Nov 2016

Philanthropy’s drive for ‘better cities’ needs data and deep urban knowledge

By Astrid Zweynert | November 9 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The doors of the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, a leafy south London suburb, shut for the last time seven months […]

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

8 Nov 2016

German climate plan to include CO2 targets for all sectors -draft

By Markus Wacket | November 8 2016 (Reuters) The German government has reached a tentative agreement on a Climate Action Plan that includes targets for all economic sectors and aims […]

Chimneys of coal-fired power plant are seen next to residential houses in the night in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China,  January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

4 Nov 2016

Finland considers ban on coal-fired power stations by 2030 – Rehn

By Tuomas Forsell | November 4 2016 (Reuters) Finnish government is considering banning all coal-fired power stations by 2030 to help meet emission reduction goals, Minister of Economic Affairs Olli […]

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

U.S., 35 states to boost electric vehicle charging network

By David Shepardson | November 4 2016 (Reuters) The White House said on Thursday it will establish 48 national electric-vehicle (EV) charging networks on nearly 25,000 miles of highways in 35 […]

Residential buildings are seen amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei province, February 16, 2015.    REUTERS/Stringer

3 Nov 2016

British court rules government failing to tackle air pollution

By Nina Chestney | November 3 2016 UK government measures to tackle air pollution still don’t comply with European Union legislation to improve air quality and meet nitrogen dioxide limits, Britain’s […]

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

3 Nov 2016

Obama says U.S. mulling alternate routes for North Dakota pipeline

By Valerie Volcovici | November 3 2016 President Barack Obama said the U.S. government is examining ways to reroute an oil pipeline in North Dakota as it addresses concerns raised by […]

Cows stand in a field at a farm near Nairn in northern Scotland in this August 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/David Moir

3 Nov 2016

Biggest threat to forests, beef lags in push to cut supply chain deforestation

By Megan Rowling | November 3 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) More companies have promised to cut back deforestation in their supply chains for agricultural commodities since the Paris climate change deal […]

A humpback whale breaches off South Africa's Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast, in this file photo taken July 9, 2004.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files

31 Oct 2016

IWC claims authority over ‘scientific’ whaling permits

By David Spaic-Kovacic and Marja Novak | October 31 2016 The International Whaling Commission (IWC) declared on Thursday that countries would in future need its approval to hunt whales for scientific […]

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

31 Oct 2016

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

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

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

27 Oct 2016

White House weighing whether greenhouse gas deal needs Senate approval

By Roberta Rampton | October 27 2016 (Reuters) The Obama administration is evaluating whether an international agreement reached earlier this month to cut back on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators […]

Women carrying black plastic bags cross an intersection in the downtown market in Port-au-Prince. REUTERS/Swoan Parker

25 Oct 2016

Haiti’s hurricane raises risk of women, children being trafficked – U.N.

By Anastasia Moloney | October 25 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Women and children in Haiti are at heightened risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which […]

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

24 Oct 2016

Environment group wins challenge against Australia’s Port Melville depot

By Harry Pearl | October 24 2016 An Australia court overturned on Saturday government approval of a A$130 million fuel depot and port at Port Melville, off the country’s north coast, […]

Tea garden workers pluck tea leaves inside Aideobarie Tea Estate in Jorhat in Assam, India, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

24 Oct 2016

‘This forest is like an old friend’ – India’s tribal women fight for land ownership

By Manipadma Jena | October 24 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) For the tribal women of Gunduribadi village, in India’s eastern Odisha state, an early morning patrol is essential to conserve […]

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

21 Oct 2016

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

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

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

20 Oct 2016

Britain lacks policies to meet emissions targets: govt advisers

By Susanna Twidale | October 20 2016 (Reuters) Britain lacks the policies needed to achieve its domestic emissions targets, and should by February set out new plans to meet them, the […]

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20 Oct 2016

‘Elect more women to build sustainable, inclusive cities’ – female mayors’ group

By Anastasia Moloney | October 20 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Less than five percent of cities are led by women and their lack of political participation is hampering progress in […]

A fishing boat enters the harbour at the Arctic port of Svolvaer in northern Norway March 4, 2013. Oil companies seeking new Arctic areas for exploration face a battle with environmentalists, fishermen and hotel owners over Norwegian islands where jagged snow-capped peaks rise sheer from the sea. With oil production falling to a 25-year low this year and the state depending on oil revenues, Norway's ruling Labour Party is warming to drilling in Lofoten's pristine waters, setting up the issue as the year's biggest political fight ahead of elections in September. Picture taken March 4, 2013. To match ENERGY-ARCTIC.Credit: REUTERS

19 Oct 2016

Environmental groups file lawsuit against Norway over Arctic oil

By Stine Jacobsen | October 19 2016 Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing Norway of violating its pledges under a global agreement to combat climate change by letting […]

Residents walk past devastated houses after super typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban city in the central Philippines, Nov. 11, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

18 Oct 2016

What works to build urban resilience – and what doesn’t?

By Janani Vivekananda, International Alert – UK | October 18 2016 This week heads of state will formally adopt a ‘New Urban Agenda’ in Quito, Ecuador. This will aim to set the […]

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

17 Oct 2016

Benefits of greenhouse gas pact may fall short of high hopes

By Alister Doyle | October 17 2016 (Reuters) A pact by almost 200 nations to slash greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners will likely fall short of governments’ […]

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

14 Oct 2016

Kerry says nations working to reach deal on cutting HFC gases

By Lesley Wroughton | October 14 2016 (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that nations were working towards reaching a global deal this weekend on cutting greenhouse […]

People ride their bicycles in front of wind turbines that generate electricity in Gaomei Wetland in Taichung, Taiwan

13 Oct 2016

Trump as president would pose global danger: U.N. rights chief

By Stephanie Nebehay | October 13 2016 The world will be in danger if Republican nominee Donald Trump becomes president of the United States, the top United Nations human rights […]

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

13 Oct 2016

EU Parliament committee backs carbon market reform compromise

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

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10 Oct 2016

Peru says deforestation slowing as it beefs up laws, sanctions

By Mitra Taj | October 10 2016 (Reuters) Deforestation in Peru has slowed since peaking at nearly 180,000 hectares (700 square miles) in 2014 when swaths of the Amazon were […]

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

10 Oct 2016

Want to save the rainforest on the cheap? Give land to the indigenous, report says

By Chris Arsenault | October 10 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Giving indigenous people land title deeds is one of the most cost-effective ways to preserve South America’s endangered rainforest, a […]

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6 Oct 2016

INSIGHT-Inside Brazil’s battle to save the Amazon with satellites and strike forces

By Chris Arsenault | October 06 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) When George Porto joined Brazil’s environment agency 13 years ago, the country didn’t have access to satellite data on illegal […]

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

5 Oct 2016

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

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

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26 Sep 2016

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

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

A worker looks through a thick glass window at part of the treatment of nuclear waste at the Areva Nuclear Plant of La Hague, near Cherbourg, western France, western France, April 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

21 Sep 2016

U.S. nuclear waste backlog could be eased by private disposal: Moniz

By Timothy Gardner |  Septemeber 21 2016 The United States could alleviate growing stockpiles of nuclear waste at U.S. power plants by allowing private companies to dispose of it and […]

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

21 Sep 2016

Canada will impose nationwide carbon price – minister

By Ethan Lou | September 21 2016 (Reuters) – Canada will impose a carbon price on provinces that do not adequately regulate emissions by themselves, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on […]

A cow grazes in a field at Mewat district in the northern Indian state of Haryana June 25, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

20 Sep 2016

California restricts pollutants from cow flatulence to diesel emissions

By Sharon Bernstein | September 20 2016 California on Monday moved to restrict air pollutants from sources as diverse as diesel trucks and cow flatulence, the latest of several efforts in […]

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011. The ICC's chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on Wednesday he would investigate the violence in Libya after the U.N. Security Council referred the case to the Hague-based war crimes tribunal. The Security Council on Saturday imposed sanctions on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family, and referred Libya's crackdown on anti-government demonstrators to the ICC.  REUTERS/Jerry Lampen (NETHERLANDS - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTR2JDPO

19 Sep 2016

International court to prosecute environmental crimes in major shift

By Chris Arsenault | September 19 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Thursday it would start focusing on crimes linked to environmental destruction, the illegal […]

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16 Sep 2016

Indian state pulls petition blocking tribal challenge to power projects

By Rina Chandran | September 16 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has withdrawn a court petition challenging the right of indigenous people to oppose a […]

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

15 Sep 2016

Britain to miss its 2020 renewable energy targets – lawmakers

By Susanna Twidale | September 15 2016 (Reuters) Britain is set to miss its 2020 European renewable energy targets, a parliamentary committee report said on Friday, setting a poor example for […]

Women from a local cocoa farmers association called BLAYEYA work in a cocoa farm in Djangobo, Niable in eastern Ivory Coast, November 17, 2014.   REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

15 Sep 2016

Ivory Coast evicts thousands of cocoa farmers to save forests

By Ange Aboa and Joe Bavier | September 15 2016 (Reuters) Before the morning mists had broken over Ivory Coast’s Mont Peko National Park, thousands of newly homeless cocoa farmers […]

Brazilian Indians from various indigenous ethnic groups take part in a protest during a National Indigenous Mobilization in front of Planalto Palace in Brasilia April 15, 2015. Organizers of the mobilization aim to discuss issues of land demarcation and indigenous rights with authorities. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

14 Sep 2016

Give indigenous people land rights or fail on deforestation pledges, governors told

By Chris Arsenault | September 14 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Countries will be unable to meet their climate change pledges unless they secure land rights for people living in the world’s […]

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

8 Sep 2016

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

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

The ticker and trading information for St. Jude Medical is displayed where the stock is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., April 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

7 Sep 2016

St. Jude sues short-seller over heart device allegations

By Ransdell Pierson and Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) | 7 September 2016 St. Jude Medical Inc on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against short-selling firm Muddy Waters and cyber security company MedSec Holdings Ltd, […]

A drilling rig is seen at sunset at Grabowiec 6 near the village of Lesniowice. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

6 Sep 2016

Australia explorer looks at grounds for lawsuit over gas drilling ban

By Sonali Paul | September 6 2016 (Reuters) Lakes Oil shares sank 50 percent on Wednesday in their first trading since the fracking ban was announced, and the stock was the […]

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

5 Sep 2016

Prosecutors to decide in September on Samarco dam spill charges

By Marta Nogueira | September 5 2016 (Reuters) Federal prosecutors investigating the deadly dam spill in November at the Samarco iron ore mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, will […]

A view of the Furnas hydroelectric dam in the city of Sao Jose da Barra in the state of Minas Gerais in Central Brazil, January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

5 Sep 2016

Endesa Chile gives up water rights to hydroelectric projects

By Anthony Esposito | September 5 2016 (Reuters) Endesa Chile, the country’s largest power generator, said on Tuesday it is rescinding the water rights to several hydroelectric projects and will take […]

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

2 Sep 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: G20 shifts into a green gear on finance

“Green finance is one of the very few ideas that, if effectively implemented, can benefit the vast majority of the population in the world, and can help improve the sustainability […]

Freshly plucked tea leaves are seen in the hand of a tea garden worker inside Aideobarie Tea Estate in Jorhat in Assam, India, April 21, 2015. Unrest is brewing among Assam's so-called Tea Tribes as changing weather patterns upset the economics of the industry. Scientists say climate change is to blame for uneven rainfall that is cutting yields and lifting costs for tea firms. Picture taken April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
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2 Sep 2016

Sustainability certified India tea estates violate worker rights – report

By Anuradha Nagaraj | September 2 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Tea estates in southern India are hiring temporary workers during peak plucking season and denying these labourers basic rights as required […]

A tricycle travels past a crossroad on a hazy day in Hefei

26 Aug 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Sustainability at a crossroads

By Jeffrey A. Smith, Senior Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP | 26 August 2016 Notwithstanding legislative gridlock in the U.S., larger global forces have driven environmental law, in fact the entire […]

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament in Rennes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

24 Aug 2016

UK lawmakers push for ban on plastic microbeads

By Martinne Geller | August 24 2016 (Reuters) Britain should ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries, a group of lawmakers has recommended, saying companies’ voluntary efforts […]

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

22 Aug 2016

Ever wanted to track where your fish comes from? Now you can

By Alex Whiting | August 22 2016 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Anyone with internet access and a passion for seafood will soon be able to track commercial fishing trawlers all over […]

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

19 Aug 2016

South Korea widens probe into imported carmakers after VW emissions scandal

By Hyunjoo Jin and Clarence Fernandez | August 19 2016 (Reuters) South Korea has expanded a probe into whether foreign carmakers besides Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) falsified documents on emissions and […]

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

11 Aug 2016

Volkswagen plaintiffs’ lawyers to seek up to $332.5 million in fees, costs

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 11 August 2016 NEW YORK – Plaintiffs’ lawyers will seek up to $332.5 million in fees and costs for their work in a $10 billion […]

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

10 Aug 2016

Electric car charging station companies issue warning over VW settlement

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 10 August 2016 SAN FRANCISCO – Electric vehicle charging companies are calling for independent oversight of the $2 billion Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) is required to […]

The logo of PGE Group is seen on PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. (Mining and Conventional Energy) building at the Belchatow Coal Mine, the biggest opencast mine of brown coal in Poland, near Belchatow, December 2 , 2015. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

10 Aug 2016

PG&E guilty of federal charges in deadly California blast

By Dan Levine and Curtis Skinner (Reuters) | 09 August 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric Co was found guilty on Tuesday of several federal charges stemming from a natural gas […]

Guarani Kaiowa Indians walk to the place on the edge of their ancestral land called Tekoha Ita'y, where last April a farmer who... September 09, 2013 10:45am EDT

10 Aug 2016

US, Australia, Canada indigenous land rights laws lag Africa, Latam – mapping study

By Paola Totaro (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 09 August 2016 The seven lowest scoring nations across all 10 indicators were in the Middle East including Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, […]

An anti-fracking demonstrator glues herself to the headquarters of Bell Pottinger, the PR firm used by Cuadrilla, in central London August 19, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

9 Aug 2016

Colorado anti-fracking initiatives hit signature target

By Liz Hampton (Reuters) | 08 August 2016 Environmental groups in Colorado on Monday said they collected enough signatures to add proposed anti-fracking initiatives to a state ballot in November, […]

A Chevron gas station sign is seen in Del Mar, California, April 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

9 Aug 2016

Chevron wins U.S. ruling blocking $8.6 billion Ecuador rainforest award

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) | 08 August 2016 NEW YORK – Chevron Corp persuaded a federal appeals court on Monday to block enforcement in the United States of an $8.65 […]

A Volkswagen Golf car is loaded in a delivery tower at the plant of German carmaker in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

9 Aug 2016

German court to speed up Volkswagen investor lawsuits

By Andreas Cremer (Reuters) | 08 August 2016 A German court will adopt a rarely used class-action style procedure to more efficiently process claims by investors seeking damages from Volkswagen […]

Hippopotamuses gather in the waters of Grumeti in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

9 Aug 2016

Evicted from Tanzanian wetland, herders win 10-year battle for compensation

By Kizito Makoye (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 08 August 2016 Community rights activists said the compensation fund is unlikely to be adequate DAR ES SALAAM – Ten years after losing their […]

A vehicle has its emissions tested at a smog testing facility in Oceanside, California September 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

5 Aug 2016

California voters could decide future of climate change program

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 05 August 2016 SAN FRANCISCO – California voters could decide whether to extend the state’s pioneering climate change program beyond 2020 when they go to […]

A Ka'apor Indian warrior carries a chainsaw which was confiscated during a jungle expedition to search for and expel loggers from the Alto Turiacu Indian territory, near the Centro do Guilherme municipality in the northeast of Maranhao state in the Amazon basin, Brazil, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

5 Aug 2016

Brazil land conflicts simmer with 23 killings so far in 2016 – watchdog

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 04 August 2016 More than 20 land rights activists have been killed in Brazil so far this year, with most deaths linked to conflicts […]

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

5 Aug 2016

U.S. states signed pact to keep Exxon climate probe confidential

By Terry Wade (Reuters) | 04 August 2016 A pact that 15 U.S. states signed to jointly investigate Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) for allegedly misleading the public about climate change […]

The skyline of central Seoul is seen during a foggy day in Seoul March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

4 Aug 2016

Seoul to limit old diesel vehicles to fight air pollution

By Hyunjoo Jin (Reuters) | 04 August 2016 South Korea’s capital of Seoul will limit the number of old diesel vehicles on the roads starting next year, as the country […]

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the Omaha North High Magnet School in Omaha, Nebraska August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

3 Aug 2016

Clinton campaign studying alternative to U.S. ethanol mandate

By Valerie Volcovici and Rory Carroll (Reuters) | 03 August 2016 WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO – Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has solicited advice from California regulators on how to […]

Tevin Vongvanich, Chief Executive Officer of PTT Exploration and Production Pcl, Thailand's top oil and gas explorer, talks to Reuters journalists during an interview at its head office in Bangkok June 13,2012. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

3 Aug 2016

Indonesian seaweed farmers sue Thailand’s PTT over Australian oil spill

By Sonali Paul (Reuters) | 03 August 2016 Indonesian seaweed farmers on Wednesday sued Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production for potentially more than A$200 million ($152 million) to cover damages […]

Cars drive past a California emissions testing site in Oceanside, California, U.S. on September 29, 2015.   REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

3 Aug 2016

Automakers, regulators spar over U.S. emissions rules

By David Shepardson and Joseph White (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. – The complex U.S. emissions rules driving the auto industry’s technology investment should be overhauled, auto […]

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

3 Aug 2016

White House directs federal agencies to consider climate change

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. federal agencies should disclose whether their actions and decisions will have an impact on climate change, the White House […]

A Volkswagen Golf car is loaded in a delivery tower at the plant of German carmaker in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

2 Aug 2016

German state of Bavaria to sue Volkswagen over emissions scandal

By Joern Poltz and Andreas Cremer (Reuters) | 02 August 2016 The German state of Bavaria said on Tuesday it would sue Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) for damages caused by its emissions-test cheating […]

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

2 Aug 2016

Criminal investigation underway into 2015 Colorado mine spill

By Keith Coffman (Reuters) | 01 August 2016 DENVER – Federal investigators said on Monday they have opened a criminal probe into the 2015 spill of some 3 million gallons […]

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

1 Aug 2016

Still waters: U.S. to crack down on ocean noise that harms fish

By Ian Simpson (Reuters) | 30 July 2016 The ocean has gotten noisier for decades, with man-made racket from oil drilling, shipping and construction linked to signs of stress in marine […]

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

29 Jul 2016

India’s new reforestation law ignores indigenous people, analysts say

By Rina Chandran (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 29 July 2016 MUMBAI – A new Indian law to boost reforestation across the country ignores the importance of indigenous people in conserving land […]

A promotional sign adorns a stage at a BHP Billiton function in central Sydney August 20, 2013. Australian shares edged 0.1 percent higher on Wednesday morning, as a mixed bag of earnings kept buyers in check with top miner BHP Billiton Ltd sliding after its profits undershot forecasts, though a rebound in the banking sector helped support the market. BHP dropped 2.5 percent after it missed analysts' forecast in its full-year profit late on Tuesday and said it delayed production the $14 billion Canadian potash project. Picture taken August 20, 2013.  REUTERS/David Gray

28 Jul 2016

BHP Billiton adds to red ink for 2016 with $1 billion-plus Brazil charge

By Sonali Paul (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 BHP Billiton will book a charge of up to $1.3 billion to cover the costs of a dam disaster last November at […]

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

28 Jul 2016

Philippine panel asks ‘carbon majors’ to respond to claim of rights violations

By Manolo Serapio Jr (Reuters) | 28 July 2016 A Philippine rights body has set a deadline of 45 days for 47 global oil, mining and cement firms to answer a […]

General view of the Vaccares pond in the Camargue regional natural park, near Arles, southern France, in this April 12, 2015 file photo.
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27 Jul 2016

EU clears French state-aid for tidal energy plant

By Robert-Jan Bartunek (Reuters) | 27 July 2016 The European Commission has cleared French state support for an experimental tidal power plant off the northwestern coast of the country, saying […]

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

21 Jul 2016

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

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

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

21 Jul 2016

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

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

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

21 Jul 2016

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

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

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

20 Jul 2016

EU national climate goals test bloc’s resolve amid Brexit

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 20 July 2016 BRUSSELS – EU regulators handed out bitterly disputed national emissions-reduction targets on Wednesday for spreading the burden of the bloc’s climate […]

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

20 Jul 2016

EU truckmakers fined $3.2 billion over price collusion

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

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

20 Jul 2016

How to stop deforestation? Give indigenous people rights to land – U.N. expert

By Magdalena Mis (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 Without title deeds, indigenous communities may find their land is taken over for major development projects — ROME – Indigenous people […]

Samples of needle and syringe program kits that the Nairobi Outreach Services Trust (NOSET) provides to heroin users to encourage safe injecting practices are pictured in Nairobi, Kenya, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Neha Wadekar

19 Jul 2016

Surging heroin use threatens Kenya’s HIV/AIDS gains

By Neha Wadekar (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 19 July 2016 The East African nation has become a major transit route for international drug cartels — NAIROBI – Rashid Hassan Mohammed […]

A child who received fake medication from a drug-making ring is revaccinated by government health care workers at a clinic in East Jakarta, Indonesia July 18, 2016.REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

19 Jul 2016

Indonesia begins re-vaccinating victims of fake drug ring

By Randy Fabi and Agustinus Beo da Costa (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesia on Monday began re-vaccinating nearly 200 children who received fake versions of imported inoculations […]

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

19 Jul 2016

Indian court orders older diesel vehicles off New Delhi’s roads

By Tommy Wilkes and Sankalp Phartiyal (Reuters) | 18 July 2016 NEW DELHI – India’s top environmental court on Monday ordered authorities to remove all diesel vehicles at least 10 […]

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

15 Jul 2016

Land scheme abuses thwart Indian Kashmir’s energy ambitions

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

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

15 Jul 2016

Energy companies spend big to fight Colorado ballot initiatives

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

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

14 Jul 2016

California rejects VW’s recall plan for larger diesel cars

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

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

14 Jul 2016

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

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

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia March 29, 2016.    REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

14 Jul 2016

Obama to sign bill to battle heroin addiction

By Richard Cowan (Reuters) | 14 July 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama will sign legislation passed by Congress aimed at combating a nationwide epidemic of heroin and other […]

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

14 Jul 2016

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

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

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

14 Jul 2016

Brazil prosecutors open criminal probe into Samarco CEO

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

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

14 Jul 2016

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

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

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

12 Jul 2016

Japan court upholds reactor shutdown in new blow to nuclear industry

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

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

12 Jul 2016

Cameroon moves to curb forest loss linked to Chinese investment

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

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

12 Jul 2016

French carbon pricing committee proposes tax on coal-fired power

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

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

11 Jul 2016

German prosecutors say won’t be lenient with VW

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

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

8 Jul 2016

U.S. GMO food labeling bill passes Senate

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

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

8 Jul 2016

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

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

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

8 Jul 2016

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

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

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

8 Jul 2016

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

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

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

4 Jul 2016

Texas, a center of U.S. shark fin trade, enacts ban on practice

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 A ban on the shark fin trade took effect in Texas on Friday, a move environmental groups hope will end the state’s […]

A red light is seen in front of a logo at the research center building of pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceutica in Beerse, nothern Belgium September 18, 2007. The company, that is part of Johnson & Johnson, REUTERS/Sebastien Pirlet

4 Jul 2016

J&J’s Janssen hit with $70 million verdict in Risperdal trial

By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 A U.S. jury on Friday awarded $70 million to the family of a boy who developed breasts after taking Johnson & Johnson unit […]

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

1 Jul 2016

Paris drives old cars off its streets

By Brian Love and Lucien Libert (Reuters) | 1 July 2016 PARIS – Paris banned old, exhaust-belching cars from its streets on Friday in a war on air pollution that […]

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

1 Jul 2016

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

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

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

1 Jul 2016

BHP says will fight $6 billion claim over Samarco disaster

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

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

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

30 Jun 2016

Amazon biodiversity at risk despite Brazil’s forest protection law – study

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 29 June 2016 “Many of the forests that remain standing are shadows of the pristine forests that once stood in their place” — RIO […]

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

30 Jun 2016

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

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

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

30 Jun 2016

Indonesia faces environmental time bomb after coal bust

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

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

30 Jun 2016

Murders, violence on rise as parched central India battles for water

By Shuriah Niazi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 29 June 2016 BHOPAL, India – Imrat Namdev and her younger sister Pushpa Namdev were neighbors in Chhatarpur district, in the drought-hit Indian […]

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

30 Jun 2016

Important to look at individuals in VW scandal: Lynch

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

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

29 Jun 2016

Investors seek ruling against Petrobras in corruption lawsuit

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

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

29 Jun 2016

Mexican judge bans import of fresh potatoes from United States

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

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

29 Jun 2016

Volkswagen diesel deal could be a win for many companies

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

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

28 Jun 2016

Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency suspends boss over missing rhino horns

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

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen inside Oxitec laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

28 Jun 2016

U.S. lawmakers deadlock on Zika virus funds

By Susan Cornwell (Reuters) | 28 June 2016 WASHINGTON – U.S. lawmakers deadlocked over funding to fight the Zika virus on Tuesday, as Senate Democrats blocked a Republican proposal they […]

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

28 Jun 2016

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

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

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

27 Jun 2016

Hong Kong timetables total ban on ivory trading for first time

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

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

27 Jun 2016

Supreme Court refuses to review prenatal test patent dispute

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

An officer from the National Police Criminal Investigation department shows printing material along with evidence confiscated from raids linked to fake vaccines production and distribution in a crackdown carried out in the capital Jakarta and neighbouring Banten and West Java Provinces, at national police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

27 Jun 2016

Indonesian lawmakers seek seizure of unapproved vaccines amid fake drug scare

By Agustinus Beo da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor (Reuters) | 27 June 2016 JAKARTA – Indonesian lawmakers on Monday urged authorities to seize from hospitals and health clinics all vaccines […]

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

27 Jun 2016

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

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

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

24 Jun 2016

Nissan sues South Korea government over accusations of emissions cheating

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

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

24 Jun 2016

Germany imposes limits on fracking

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

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

24 Jun 2016

California regulators voice support for cap and trade program

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

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

24 Jun 2016

U.S. brewer Yuengling to pay $10 million to settle pollution case

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) | 23 June 2016 D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc, the oldest U.S. brewing company, will pay close to $10 million to settle charges it violated the […]

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

24 Jun 2016

Four murders and a bloody battle for land rights in Thailand

By Alisa Tang (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 23 June 2016 BANGKOK – Supot Kalasong was driving home one afternoon in April when he heard a bang and assumed he had blown […]

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

24 Jun 2016

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

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

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

22 Jun 2016

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

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

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

22 Jun 2016

Court strikes down Obama fracking rules for public lands

By David Bailey and Ernest Scheyder (Reuters) | 22 June 2016 A federal judge has struck down the Obama administration’s rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a victory for […]

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

22 Jun 2016

German government agrees to ban fracking indefinitely

By Holger Hansen and Andrea Shalal (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Germany‘s coalition government agreed to ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely on Tuesday, after years of fractious talks over […]

A woman holds signs at a protest calling for a ban on fracking and a phasing out of oil development in California, United States, May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

22 Jun 2016

Violent 2015 sees three environmental activists killed each week

By Anastasia Moloney (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 Brazil fared worst with 50 activists murdered, followed by the Philippines with 33 deaths, and 26 in Colombia — BOGOTA […]

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

21 Jun 2016

Rebel-backed charcoal traffickers destroy swathes of forest in Congo – rights group

By Kieran Guilbert (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 20 June 2016 Congo’s illegal charcoal trade is fuelling widespread deforestation of Africa’s oldest national park — DAKAR – Huge swathes of forest […]

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

21 Jun 2016

Vancouver takes legal action to block Kinder Morgan pipeline plan

By Julie Gordon (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The City of Vancouver said on Monday it had taken legal action against the Canadian energy regulator’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans […]

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

21 Jun 2016

Tighter rules for Canada energy projects could be seen in 2017

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

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

21 Jun 2016

France to vote against continued EU use of weedkiller glyphosate

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

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

21 Jun 2016

House panel claims oversight of state climate probes into Exxon

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

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

21 Jun 2016

EPA warns Flint, Michigan of long-term threats to water supply

By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) | 17 June 2016 The city of Flint faces multiple long-term threats to its water supply, even though short-term progress has been made in reducing lead […]

Chinese customers select food on a shelf where Heinz products are displayed in a market in Shanghai March 15, 2006. China will investigate a report that genetically modified rice had been found in baby food made in China by a joint venture involving U.S. food company H.J. Heinz Co., the official Xinhua news agency said. REUTERS/Stringer

21 Jun 2016

Australian watchdog sues Heinz over ‘Little Kids’ health claims

By Tom Westbrook (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Australia’s consumer watchdog on Tuesday sued the Australian subsidiary of U.S.-based Kraft Heinz Co alleging it falsely advertised the nutritional value of […]

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

21 Jun 2016

U.S. offshore regulator to unveil tougher environmental safeguards

By Tracy Rucinski (Reuters) | 20 June 2016 The U.S. government agency created after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill plans in coming weeks to unveil tougher financial requirements for […]

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

21 Jun 2016

China prosecutors win landmark lawsuit against environmental department

By Brenda Goh (Reuters) | 21 June 2016 Chinese prosecutors have successfully sued a county environmental agency for inadequately punishing a sewage firm that produced dye without appropriate safeguards, the […]

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

17 Jun 2016

Brussels steps up effort to halt Poland’s logging plan in primeval forest

By Barbara Lewis and Angieszka Barteczko (Reuters) | 16 June 2016 BRUSSELS/WARSAW – The European Union executive on Thursday stepped up efforts to stop Poland from its planned increase in […]

A soldier keeps watch in Nyabibwe, a mining town in South Kivu where a traceability project is underway, October 31, 2012. Eastern Congo has been mired in violence since the 1990s, as battles over ethnicity and resources saw neighbouring countries invade, armed groups spring up and the country's own army turning on the civilian population. A so-called "conflict-free tin initiative" seeking to revive the legal trade in minerals has been set up by UK based industry body ITRI, which is currently the only traceability programme operating in Rwanda, and Congo's more stable Katanga province. Now, with international backers including the U.S. and the Netherlands, a tagging project has been launched for the first time in the Kivus, the two Congolese provinces which have borne the brunt of the violence and have been the source of most of the region's conflict minerals. Picture taken October 31, 2012. To match story CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/MINING.Credit: REUTERS

17 Jun 2016

European Union reaches outline deal to stem flow of conflict minerals

By Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 BRUSSELS – The European Union on Wednesday agreed an outline deal on a law to clean up the commodities supply chain, so […]

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

16 Jun 2016

Exxon asks U.S. court to throw out subpoena in climate change inquiry

By Terry Wade (Reuters) | 15 June 2016 HOUSTON – Exxon Mobil Corp asked a federal court on Wednesday to throw out a subpoena that would force the oil company […]

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

15 Jun 2016

California’s landmark cap and trade program faces uncertain future

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

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

15 Jun 2016

France ratifies Paris climate agreement

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

A pair of hippos swim in the waters of St Lucia estuary, South Africa, April 12, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

14 Jun 2016

Zambia halts hippo culling after protests by animal rights activists

By Chris Mfula (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 Zambian wildlife authorities said on Tuesday they had suspended the controlled slaughter of up to 2,000 hippos over the next five years […]

Flint, Michigan Mayor Karen Weaver awaits to testify before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the Flint lead water crisis in Washington February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

14 Jun 2016

Mayor of Flint, Michigan did not violate ethics amid water crisis: attorney

By Justin Madden (Reuters) | 14 June 2016 The mayor of Flint, Michigan, did not redirect donations to her personal campaign from a charity meant to help families hurt by […]

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

13 Jun 2016

U.S. top court rejects challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) | 13 June 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant […]

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

10 Jun 2016

Exclusive: Irving Oil dust pollution exceeded limits in Canadian city

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

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels February 2, 2015.   REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

10 Jun 2016

European ruling on olive tree cull sparks fear in Italy

By Vincenzo Damiani and Isla Binnie (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 European countries can be forced to cull olive trees to stop the spread of a deadly bacterium, the European Union […]

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

10 Jun 2016

France to formally ratify Paris climate accord on June 15 – Minister

By Bate Felix (Reuters) | 10 June 2016 President Francois Hollande will formally sign the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday, June 15, making France the first industrialized nation to ratify […]

A pair of White Rhinoceros await buyers in pens at the annual auction in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi national park, South Africa, September 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

8 Jun 2016

South Africa says domestic rhino horn trade on ice, takes issue to top court

By Ed Stoddard (Reuters) | 8 June 2016 South Africa’s department of environmental affairs said on Wednesday an on-again-off-again moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horn had been reinstated after […]

A woman fetches drinking water from a well along a dry Chemumvuri river near Gokwe, Zimbabwe, May 20, 2015. Southern Africa has suffered one of its worst harvests in years due to a lack of rain, prompting concerns about food shortages across the region. Picture taken May 20, 2015.       To match ZIMBABWE-DROUGHT/      REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

7 Jun 2016

Tinder-dry Zimbabwe seeks jail terms for arsonists

By Busani Bafana (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 6 June 2016 HARARE,  Faced with severe drought and tinder-dry forests and fields, Zimbabwe is seeking jail terms to deter the setting of fires that […]

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

7 Jun 2016

Palm plantations shaken by the green body they helped create

By Emily Chow (Reuters) | 7 June 2016 In 2004, Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group became a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and later […]

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

6 Jun 2016

Environmental crime growing at “alarming pace” – police body

By Chris Arsenault (Thomson Reuters Foundation) | 4 June 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO,  Criminal gangs are plundering the Earth’s natural resources faster than previously thought, with the value of environmental crimes estimated […]

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

3 Jun 2016

South African mining firms to appeal silicosis ruling

By TJ Strydom and Wendell Roelf (Reuters) | 3 June 2016 South African gold mining firms plan to appeal against a High Court ruling that allowed class action suits seeking […]

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

3 Jun 2016

Thai police charge 22 with wildlife trafficking at Tiger Temple

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

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

3 Jun 2016

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

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

Polluted waters are seen at an industrial area of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province February 18, 2011. China is now the world's second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of dollars to clean. Growing cities, overuse of fertilisers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted. To match Analysis CHINA-WATER/  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

31 May 2016

U.S. top court rules for property owner in wetland permit case

By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) | 31 May 2016 A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that property owners can challenge the federal government in court over the need for […]

A pair of White Rhinoceros await buyers in pens at the annual auction in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi national park, South Africa, September 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

23 May 2016

South African court gives green light to domestic trade in rhino horn

By Ed Stoddard (Reuters) | 23 May 2016  JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed a government bid to uphold a seven-year ban on the domestic trade in […]

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at North Western high school in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, in Michigan May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

16 May 2016

Obama administration releases rules on wellness programs

By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 A federal agency on Monday released final rules explaining how employers can offer workers financial incentives to participate in wellness programs without […]

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

16 May 2016

U.S. top court rejects Exxon appeal in groundwater contamination case

By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) | 16 May 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Exxon Mobil Corp’s (XOM.N) appeal of a $236 million judgment against the oil company in a case […]

Debris is pictured in Bento Rodigues district, which was covered with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, in Mariana, Brazil, November 10, 2015.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/File Photo

10 May 2016

Brazilian lawsuit over Samarco dam will struggle to match U.S. BP claim

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 10 May 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO/BRUSSELS, Any relief felt by the mining firms BHP Billiton (BHP.AX) and Vale (VALE5.SA) over what looked like a final $5.7 […]

A garden hose lies on a lawn during the drought in Los Angeles, California April 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

10 May 2016

California to lift severe mandatory water conservation rules

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) | 10 May 2016 SACRAMENTO, CALIF., California on Monday prepared to lift severe mandatory water conservation orders imposed at the height of the state’s multi-year drought, […]

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9 May 2016

Arizona joins rest of U.S. in adding health insurance program for children

By David Schwartz (Reuters) | 7 May 2016 Arizona’s governor signed into law on Friday a bitterly contested proposal that will restore a federal health insurance program for children from […]

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

9 May 2016

After Myanmar protests, China says companies should respect laws

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

Enthusiast Damien Hoops uses an electronic cigarette at The Vapor Spot vapor bar in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

6 May 2016

U.S. cracks down on e-cigarettes and cigars, bans sales to minors

By Caroline Humer and Clarece Polke | 6 May 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the […]

A shopper stands with her bags outside Macy's department store in New York, December 20, 2008. REUTERS/Jacob Silberberg/File Photo

6 May 2016

New York City gives nod to 5-cent charge for store bags

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) | 5 May 2016 The New York City Council approved a bill on Thursday to require many merchants to charge 5 cents for each plastic or […]

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

6 May 2016

Brazil judge approves Samarco dam burst settlement with government

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Marta Nogueira (Reuters) | 6 May 2016 A Brazilian judge on Thursday ratified the settlement Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton (BLT.L) and Vale SA (VALE5.SA), signed […]

The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan February 7, 2016.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

5 May 2016

Flint official cuts deal in water crisis, agrees to aid prosecutors

By Serena Maria Daniels (Reuters) | 4 May 2016 An official in Flint, Michigan, agreed to cooperate in probes of dangerous levels of lead in the city’s drinking water as […]

An aerial view of the mouth of Rio Doce (Doce River), which was flooded with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, at an area where the river joins the sea on the coast of Espirito Santo in Regencia Village, Brazil, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

5 May 2016

BHP-Vale’s Samarco has not done enough to fix dam disaster -prosecutor

By Stephen Eisenhammer and Marta Nogueira (Reuters) | 5 May 2016 State prosecutors in Brazil said on Thursday that Samarco, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, has not done […]

Packages with cigarettes are on display at a tobacco store in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, March 18, 2016.    REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

4 May 2016

EU’s highest court upholds restrictive new law on cigarettes

By Pia Oppel and Martinne Geller (Reuters) | 4 May 2016 Europe’s highest court on Wednesday upheld a tough EU law that will standardize cigarette packs, ban menthol flavoring and […]

A man lights a cigarette in front of a kiosk in Kolkata, India, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

4 May 2016

India’s top court tells tobacco industry packs must carry bigger warnings

By Aditya Kalra | 4 May 2016 India’s top court told tobacco companies on Wednesday they must adhere to a new federal rule requiring much larger health warnings on cigarette […]

A bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York, February 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar/Illustration -

3 May 2016

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 mln in talc-powder trial

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 3 May 2016 Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that […]

Poggy fish lie dead stuck in oil in Bay Jimmy near Port Sulpher, Louisiana June 20, 2010.  REUTERS/Sean Gardner

3 May 2016

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in shareholder suit against BP

By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) | 2 May 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the […]

Environmental activists protest in defence of Europe's last ancient forest, the Bialowieza Primeval Forest, in Warsaw, Poland February 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Gazeta/file

29 Apr 2016

EU regulators take Poland to court for breach of environment law

By Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 The European Commission is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for breaking EU environment law when exploring for […]

Traditional Maasai tribesmen pose for a photograph near elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze, stacked onto a pyre at Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

29 Apr 2016

Kenya calls for ivory sales ban as it prepares to burn tusks

By Edmund Blair (Reuters) | 29 April 2016 MOUNT KENYA, KENYA, Kenya wants a ban on all sales of elephant ivory, its president told other African leaders and conservationists at talks […]

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

28 Apr 2016

EU calculation for handing out free carbon permits flawed: court

By Alissa De Carbonnel (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 BRUSSELS, Europe’s highest court on Thursday ruled that the European Commission’s calculation for handing out free carbon permits to industries was […]

Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam listens during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, in this February 22, 2014, file photo.  REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files

28 Apr 2016

Tennessee law to allow counselors to deny service based on beliefs

By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 Tennessee’s Republican governor on Wednesday signed a law allowing mental health counselors to refuse service to patients on “sincerely held principles,” the […]

A man uses a chainsaw to cut teak logs in a logging camp in Pinlebu township, Sagaing, northern Myanmar, in this picture taken March 5, 2014.  REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

28 Apr 2016

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

By Timothy Mclaughlin and Aung Hla Tun (Reuters) | 28 April 2016 YANGON, Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps […]

A woman with a "Flint Lives Matter" shirt walks toward a hearing room in Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

27 Apr 2016

Lawyers file $220 million damage claim against EPA in Flint water crisis

By David Bailey (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 Lawyers for residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a $220.2 million damages claim alleging negligence on the part of the U.S. Environmental […]

People walk past the closed entrance of a government building in Caracas, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

27 Apr 2016

Venezuela state employees to work two-day week to save energy

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Kai (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 (Adds Maduro, reaction, context) — CARACAS,  – Venezuela’s socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week […]

An Yanomami indian (R) stands near an illegal gold mine during Brazil’s environmental agency operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

26 Apr 2016

Fight against illegal Amazon gold mining intensifies

By Bruno Kelly (Reuters) | 26 April 2016 After trekking nearly two hours through dense jungle, Brazilian environmental special forces burst into a clearing where the trees had been sawn […]

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

26 Apr 2016

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

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

A migrant worker steps out of his accommodation in an area next to a coal power plant in Beijing, Dec. 10, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

25 Apr 2016

China confirms to strictly control coal-fired power capacity

By Kathy Chen and David Stanway (Reuters) | 25 April 2016 * Govt to halt construction of coal plants in many regions * Move had been flagged previously * Country […]

A shopkeeper selling cigarettes waits in his store at a market in Mumbai, India, January 6, 2016.    REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

22 Apr 2016

India’s top court to hear cases challenging tobacco pack warnings on Monday

By Aditya Kalra (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 India’s Supreme Court said on Friday it will hear petitions filed by the $11 billion tobacco industry against the government’s stringent package […]

Swedish politician Fredrick Federley, a member of parliament, attends a meeting with the Centre Party in Stockholm in this January 30, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Maja Suslin/Scanpix Sweden/Files

22 Apr 2016

EU lawmaker seeks bigger clean tech fund, targeted CO2 permits

By Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters) | 22 April 2016 The European Union should boost its clean technology fund and adopt a more targeted approach to allocating free carbon permits to […]

A migrant walks next to an EU sign at the border with Serbia in Tovarnik, Croatia September 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

21 Apr 2016

EU approves use of recycled plastics containing DEHP

By Meredith Mcgrath (Reuters) | 21 April 2016 The European Union has agreed to let companies use recycled plastics containing softening additive diethylhexyl phthalate despite opposition from politicians and environmentalists who say […]

Theranos Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Holmes speaks on stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where she receives an award, in the Manhattan borough of New York November 9, 2015.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

19 Apr 2016

Theranos under investigation by several U.S. regulators

By Kshitiz Goliya (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 Blood-testing firm Theranos Inc confirmed on Monday it is under investigation by federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. “The […]

Workers chat next to the Santos infill gas drilling rig outside Moomba, South Australia May 17, 2012. Confidence in Australia's coal seam gas industry, one of the nation's brightest economic prospects, has begun to flicker. For the first time since energy firms kicked off $50 billion of projects to drill for gas in the region's rich coal deposits less than two years ago, there is a consensus emerging among industry executives and experts that plans are well off track. Picture taken May 17, 2012. To match Insight AUSTRALIA-GAS/RISKS.Credit: REUTERS

18 Apr 2016

Australia state bans underground coal gas drilling

By James Regan (Reuters) | 18 April 2016 Australia’s Queensland state on Monday banned underground coal gasification, a controversial process used to convert coal into gas. Unlike fracking, which involves […]

A Romanian farmer shows genetically modified soybeans in the village of Varasti, 130km southeast of Bucharest, in this May 21, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

15 Apr 2016

French court hands symbolic win to GMO maize supporters

By Gus Trompiz (Reuters) | 15 April 2016 France‘s top administrative court overturned a 2014 ban on a type of genetically modified (GMO) maize in a symbolic victory for GMO […]

Indonesian students holds posters as they protest against the palm oil industry in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia, Oct. 23, 2015 in this picture taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/FB Anggoro/Antara

14 Apr 2016

Indonesia will issue a moratorium on new palm oil, mining concessions

By Jakarta bureau  (Reuters) | 14 April 2016 JAKARTA, – Indonesia will issue a moratorium on new palm oil and mining concessions, President Joko Widodo said, among efforts to reduce environmental […]

A hard hat from an oil worker lies in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, in this June 8, 2010 file photo. The explosion on the drilling rig, which killed 11 workers and spewed oil for 87 straight days, soaked hundreds of miles of Gulf Coast shoreline in caramel-colored oil. Picture taken June 8, 2010. For use with story BP/PLAINTIFFS. Picture taken June 8, 2010.Credit: REUTERS

14 Apr 2016

Obama to issue new offshore drilling rules on Thursday: source

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 13 April 2016 The Obama administration will announce Thursday safety regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling to prevent the kind of explosion that […]

A passenger plane approaches to land as other aircraft taxi to the runway at the San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California, April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

13 Apr 2016

Environmental groups file lawsuit over pollution from U.S. aircraft

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 12 April 2016 Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to press for faster action in setting limits on […]

A man holds a tray of sardines in Costa Mesa, California November 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

12 Apr 2016

U.S. bans most Pacific sardine fishing after population crash

By Courtney Sherwood (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 Federal fishery managers have banned nearly all sardine fishing off the U.S. West Coast for the second straight year in a move […]

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

11 Apr 2016

In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national’s seed theft exposes vulnerability

By Julia Edwards (Reuters) | 11 April 2016 Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around […]

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

8 Apr 2016

France to ban some glyphosate weedkillers amid health concerns

By Gus Trompiz (Reuters) | 8 April 2016 France‘s health and safety agency is poised to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and tallowamine because of concerns over possible health […]

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this file handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010. Transocean Ltd has agreed on January 3, 2012, to pay $1.4 billion to settle U.S. government charges arising from BP Plc's massive 2010 Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Switzerland-based Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling a mile-deep well when a surge of methane gas sparked an explosion on April 20, 2010.Credit: Reuters

7 Apr 2016

No prison terms for Gulf spill as final defendant gets probation

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) | 6 April 2016 A former BP Plc (BP.L) rig supervisor who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill […]

Mud cracks along a dried riverbed are pictured near San Ysidro, California March 31, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

5 Apr 2016

Drought rules pushed Californians to cut water use by nearly 25 percent

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) | 4 April 2016 Residents and businesses in drought-stricken California cut back water use by nearly 25 percent from June 2015 through the end of February […]

A BP logo is seen at a petrol station in London January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files

5 Apr 2016

U.S. judge approves BP settlement for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) | 4 April 2016 U.S. Judge Carl Barbier granted final approval on Monday to BP Plc’s (BP.L) civil settlement over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil […]

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

5 Apr 2016

U.S., Volkswagen may not reach emissions deal by April 21: gov’t official

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 5 April 2016 The top U.S. environmental official expressed uncertainty on Tuesday about whether the Obama administration and Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will meet an April […]

Demonstrators protest over the Flint, Michigan contaminated water crisis outside of the venue where the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate was being held in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

4 Apr 2016

Flint mayor to work with governor even as lawsuit pondered

By Mark Weinraub (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 The city of Flint is considering suing the state of Michigan over lead contamination in the city’s drinking water, but the mayor […]

A general view of Adani Power Company thermal power plant at Mundra in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Sept. 24, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave

4 Apr 2016

Australia’s green groups keep heat on Adani after mine approval

By Byron Kaye (Reuters) | 4 April 2016 SYDNEY, Environmental campaigners say they hope two outstanding court cases can still stop India’s Adani Enterprises Ltd from developing a A$10 billion ($7.6 […]

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

1 Apr 2016

US judge nixes lawsuit against World Bank over power plant in India

By Sebastien Malo | 30 March 2016 NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Indian fishermen and farmers who sued the […]

A shopper looks at items at a drug store in Tokyo, Japan, May 28, 2015. Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in April from a year earlier, government data showed on May 29, keeping inflation distant from the central bank's 2 percent target. Picture taken May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino - RTR4XXN7

1 Apr 2016

Drugmakers say Japan R&D spending at risk after government forces price cuts

By Ritsuko Shimizu (Reuters) | 1 April 2016 Global drugmakers said they could cut research spending in Japan due to new rules requiring them to slash prices on some blockbuster […]

An AquAdvantage Salmon is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies. REUTERS/AquaBounty Technologies/Handout via Reuters

31 Mar 2016

U.S. environmental groups sue to overturn GMO salmon approval

By Tom Polansek (Reuters) | 31 March 2016 U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government’s landmark approval of a type […]

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

31 Mar 2016

California lawmakers urge CalPERS to divest from Exxon

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 30 March 2016 Two California Democratic congressmen on Wednesday urged the California Public Employees Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension fund, to divest from […]

A farmer sprays pesticide in a field on the outskirts of Nanjing, in east China's Jiangsu province, September 2, 2006. China has allocated 100 million yuan ($12.6 million) this year to train farmers in agricultural technology and knowledge, according to the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken September 2, 2006. REUTERS/Leo Lang (CHINA) - RTR1GXX6

30 Mar 2016

Terminix to pay $10 million for pesticide misuse: Justice Department

By Eric Beech (Reuters) | 29 March 2016 Pest control company Terminix International Co LP and its U.S. Virgin Islands operation were charged on Tuesday with illegally applying a restricted-use […]

Volkswagen VW cars are seen at a car dealer in Bochum, Germany March 16,2016.  REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

30 Mar 2016

U.S. FTC sues Volkswagen over diesel advertising claims

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 29 March 2016 The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday sued Volkswagen Group of America, saying the U.S. arm of the German automaker falsely advertised […]

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

30 Mar 2016

Probe of Exxon’s climate change disclosures expands

By Valerie Volcovici and Sarah N. Lynch  The top attorneys from Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands said on Tuesday they will investigate whether Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) misled investors […]

The patient's entrance at the National Institutes of Health is shown in Bethesda, Maryland October 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron

29 Mar 2016

U.S. lawmakers want health agencies to lower prostate cancer drug cost

By Susan Kelly (Reuters) | 29 March 2016 A group of lawmakers is calling on the National Institutes of Health and Department of Health and Human Services to step in […]

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

29 Mar 2016

Pressure grows on Jakarta to tackle indigenous rights abuses

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

The Allergan logo is seen in this photo illustration in Singapore November 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Thomas White

29 Mar 2016

Shire gets favorable ruling against Allergan in Lialda patent case

By Ankur Banerjee (Reuters) | 28 March 2016 A U.S. district court on Monday ruled in favor of Shire Plc, preventing Allergan Plc from selling generic versions of Lialda, the […]

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivers a speech at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, in Tokyo, Japan, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Atsushi Tomura/Pool

23 Mar 2016

Australia announces a $1 billion clean energy fund, in break with past

By Matt Siegel | 23 March 2016 (Reuters) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said the country would establish a A$1 billion ($761.60 million) clean-energy innovation fund, in a […]

A general view shows packed garbage bags in Jdeideh, Beirut, Lebanon February 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Hasan Shaaban

15 Mar 2016

Lebanese government approves plan to solve trash crisis

By Tom Perry (Reuters) | 12 March 2016 The Lebanese government on Saturday approved a plan to solve a seven-month garbage crisis that has fuelled protests against the dysfunctional state […]

U.S. and Canadian flags are placed side-by-side on the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

10 Mar 2016

U.S., Canada agree steps to fight climate change

By Timothy Gardner (Reuters) | 10 March 2016 The United States and Canada agreed joint steps on Thursday to fight climate change, including cutting methane emissions from oil and gas […]

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8 Mar 2016

‘My land, my life’ – West African women march for land rights

By Kieran Guilbert | 8 March 2016 DAKAR, March 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rural women across West Africa will march to demand equal land rights on Tuesday to mark […]

Environmental advocates carry over their heads a giant purple globe, which participants say represents their unhappiness towards genetically modified organism (GMO) products, in Manila in this October 2, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files

7 Mar 2016

Philippines signs new GMO rules, food industry relieved

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz (Reuters) | 7 March 2016 The Philippines has approved a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms after a top court demanded an overhaul of […]

Polluted waters are seen at an industrial area of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province February 18, 2011. China is now the world's second largest economy, but hundreds of millions of its people still rely on fouled water that will cost billions of dollars to clean. Growing cities, overuse of fertilisers, and factories that heedlessly dump wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted. To match Analysis CHINA-WATER/  REUTERS/Carlos Barria

2 Mar 2016

German prosecutors seek 325 million euro in damages from K+S – WiWo

By Ludwig Burger and Patricia Weiss (Reuters) | 2 February 2016 German prosecutors are seeking 325 million euros ($353 million) in damages from potash and salt miner K+S over suspected illegal […]

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

2 Mar 2016

Tiguan owner sues VW dealership over emissions scandal

By Matthias Inverardi (Reuters) | 2 March 2016 A Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) car owner sued a German VW dealership on Wednesday, demanding the seller cancel the contract and take back his […]

The Bento Rodrigues district is pictured covered with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst in Mariana, Brazil, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

2 Mar 2016

Samarco to pay at least $5 billion in Brazil dam spill deal: source

By Lisandra Paraguassu (Reuters) | 1 March 2016 Samarco Mineracao SA [SAMNE.UL] will pay at least 20 billion reais ($5 billion) over 15 years as part of a deal reached with the […]

3D printed Apple logo are seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this illustration taken February 26, 2016.  REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

1 Mar 2016

N.Y. judge backs Apple in encryption fight with government

By Julia Harte, Julia Edwards and Julia Love (Reuters) | 29 February The U.S. government cannot force Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to unlock an iPhone in a New York drug case, a federal judge in Brooklyn […]

The Eiffel Tower is seen at night in Paris, France, November 23, 2015. The capital will host the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) from November 30 to December 11.
REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAU

1 Mar 2016

EU not seen increasing emissions targets despite Paris deal: draft

By Barbara Lewis (Reuters) | 29 February 2016 EU regulators will say this week the European Union does not need to set a more ambitious greenhouse gas target until the […]

A new menu from Applebee’s restaurant is seen at one of its outlet in the Manhattan borough of New York City November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

1 Mar 2016

Appeals court pauses NYC restaurant salt warning rule

By Karen Freifeld (Reuters) | 29 February 2016 A New York appeals court on Monday temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing a new rule requiring chain restaurants to post […]

A bottle of Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder is seen in a photo illustration taken in New York, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Illustration

26 Feb 2016

Big verdict doesn’t assure more wins for plaintiffs in talc-cancer cases

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) | 26 February 2016 The $72 million verdict this week against Johnson & Johnson in a U.S. case alleging links between talc-based powder and ovarian cancer has […]

Signage for a BP petrol station is pictured in London, in this file picture taken July 29, 2014.   REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files

26 Feb 2016

Former BP rig supervisor found not guilty in oil spill case

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) | 26 Feberuary 2016 A former BP Plc (BP.L) supervisor was found not guilty by a New Orleans jury on Thursday of a single pollution charge […]

An environmentalist dressed as a giant eggplant participates in a protest against the invasion of genetically-modified organisms (GMO) to mark World Environment Day outside the Department of Agriculture office in Quezon City, Metro Manila in this June 5, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

24 Feb 2016

Philippines expects to finalize GMO rules in next few days, misses Weds target

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz (Reuters) | 24 February 2016 The Philippines expects to finalize a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms over the next few days, after a […]

A hawker prepares a cob of corn at his makeshift shop in Soweto, in this January 27, 2016 file photo.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Files

23 Feb 2016

South Africa to ease some GM crop rules to avert food crisis

By Wendell Roelf (Reuters) | 23 February 2016 South Africa will relax some of its tough rules on genetically modified crops so it can ramp up maize imports from the United States […]

Fishermen catch fish near the shores of the Bay of Bengal at Dublar Char in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh, Nov. 10, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

22 Feb 2016

India set to seal major power deal in Bangladesh, beating China

By Sankalp Phartiyal and Ruma Paul (Reuters) | 22 February 2016 * A major breakthrough for India in Bangladesh * India, China regional rivalry heating up * Indian govt offers […]

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

19 Feb 2016

China needs more power to crack down on polluters – minister

By David Stanway (Reuters) | 18 February 2016 China needs more powers to crack down on polluting companies and local governments that protect them, the country’s environment minister said on […]

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

17 Feb 2016

Brazil expects $4.9 billion Samarco dam disaster deal by Friday

By Anthony Boadle and Marta Nogueira (Reuters) | 17 February 2016 The Brazilian government expects to reach agreement by Friday with Samarco Mineração SA to settle a 20 billion-real ($4.9 billion) lawsuit for damages in […]

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

17 Feb 2016

Small diesel cars seen vulnerable to post VW scandal reforms

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

An Indian scientist holds a genetically modified (GM) rapeseed crop under trial in New Delhi February 13, 2015. Picture taken February 13, 2015. To match Insight INDIA-GMO/. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

16 Feb 2016

Asia watches as GMO legal challenge threatens Philippines food supply

By Manolo Serapio Jr and Enrico Dela Cruz | 16 February 2016 A legal challenge to the Philippines’ rules on genetically modified organisms is threatening to spark a food crisis in the country and […]

The prices at a Valero Energy Corp gas station are pictured in Pasadena, California October 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

15 Feb 2016

Valero Energy sues U.S. EPA over biofuels plan

By Chris Prentice (Reuters) | 12 February 2016 Valero Energy Corp filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to push the regulator to alter a U.S. policy designed […]

U.S. President Barack Obama looks up as he arrives to speak to supporters and volunteers at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

12 Feb 2016

Obama says confident in legal footing after Supreme Court carbon decision

By Jeff Mason and Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 11 February 2016 (Adds comments by EPA chief Gina McCarthy) — ATHERTON, Calif./WASHINGTON, U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court’s […]

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) technicians perform a Large optic inspection in this undated photo released by Caltech/MIT/LIGO Laboratory on February 8, 2016.   REUTERS/Caltech/MIT/LIGO Laboratory/Handout via Reuters

11 Feb 2016

Einstein’s gravitational waves detected in scientific milestone

By Will Dunham and Scott Malone (Reuters) | 11 February 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters.com Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by […]

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington February 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

11 Feb 2016

Obama climate plan’s broad scope to face skeptical Supreme Court

By Lawrence Hurley (Reuters) | 11 February 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court’s unexpected move to block President Barack Obama’s policy to cut pollution from coal plants highlights what both sides in the […]

Flint, Michigan Mayor Karen Weaver awaits to testify before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the Flint lead water crisis in Washington February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

11 Feb 2016

House passes bill requiring EPA actions on lead-laced water

By Timothy Gardner (Reuters) | 10 February 2016 The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday easily passed a bill requiring federal environmental regulators to act faster when lead contamination is found […]

A Volkswagen sign is seen at a Volkswagen dealership in Carlsbad, California, April 29, 2013.   REUTERS/Mike Blake

8 Feb 2016

New Jersey sues Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 5 February 2016 New Jersey on Friday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and its luxury units over the German automaker’s excess diesel emissions, […]

People are silhouetted past a logo of the Airbus Group during the Airbus annual news conference in Colomiers, near Toulouse January 13, 2015. REUTERS/REGIS DUVIGNAU

8 Feb 2016

U.N. agency seeks to end rift on new aircraft emission rules

By Allison Lampert and Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 8 February 2016 Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders […]

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

3 Feb 2016

L.A. prosecutors file criminal charges in methane leak near Los Angeles

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) | 3 February 2016 Los Angeles prosecutors filed criminal charges against the Southern California Gas company on Tuesday over a huge methane leak near the city that has […]

Chimneys of coal-fired power plant are seen next to residential houses in the night in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China,  January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

2 Feb 2016

China unveils first oil spill response plan

By Meng Meng and Chen Aizhu (Reuters) | 1 February 2016 China‘s cabinet has approved the country’s first oil spill emergency response scheme to be ready by 2020, to tackle […]

A gas company sign marks a fence near the site of the Aliso Canyon storage field where gas has been leaking in Porter Ranch, California, United States, January 21, 2016.
REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON

1 Feb 2016

California senators seek methane leak task force in U.S. energy bill

By Valerie Volcovici (Reuters) | 29 January 2016 The two U.S. Senators representing California said on Friday they will propose a federal task force to investigate the cause and response […]

Visitors at the University of British Columbia's Botanical Garden walk along a forest canopy walkway in Vancouver, British Columbia, Aug. 22, 2008. REUTERS/Andy Clark

1 Feb 2016

Historic deal to protect Canada rainforest from logging

By Julie Gordon (Reuters) | 1 February 2016 British Columbia is set to announce on Monday an historic agreement to protect a massive swath of rainforest along its coastline, having […]

A couple walks past a Barclays logo in Johannesburg December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

1 Feb 2016

Barclays, Credit Suisse strike record deals with SEC, NY over dark pools

By Sarah N. Lynch (Reuters) | 31 January 2016 Barclays (BARC.L) and Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) have settled federal and state charges that they misled investors in their dark pools, with […]

Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

28 Jan 2016

Canada set to unveil new rules for energy reviews

By Randall Palmer (Reuters) | 27 January 2016 The Canadian government will on Wednesday unveil new transitional rules for environmental reviews of major projects like TransCanada Corp’s Energy East pipeline to the […]

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament in Rennes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

22 Jan 2016

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Climate Change in International Policy and National Courts

By Tina Liebscher and Trisha Grant,* White & Case LLP | 22 January 2016 Introduction In 1988, the United Nations recognized climate change as a common concern of mankind.[1] Ever […]

Electric power lines lead into the coal-fired Castle Gate Power Plant that is sitting idle and is no longer producing electricity outside Helper, Utah, Aug. 3, 2015. REUTERS/George Frey

22 Jan 2016

U.S. appeals court declines to block Obama carbon emissions plan

By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters) | 21 January 2016 WASHINGTON, Jan 21- In a big victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a […]

A farmer removes dried plants from his parched paddy field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, September 8, 2015. India has just suffered back-to-back drought years. REUTERS/Amit Dave

20 Jan 2016

India lifts ban on lentil linked to paralysis as Modi seeks self-sufficiency

By Krishna N. Das (Reuters) | 19 January 2016 India is lifting a five-decade-old ban on a type of lentil that has been linked to nerve damage and paralysis, in […]

The VW logo is pictured on the back of a vintage Volkswagen car at a car shop in Bad Honnef near Bonn, Germany, November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

20 Jan 2016

South Korea says to bring criminal case against VW’s local chief

By Hyunjoo Jin (Reuters) | 19 January 2016 South Korea plans to file a criminal complaint against the head of Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Audi AG’s (NSUG.DE) local unit later […]

A demonstrator attends an anti-government rally in Valparaiso city May 21, 2011. The banner reads "Patagonia without dams" REUTERS/ Ivan Alvarado

19 Jan 2016

Chile upholds approval of Cuervo hydroelectric project amid protest

By Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 18 January 2016 SANTIAGO, A Chilean ministerial committee upheld on Monday the environmental permit for Energia Austral’s Cuervo hydroelectric dams, dismissing nearly a dozen complaints filed […]

A worker speaks as he loads coal on a truck at a depot near a coal mine on the outskirts of Jixi, in Heilongjiang province, China, Oct. 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

18 Jan 2016

China ban on new coal mines overshadowed by surplus capacity

By Kathy Chen and David Stanway (Reuters) | 18 January 2016 BEIJING, China’s decision to stop approving new coal mines for three years has been applauded by green groups, but the […]

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

15 Jan 2016

U.S. halts new coal leases on federal land in wide-ranging review

By Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters) | 15 January 2016 WASHINGTON, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday ordered a pause on issuing new coal leases on federal land in another step […]

Amazon Indians occupy the main construction site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in Vitoria do Xingu, near Altamira in Para State, Brazil, May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

15 Jan 2016

Brazil court suspends Amazon hydrodam license on native demands

By Jeb Blount (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO, A Brazilian court suspended the operating license for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world’s largest, just weeks […]

A car drives near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, March 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

15 Jan 2016

EU Parliament delays vote on new car pollution limits

By Alissa De Carbonnel (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 The European Parliament on Thursday postponed a vote on new car pollution limits that could have killed a compromise agreed by […]

Police officers stand on a fishing boat during a police inspection at the pier of Songkhla, south Thailand December 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom

14 Jan 2016

Thailand reports progress in illegal fishing clampdown ahead of EU visit

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre (Reuters) | 14 January 2016 Thailand delivered a progress report on Thursday on efforts to clamp down on illegal fishing in a last-ditch attempt to show […]

A lone bird sits atop of the Volkswagen power plant in Wolfsburg September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

13 Jan 2016

California board rejects Volkswagen’s diesel fix plan

By David Shepardson (Reuters) | 12 January 2016 The California Air Resources Board said on Tuesday it rejected Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) plan to fix 2.0 liter diesel cars equipped with […]

A man stands on a hill during sunset in Vina del Mar city ,about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Santiago, August 11, 2007.    REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez  (CHILE)

12 Jan 2016

Chile regulator to fine Arauco for ‘green liquid’ waste spillage

By Felipe Iturrieta and Gram Slattery (Reuters) | 12 January 2016 Chile’s environmental regulator said it would seek to fine wood pulp producer Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion S.A. up to […]

Workers from the Animal Protection Ministry cull chicks to contain an outbreak of bird flu, at a farm in the village of Modeste, Ivory Coast, in this August 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

11 Jan 2016

Iraq bans poultry imports from 24 countries over avian flu threat

By Saif Hameed (Reuters) | 10 January 2016 Iraq has extended a ban on imports of frozen and live poultry products to cover two dozen countries, including China and South […]

People carry bags as they leave a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in San Francisco, California July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

11 Jan 2016

Chipotle sued for misleading investors over food safety

By Tom Polansek (Reuters) | 8 January 2016 Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG.N), under scrutiny for months over outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to its restaurants across several U.S. states, was sued on […]

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

8 Jan 2016

Beijing imposed $28 million in pollution fines last year – Xinhua SHANGHAI

By John Ruwitch and Engen Tham (Reuters) | 8 January 2016 Beijing’s environmental watchdog levied fines totalling about 183 million yuan ($27.76 million) for violations of pollution laws in the […]

Alexander Sanger, Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council poses for a photo outside of where his Grandmother Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic 100 years ago, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 12, 2015.     REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

8 Jan 2016

Same battles rage on 100 years after first U.S. birth control clinic

By Barbara Goldberg (Reuters) | 8 January Outside the crumbling Brooklyn building where the first U.S. birth control clinic opened 100 years ago, Alexander Sanger reflected on the move that […]

A logo of Chipotle Mexican Grill is seen on a store entrance in Manhattan, New York November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

6 Jan 2016

Chipotle gets subpoena related to norovirus contamination

By Siddharth Cavale (Reuters) | 6 January 2016 Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said it was served with a grand jury subpoena in relation to a criminal investigation into a norovirus contamination […]

Volkswagen autos are seen at a VW dealership in the Queens borough of New York, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

6 Jan 2016

VW faces billions in fines as U.S. sues for environmental violations

By Julia Edwards And Georgina Prodhan  (Reuters) | 6 January 2016 Please link here for video on Reuters. The U.S. Justice Department has sued Volkswagen for up to $48 billion for allegedly violating […]

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

5 Jan 2016

India’s top court upholds ban on sale of large diesel cars in Delhi

By Aditi Shah (Reuters) | 5 January 2016 India’s top court on Tuesday upheld a temporary ban on the sale of large diesel cars in New Delhi to combat toxic smog […]

The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen at a VW dealership in the Queens borough of New York, September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

5 Jan 2016

Volkswagen faces billions in penalties as U.S. sues for environment violations

By Julia Edwards And Joel Schectman (Reuters) | 4 January 2016 The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act […]

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

18 Dec 2015

Tanzania court jails four Chinese men for rhino horn smuggling

By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala | 18 December 2015 Tanzania has sentenced four Chinese men to 20 years in jail each after they were convicted of smuggling rhino horns, part of a […]

Shell branding is seen at a petrol station in west London, January 29, 2015.
REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE

18 Dec 2015

Dutch court says Shell can be liable for Nigeria spills

By Thomas Escritt | 18 December 2015 A Dutch appeals court ruled on Friday that Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria, […]

The City of London financial district is seen from Primrose Hill as high air pollution obscures the skyline over London April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

17 Dec 2015

Britain unveils final plan to improve air quality

By Nina Chestney | 17 December 2015 Britain will submit its final plan for improving air quality to the European Commission on Thursday after levels of the pollutant nitrogen dioxide, mostly […]

A security guard walks past a montage of U.S. dollar bills outside a currency exchange bureau, ahead of a scheduled state visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

17 Dec 2015

U.S. spending bill does not block climate fund payment

By Valerie Volcovici | 16 December 2015 WASHINGTON- The U.S. State Department will be able to deliver its first payment of $500 million to the United Nations Green Climate Fund, […]

A man wearing a mask walks on a street on a hazy day in Beijing in this file photo taken on October 24, 2014.
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17 Dec 2015

China detains 10 company officials over fabricated pollution data

By Sui-Lee Wee | 17 December 2015 Police in China have detained 10 company officials for fabricating pollution data, the environment ministry said on Thursday, as the government steps up inspections […]

India's Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari is pictured in his office in New Delhi, India, August 26, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

16 Dec 2015

India to allow ethanol-only vehicles; response to be muted

By Mayank Bhardwaj | 16 December 2015 India will soon allow automakers to manufacture vehicles that can run entirely on ethanol, but adoption is likely to be slow as the country has […]

A worker repairs a diesel pump machine at a fuel station in Kolkata January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

16 Dec 2015

To clear air, Supreme Court bans sales of big diesel cars in Delhi

By Aditi Shah | 16 December 2015 The Supreme Court has ordered a temporary ban on the sale of large diesel cars in New Delhi to combat toxic smog in the city, […]

New Volkswagen cars are seen in an open-air parking lot in Changchun, Jilin province, China, October 14, 2015.   REUTERS/Stringer

15 Dec 2015

Chinese environmental group sues Volkswagen over emissions scandal

By Jake Spring | 15 December 2015 A Chinese environmental group said it has sued Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) over its use of software to rig emissions tests, in what state-owned […]

Cars are driven on one of the ring roads in Beijing's city centre January, 15, 2008.   REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

15 Dec 2015

EU parliament panel rejects car pollution rules as too lax

By Alissa De Carbonnel | 15 December 2015 The European parliament’s environmental committee voted on Monday against new car pollution rules they say are too lenient in the light of […]

Chimneys of coal-fired power plant are seen next to residential houses in the night in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China,  January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

14 Dec 2015

Environmental lapses cost China coal-fired power producers $98 million

By Adam Rose | 14 December 2015 Violations of environmental regulations for scrubbing coal emissions have cost Chinese power producers 635 million yuan ($98.33 million) in lost subsidies and fines […]

General view of a coking plant in the city of Bytom Silesia November 22, 2012.  REUTERS/Peter Andrews

10 Dec 2015

European Commission takes Poland to court over poor air quality

By Marcin Goclowski | 10 December 2015 The European Commission has decided to take Poland to court over its failure to address its poor air quality, the EU’s executive said […]

An aerial view of the Rio Doce (Doce River), (bottom) which was flooded with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, at an area where the river joins the sea (top) on the coast of Espirito Santo in Regencia Village, Brazil, November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

1 Dec 2015

Brazil sues BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for mine disaster

By Anthony Boadle | 1 December 2015 Brazil filed a lawsuit on Monday against two of the world’s largest mining companies for 20 billion Brazilian reais ($5.2 billion) to clean […]

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this April 21, 2010 file handout image.  REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Files/Handout

1 Dec 2015

Anadarko ordered to pay $159.5 million fine for 2010 Gulf spill

By Jonathan Stempel | 1 December 2015 A federal judge ordered Anadarko Petroleum Corp to pay a $159.5 million civil fine reflecting its stake in the Gulf of Mexico well […]

A passenger wearing a mask is seen in a bus during the morning rush hour in Beijing, China, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

27 Nov 2015

Beijing to toughen car emission standards by 2017 to cut pollution

By David Stanway and Kathy Chen | 27 November 2015 Beijing plans to ramp up its already tough car emission standards by 2017 in a bid by one of the […]

A White Rhino and her calf walk in the dusk light in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's  North West Province April 19, 2012.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

26 Nov 2015

South African court lifts 2009 ban on domestic rhino horn trade

By Mfuneko Toyana | 26 November 2015 South Africa’s High Court has lifted a ban on the local trade in rhino horn imposed by the government in 2009 after finding […]

Doses of a flu vaccine lie on a table as San Luis Obispo County public healthcare professionals conduct a mass flu vaccination drill at the Veterans building in San Luis Obispo, California in this October 31, 2006 file photo. Few of the security and safety precautions taken by laboratories working with dangerous bacteria and viruses are required by law. In fact, says Rutgers University virologist Richard Ebright, only a lock on the door is required. To match Insight HEALTH/BIOSECURITY.Credit: Reuters

25 Nov 2015

Five charged in $600 million California health care fraud scheme

By Dan Whitcomb | 24 November 2015 The former chief financial officer of a California hospital and four other people have been charged in a series of health care kickback […]

An aerial view shows an illegal mine in the jungle,south of Venezuela, November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

25 Nov 2015

Possible EU-Guyana trade deal must protect land rights – activists

By Chris Arsenault | 24 November 2015 TORONTO, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A potential trade pact between the European Union and Guyana must contain land rights protections for […]

A farmer harvests wheat at a field in the outskirts of Lahore, in Punjab province, May 16, 2013. REUTERS/Mani Rana

13 Nov 2015

Farmer sues Pakistan’s government to demand action on climate change

By Anam Gill | 13 November 2015 LAHORE, Pakistan, Nov 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Asghar Leghari had had enough. The farmer was tired of watching his family fight against […]

A sign warns drivers of "High levels of pollution expected" in Madrid February 8, 2011. Madrid's mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon has asked Madrid's population to leave their vehicles at home and use public transportation due to high levels of pollution in the city. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT) - RTXXLI9

13 Nov 2015

Madrid restricts parking for first time to curb pollution

By Rodrigo De Miguel | 13 November 2015 Madrid put restrictions on parking for non-residents in the city center for the first time on Friday and enforced reduced traffic speeds […]

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

12 Nov 2015

Finland approves underground nuclear waste storage plan

By Jussi Rosendahl | 12 November 2015 Finland has become the first country in the world to give a construction license for a permanent underground nuclear waste repository, the center-right government […]

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

10 Nov 2015

EU to urge rich nations to cut coal subsidies: EU sources

By Barbara Lewis and Valerie Volcovici | 10 November 2015 European Union negotiators will push other rich countries next week for a robust deal to phase out subsidies for exports of technology used to […]

The front of the U.S. Supreme Court which reads 'Equal Justice Under Law' is seen in Washington July 19, 2005. UNICS REUTERS/Larry Downing

9 Nov 2015

U.S. top court allows Apotex to pursue generic version of Daiichi drug

By Lawrence Hurley | 9 November 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Daiichi Sankyo Inc and Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc seeking to stop Apotex Inc from trying to […]

A rotary dredge works on the coal face of the Borodinsky opencast colliery near the Siberian town of Borodino, east of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

5 Nov 2015

Russia lays foundations for carbon regulation amid calls for action

By Angelina Davydova | 5 November 2015 ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Nov 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Russia is preparing the ground for future regulation of carbon emissions, amid calls to […]

A farmer harvests in a crop field in Yili, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, October 3, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

5 Nov 2015

China amends seed law to encourage innovation

By Dominique Patton | 4 November 2015 China amended its seed law on Wednesday to make it easier to introduce new plant varieties onto the market, according to state news […]

A reveller carrying an umbrella takes part in a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride parade to mark Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

4 Nov 2015

France ends law banning blood donation from homosexual men

By John Irish | 4 November 2015 France has decided to end a more than 30-year old law that banned homosexual men from donating blood, a measure originally put in place […]

A grizzly bear and her two cubs approach the carcass of a bison in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, United States, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

3 Nov 2015

Yellowstone-area grizzlies no longer need protection, U.S. says

By Laura Zuckerman | 3 November 2015 Federal wildlife managers have determined that grizzly bear numbers in and around Yellowstone National Park have rebounded sufficiently to propose stripping the animals […]

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) speaks with reporters as she departs the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

2 Nov 2015

Senators urge Obama administration to include carbon costs in coal program

By Timothy Gardner | 2 November 2015 Democratic U.S. senators on Monday urged the Obama administration to reform the federal coal mine program to include costs of the fuel’s carbon […]

Vessels line the anchorage area in the southern coast of Singapore October 5, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

2 Nov 2015

Shipping braces for pollution tax after Paris talks

By Jonathan Saul | 2 November 2015 The shipping industry expects to be stung by a carbon levy as momentum building from climate talks in Paris starting this month makes […]

Human genetic material is stored at a laboratory in Munich May 23, 2011. On May 25, 2011 the ethic commission of the German lower house of parliament (Bundestag) will discuss about alternative proposals for a new law on the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (Praeimplantationsdiagnostic) is a technique used to identify genetic defects in embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) before pregnancy, which is banned by German legislation.  REUTERS/Michael Dalder    (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH SOCIETY SCI TECH)

30 Oct 2015

Polish ombudsman says IVF bill discriminates against single women

By Wiktor Szary | 30 October 2015 Poland’s ombudsman has challenged a new law on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as unconstitutional, saying it should not stop single women who started the […]

Registered nurse Paige Duracher checks Jacqueline Parker's vitals in the cardiac step-down area of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi

30 Oct 2015

Hospitals to pay $250 million for cardiac device coverage violations: DOJ

By Suzanne Barlyn | 30 October 2015 Hundreds of U.S. hospitals will pay a total of more than $250 million stemming from allegations that they implanted cardiac devices in Medicare […]

Conocophillips CEO Ryan Lance speaks during an interview with Maria Bartiromo, for her Fox Business Network show "Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo" in New York April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

30 Oct 2015

Chinese court orders ConocoPhillips to pay $266,000 over 2011 oil spills

By Adam Rose | 30 October 2015 A Chinese court has ordered ConocoPhillips (COP.N) to pay compensation to nearly two dozen aquaculture farmers who said their livelihoods were hurt by […]

Smoke no longer rises out of the smokestacks at the coal-fired Castle Gate Power Plant outside Helper, Utah August 3, 2015. The plant was closed in the Spring of 2015 in anticipation of new EPA regulations. REUTERS/George Frey

30 Oct 2015

No U.S. EPA carbon rule court decision until after Paris climate talks

By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici | 29 October 2015 The U.S. federal court that will weigh whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will not make […]

Device collecting samples of Beijing's air are installed on the rooftop of the air quality forecast and warning center in Beijing, China, May 21, 2015. Apple Inc is planting trees, Mars may move to 'zero carbon' and Foxconn Technology Co Ltd is spending millions of dollars to give its factories a 'green' makeover, as companies operating in China face tighter rules on pollution. Beijing introduced tougher regulations this year to combat pollution, keen to overhaul China's unwanted image of smog-choked cities, fouled waterways and heavy-metal tainted soil. Picture taken on May 21, 2015.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 
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29 Oct 2015

China to raise penalties in new carbon market rules

By Kathy Chen and David Stanway | 20 October 2015 China, the world’s biggest source of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, will impose tougher penalties on firms that fail to comply with […]

Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in foil strips are arranged on a table in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013.  Picture taken September 18. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

29 Oct 2015

Signatures to be filed for California drug price referendum

By Sharon Bernstein | 29 October 2015 Backers of a referendum aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs in California said Wednesday that they had gathered more than enough […]

A bushel of soybeans are shown on display in the Monsanto research facility in Creve Coeur, Missouri, July 28, 2014.
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28 Oct 2015

European lawmakers reject national bans on GM food, feed imports

By Barbara Lewis | 28 October 2015 The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected a draft law that would have allowed member states to ban the use of EU-approved genetically modified food […]

Chimneys are seen through a window at a coal-fired power plant on a hazy day in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 2, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, due to be announced on Monday, will win muted applause abroad with some hopes it could help a U.N. deal to fight climate change in 2015. Emerging economies including China and India are likely to be lukewarm because they have often said that Obama's plans for emissions cuts until 2020 - even if fully implemented - are far short of the curbs they say are needed by the rich. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY CITYSCAPE) - RTR3RT7Q

26 Oct 2015

Big firms say EU carbon reforms do not go far enough

By Barbara Lewis | 26 October 2015 Proposed reforms to the EU carbon market do not go far enough and need to be supplemented by a phase-out of fossil fuel […]

Vapour pours from a steel mill chimney in the industrial town of Port Kembla, about 80 km (50 miles) south of Sydney July 7, 2011.   REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

22 Oct 2015

U.S. moves ahead with carbon rule as 25 states prepare to sue

By Valerie Volcovici | 22 October 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will formally issue carbon regulations for power plants on Friday, opening the door to a wave of lawsuits […]

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

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

21 Oct 2015

Senate committee set to examine GMO labeling law

By Carey Gillam | 21 October 2015 The battle over whether states can mandate that food containing genetically engineered crops must be labeled moves to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. […]

Conservation officials look on as they burn 2.5 tonnes of seized ivory and rhino horn in Maputo, July 6, 2015. Mozambique burned the haul as part of a campaign to end an illicit trade that is fueling a wave of big animal poaching in Africa, a conservation group said. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a statement that over 2,400 kgs (5,280 lbs) of ivory and 86 pieces of rhino horn weighing 193.5 kgs were put to the torch, in the first major destruction of rhino horn ever. REUTERS/Grant Lee Neuenburg - RTX1JA37

21 Oct 2015

Iowa taxidermist sentenced to 27 months for illegal rhino horn trade

By David Bailey and Jon Herskovitz | 21 October 2015 An Iowa taxidermist pleaded guilty to buying and selling black rhino horns in violation of U.S. laws protecting endangered species has been […]

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan holds the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015 during a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, October 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

20 Oct 2015

States could be sanctioned for public health failings: WHO boss

By Tom Miles | 20 October 2015 A U.N. panel is considering ways to hold governments to account for failing to stick to global health rules, World Health Organization Director-General […]

A government official picks up an ivory tusk to crush it at a confiscated ivory destruction ceremony in Beijing, China, May 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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 […]

Sea Lions rest on a rock in the oily waters of Prince William Sound near Knight Island, April 2 1989. The oil spill from the Exxon Valdez now covers over 1,000 square miles. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE - RTXB72Z

15 Oct 2015

U.S., Alaska says will not seek additional $92 million from Exxon for Valdez spill

By Victoria Cavaliere | 15 October 2015 U.S. and Alaska state officials announced on Wednesday they will no longer seek an additional $92 million from Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay […]

A Volkswagen logo adorns a sign outside a dealership for the German automaker located in the Sydney suburb of Artarmon, Australia, October 3, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

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. […]

The European flag flies outside of the La Canada shopping centre in Marbella, southern Spain January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

13 Oct 2015

EU lawmakers reject bill allowing opt-out from GM crop imports

By Philip Blenkinsop | 13 October 2015 European lawmakers rejected a proposal on Tuesday that would have allowed countries to restrict or ban the use of imported GM crops that […]

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

12 Oct 2015

Deal approved to protect grizzly bear habitat in Montana

By Laura Zuckerman | 10 October 2015 A U.S. judge on Friday approved a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres (8,900 […]

A burnt tree remains standing in a plot of land that has been cleared by burning, at a palm oil plantation in a haze hit Dumai, in Indonesia's Riau province June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Beawiharta

12 Oct 2015

Laws help enforce some environmental treaties – but not on climate

By Alister Doyle | 12 October 2015 (This version of the story corrects paragraph five to say “only recently has the science become good enough” from “the science is not good […]

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and five United States governors to discuss clean technology and economic development  in Seattle, Washington September 22, 2015.   REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight/Pool

12 Oct 2015

California adopts tough rules for antibiotic use in farm animals

By Lisa Baertlein | 10 October 2015 California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill that sets the strictest government standards in the United States for the use of […]

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina on September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

9 Oct 2015

NJ’s Governor Christie takes sand dune fight to court

By Daniel Bases | 8 October 2015 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration on Thursday went to court in an effort to seize beach front property owned by the city […]

Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union Maros Sefcovic holds a news conference on the EU-Russia-Ukraine trilateral gas talks in Vienna, at the EC headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Eric Vidal

8 Oct 2015

EU heating strategy draft favors renewables and district heating

By Geert De Clercq | 8 October 2015 The European Commission is working on a strategy to reduce energy wasted in heating homes and offices, prompting concern among utilities which […]

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

6 Oct 2015

U.S. court orders EPA to rewrite ship ballast water dumping rules

By Jonathan Stempel | 5 October 2015 A federal appeals court in New York ordered the government to rewrite its rules regulating the discharge of ballast water by ships, in […]

Vendors selling drinks stand beside vehicles near the India Gate war memorial on a smoggy day in New Delhi February 1, 2013.
REUTERS/ADNAN ABIDI

6 Oct 2015

India court gives New Delhi three days to come up with plan to fight pollution

By Aditya Kalra | 6 October 2015 India’s Supreme Court has given New Delhi three days to come up with a plan to clean up the air in a city ranked […]

Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes near Starlite Road in Mayflower, Arkansas March 31, 2013.  REUTERS/Jacob Slaton

2 Oct 2015

U.S. fines Exxon $2.63 million for Arkansas oil pipeline leak

By Timothy Gardner | 1 October 2015 The U.S. pipeline safety office has fined Exxon Mobil Corp $2.63 million for spilling crude oil in an Arkansas residential area in 2013, the […]

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

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

2 Oct 2015

Italy tells EU it will opt out of growing GMO crops: statement

By Steve Scherer | 1 October 2015 Italy has told the European Commission that it will ban growing crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a rule that allows European Union […]

Fishings boats are seen at Bluff Harbour in Invercargill September 15, 2011. Picture taken September 15, 2011.     REUTERS/Brandon Malone (NEW ZEALAND  - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)   - RTR2RDHR

29 Sep 2015

New Zealand to create giant South Pacific sanctuary, banning fishing and mining

By Cecile Lefort | 29 September 2015 Waters north of New Zealand are set to become one of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries, covering an area roughly the size of […]

An enthusiast wears a Volkswagen logo on his hat while attending the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California September 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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 […]

A pedestrian walks past a beam of sunlight cast through two buildings amid heavy smog in Shenyang, Liaoning province December 26, 2014. China plans tougher pollution limits and heavier penalties in a revision of its air pollution law, state-run news agency Xinhua said, as the government battles to reduce smog that takes hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Picture taken December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY POLITICS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR4JCKO

25 Sep 2015

New China air pollution laws may hit aluminum ingredient

By Melanie Burton | 25 September 2015 New air pollution laws set to take effect in China next year may cut supply of a vital feedstock for the manufacture of […]

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington March 5, 2014. U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared to look for a compromise that would enable them to avoid overruling a 26-year-old precedent that made it easier for plaintiffs to negotiate large class action settlements.
 REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)

24 Sep 2015

U.S. court denies FTC request to stop Steris-Synergy merger

By Diane Bartz | 24 September 2015 A federal court in Ohio refused on Thursday to stop a $1.9 billion purchase by U.S. medical technology provider Steris Corp of British […]

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

24 Sep 2015

EU takes Malta to court over finch trapping

By Robert-Jan Bartunek | 24 September 2015 The European Commission is taking Malta to court over its tradition of trapping finches to trade between collectors or keep in cages as […]

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

23 Sep 2015

Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Published in collaboration with UN Women | 23 September 2015 The issue She walks for hours to fetch water and toils in drought-prone fields to feed her family… She left […]

Firefighters watch the Rocky Fire advance in Lake County, California in this July 30, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Max Whittaker/Files

23 Sep 2015

Obama signs disaster declaration for California wildfire: White House

By Eric Beech | 23 September 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a disaster declaration to make federal aid available to Northern California residents impacted by a major wildfire, […]

An undated handout provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management shows the file photo of a sage grouse. A long-simmering debate in the American West over the imperiled ground-dwelling bird the size of a chicken was headed for climax on September 22, 2015, with the Obama administration expected to unveil a conservation plan lacking Endangered Species Act protections. REUTERS/Bob Wick/BLM/Handout via Reuters/Files

22 Sep 2015

U.S. denies Endangered Species Act protection to sage grouse

By Laura Zuckerman | 22 September 2015 The U.S. Interior Department has decided against extending Endangered Species Act protection to the greater sage grouse, Montana’s governor said on Tuesday ahead […]

The U.S. Capitol Dome is seen behind the entrance to the U.S. Senate (R) on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

22 Sep 2015

Senate Democrats unveil climate-focused energy bill

By Valerie Volcovici | 22 September 2015 Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled energy legislation focused on cleaner energy production, manufacturing and vehicles that they say would slash U.S. greenhouse gas […]

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

18 Sep 2015

Deal would let Southern California buy surplus water from Nevada

By Sharon Bernstein | 17 September 2015 A $45 million deal that would let Southern California’s biggest water agency access a major supply of water that would normally go to […]

Environmental activists stage a tug-of-war between polluting fossils fuels and renewable energy (R) as they protest outside the European Union Council in Brussels, Belgium, September 18, 2015.
REUTERS/FRANCOIS LENOIR

18 Sep 2015

EU ministers unite on climate mandate ahead of Paris summit

By Barbara Lewis | 18 September 2015 EU ministers on Friday finalised what they said was a tough negotiating position for U.N. climate talks later this year after overcoming objections […]

A deer is seen inside its enclosure at the zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 17, 2015. Tigers, lions, bears and wolves were among more than 30 animals that escaped from a Georgian zoo and onto the streets of the capital Tbilisi on Sunday during floods that killed at least 12 people. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili - RTX1GXK3

17 Sep 2015

Deer trafficker must pay record sum in fines, restitution for U.S. wildlife crime

By Letitia Stein | 17 September 2015 A Georgia man was ordered to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution – the largest sum ever levied against someone for a […]

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

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

17 Sep 2015

France bolsters ban on genetically modified crops

By Sybille de La Hamaide | 17 September 2015 France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in […]

Maria de Fátima Ferreira breaks open a babaçu coconut at a cooperative in Esperantina, Brazil, July 14, 2015. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Adriana Brasileiro

17 Sep 2015

SPECIAL SERIES-Brazilian nut breakers seek legal boost from UN gender goal

By Adriana Brasileiro | 17 September 2015 ESPERANTINA, Brazil, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sitting on the bare floor of a thatched-roof hut, Maria de Fátima Ferreira holds a […]

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

14 Sep 2015

DuPont to face first trial over C-8 exposure

By Jessica Dye | 14 September 2015 Chemical giant DuPont Monday will face the first trial in litigation from residents near one of its plants in West Virginia who have […]

Director Jon Stewart arrives at the Canadian premiere of "Rosewater" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, September 8, 2014.    REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

14 Sep 2015

Jon Stewart joins Sept. 11 medical care push: first responders

By Katie Reilly | 11 September 2015 First responders who were injured or sickened by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington said they will visit Congress […]

A dry ditch is seen on Gless Ranch in Kern County, California, United States, July 23, 2015.
REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON

14 Sep 2015

California lawmakers scale back environmental proposals as session ends

By Sharon Bernstein | 12 September 2015 California lawmakers on Friday were poised to end their legislative session with dramatically scaled back ambitions for combating climate change and fixing the […]

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

11 Sep 2015

U.S. court finds EPA was wrong to approve Dow pesticide harmful to bees

By Carey Gillam | 10 September 2015 A U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday that federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling […]

French cereal farmer Paul Francois leaves Lyon courthouse December 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Robert Pratta

10 Sep 2015

French court confirms Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning

By Catherine Lagrange and Sybille de La Hamaide | 10 September 2015 A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning […]

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

9 Sep 2015

U.S. regulators’ biofuels plan to cost at the pump: industry study

By Chris Prentice | 9 September 2015 The U.S. government’s proposal for biofuels use will hit consumers at the pump, according a study prepared for an oil group, just months […]

Men push a log out of the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

9 Sep 2015

African nations aim to brake surging trade in illegal timber

By Chris Arsenault | 9 September 2015 TORONTO, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Forest protection agencies in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Madagascar will step up joint efforts to […]

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

9 Sep 2015

No easy passage seen for California climate change bills

By Sharon Bernstein | 8 September 2015 California lawmakers negotiated frantically behind the scenes on Tuesday over the fate of several proposals to dramatically reduce the state’s use of fossil […]

A herd of a elephants gather at a water hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

8 Sep 2015

Zimbabwe bans some cattle movement over foot and mouth

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | 7 September 2015 Zimbabwe has banned the movement of cattle in the southern part of the country near the South African border after an outbreak of […]

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

8 Sep 2015

Greenland fines Greenpeace for drilling rig stunts

By Sabina Zawadzki | 7 September 2015 A Greenland court on Monday fined Greenpeace over $26,000 for disrupting oil drilling off the island’s coast, the latest chapter in the environmental […]

A reveller carrying an umbrella takes part in a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) pride parade to mark Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

4 Sep 2015

U.S. government to extend healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender people

By Caroline Humer | 3 September 2015 The U.S. government said on Thursday it will extend its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to […]

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

3 Sep 2015

European top court upholds EU ban on seal imports

By Julia Fioretti | 3 September 2015 A European Union ban on imports of seal products not derived from the traditional Inuit seal hunt is legal, the 28-nation bloc’s top […]

A view of a gas production plant is reflected in the roof of a car in 't Zand in Groningen February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

2 Sep 2015

Dutch court: gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners in quake zone

By Toby Sterling | 2 September 2015 A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that gas producer NAM must compensate homeowners for falls in the value of their properties due to […]

Freight trains are seen loaded with coal at a coal mine company in Huaibei, Anhui province, June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

1 Sep 2015

China passes new pollution law, sets sights on coal consumption cap

By David Stanway and Kathy Chen | 29 August 2015 Legislators have approved amendments to China’s 15-year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and […]

A sign is seen at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in San Francisco, California July 21, 2015.     REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

1 Sep 2015

Chipotle sued over GMO-free menu claims

By Lisa Baertlein | 31 August 2015 Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc’s new GMO-free menu claims have lured diners and boosted the burrito chain’s stock price, but it has some consumers crying […]

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

28 Aug 2015

Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

By Sharon Bernstein | 28 August 2015 The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where […]

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

28 Aug 2015

Californians cut water use 31 percent in July, beating target

By Rory Carroll | 27 August 2015 Drought-stricken California cut urban water use statewide by 31.3 percent during July, exceeding a government mandate to reduce consumption by 25 percent for […]

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

26 Aug 2015

NJ judge approves Exxon $225 million cleanup settlement

By Jonathan Stempel | 25 August 2015 Exxon Mobil Corp’s controversial $225 million settlement with New Jersey of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state […]

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

Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond

26 Aug 2015

U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops

By Carey Gillam | 26 August 2015 A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on […]

Chimneys of coal-fired power plant are seen next to residential houses in the night in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China,  January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

25 Aug 2015

China lawmakers discuss new pollution bill, coal cap clause expected

By David Stanway and Kathy Chen | 25 August 2015 Chinese legislators are considering a new air pollution law that could give the state new powers to punish negligent local […]

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

25 Aug 2015

Court orders Russia to pay compensation for Greenpeace ship seizure

By Anthony Deutsch | 25 August 2015 A court in the Netherlands has ordered Russia to pay compensation for seizing the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise during a protest against an […]

Patients depart from Lincoln Medical Center where a cooling tower has been tested and disinfected following a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx region, New York August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

19 Aug 2015

NYC mayor signs cooling tower rules into law after deadly outbreak

By Katie Reilly | 18 August 2015 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an unprecedented law regulating cooling towers throughout the city on Tuesday following an outbreak of […]

A heroin addict smokes heroin in Lamu November 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

17 Aug 2015

White House program to aim at combating rise in heroin deaths

By Peter Cooney | 17 August 2015 With a rise nationally in fatal heroin overdoses, the White House on Monday will announce a plan pairing law enforcement officials with public […]

General aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, in this file photo taken by Kyodo March 11, 2015.  Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo/Files

17 Aug 2015

Fukushima operator’s mounting legal woes to fuel nuclear opposition

By Kentaro Hamada | 17 August 2015 Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for […]

A sign on the side of power plant along Interstate 55 advertises the city's tourist attractions in Springfield, Illinois March 21, 2015. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

14 Aug 2015

Fifteen U.S. states seek to block EPA carbon rule

By Valerie Volcovici | 14 August 2015 Fifteen state attorneys general petitioned a federal court in Washington on Thursday to block new U.S. rules to curb carbon emissions from power […]

Japan's Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo September 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Yuya Shino

14 Aug 2015

Japan environment ministry to object to another coal-fired power plant: NHK

By Yuka Obayashi | 14 August 2015 Japan’s environment minister will submit to the country’s industrial ministry an objection over plans for a 1.07 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired plant to be […]

Packets of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles are seen on display at a grocery store in  Mumbai, India, June 3, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

13 Aug 2015

India court scraps Nestle noodle recall order, but demands tests

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee | 13 August 2015 An Indian court on Thursday ruled in favor of Nestle in its battle to overturn a nationwide ban of its Maggi instant noodles, […]

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

13 Aug 2015

Judge approves Exxon Mobil settlement over 2013 Arkansas spill

By Jonathan Stempel | 12 August 2015 A federal judge on Wednesday approved Exxon Mobil Corp’s $5.07 million settlement of charges that it violated the federal Clean Water Act and […]

Packets of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles are seen on display at a grocery store in Mumbai, India, June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

12 Aug 2015

India seeks $99 million in damages from Nestle after food scare

By Nivedita Bhattacharjee | 12 August 2015 The Indian government has filed a class action suit for 6.4 billion rupees ($99 million) against Nestle’s Indian unit on behalf of the […]

A tailings pond near the Syncrude tar sands operations near Fort McMurray, Alberta, September 17, 2014. Syncrude currently produces 350,000 barrels per day of high quality light, low sulphur crude oil according to company reports. Picture taken September 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA  - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)   - RTR47FS6

12 Aug 2015

Alberta issues environmental order after Syncrude Canada heron deaths

By Jeffrey Hodgson | 11 August 2015 Alberta’s energy regulator on Tuesday ordered Syncrude Canada to develop a wildlife mitigation plan and publish more information following the death of 30 […]

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

11 Aug 2015

Fishing bans imposed on drought-hit Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula

By Eric M. Johnson | 10 August 2015 U.S. authorities banned fishing from Monday in most rivers and streams within the Olympic National Park in western Washington state, citing ongoing […]

The U.S. Capitol Dome is seen behind the entrance to the U.S. Senate (R) on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 9, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

6 Aug 2015

U.S. lawmakers to demand full accounting on human trafficking report

By Alex Wilts and Matt Spetalnick | 04 August 2015 WASHINGTON, Senior U.S. lawmakers expressed concern on Tuesday about whether the State Department’s annual global report on human trafficking may […]

Workers help load steel bars onto a truck at warehouse of the Baifeng Iron and Steel Corporation in Tangshan in China's Hebei Province August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

6 Aug 2015

China’s steel city feels impact of pollution regulations

By David Stanway | 06 August 2015 Struggling from weak demand and facing new rules to clean up pollution, some firms in China’s top steel producing city have scaled back […]

Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota July 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Eric Miller

5 Aug 2015

Cecil the lion case charts new territory for U.S. wildlife law

By Ayesha Rascoe and Julia Edwards | 04 August 2015 A 115-year-old U.S. law aimed at preventing unlawful animal trafficking may be difficult to enforce in the case of an American hunter who killed […]

A man walks near giant globes on display outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, April 17, 2013. The exhibit, by non-profit group Cool Globes which aims to raise awareness of climate change, will be on display through the summer. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

22 Jul 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Are countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change?

Source: Ensia.com Written by Sophia V. Schweitzer, environmental science writer, author | 15 July 2015 On June 24, 2015, a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to act […]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon temple is seen with a brown lawn, which church officials have not watered because of the drought, in Los Angeles, California, United States May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

14 Jul 2015

Gold is the new brown as drought-hit California drops lawn fines

By Victoria Cavaliere | 14 July 2015 California residents who let their green lawns turn brown and brittle will no longer face the possibility of fines for an unkempt yard […]

E-cigarettes hang displayed in a tobacco shop in New York, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

10 Jul 2015

Exclusive: With feds slow to act, states target e-cigarette sales to minors

By Jilian Mincer | 10 July 2015 Frustrated by the slow pace of federal action, state attorneys general are waging their own campaigns against the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes […]

Cows are seen on a pastoral farm near Hamilton, New Zealand, Aug. 6, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Marple

7 Jul 2015

New Zealand raises emissions reduction target

By Gyles Beckford | 07 July 2015 New Zealand significantly raised its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target on Tuesday, but said it still wanted a climate change policy that was […]

Carved pieces of confiscated ivory are placed out to be crushed in New York's Times Square June 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

6 Jul 2015

U.S. pushes China on ivory trade, wildlife NGOs

By Megha Rajagopalan | 03 July 2015 A senior U.S. official told China on Friday that its legal imports of ivory act as a loophole for illegal traders, and that […]

Potential Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker speaks during the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell

2 Jul 2015

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads

By Brendan O’Brien  | 02 July 2015 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic […]

Gay rights supporters celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Bourg

26 Jun 2015

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage nationwide

By Lawrence Hurley | 26 June 2015 The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry in a historic triumph for the […]

A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

26 Jun 2015

California lawmakers vote to limit vaccine exemptions for school children

By Sharon Bernstein | 25 June 2015 California lawmakers voted on Thursday to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, an initiative prompted by […]

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

25 Jun 2015

U.S. Supreme Court upholds key Obamacare insurance subsidies

By Lawrence Hurley | 25 June 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory on Thursday by upholding tax subsidies crucial to his signature healthcare law, […]

A windmill owner hangs a Dutch flag at half-mast on his mill as a sign of respect for those killed in the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, just outside Volendam July 19, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence of "international crimes" from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that Kiev says militants shot down with a missile, killing nearly 300 people. .   REUTERS/David van Dam   (NETHERLANDS - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT DISASTER) - RTR3ZBSX

24 Jun 2015

Dutch government ordered to speed up greenhouse gas cuts

By Anthony Deutsch | 24 June 2015 A district court ordered the Dutch government on Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster than currently planned in a rare use of […]

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

22 Jun 2015

Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to raise smoking age to 21

By Curtis Skinner | 20 June 2015 Hawaii’s governor on Friday signed a bill raising the legal smoking age statewide to 21, the first U.S. state to do so. The […]

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

19 Jun 2015

EPA defends controversial biofuels program at Senate hearing

By Chris Prentice | 18 June 2015 The U.S. environmental regulator on Thursday defended its handling of the nation’s controversial renewable fuels program at a congressional hearing, the first since […]

A general view of Bulgaria's largest steelmaker Kremikovtzi near the capital Sofia, in this December 30, 2006 file photo. Ukraine's billionaire Konstantyn Zhevago is holding talks to buy a majority stake in Bulgaria's largest steelmaker Kremikovtzi, the plant's chief executive told state television on January 25, 2008.   REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/Files   (BULGARIA) - RTR1W9N0

18 Jun 2015

Belgium and Bulgaria in the EU dock over poor air quality

By Barbara Lewis | 18 June 2015 EU regulators are referring Belgium and Bulgaria to the bloc’s top court over the quality of their air, which poses a major risk […]

A general view of south Kivu countryside, October 31 2012. Eastern Congo has been mired in violence since the 1990s, as battles over ethnicity and resources saw neighbouring countries invade, armed groups spring up and the country's own army turning on the civilian population. A so-called "conflict-free tin initiative" seeking to revive the legal trade in minerals has been set up by UK based industry body ITRI, which is currently the only traceability programme operating in Rwanda, and Congo's more stable Katanga province. Now, with international backers including the U.S. and the Netherlands, a tagging project has been launched for the first time in the Kivus, the two Congolese provinces which have borne the brunt of the violence and have been the source of most of the region's conflict minerals. Picture taken October 31, 2012. To match story CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/MINING.Credit: REUTERS

17 Jun 2015

Film shows bravery of Rwandan women in first prosecution of rape as war crime

By Kieran Guilbert | 16 June 2015 LONDON, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The three women from rural Rwanda smile sweetly and laugh to themselves as they recall flying […]

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 Jun 2015

Pollution trial offers rare glimpse into a Chinese courtroom

By Alexandra Harney | 13 June 2015 Unless they have been accused of a crime, few foreigners ever see the inside of a courtroom in China. But on Friday a […]

A pumpjack brings oil to the surface  in the Monterey Shale, California, April 29, 2013.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

12 Jun 2015

U.S. fracking rules to face early legal test

By Kevin Drawbaugh and David Gregorio | 11 June 2015 Energy industry groups and states that oppose new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands are headed to court […]

A view of the shore of the Atlantic ocean at Orobiri village,days after Royal Dutch Shell's Bonga off-shore oil spill, in Nigeria's delta state December 31, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

11 Jun 2015

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Shell spill plans in Alaska

By Jonathan Stempel | 11 June 2015 A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency’s approval of two oil spill response plans […]

Smoke billows from chimneys of a steel plant on a hazy day in Hangzhou, China, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

10 Jun 2015

China issues draft environmental tax law

By Kathy Chen and David Stanway | 10 June 2015 China has issued a draft environment tax law which proposes targeting air, water, noise and solid waste pollution through levies […]

The Enbridge Tower is pictured on Jasper Avenue in Edmonton in this August 4, 2012 file photo.   REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber/Files

9 Jun 2015

U.S. says Enbridge to pay $4 million, restore area hit by 2010 oil spill

By Emily Stephenson | 09 June 2015 The United States on Monday filed a proposed settlement requiring Enbridge Inc to complete natural resource restoration projects and pay about $4 million […]

The price for regular unleaded gasoline is advertised at a BP station in Troy, Missouri January 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

8 Jun 2015

BP executive acquitted of lying about Gulf of Mexico oil spill

By Kathy Finn | 05 June 2015 A U.S. federal jury acquitted a former BP Plc executive on Friday of lying about how much oil spilled into the Gulf of […]

A tourist boat, decorated with green lights, travels on the Pearl River amid heavy haze in Guangzhou, Guangdong province March 3, 2014. 

Credit: Reuters/Alex Lee

8 Jun 2015

China turns focus to smoky ships, boats in fight against pollution

By Brenda Goh | 08 June 2015 China is considering regulating emissions from boats and ships, the environment ministry said on Monday, as it tries to clamp down on pollution. […]

A big eye tuna, caught in the South Pacific, is shown in a fish processing facility at Pier 45 on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California May 30, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

5 Jun 2015

U.S. appeals part of WTO ruling on dolphin-safe canned tuna labels

By Krista Hughes | 05 June 2015 The United States is appealing parts of a World Trade Organization ruling that found rules on dolphin-safe labels for canned tuna discriminated against […]

A woman holds a banner which reads, "Top women demand our rights. Law 1257 of 2008, criminal code of procedure. REUTERS/Joaquin Sarmiento

4 Jun 2015

Colombia approves femicide law to tackle violence against women

By Anastasia Moloney | 04 June 2015 BOGOTA, June 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Colombia is to impose tougher punishments on those who murder women and girls, as part of […]

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria strain is seen in a petri dish containing agar jelly for bacterial culture in a microbiological laboratory in Berlin March 1, 2008. MRSA is a drug-resistant "superbug", which can cause deadly infections.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)

4 Jun 2015

Justice Dept expands probe of scope makers linked to superbug outbreak

By Natalie Grover | 04 June 2015 The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed two more manufacturers of medical scopes linked to deadly so-called superbug outbreaks in recent weeks, USA […]

A runner jogs near the Bow River during an extreme cold weather snap in Calgary, Alberta January 18, 2012. Environment Canada has issued warnings for most of Alberta, with temperatures ranging between -40 degree Celsius and -50 degree Celsius with wind chill in parts of the province, shutting down some schools in the Calgary area. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SPORT)

3 Jun 2015

Canada’s Alberta pledges new climate regulations by month’s end

By Scott Haggett | 02 June 2015 Alberta, the Canadian province whose carbon-intensive oil sands are the largest source U.S. oil imports, said on Tuesday it would have new climate […]

A man smokes a cigarette outside an office building in Beijing, China, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

1 Jun 2015

China capital to roll out tough anti-smoking laws

By Megha Rajagopalan | 31 May 2015 Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport from Monday, part of unprecedented new curbs welcomed by anti-tobacco advocates, though […]

Steam rises from nearby oil refineries over the city just before dawn in Edmonton, Alberta in this file photo taken on December 8, 2009. REUTERS/Andy Clark

1 Jun 2015

U.S. biofuel rules seek compromise, but industries vow fight

By Chris Prentice | 29 May 2015 U.S. regulators on Friday unveiled much delayed biofuel targets that sought a middle ground for the nation’s contentious renewable fuels policy, but the […]

People walk past a Societe Generale bank branch during rush-hour in Paris, May 19, 2015.   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

28 May 2015

U.S. reaches deals with four more banks under Swiss program

By Karen Freifeld | 28 May 2015 Four more Swiss banks have cut deals with the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid possible prosecution for helping Americans evade taxes, the […]

A colony of Italian worker bees congregate outside their hive while pollinating a blueberry field near Columbia Falls, Maine June 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

28 May 2015

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

By Carey Gillam | 28 May 2015 U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food […]

The receding water line of Lake Hodges is seen in San Diego County January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake

27 May 2015

Obama administration issues new rules to protect water

By Valerie Volcovici | 27 May 2015 The Obama administration on Wednesday issued new rules to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would […]

A bottle of water is pictured in New York March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES) - RTR4T0YR

22 May 2015

New York’s Westchester County settles U.S. water safety lawsuit, pays record fine

By Jonathan Stempel | 21 May 2015 New York’s Westchester County will spend roughly $12 million to settle a federal government lawsuit alleging that its failure to properly treat drinking […]

Shell's company logo is pictured at a gas station in Zurich April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

22 May 2015

Washington state judge denies Shell appeal on rail project review

By Kristen Hays | 22 May 2015 A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell’s appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must […]

A shopper pushes his shopping trolley down an aisle at a supermarket in Nice southern France, February 26, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

22 May 2015

Large French supermarkets face ban on throwing away food

By Emile Picy | 22 May 2015 France is cracking down on food waste with legislation banning big supermarkets from destroying unsold but edible food on pain of fines and […]

A fracking operation is seen outside Williston, North Dakota, October 19, 2012. Thousands of people have flooded into North Dakota to work in state's oil drilling boom. Picture taken October 19, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

21 May 2015

Judge blocks North Carolina from issuing fracking permits

By Marti Maguire | 20 May 2015 A North Carolina commission tasked with issuing the state’s first permits for hydraulic fracturing must put its work on pause until a lawsuit […]

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

18 May 2015

German ministry softens CO2 emission demands for power plants

By Markus Wacket | 18 May 2015 Germany plans to force coal-fired power plant operators to reduce their CO2 emissions by 2020 by less than previously planned, according to an […]

Water is seen draining into the Dan River from a coal ash pond at the site of the Duke Energy coal-fired power plant in Eden, North Carolina February 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Chris Keane

15 May 2015

Duke Energy pleads guilty to environmental crimes in North Carolina

By Marti Maguire | 15 May 2015 Duke Energy Corp pleaded guilty on Thursday to environmental crimes over a North Carolina power plant’s coal ash spill into a river and […]

File photo of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New Jersey March 9, 2009. Merck & Co Inc's quarterly results released  February 1, 2013 beat estimates, helped by strong sales of its Januvia diabetes drug and Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer, but the company forecast 2013 profit at the low end of expectations.Credit: REUTERS

15 May 2015

India’s Supreme Court bars Glenmark from selling copies of Merck diabetes drugs: sources

By Zeba Siddiqui and Nivedita Bhattacharjee | 15 May 2015 India’s Supreme Court has blocked Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd from selling copies of U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc’s diabetes drugs […]

Smoke from the wreckage of several oil tanker cars that derailed in a field near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota May 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

15 May 2015

U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules

By Ayesha Rascoe | 14 May 2015 Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are […]

Iraqi National Guardsmen prepare to raise their country's flag above U.S. Army troops of the 1st Cavalry division's 2nd Battalion during a dawn ceremony, in which the Stars and Stripes (R) was lowered to half mast, at a base in south eastern Baghdad June 29, 2004. [The United States handed over sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on Monday, formally ending a 14-month occupation two days earlier than expected to try to forestall guerrilla attacks.] - RTXMPMV

15 May 2015

Court vacates $85 million award for Oregon National Guardsmen in Iraq health case

By Shelby Sebens | 15 May 2015 The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned on Thursday a jury verdict awarding $85 million to 12 Army National Guardsmen who accused […]

People stand near a CVS store in New York February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

14 May 2015

CVS pays $22 million to resolve Florida painkiller probe

By Jonathan Stempel | 13 May 2015 CVS Health Corp, the second-largest U.S. drugstore operator, will pay $22 million to resolve a federal probe into whether two of its pharmacies […]

File photo of protesters carrying signs during an abortion rights march that originated at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Stone

14 May 2015

U.S. House votes to ban most abortions after 20 weeks

By Peter Cooney | 14 May 2015 The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, a measure strongly opposed by […]

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

13 May 2015

EU diplomats approve proposal to start CO2 market reform in 2019

By Barbara Lewis | 13 May 2015 European Union diplomats have approved a proposal to begin reforms of the bloc’s carbon market in 2019, Latvia, the holder of the EU […]

The logo for HBO,Home Box Office, the American premium cable television network, owned by Time Warner, is pictured during the HBO presentation at the Cable portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

11 May 2015

U.S. jury clears HBO of libel in India child labor story

By Tom Brown | 09 May 2015 A U.S. jury cleared HBO of libel claims on Friday in a lawsuit brought against the Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) subsidiary by a […]

Pump jacks and pipes are seen on an oil field near Bakersfield on a foggy day, California January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

8 May 2015

California environmentalists sue over oil industry water practices

By Rory Carroll | 08 May 2015 California environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to halt oil industry injections of drilling wastewater into nearly 500 wells, a […]

A woman wears a mask as she walks along a street in front of a Chinese temple during a hazy day in Wuhan, Hubei province June 11, 2012. China's carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought, a new analysis of official Chinese data showed on Sunday, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted.Credit: REUTERS

7 May 2015

Non-automotive diesel in China to meet new quality standards in 2018

By Adam Rose and Judy Hua | 07 May 2015 (Reuters) – Diesel used outside the automotive sector will have meet the “National V” fuel quality standards by January 2018, […]

An aerial view of Anglo American's Los Bronces copper mine at Los Andes Mountain range, near Santiago city, November 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

6 May 2015

Anglo’s Los Bronces fined $6.2 million for Chile environmental breaches

By Rosalba O’Brien and Anthony Esposito | 05 May 2015 (Reuters) – Anglo American PLC’s Los Bronces copper mine has been slapped with a 3.8 billion pesos ($6.24 million) fine […]

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

5 May 2015

EPA cites Plains’ California oil train terminal for violations

By Rory Carroll | 05 May 2015 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has cited Plains All American Pipeline LP’s Bakersfield crude by rail terminal with a series […]

File photo of rigs contracted by Apache Corp drill for crude oil locked tight in shale in west Texas’ Permian Basin near the town of Mertzon, Texas October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Terry Wade

5 May 2015

Bill gutting fracking bans advances in Texas

By Anna Driver | 04 May 2015 (Reuters) – A bill giving Texas the sole right to regulate the oil and gas industry and take away the power of municipalities […]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) logo at the lobby of its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

30 Apr 2015

FDA could approve drugs for new uses on less data: draft law

By Toni Clarke | 29 April 2015 (Reuters) – Draft U.S. legislation released on Wednesday could make it easier for drug companies to win Food and Drug Administration approval of […]

The financial district of Pudong is seen on a hazy day in Shanghai January 21, 2013. Beijing is to unveil unprecedented new rules governing how China's capital reacts to hazardous air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, as deteriorating air quality threatens to become a rallying point for wider political dissatisfaction. REUTERS/Aly Song

29 Apr 2015

JV of McDonald’s fries supplier fined in China for water pollution: Xinhua

By Sue-Lin Wong | 29 April 2015 (Reuters) – A Chinese joint venture of U.S.-based J.R. Simplot, which supplies frozen french fries to McDonald’s Corp, was fined 3.92 million yuan […]

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

28 Apr 2015

Thailand makes second big ivory bust in two weeks

By Jutarat Skulpichetrat | 27 April 2015 (Reuters) – Thai customs officials on Monday announced their second big seizure of African ivory in two weeks, amounting to around three tonnes […]

A participant wears a rainbow tie during the annual Pride March on Christopher Street in the Manhattan borough of New York June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

27 Apr 2015

Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

Joan Biskupic | 26 April 2015 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in […]

A pedestrian snaps a photograph while reflected in a rain puddle along The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California April 7, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

24 Apr 2015

Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought

By Sharon Bernstein | 24 April 2015 (Reuters) – Californians who let their lawns go brown to save water during the state’s prolonged drought would no longer face fines from […]

Burned gas separated from methane hydrate gas is seen on the deep-sea drilling vessel "Chikyu" in the Pacific, off Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in this handout photo taken and released by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) March 12, 2013. JOGMEC said on Tuesday it extracted gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits for the first time in the world, as part of an attempt to achieve commercial production within six years. Since 2001, Japan, which imports nearly all of its energy needs, has invested several hundred million dollars in developing technology to tap methane hydrate reserves off its coast that are estimated to be equal to about 11 years of gas consumption. Mandatory Credit.Credit: REUTERS

22 Apr 2015

Japan court rejects request to halt restart of Kyushu Electric’s Sendai reactors

By Kentaro Hamada | 22 April 2015 (Reuters) – A Japanese court rejected a lawsuit to halt the restart of Kyushu Electric Power’s Sendai nuclear station, plaintiffs said on Wednesday, […]

A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

22 Apr 2015

California lawmaker plans to revive bill tightening vaccination rules

By Sharon Bernstein | 22 April 2015 (Reuters) – The author of a California bill to require school children to be vaccinated for such diseases as polio and measles regardless […]

A drought sign is seen in a field near Buttonwillow, California April 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

21 Apr 2015

California court rejects city’s tiered water rates

By Curtis Skinner | 21 April 2015 (Reuters) – A state appeals court ruled on Monday that a southern California city’s tiered water rates, developed in an effort to combat […]

A sign advertising gas prices is seen at a Chevron station in Los Angeles, California March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

21 Apr 2015

U.S. court hears Chevron’s fraud claims in $9.5 billion Ecuador dispute

By Nate Raymond | 20 April 2015 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to uphold a ruling finding that an American lawyer used corrupt means […]

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

20 Apr 2015

Costs for Germany’s nuclear exit could rise to $75 billion

By Michael Nienaber, Markus Wacket, Vera Eckert and Chris Steitz | 20 April 2015 (Reuters) – The bill for shutting down Germany’s nuclear power plants and building a safe disposal […]

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

16 Apr 2015

China to ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries

By Kathy Chen, Dominique Patton | 16 April 2015 (Reuters) – China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from his office after party policy lunch meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington April 14, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

15 Apr 2015

Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay

By Susan Cornwell | 15 April 2015 (Reuters) – Congress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in […]

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

14 Apr 2015

Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector

By Kentaro Hamada | 14 April 2015 (Reuters) – A Japanese court on Tuesday issued an injunction to prevent the restart of two reactors citing safety concerns, in a blow […]

A Jamaican child plays at Hellshire beach in Kingston, September 10, 2004. Drenching rains and high winds lashed Jamaica Friday as Hurricane Ivan roared closer, after ravaging Grenada and killing 27 people on a track that could make it the third big storm to hit Florida in a month. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

14 Apr 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Ensuring land rights

14 April 2015 As part of a recent World Bank gathering on land rights, Mrs. Elizabeth Stair, Chief Executive Officer of the National Land Agency of Jamaica, joined us for […]

The BHP Billiton Mt Whaleback iron ore mine, in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, is seen in this file aerial handout photograph obtained on February 10, 2010. Mining and petroleum company BHP Billiton is set to report a rise in quarterly output from its petroleum division after producing more gas in the United States in response to higher prices. BHP will release March quarter production data on April 17, 2013.Credit: REUTERS

10 Apr 2015

UPDATE 1-Australia chases BHP, Rio Tinto on Singapore tax shelter – AFR

By Sonali Paul; Additional reporting by Rachel Armstrong in SINGAPORE | 07 April 2015   * Australia pursuing multibillion-dollar claims on BHP, Rio -AFR * Singapore marketing hubs save the […]

Ships sail on the Yangtze River near Badong, 100km (62 miles) from the Three Gorges dam in Hubei province, August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

9 Apr 2015

China’s environment ministry blocks hydro project

By David Stanway | 09 April 2015 (Reuters) – China’s environment ministry has refused approval for a hydropower dam on an ecologically vulnerable river already damaged by construction, a rare […]

Six-year-old Diego Sanson receives an influenza vaccine injection at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts January 10, 2013.    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

9 Apr 2015

California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead

By Curtis Skinner | 09 April 2015 (Reuters) – California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let […]

A pedestrian snaps a photograph while reflected in a rain puddle along The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California April 7, 2015. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

8 Apr 2015

Sanctions, higher costs considered under California drought plan

By Sharon Bernstein | 08 April 2015 (Reuters) – California’s cities and towns would be required to cut their water usage by up to 35 percent or face steep fines […]

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the media on the Heil Family Farm, a wind farm, in Haverhill, Iowa, August 14, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

7 Apr 2015

Obama asks Congress to widen Arctic refuge protections

By Timothy Gardner | 03 April 2015 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday finalized its recommendation to expand protected areas of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, calling on Congress […]

Members of a group of Maltese mountaineers, training for a charity climb up Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, reach the summit of Sicily's Mount Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe, as toxic sulphur fumes spew all around them October 16, 2005. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

2 Apr 2015

Tanzania steps up efforts to manage surge in disasters

By Kizito Makoye | 02 April 2015 DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In the face of a growing threat from extreme weather, Tanzania’s parliament has adopted a […]

A boat paddle is shown on the bottom of the nearly dry Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, California January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

2 Apr 2015

California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought

By Sharon Bernstein | 01 April 2015 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday […]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, April 1, 2015.    REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

1 Apr 2015

Germany sets very high bar for fracking

By Caroline Copley | 01 April 2015 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique […]

The financial district of Pudong is seen on a hazy day in Shanghai January 21, 2013. Beijing is to unveil unprecedented new rules governing how China's capital reacts to hazardous air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, as deteriorating air quality threatens to become a rallying point for wider political dissatisfaction. REUTERS/Aly Song

27 Mar 2015

ChemChina plants fined over emissions violations: Xinhua

By Beijing newsroom | 27 March 2015 (Reuters) – Two small refineries under state-run China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) have been fined by the environmental watchdog for emissions violations and […]

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

26 Mar 2015

Indonesia defends deforestation for palm oil on economic grounds

By Stella Dawson | 25 March 2015 WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Clearing forests for palm oil plantations is a “technical” matter that should not get tied up with trade […]

The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia in this May 18, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

25 Mar 2015

Obama mercury air pollution rule faces test at U.S. top court

By Lawrence Hurley | 24 March 2015 (Reuters) – The latest legal test of President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider […]

A traffic sign is seen near Barrick Gold Corp.'s Veladero gold mine, on the Argentine side of the border district between Chile's Huasco province and Argentina's San Juan province, a few kilometers from the site for the Pascua Lama gold project, some 834 km (518 miles) northeast of Santiago, Chile, February 28, 2007. The peaks of the Andes mountains at Pascua Lama are desolate at more than 5,000 meters, especially in the summer when only scattered icefields decorate otherwise barren slopes of dull red, grey and yellow. But under the ground at this spot between Chile and Argentina there is a treasure trove of at least 17 million ounces of gold that at today's prices would have a value of some $11 billion. The sign reads, "Warning - Working Machines" Picture taken February 28, 2007. REUTERS/Pav Jordan (CHILE) - RTR1N18Z

24 Mar 2015

Chile environmental court rules Barrick project did not harm glaciers

By Nicole Mordant | 23 March 2015 (Reuters) – Chile’s Environmental Court ruled on Monday that Barrick Gold Corp’s halted Pascua-Lama gold and silver project has not damaged glaciers within […]

Labourers plant seedlings at the constructed wetland in Majeed Kerio village in Pakistan's Sindh province. ALERTNET/Saleem Shaikh

23 Mar 2015

Given new powers, Pakistanis take on illegal loggers

By Aamir Saeed | 23 March 2015 ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For decades, illegal loggers have been hacking away at the forests of Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan while facing […]

The Exxon corporate logo is pictured at a gas station in Arlington, Virginia January 31, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

19 Mar 2015

New Jersey environmental bills move ahead with Exxon deal pending

By Hilary Russ | 19 March 2015 (Reuters) – A New Jersey bill that calls for more money from environmental settlements to fund cleanups moved to the full state Assembly […]

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington, August 29, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

18 Mar 2015

White House knocks ‘divisive rhetoric’ against Arabs in Israeli election

By Roberta Rampton | 18 March 2015  AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – The White House said on Wednesday that it was deeply concerned by the use of “divisive rhetoric” in the […]

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

18 Mar 2015

House Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank in budget plan

By Sarah N. Lynch | 17 March 2015 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers took aim at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would gut regulators’ authority […]

A man stands on a hill during sunset in Vina del Mar city ,about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Santiago, August 11, 2007.    REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez  (CHILE)

17 Mar 2015

Chilean court orders 2nd copper warehouse to suspend operations

By Anthony Esposito | 16 March 2015 (Reuters) – A Chilean court has ordered port operator Antofagasta Terminal Internacional to temporarily suspend operations at a second copper stockpiling warehouse after high […]

A protester waving a bible walks past in the background as two women named Donna and Tina get married in a park outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, February 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

17 Mar 2015

Alabama federal judge declines to lift gay marriage order

By Curtis Skinner (Reuters) – The battle over gay marriage in Alabama heightened on Monday when a federal judge refused to stay her order to a county judge that he start […]

Reporters raise hands during China's Premier Li Keqiang's annual news conference following the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC), or Parliament, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

16 Mar 2015

China has plenty of room to maneuver policy: Premier Li

By Jason Subler | 15 March 2015 (Reuters) – China has a lot of room to maneuver its policy and boost its economy having avoided using strong, short-term stimulus in […]

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

16 Mar 2015

U.S. appeals ruling on size of BP oil spill

By Bill Trott | 14 March 2015 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is appealing a federal court ruling that reduced the potential penalty BP Plc must pay for the 2010 […]

A flag flies above the head office of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh, Scotland September 11, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

13 Mar 2015

Nomura, RBS face U.S. mortgage trial; $1 billion damages at stake

By Nate Raymond | 13 March 2015 (Reuters) – A U.S. housing regulator is set to take two of the world’s biggest banks to trial on Monday to try and […]

The Statue of Justice, depicted as a women with a sword in one hand and scale in her other, is seen on top of the London Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey in London August 12, 2005. Britain may reform laws to ensure efforts to deport foreign nationals deemed a threat to national security, are not blocked by judges over human rights concerns. UNICS REUTERS/Russell Boyce

10 Mar 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Investors tell companies: “No excuses on human rights reporting”

By Lauren Compere, Managing Director at Boston Common Asset Management | 10 March 2015 Human rights reporting is easier said than done. There can be no one-size-fits all approach as […]

A fracking operation is seen outside Williston, North Dakota, October 19, 2012. Thousands of people have flooded into North Dakota to work in state's oil drilling boom. Picture taken October 19, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

10 Mar 2015

German gas industry urges decision on fracking rules

By Caroline Copley | 09 March 2015 (Reuters) – Germany’s oil and gas industry urged the government on Monday to ensure that new gas fracking rules will support future domestic […]

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

6 Mar 2015

Chinese city shuts factories as environmental law bites

By Ruby Lian and Polly Yam | 06 March 2015 (Reuters) – An industrial city in eastern Chinahas closed several factories, including many steel and nickel pig iron producers, in […]

The Exxon corporate logo is pictured at a gas station in Arlington, Virginia in this January 31, 2012 file photo. Exxon Mobil Corp plans to build a multi-billion dollar chemical plant in Texas to take advantage of cheap North American shale gas, according to a U.S. environmental filing seen by Reuters.Credit: REUTERS

5 Mar 2015

New Jersey Governor Christie’s office drove favorable Exxon settlement: NYT

By Ismail Shakil | 05 March 2015 (Reuters) – New Jersey’s long legal battle to recover $8.9 billion from Exxon Mobil Corp for environmental damage ended when Governor Chris Christie’s […]

A van drives clockwise along the M25, as anti-clockwise traffic is at a standstill after heavy rain and road works caused a 20 mile jam on London's orbital motorway, November 14, 2014.   REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

2 Mar 2015

UK government rejects calls for higher diesel tax to cut pollution

By Nina Chestney | 1 March 2015 (Reuters) – The British government rejected calls on Sunday to raise taxes on diesel vehicles to reduce air pollution but said it will […]

People enter and leave Riyadh's general court October 20, 2008. A Saudi court began formal legal proceedings on Monday against around 70 militant suspects ahead of the first trials of al Qaeda sympathisers who waged a campaign of violence in the U.S.-allied monarchy.      REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed (SAUDI ARABIA) - RTX9QIH

26 Feb 2015

Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith

By Angus McDowall | Feb 24, 2015 RIYADH (Reuters) – An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily […]

Cooling towers and smoke stacks are seen at the coal powered Pocerady power station near Louny November 24, 2009. Czech Republic is heavily dependent on coal-burning power station.    REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)

26 Feb 2015

Czech tax on carbon permits incompatible with EU law: court

By Jan Lopatka | 26 February 2015 (Reuters) – A Czech tax imposed in 2011 and 2012 on carbon emission allowances granted to companies for free breached a European Union […]

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

25 Feb 2015

EU lawmakers back new limit for food-based biofuel

BY Barbara Lewis | 24 February 2015 (Reuters) – A European Parliamentary committee on Tuesday backed a new limit on traditional biofuels made from food crops that critics say stoke […]

Barclay's specialist trader Frank Masiello (R) works at the post that trades Duke Energy on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in this file photo taken July 10, 2012.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

23 Feb 2015

Duke Energy fined over $100 million for environmental violations

By Anupam Chatterjee | 21 February 2015 (Reuters) – Duke Energy Corp has agreed to pay a fine of about $102 million for environmental violations related to a power plant’s […]

A scientist points to a patch of genetically modified (GM) rapeseed crop under trial in New Delhi February 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

23 Feb 2015

Modi bets on GM crops for India’s second green revolution

By Krishna N. Das and Mayank Bhardwaj | 23rd February 2015 (Reuters) – On a fenced plot not far from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home, a field of mustard […]

A BP logo is seen on a petrol station in London November 2, 2010. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

20 Feb 2015

BP loses bid to cut maximum $13.7 billion Gulf spill fine

By Jonathan Stempel | 19th February 2015 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected BP Plc’s (BP.L) attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its […]

A view of the kitchen and living room in one of the world's narrowest buildings in Warsaw October 22, 2012. A building just 92 cm (36 inches) wide as its narrowest point was opened in Warsaw on October 20 as an artistic installation that will be a home from home for Israeli writer Edgar Keret. Keret, who told news channel TVN24 he would live there when he visits Warsaw twice a year, said he conceived the project as a kind of memorial to his parents' family who died in the World War Two Holocaust. Picture taken October 22, 2012. To match story POLAND-NARROW.Credit: REUTERS

19 Feb 2015

EU introduces new rules to make cooking greener

By Barbara Lewis | 18 February 2015 (Reuters) – The sale of energy wasting ovens and cooking hobs will be banned across the European Union after the latest set of […]

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

19 Feb 2015

Indiana House panel advances measure to add solar power fees

By Tracy Rucinski | 19 Frebruary 2015 (Reuters) – Indiana utilities are pressing state lawmakers to let them charge a monthly fee to customers who sell excess power from solar […]

Residents ride bicycles along a street amid heavy haze in Xingtai, Hebei province November 3, 2013. Dense smog has periodically shrouded major cities in north and northeast China in recent years, raising increasing public discontent, Xinhua

16 Feb 2015

In China, a fight to save a forest tests toughened environment law

By Sui-Lee Wee | 12 February 2015 (Reuters) – A lawsuit filed against four Chinese mining executives accused of destroying a stretch of forest is shaping up as a test […]

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

5 Feb 2015

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The seven sins of unsustainable supply chains

By Dexter Galvin, head of CDP’s supply chain program | 5 February 2015 Snowstorms, droughts, flooding and renewed political focus are just some of the factors propelling climate change from […]

A view shows the Standard & Poor's building in New York's financial district February 5, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

4 Feb 2015

S&P reaches $1.5 billion deal with U.S., states over crisis-era ratings

By Aruna Viswanatha and Karen Freifeld | 3 February 2015 (Reuters) – Credit rating firm Standard & Poor’s will pay $1.5 billion to resolve a collection of lawsuits over its […]

Raja, an eight-year-old rescued Royal Bengal Tiger, rests inside South Kahayar Bari tiger rescue centre at Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, about 160 km (99 miles) north of the eastern Indian city of Siliguri February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

21 Jan 2015

Tiger, tiger burning bright in Indian habitat

(Reuters) – India’s tiger population has increased by nearly a third to 2,226, a government survey showed on Tuesday, boosting conservation efforts in the country with the biggest population of […]

The front of the U.S. Supreme Court which reads 'Equal Justice Under Law' is seen in Washington July 19, 2005. UNICS REUTERS/Larry Downing

13 Jan 2015

Supreme Court declines to hear appeals in California water dispute

By Lawrence Hurley | 12 January 2015 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by California growers and local water management agencies to federal guidelines that […]

A statue of the figure of 'Justice' is seen above the Old Bailey court in London

13 Jan 2015

New Jersey man sentenced for trafficking rare narwhal tusks

By Dave Sherwood | 12 January 2015 (Reuters) – A New Jersey man convicted of illegally trafficking the spear-like tusks of the narwhal, a protected species of arctic whale nicknamed […]

Crews conduct overflights of controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico, in this file handout photograph taken on May 19, 2010. Transocean Ltd has agreed on January 3, 2012, to pay $1.4 billion to settle U.S. government charges arising from BP Plc's massive 2010 Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Switzerland-based Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling a mile-deep well when a surge of methane gas sparked an explosion on April 20, 2010.Credit: Reuters

10 Jan 2015

BP, Anadarko fail to win new review of Gulf spill fines

By Jonathan Stempel | 9 January 2015 (Reuters) – BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp narrowly failed to persuade a U.S appeals court to reconsider its 2014 ruling that they […]

Delegates talk during a break at a plenary session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 20 in Lima December 12, 2014. About 190 nations were at a crossroads about how boldly to combat global warming on the final day of United Nations talks in Lima on Friday amid fears that low ambition could undermine a U.N. climate summit in Paris next year. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS) - RTR4HTVZ

14 Dec 2014

U.N. talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

By Alister Doyle and Valerie Volcovici | 14 December 2014 (Reuters) – About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to […]

A sign for the SEC is pictured in the foyer of the Fort Worth Regional Office in Fort Worth

13 Dec 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Corporate sustainability reporting, where the world is today

By Shari H. Littan, editor/author for Thomson Reuters GAAP-Reporter, available on Checkpoint | 12 December 2014 Today, many investors that seek traditional financial data also want information on environmental, social, […]

Labour lawyer Duan Yi (C), who is representing one of the defendants, speaks to the media outside a court in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in this April 15, 2014 file picture.  REUTERS/John Ruwitch/Files

7 Dec 2014

Labor movement ‘concertmaster’ tests Beijing’s boundaries

By John Ruwitch | 6 December 2014 (Reuters) – When local officials warned striking shoe factory workers in China’s Pearl River Delta this summer that they were breaking the law, […]

Pope Francis lays wreaths at the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara November 28, 2014. Pope Francis begins a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

28 Nov 2014

Pope urges solidarity to stop aggressors in Syria and Iraq

By Philip Pullella and Tulay Karadeniz | 28 November 2014 (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for an end to all forms of fundamentalism on Friday and said fighting hunger and […]

The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia May 18, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith

25 Nov 2014

Supreme court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley | 25 November 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration […]

Credit: Reuters/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jared M. King/Handout

16 Nov 2014

Hollande raises spectre of war over climate change

(Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said failure to address global warming could lead to war, and called on G20 countries to act ahead of a climate change conference in […]

Women carrying black plastic bags cross an intersection in the downtown market in Port-au-Prince. REUTERS/Swoan Parker

14 Nov 2014

Incoming G20 leader Turkey says group must be more inclusive

By Jane Wardell | 13 November 2014 Nov 14 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday called for a more inclusive Group of 20 forum, saying it would […]

The outside of the New York Stock Exchange is seen in New York May 13, 2011. NYSE shareholders are scheduled to vote on the Deutsche Boerse deal on July 7 under a timeline that NYSE says is designed to comply with German law on mergers and acquisitions.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

13 Nov 2014

Integrated Reporting: The Goal of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

By Shari Helaine Littan | 13 November 2014 The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board organized in 2011 with the specific goal of getting sustainability data directly into the hands of U.S. […]

A tourist boat, decorated with green lights, travels on the Pearl River amid heavy haze in Guangzhou, Guangdong province March 3, 2014. 

Credit: Reuters/Alex Lee

12 Nov 2014

China-US climate pact ‘heartening’ but short of what’s needed: IPCC

By Alister Doyle | 12 November 2014 (Reuters) – A deal between China and the United States to combat global warming is “heartening” although it falls short of the action […]

The PotashCorp Cory Mine facility is pictured near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 10, 2013. REUTERS/David Stobbe

7 Nov 2014

Canada’s Potash to spend over $53 million in US Clean Air Act case

By Jonathan Stempel and Rod Nickel | 6 November 2014 (Reuters) – Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc agreed to spend more than $52 million on plant improvements and pay a […]

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

5 Nov 2014

Texas town passes ban on fracking in its birthplace

By Marice Richter | 5 November 2014 (Reuters) – Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the North Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city […]

Land cleared for a palm oil plantation is seen in Malen chiefdom in Pujehun district in southern Sierra Leone on October 27, 2011. REUTERS/Simon Akam

4 Nov 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: How did palm oil become such a problem?

How did palm oil become such a problem — and what can we do about it?  Production of this ubiquitous ingredient is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but […]

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

31 Oct 2014

China and Russia thwart plan for Antarctic ocean sanctuary

By Morag MacKinnon | 31 October 2014 PERTH Australia – China and Russia have thwarted an international attempt to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica as both nations […]

U.S. President Obama talks to the media on the Heil Family Farm in Haverhill; REUTERS/Larry Downing

30 Oct 2014

Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election

By Andy Sullivan | 29 October 2014 Related Video (Reuters) – Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. Now he’s talking about abortion […]

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

28 Oct 2014

UK energy minister sees rapid reform of EU carbon market

* Davey says EU should speed through 2030 legislation * EU deal last week was “highest common denominator” * EU 2030 deal aims to spur on global agreement By Barbara […]

Cars back up in rush hour traffic as they approach the Place de la Concorde in Paris as pollution levels in the city reach a high level after several days of unusually warm weather April 19, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

23 Oct 2014

EU set to allow car emissions into carbon trading market

By Julia Fioretti | 23 October 2014 (Reuters) – The European Union is set to make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move […]

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, where the U.S. suffered its most serious nuclear accident in 1979, is seen across the Susquehanna River in Middletown, Pennsylvania in this night view taken March 15, 2011. U.S. regulators should press ahead with approving construction licenses for new nuclear power plants despite Japan's nuclear crisis, President Barack Obama's top energy official Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

21 Oct 2014

Why the U.S. is spending $1 trillion on nukes

Data Dive By Michael Corones | 21 October 2014 Here’s a fun post to take your mind off Ebola and Washington’s myriad foreign policy problems. A mere five years ago, […]

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

10 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: It’s time to talk about the price of water

By Cynthia Barnett  | Source: Ensia October 6, 2014 — This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the […]

The U.S. Supreme Court building seen in Washington May 20, 2009. President Barack Obama has been weighing a short list of mostly women for a seat on the nine-member high court that decides such issues as abortion and the death penalty as well as business and property
rights cases. The court's members are appointed for life but
require Senate confirmation.   REUTERS/Molly Riley  (UNITED STATES POLITICS)

6 Oct 2014

U.S. top court rejects challenge to ozone regulations

BY LAWRENCE HURLEY | 6 October 2014 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an industry challenge to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations issued by Republican former President George […]

A rhino is kept in an enclosure at the Kruger national park in Mpumalanga province August 26, 2014.
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

6 Oct 2014

South Africa’s Kruger Park invites bids for rhinos

By Ed Stoddard | 6 October 2014 Reuters) – South Africa’s Kruger National Park is inviting bids for rhinos under a plan to move 500 of the animals to safety […]

Orphaned baby elephants play in the mud at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nursery within Nairobi National Park, near Kenya's capital Nairobi April 21, 2013. The orphanage cares for baby elephants and sometimes baby rhino which have been orphaned by poachers, or lost or abandoned for natural reasons. The orphaned elephants raised by the Trust are returned to join the elephant population in Tsavo National Park when they mature between eight to ten years old.Credit: REUTERS

4 Oct 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: The world stands united against the illegal trade in wildlife

By Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director | 4 October 2014 Elephants are intelligent and compassionate creatures, whose capacity for joy is only matched by that for grief. […]

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

3 Oct 2014

European Commission cuts deep sea fishing quotas for next two years

By Julia Fioretti | 3 October 2014 (Reuters) – The European Commission proposed on Friday an overall cut in quotas for deep sea fishing in the northeast Atlantic for the […]

Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters after thousands of demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong

29 Sep 2014

Hong Kong democracy protesters defy tear gas, baton charge in historic standoff

By James Pomfret and Yimou Lee | 28 September 2014 (Reuters) – Riot police advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters in the early hours of Monday, firing volleys of tear […]

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

28 Sep 2014

China embraces carbon pricing and UN takes a shine to plan

By Valerie Volcovici | 26 September 2014 (Reuters) – Millions of visitors and residents could hardly miss the message projected on the side of the world famous United Nations building […]

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

25 Sep 2014

Obama to designate world’s largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific

24 September 2014 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday will designate the largest marine sanctuary in the world in an area of the Pacific Ocean that will be off-limits […]

Activists hold a banner as they lead a march of tens of thousands down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March through Midtown, New York

25 Sep 2014

U.N. climate summit falls short for marchers, world’s poorest

By Megan Rowling | 24 September 2014 BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Leaders at the U.N. climate summit in New York made too few commitments on curbing climate change to […]

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

16 Sep 2014

Germany unveils Europe’s biggest battery plant

By Helen Cahill | 16 September 2014 (Reuters) – Germany switched on Europe’s largest commercial battery plant on Tuesday, an installation powered by 25,600 lithium-ion batteries that will help stabilize […]

Newly appointed U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordan's Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein speaks at the Human Rights Council at the United Nations Europeans headquarters in Geneva September 8, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Pierre ALBOUY

9 Sep 2014

New U.N. rights boss warns of ‘house of blood’ in Iraq, Syria

By Stephanie Nebehay | 8 September 2014 (Reuters) – The new U.N. human rights chief urged world powers on Monday to protect women and minorities targeted by Islamic State militants […]

A rhino is kept in an enclosure at the Kruger national park in Mpumalanga province August 26, 2014.
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

7 Sep 2014

South Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachers

By Peroshni Govender | 5 September 2014 (Reuters) – Rhino poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being piloted […]

Blue Whales are seen in this undated handout photo courtesy of NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service. REUTERS/NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service/Handout

7 Sep 2014

California blue whales, once nearly extinct, back at historical levels

By Dan Whitcomb | 5 September 2014 (Reuters) – California blue whales, the largest animals on Earth once driven to near extinction by whaling, have made a remarkable comeback to […]

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

7 Sep 2014

BP ruling raises liability stakes for high-risk industries

By Mica Rosenberg | 5 September 2014 (Reuters) – A U.S. court ruling that dramatically ramped up BP Plc’s potential penalties for the 2010 Gulf oil spill could create new […]

A worker checks the valves in a shale gas plant. Stringer/Reuters

2 Sep 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: 40% of shale-rich countries face water stress

By Paul Reig and Andrew Maddocks, World Resources Institute | 2 September 2014 Right now, dozens of countries around the world are deciding whether or not to develop their shale […]

Firemen carry plastic grocery bags as they return to their station in San Francisco, California, in this file photo taken January 26, 2005.  Credit: Reuters/Kimberly White

1 Sep 2014

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

By Aaron Mendelson | 30 August 2014 (Reuters) – The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a […]

Pro-democracy lawmaker Wu Chi-wai from Democratic Party is grabbed by security guards as he protests against Li Fei, deputy general secretary of the National People's Congress standing committee, speaking at a briefing session in Hong Kong

1 Sep 2014

Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy

By Clare Jim and Diana Chan | 1 September 20014 (Reuters) – Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial center braces […]

A cyclist exits the entryway to the Main Quad at Stanford University in Stanford

29 Aug 2014

California passes ‘yes-means-yes’ campus sexual assault bill

By Aaron Mendelson | 29 August 2014 (Reuters) – Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt “affirmative consent” language in their definitions of consensual sex, part […]

The National Debt Clock hangs on a wall next to an office for the Internal Revenue Service near Times Square in New York

25 Aug 2014

EXCLUSIVE-IRS enforcement agent numbers could drop to lowest levels since 1970s

Source: Reuters – Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:00 GMT By Nadia Damouni NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Budget pressures at the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division are cutting […]

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

25 Aug 2014

Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

By Alister Doyle | 25 August 2014 Small island states facing a “frightening” rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their […]

The Xinane river runs through Ashaninka Indian territory in Brazil's northwestern Acre state, March 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

18 Aug 2014

Brazil makes progress on saving forests, Indonesia risks setbacks-report

18 August 2014 (Reuters) – Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia’s plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a report […]

North and South Tarawa are seen from the air in the central Pacific Island nation of Kiribati. Kiribati consists of a chain of 33 atolls and islands that stand just metres above sea level, spread over a huge expanse of otherwise empty ocean. With surrounding sea levels rising, Kiribati President Anote Tong has predicted his country will likely become uninhabitable in 30-60 years because of inundation and contamination of its freshwater supplies. May 23, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

15 Aug 2014

Solomons town first in Pacific to relocate due to climate change

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation 15 August 2014 LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands […]

Residents ride bicycles along a street amid heavy haze in Xingtai, Hebei province November 3, 2013. Dense smog has periodically shrouded major cities in north and northeast China in recent years, raising increasing public discontent, Xinhua

14 Aug 2014

China urges public to walk, ride bikes to help cut smog

(Reuters) – China has issued a “behavioural standards” guide to combat pollution and reduce environmental damage, urging people to do everything from walking and riding bicycles to buying goods with less packaging. […]

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

13 Aug 2014

Australia warns of poor outlook for Great Barrier Reef

(Reuters) – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef remains under threat despite efforts to rein in major sources of damage to the World Heritage-listed icon, the government said on Tuesday. Canberra released […]

REUTERS/Ari Jala

10 Aug 2014

Reuters Exclusive: Iraq says Islamic State killed 500 Yazidis, buried some victims alive

By Ahmed Rasheed | 10 August 2014 (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq’s Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq’s […]

Office workers wearing masks make their way to work in Singapore's central business district on June 21, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su

5 Aug 2014

Singapore approves bill to fine domestic, overseas air polluters

By Rujun Shen | 5 August 2014 (Reuters) – Singapore’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday proposing fines for companies that cause haze pollution regardless of whether the companies operate […]

A lionfish swims in a fish tank at a pet shop in Caracas

4 Aug 2014

Florida Lionfish ban, nation’s first, goes into effect

By Zachary Fagenson | 1 August 2014 (Reuters) – Florida’s ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, goes into effect on Friday as wildlife […]

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

28 Jul 2014

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change

By Rory Carroll | 28 July 2014 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement […]

A White Rhino walks through scrub in the dusk light in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's North West Province April 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

24 Jul 2014

South African court gives rhino poacher record 77 years

(Reuters) – A South African court has sentenced a rhino poacher to 77 years in jail, the heaviest penalty imposed by authorities desperate to halt a wave of poaching that […]

British Prime Minister David Cameron tells 'Girl Summit in London that UK teachers and health workers will have to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM). Picture July 22, 2014, REUTERS/Oli Scarff/Pool

22 Jul 2014

UK’s Cameron urges world to tackle “preventable evil” of FGM and child marriage

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation – Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30 GMT Author: Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – British Prime Minister David Cameron announced legal reforms on Tuesday to […]

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament in Rennes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

21 Jul 2014

Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against LGBT community

Source: Reuters Video U.S. President Barack Obama signed an order on Monday (July 21) protecting federally contracted worked from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Rough […]

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

21 Jul 2014

In violent weekend, at least 40 people shot in Chicago

(Reuters) – An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday. At least 40 people were […]

A naturally occurring oil seep is seen in McKittrick

21 Jul 2014

California reviews fracking water disposal amid contamination concerns

By Rory Carroll | 18 July 2014 (Reuters) – California on Friday said it would review wells where oil drilling waste water from the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or […]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia July 15, 2014. 

Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

17 Jul 2014

Obama unveils measures to help communities adapt to climate change

16 July 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced new measures to make the country’s infrastructure stronger and more resilient, to help states and communities adapt to […]

File photo of rhinos seen at the Mafikeng Game Reserve in the North West province. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

13 Jul 2014

Four rhinos killed in Kenya’s worst poaching attack in years

By Drazen Jorgic | 13 July 2014 (Reuters) – Two armed gangs killed four rhinos for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident […]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) participate in a Joint Session on Climate Change and Clean Energy with China's Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei (3rd R), China's Vice Premier Wang Yang (2nd R) and State Councilor Yang Jiechi (R) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, July 9, 2014.    REUTERS/Jim Bourg

9 Jul 2014

U.S., China ink coal, clean energy deals but climate differences remain

By Valerie Volcovici and Michael Martina (Reuters) – The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases that will bring the world’s two biggest […]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his election night victory rally in Chicago, November 7, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

9 Jul 2014

U.S. prosecutions for public corruption decline under Obama

By Stella Dawson | 9 July 2014 WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Obama administration has prosecuted fewer public officials for corruption than the administrations of previous U.S. presidents Bill […]

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

7 Jul 2014

Cash incentive mulled to give endangered Florida panther room to prowl

By Letitia Stein | 5 July 2014 (Reuters) – The endangered Florida panther, running out of room to prowl as its numbers rebound, may find its best chance at survival […]

Change, of Bradenton Beach Public Works Dept., inspects beach erosion as a storm and winds from Tropical Storm Debby batter Bradenton Beach. REUTERS/Brian Blanco

2 Jul 2014

South Florida sea level rise needs urgent action: task force

By David Adams | 2 July 2014 (Reuters) – South Florida’s coastal real estate may become uninsurable as the sea level rises unless Miami’s county government takes urgent action, a […]

Scales of Justice are seen in Brittany's Parliament in Rennes. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

2 Jul 2014

Miners dredge protected Idaho river in protest of federal oversight

By Laura Zuckerman | 2 July 2014 (Reuters) – Protesters gathered to illegally dredge for gold on Tuesday in an Idaho river where such mining is banned, in an open […]

Men are reflected on a stock quotation board displaying the Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo

27 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Real-time environmental risk portal launching for investors and lawyers

United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi | 27 June 2014 UNEP Chief Scientist Jacqueline McGlade and her team have just launched a new environmental portal that connects to real-time data linked […]

A policeman arranges seized elephant tusks to be inspected at Makupa police station in Mombasa June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

26 Jun 2014

Surging environmental crime funds conflicts, hurts growth: U.N.

24 June 2014 (Reuters) – Surging environmental crime, from illegal logging to elephant poaching, is worth up to $213 billion a year and is helping to fund armed conflicts while […]

A view shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland August 14, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

25 Jun 2014

White House weakened draft of FDA’s proposed tobacco regulations

By Toni Clarke and Sharon Begley | 25 June 2014 (Reuters) – White House changes to proposed rules for tobacco products significantly weakened language detailing health risks from cigars and deleted restrictions […]

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso speaks during a news conference in Tbilisi

24 Jun 2014

Germany ups new green energy surcharge on industry to meet EU rules

By Markus Wacket | 24 June 2014 (Reuters) – Germany on Tuesday offered to change a planned reform of its renewable energy policy, trying to end a standoff with the European Commission […]

UNEPfeature: Credit Gil C / Shutterstock.com

24 Jun 2014

United Nations Release: Illegal Trade Threatening Security and Sustainable Development

PRESS RELEASE: New UNEP and INTERPOL Study Finds Environmental Crime Worth up to US$213 Billion Each Year NAIROBI, 25 June 2014 – Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each […]

North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province, in this September 30, 2011 file photo. North Korea plans to allow farmers to keep more of their produce in an attempt to boost agricultural output, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said, in a move that could boost supplies, help cap rising food prices and ease malnutrition. The move to liberalise agriculture under new leader Kim Jong-un, who took office in December 2011 after the death of his father, would reverse a crackdown on private production that started in 2005. It comes amid talk that the youngest Kim to rule the impoverished North is considering reforms to boost the economy. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files.Credit: Reuters

23 Jun 2014

North Korea army mobilized as rivers run dry in worst drought in years

By James Pearson | 23 June 2014 (Reuters) – North Korea’s rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said on Monday, prompting the isolated […]

Seized elephant tusks are presented by Hong Kong Customs in Hong Kong October 20, 2012. Customs officers have made a record seizure of smuggled ivory - with the discovery of more than 1,200 elephant tusks and a batch of ivory ornaments worth more than HK$26 million ($3.3 million) during a joint operation with Guangdong authorities, government radio reported on Saturday. Picture taken October 20, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

23 Jun 2014

U.N. enlists legal help to crack down on environmental crime

By Alister Doyle | 22 June 2014 (Reuters) – The United Nations will seek ways to toughen environmental laws this week to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury […]

A pair of elephants walk through scrub in the dusk light in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's North West Province April 19, 2012. Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia's scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region's newly affluent classes. In South Africa, nearly two rhinos a day are being killed to meet demand for the animal's horn, which is worth more than its weight in gold. Picture taken April 19, 2012. To match Feature AFRICA-POACHING.Credit: REUTERS

20 Jun 2014

WWF raises alarm over Mozambique elephant killings

Source: The Guardian | 20 June 2014 The WWF on Thursday raised the alarm over plummeting elephant populations in Mozambique after an aerial survey showed ivory poaching is decimating herds […]

The European flag flies outside of the La Canada shopping centre in Marbella, southern Spain January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

20 Jun 2014

Europe on track for 2020 energy efficiency goal: report

By Barbara Lewis | June 2014 (Reuters) – The European Union is almost on track to reach its goal of improving energy savings by a fifth by 2020 and may […]

Handout of stratocumulus clouds photographed aboard International Space Station. REUTERS/NASA

17 Jun 2014

Obama to protect vast Pacific Ocean areas: report

17 June 2014 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce efforts to protect areas of the Pacific Ocean controlled by the United States from overfishing and environmental damage, the Washington […]

U.S. President Barack Obama talks as he attends the commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine, while at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

15 Jun 2014

Obama rips climate change deniers in graduation speech

By Jeff Mason | 15 June 2014 (Reuters) – With a feisty tone and a touch of aggravation, President Barack Obama on Saturday laid into Republicans who question the science […]

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

11 Jun 2014

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US

Source: The Guardian |10 June 2014 By Kate Hodal, Chris Kelly in Songkhla and Felicity Lawrence Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat […]

The HM Treasury name is seen painted on the outside of Britain's Treasury building in central London February 23, 2013.  Credit: Reuters/Neil Hall

9 Jun 2014

Britain becomes haven for U.S. companies keen to cut tax bills

Reuters) – Nothing about the narrow cream-colored lobby at 160 Aldersgate Street in the City of London financial district gives a hint of its role at the center of the […]

A woman wearing a mask rides past smoking chimneys and cooling towers of a steel plant in Beijing, January 17, 2013.  Credit: Reuters/Suzie Wong

9 Jun 2014

Global auto component makers gear up for China’s tougher emission rules

By Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada | 9 June 2014 (Reuters) – Global companies that specialise in making vehicle emissions cleaner are rushing to take advantage of Beijing’s war on […]

Leaders pose for a family photo at the G7 summit in Brussels June 5, 2014. From left: Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, France's President Francois Hollande and Japan's Prime Minister Shizo Abe.  Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

6 Jun 2014

G7 leaders back 2015 climate deal, aim to build on U.S. momentum

By Barbara Lewis and Jeff Mason | 6 June 2014 (Reuters) – The world’s leading industrialised nations gave their backing on Thursday to a new global deal on climate change […]

The sun reflects on downtown skyscrapers as it sets through the Los Angeles smog and haze

2 Jun 2014

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Cities hold the key to solving air pollution

The harmful air we now breathe is a sign of how climate change is hurting us.  But where there is a problem, city governments are finding a solution. By Conor […]

tulips; credit: PhotographerYves Herman

30 May 2014

Benefit Corporations: Organizing for Multiple Stakeholders

By Shari Helaine Littan | 30 May 2014 In the last couple of years, the phrase “sustainability” seems to have touched every aspect of business. With the adoption of “benefit […]

Boys lie down as they rest in bunk beds at the shelter for underage immigrants and repatriated minors "Mexico, my home" in Ciudad Juarez May 27, 2014.  Credit: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

30 May 2014

Waves of immigrant minors present crisis for Obama, Congress

By Richard Cowan | 30 May 2014 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives are flooding across the southern U.S. border illegally, forcing the Obama […]

Mohammad Iqbal sits next to his wife Farzana's body, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore

29 May 2014

Pakistan woman stoned to death by family for marrying man she loved

By Mubasher Bukhari | 26 May 2014 (Reuters) – A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan’s top courts on Tuesday in a so-called […]

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the media on the Heil Family Farm, a wind farm, in Haverhill, Iowa, August 14, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

29 May 2014

U.S. industry gears up to fight Obama’s climate rules

By Roberta Rampton | 29 May 2014 (Reuters) – A U.S. plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants is likely to come under attack this summer by industry opponents […]

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

29 May 2014

BP asks U.S. Supreme Court justice to block Gulf spill payments

By Lawrence Hurley | 29 May 2014 (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L) on Wednesday asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to allow the company to avoid making payments to businesses […]

A fruit-seller sits at his stall in Cairo February 19, 2013. With little regard for the looming economic cliff, politicians in Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, are trading blows over an Islamist-tilted constitution, political violence and an alleged power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood. To match Analysis EGYPT-CLIFF.Credit: REUTERS

29 May 2014

Australia risks organic export growth as it struggles to coexist with GMO

By Colin Packham | 29 May 2014 (Reuters) – A landmark GMO contamination ruling in Australia could possibly usher in lower organic farming standards, ending the country’s world-leading premium niche […]

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses the Marching On conference on gun violence prevention in Middletown

26 May 2014

Senator to renew gun control push after California shooting spree

26 May 2014 (Reuters) – Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Sunday he wanted to revive gun control legislation rejected by Congress in the wake of the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school […]

A man looks at an electronic board at a brokerage house in Shanghai

23 May 2014

Special report: The power struggle behind China’s corruption crackdown

By Benjamin Kang Lim, David Lague and Charlie Zhu | 23 May 2014 (Reuters) – Liu Han seemed to thrive in the company of officials. Even a birthday party in […]

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry delivers the Commencement Address after receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Commencement Exercises at Boston College

20 May 2014

Kerry calls on U.S. college graduates to face down climate change

By Scott Malone | 19 May 2014 (Reuters) – The rapidly changing climate poses a threat of sparking greater global conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told […]

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

8 May 2014

German cabinet passes plans for green energy rebate for industry

By Markus Wacket  | 7 May 2014 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday signed off on a draft law that grants energy-intensive firms a partial rebate on a […]

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

8 May 2014

White House unveils dire warning, calls for action on climate

By Valerie Volcovici | 6 May 2014 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday released an updated report on how climate change requires urgent action to counter impacts that touch every […]

The sun reflects on downtown skyscrapers as it sets through the Los Angeles smog and haze

30 Apr 2014

EPA’s Supreme Court win a boost for pending carbon rules

By Valerie Volcovici | 30 April 2014 (Reuters) – A Supreme Court decision on Tuesday upholding U.S. rules that curb air pollution that floats across state lines was seen as […]

The front of the U.S. Supreme Court which reads 'Equal Justice Under Law' is seen in Washington July 19, 2005. UNICS REUTERS/Larry Downing

21 Apr 2014

U.S. insider trading cases face test at appeals court

By Nate Raymond | 21 April 2014 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court is set hear a case whose outcome could make it harder for the government to prosecute insider […]

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

17 Apr 2014

EU blacklist to stop spread of alien species

By Claire Marshall, BBC environment correspondent  | 16 April 2014 The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight invasive alien species such as killer […]

A U.S. dollar note and a Chinese yuan banknote are seen through a pair of spectacles in this picture illustration taken in Taipei

15 Apr 2014

China angered by U.S. environment chief’s visit to Taiwan

Megha Rajagopalan | 15 April 2014 (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday it had lodged a protest with the United States over a visit by Washington’s environmental protection chief to self-ruled […]

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10 Apr 2014

Reuters Wider Image: Preserving Myanmar’s forests

Pinlebu, Myanmar,  26 Mar 2014 Photographer Soe Zeya Tun Myanmar has some of Asia’s largest remaining expanses of forest, from the slopes of the Himalayan foothills in the north to […]

Trainers have Orca killer whales perform for the crowd during a show at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake

10 Apr 2014

California lawmakers sidestep bill on SeaWorld shows until after elections

By Sharon Bernstein | 10 April 2014 (Reuters) – A closely watched measure that would ban SeaWorld from using killer whales to perform tricks in famed “Shamu” shows at its […]

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands next to Mary Jo White, a former United States attorney, after he announces her to be the next chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, January 24, 2013. EUTERS/Larry Downing.Credit: REUTERS

7 Apr 2014

Obama to launch executive actions on equal pay for women

By Jeff Mason | 7 April 2014 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will launch two new executive actions this week aimed at increasing transparency about women’s pay in a continuing […]

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25 Mar 2014

U.S. prosecutors eye new approach on company misconduct after Toyota

By Aruna Viswanatha | 25 March 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors are considering using the legal theory behind a $1.2 billion penalty imposed on Toyota to go after misconduct in […]

A pair of elephants walk through scrub in the dusk light in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's North West Province April 19, 2012. Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia's scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region's newly affluent classes. In South Africa, nearly two rhinos a day are being killed to meet demand for the animal's horn, which is worth more than its weight in gold. Picture taken April 19, 2012. To match Feature AFRICA-POACHING.Credit: REUTERS

19 Mar 2014

Online ivory in Japan threatens African elephants -activists

(Reuters) – Online selling and weak controls on domestic ivory sales in Japan are spurring illegal international trade in elephant tusks and contributing to a steep rise in poaching, activists […]

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12 Mar 2014

European Parliament votes through draft proposals for Fourth Money Laundering Directive

By Martin Coyle, Compliance Complete | 12 March 2014 Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. The European Parliament has voted […]

A paramedic holds a kit containing syringes, bandaids and antiseptic pads which are going to be used by drug addicts inside a supervised injection room in Athens

12 Mar 2014

UN slapped with another class action lawsuit over Haiti cholera

By David Adams | 11 March 2014 (Reuters) – Lawyers filed a federal class action lawsuit against the United Nations on Tuesday to seek compensation for almost 1,500 Haitian victims […]

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11 Mar 2014

Ugandans petition court over controversial anti-homosexuality law

By Elias Biryabarema | 11 March 2014 (Reuters) – – Ugandans opposed to a new anti-homosexuality law that punishes gay sex with long jail sentences have filed a constitutional petition […]

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11 Mar 2014

U.S. Senate passes military sex assault bill, may take months in House

By Patricia Zengerle | 10 March 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted 97-0 on Monday to pass reforms in how the military handles sexual assault cases, but it probably […]

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10 Mar 2014

Iraqi women protest against proposed Islamic law in Iraq

By Suadad al-Salhy | 8 March 2014 (Reuters) – About two dozen Iraqi women demonstrated on Saturday in Baghdad against a draft law approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would […]

U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel makes remarks to the press on looming budget cuts at the Pentagon

7 Mar 2014

Big budget cuts pose ‘tough, tough choices’ for Pentagon: Hagel

By David Alexander | 6 March 2014 (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Thursday that “tough, tough choices are coming” if the Pentagon implements deep future spending cuts […]

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7 Mar 2014

Uganda defends anti-gay law at main UN rights forum

By Stephanie Nebehay | 6 March 2014 (Reuters) – Uganda, under fire from Western nations, defended its toughened law on gays on Thursday as being aimed at “protecting” youth from […]

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6 Mar 2014

Sweden suspends some aid to Uganda over anti-gay law

By Philippa Croome | 6 March 2014 (Reuters) – Sweden has suspended some of its financial aid to Uganda over a law that toughened punishment for gays, becoming the fourth […]

A Justice statue is pictured at the office of Masoud Shafie, lawyer for the three U.S. hikers charged with spying after they were arrested near Iran's border with Iraq, in Tehran

6 Mar 2014

People surveyed say they feel safer, though trust in rule of law wanes

By Ashley Renders | 5 March 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Police in a number of countries around the world are finding it harder to catch offenders, and people are […]

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5 Mar 2014

World powers responsible for failing to stop Syria war crimes -UN

By Stephanie Nebehay | 5 March 2014 (Reuters) – All sides in Syria’s civil war are using shelling and siege tactics to punish and starve civilians and big powers bear […]

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5 Mar 2014

Controversial ad for bets over Pistorious murder trial to be probed

By Astrid Zweynert | 5 March 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A controversial advertising campaign that offers punters their money back if South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is acquitted of the murder […]

A Ukrainian serviceman uses binoculars as he stands guard on the territory of a military unit located in the village of Lyubimovka near a local airfield, some 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Simferopol

4 Mar 2014

Obama says Russia has violated international law in Ukraine

By Mark Felsenthal | 3 March 2014 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that Russia violated international law with its military intervention inUkraine and warned that the U.S. government would look at a series […]

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this April 21, 2010 file handout image. BP Plc drew tough questions on July 8, 2013, from U.S. appeals court judges hearing a complaint by the oil company objecting to the payment of certain claims for damages related to the Gulf of Mexico spill, casting doubt on BP's effort to curb the payouts.  REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Files/Handout

4 Mar 2014

U.S. court rejects BP appeal over Gulf spill losses

By Jonathan Stempel | 4 March 2014 (Reuters) – A divided U.S. appeals court on Monday rejected BP Plc’s bid to block businesses from recovering money over the 2010 Gulf […]

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3 Mar 2014

Interview: Uganda anti-gay bill author says aid cuts small price to pay

By Drazen Jorgic and Philippa Croome | 3 March 2014 (Reuters) – The author of Uganda’s new anti-gay bill that imposes tough jail terms for homosexual acts said aid cuts […]

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3 Mar 2014

Mauritania should take more steps to eliminate slavery -U.N.

By Laurent Prieur | 27 February 2014 (Reuters) – Mauritania has made progress towards fighting slavery but needs to do more to eliminate it completely, a U.N. human rights expert […]

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26 Feb 2014

Bolivia eases strict abortion law – rights group

By Anastasia Moloney | 26 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bolivia’s highest court has ruled that women seeking a legal abortion in cases of rape or incest do not […]

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26 Feb 2014

Majority of Americans now support gay marriage, survey finds

By Ian Simpson | 26 February 2014 (Reuters) – Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with […]

Indian PM Singh speaks as U.S. President Obama looks on, during their meeting in the White House in Washington

25 Feb 2014

India to block U.S. trade probes, ready for fight at WTO

By Manoj Kumar | 25 February 2014 (Reuters) – India has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws, and prepare for a battle at the World […]

Obama departs the White House in Washington

25 Feb 2014

Justices question Obama climate change regulations

By Lawrence Hurley | 24 February 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it weighed whether the administration of President Barack Obama exceeded its authority when […]

The U.S. Treasury building is seen in Washington

20 Feb 2014

Treasury tweaks global tax dodge law one last time

By Patrick Temple-West | 20 February 2014 (Reuters) – The Treasury Department moved on Thursday to shut the door on further 11th-hour tweaks to a new law set to take […]

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20 Feb 2014

Islamists order women to don veil in eastern Syria

By Tom Perry | 19 February 2014 (Reuters) – Islamist rebels in eastern Syria have ordered women to put on the Islamic veil, warning that anyone not doing so would […]

Romanians carry their luggage for a flight to Heathrow airport in Britain, at Otopeni international airport near Bucharest

19 Feb 2014

Britain sets out new test to limit EU migrant benefits

By William James | 19 February 2014 (Reuters) – Britain laid out new rules on Wednesday designed to limit the access that migrants from other European Union states have to […]

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19 Feb 2014

Karzai calls for amendment of Afghan law decried as dangerous to women

By Lisa Anderson | 18 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday withheld his signature and instead asked for revisions to a new law that […]

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 72nd birth anniversary of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il

18 Feb 2014

North Korea crimes evoke Nazi era, Kim may face charges – U.N. inquiry

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | 17 February 2014 (Reuters) – North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice for ordering […]

A volunteer gives out bottles of drinking water after flooding in Tewkesbury, central England

18 Feb 2014

U.S. prosecutors open criminal probe of Duke Energy coal ash spill

By Colleen Jenkins | 14 February 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors are investigating whether a crime was committed when thousands of tons of coal ash sludge spilled from a Duke […]

A Justice statue is pictured at the office of Masoud Shafie, lawyer for the three U.S. hikers charged with spying after they were arrested near Iran's border with Iraq, in Tehran

14 Feb 2014

Federal judge strikes down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage

By Ian Simpson | 14 February 2014 (Reuters) – A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional late on Thursday, saying it denied gay couples a […]

BP logo is seen at a fuel station of British oil company BP in St. Petersburg

13 Feb 2014

BP must face shareholder suit over 2006 Alaska oil spill: ruling

By Dan Levine | 13 February 2014 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a shareholder lawsuit against BP PLC (BP.L) over statements the company made in the […]

The lower house of the Belgian Parliament is seen during its plenary session in Brussels

13 Feb 2014

Belgium extends “right-to-die” to terminally ill children

By Robert-Jan Bartunek | 13 February 2014 (Reuters) – Belgium became the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children of any age on Thursday when its lower house of […]

Swiss President and Foreign Minister Burkhalter speaks to media during a news conference after the weekly meeting of the Federal Council in Bern

12 Feb 2014

Swiss government will draft law on immigration curbs by year-end

By Katharina Bart | 12 February 2014 (Reuters) – The Swiss government said on Wednesday it will draw up a draft law to limit immigration by the end of the […]

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12 Feb 2014

Environmentalists slam India government over failure on mining law

By Nita Bhalla | 12 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A leading environmental group has slammed the Indian government for failing to get parliamentary approval for a bill that could […]

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11 Feb 2014

EU condemns Afghan law barring abused women from giving evidence

By Maria Caspani | 11 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The European Union (EU) has condemned a draft law recently approved by the Afghan parliament, saying it would deny […]

Man walks past the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington

11 Feb 2014

U.S. House Republicans capitulate on debt limit, offer ‘clean’ increase

By David Lawder and Richard Cowan | 11 February 2014 (Reuters) – Caving into President Barack Obama’s demands for a “clean” debt ceiling increase, Republicans in the House of Representatives […]

North Carolina governor Pat McCrory arrives for a celebration for evangelist Billy Graham's 95th birthday in Asheville

10 Feb 2014

North Carolina attorney general to appeal abortion ultrasound ruling

By Martie Maguire | 7 February 2014 (Reuters) – North Carolina’s Democratic attorney general said on Friday he would appeal a federal court ruling that struck down a Republican-backed state […]

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7 Feb 2014

Progress on land rights for forest communities slowing – report

By Laurie Goering | 6 February 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Progress toward securing the land rights of forest communities has slowed around the world, with some hard-won gains threatening […]

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

5 Feb 2014

Olympics-Protesters urge sponsors to condemn Russian gay law

By Keith Weir | 5 February 2014 (Reuters) – With the Winter Olympics only two days away, campaigners have urged major corporate sponsors to speak out about the way Games host Russia treats gay […]

File photo of JP Morgan Chase & Co sign outside headquarters in New York

4 Feb 2014

JPMorgan to pay $1.45 million to settle sex-based harassment suit

By David Henry and Carlyn Kolker | 4 February 2014 (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) will pay $1.45 million to settle a government lawsuit that charged the company maintained a […]

iPad Air goes on sale in San Francisco

4 Feb 2014

Apple, U.S. clash in court over e-books antitrust monitor

By Joseph Ax | 4 February 2014 (Reuters) – Apple Inc urged a federal appeals court on Tuesday to put a court-appointed antitrust monitor on hold, arguing that his efforts were harming the […]

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3 Feb 2014

Thousands march in Madrid against planned abortion limits

By Inmaculada Sanz | 1 February 2014 (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched in Spain’s capital on Saturday to protest against a government plan to limit abortions that has caused […]

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31 Jan 2014

Lawyers appeal after Peru’s Fujimori cleared of forced sterilization

By Anastasia Moloney | 30 January 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Human rights lawyers representing women who say they were forcibly sterilized as part of a 1990s birth control campaign […]

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31 Jan 2014

Austria brings home rape case woman from Dubai

31 January 2014 (Reuters) – An Austrian Muslim woman at the centre of a rape case in Dubai has returned home with the help of Austria’s foreign ministry after a […]

A Bank of America customer uses a Bank of America ATM in Charlotte

30 Jan 2014

U.S. seeks $2.1 billion from Bank of America in fraud case

By Nate Raymond | 30 January 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has raised the amount it is seeking in penalties from Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) to $2.1 billion […]

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

29 Jan 2014

Exclusive: Google close to settling EU antitrust probe – sources

By Foo Yun Chee | 29 January 2014 (Reuters) – Google is close to settling a three-year European antitrust probe with “much better” concessions to allay concerns over blocking rivals […]

Pupils break cigarettes as gesture showing their determinations in Jinan

29 Jan 2014

Cigarettes kicked out of school in China

By Megha Rajagopalan | 29 January 2014 (Reuters) – China has banned smoking in schools, state media reported on Wednesday, the latest step in a government drive to kick the country’s pervasive tobacco habit. […]

People walk in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington

28 Jan 2014

U.S. securities class-action suits rise, big Supreme Court case looms

By Jonathan Stempel | 28 January 2014 (Reuters) – Investors are pursuing more lawsuits accusing companies of fraud, according to a new study, but filings may plunge if the U.S. […]

An Indonesian fisherman Stefanus Hasor plants a tree at Hamadi beach in Jayapura, Papua province, June 5, 2007. Indonesia is among the world's top three greenhouse gas emitters because of deforestation, peatland degradation and forest fires, a report sponsored by the World Bank and Britain's development arm said. REUTERS/Oka Barta (INDONESIA)

28 Jan 2014

EU green energy law is flawed, says adviser to EU top court

By Barbara Lewis | 28 January 2014 (Reuters) – Part of a law to promote green energy violates the treaties underpinning the European Union, an adviser to the highest EU […]

A marker stone is seen at Carter Bar in the Scottish Borders

27 Jan 2014

Expat Scots demand a vote in independence referendum

By Belinda Goldsmith | 27 January 2014 (Reuters) – A million Scots living outside of Scotland should be allowed to vote in a referendum this year on whether their country […]

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27 Jan 2014

Corporations trump citizens in struggle for natural resources in Africa – report

By Misha Hussain | 27 January 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Land laws which fail to give citizens rights over natural resources give corporations the upper hand and fuel poverty and […]

New York Attorney General Schneiderman speaks to reporters during the New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates Arms Fair in Saratoga Springs

24 Jan 2014

Online lender settles New York lawsuit amid crackdown on massive ‘payday’ loans

By Karen Freifeld | 23 January 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. online lender Western Sky Financial LLC has agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty and provide refunds to New York […]

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24 Jan 2014

Leading China activist to be sentenced on Sunday as others go on trial

By James Pomfret | January 24 2014 (Reuters) – A Beijing court will sentence prominent Chinese rights activist Xu Zhiyong on Sunday in a high-profile dissident trial, as authorities targeted rights […]

Mayor of Chicago Emanuel sits during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington

23 Jan 2014

U.S. mayors want surcharge on dangerous rail shipments

Reporting by Patrick Rucker and Lisa Lambert | 23 January 2014 (Reuters) – Rail shipments of crude oil and other dangerous goods should face a surcharge when they move through […]

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23 Jan 2014

Amnesty International welcomes change to controversial Moroccan rape law

By Magda Mis | 23 January 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Moroccan parliament’s vote to change a law so that rapists will no longer be able to avoid prosecution by […]

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

22 Jan 2014

Human Rights Watch says Obama not gone far enough on NSA reforms

By Michelle Martin | 21 January 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has not gone far enough in reforming the monitoring activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) and is continuing […]

A lone worker passes by the U.S. Capitol building in Washington

22 Jan 2014

U.S. debt ceiling to bind by late February: Treasury

By Jason Lange | 22 January 2014 (Reuters) – The Obama administration warned Congress on Wednesday that the government would likely run out of borrowing authority needed to help pay […]

A police officer checks the passport of a Chinese immigrant at the Shen Wu textile factory in Prato

21 Jan 2014

Italy moves towards decriminalizing clandestine immigration

Reporting by Massimiliano Di Giorgio and Steve Scherer, writing by Steve Scherer | 21 January 2014 (Reuters) – Italy’s Senate voted on Tuesday to scrap a law that makes entering […]

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon waves as he arrives at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe

21 Jan 2014

U.N. to launch legal challenge against Malawi anti-gay laws

By Mabvuto Banda | 21 January 2014 (Reuters) – The United Nations’ AIDS taskforce and human rights groups will launch a court battle against Malawi’s laws criminalizing homosexuality, in a […]

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17 Jan 2014

U.S. top court skeptical on abortion clinic buffer-zone law

By Lawrence Hurley | 15 January 2014 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed doubt on Wednesday about a Massachusetts law that mandates a protective buffer zone around abortion clinics […]

The corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley is pictured on a building in San Diego

17 Jan 2014

Morgan Stanley profit beats estimate; raises margin target

By Lauren Tara Lacapra and Tanya Agrawal | 17 January 2014 (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley posted stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results, as its retail brokerage and asset management businesses won more assets […]

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva

16 Jan 2014

UN human rights chief denounces ‘draconian’ anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

14 January 2014 (United Nations News Centre) – The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that further criminalizes lesbian, gay, […]

A pedestrian walks near a no drilling sign in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania in this September 5, 2010 file photo. Beginning in 2014, Warsaw wants to tap an estimated 5.3 trillion cubic metres of recoverable reserves of gas - enough, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, to supply Poland with more than 300 years of its domestic energy needs. But the shale gas push is about more than energy. Poland wants to break its reliance on Russian energy and reduce Moscow's power over Europe. That is one reason why Warsaw has welcomed U.S. oil majors such as Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Conoco and Marathon, even though it risks igniting tensions with Russia. The United States produced 4.87 trillion cubic feet from shale gas in 2010, up from virtually nothing in 2000 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The agency estimates shale gas will account for about 46 percent of U.S. natural gas production in 2035 - an encouraging sign for Poland and other eastern European nations exploring unconventional gas. But the torrid pace of shale development has also sparked a public backlash in the United States and elsewhere over fears that fracking pollutes groundwater and may cause earthquakes. To match Insight POLAND-SHALEGAS.Credit: REUTERS

16 Jan 2014

UK defeats European bid for fracking regulations

By Damian Carrington | 14 January 2014 (Guardian Environment) The UK has defeated European Union attempts to set legally binding environmental regulations for the continent’s fledgling shale gas industry, the Guardian has learned. David […]

File photo of fire boat response crews battling the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon off Louisiana

15 Jan 2014

Analysis: BP’s U.S. Gulf oil spill settlement challenges may backfire

By Mica Rosenberg | 15 January 2014 (Reuters) – A year after agreeing to a multi-billion dollar settlement with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP is aggressively challenging […]

General view of the U.S. Capitol dome in the pre-dawn darkness in Washington

14 Jan 2014

House Republicans voice support for $1.1 trillion spending bill

By David Lawder | 14 January 2014 (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives voiced tentative support on Tuesday for a $1.1 trillion spending bill, signaling likely passage and […]

Doctor Chiou debrides leg wound on patient Kirk in Peoria

14 Jan 2014

South Carolina lawmakers take aim at healthcare law

By Harriet McLeod | 14 January 2014 (Reuters) – South Carolina lawmakers say they have found a way to stop implementation of the U.S. Affordable Care Act in their state, […]

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

13 Jan 2014

EU citizens force water debate onto agenda

By Barbara Lewis | 13 January 2014 (Reuters) – Water and who should provide it – the public or private sector – has become the first issue to be pushed […]

Irving Picard, the bankruptcy trustee in the Bernard Madoff case, exits the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York

13 Jan 2014

Madoff trustee wins court fight over Picower settlement

By Joseph Ax | 13 January 2014 (Reuters) – Two former investors with Bernard Madoff cannot pursue claims against the estate of a Florida businessman who was one of the […]

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10 Jan 2014

OECD’s anti-graft cop wants G20 help in combating bribery

By Stella Dawson | 10 January 2014 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The world’s richest nations can strengthen their efforts to combat international bribery and financial crime by pooling their resources […]

A part of Alcoa Inc.'s aluminium plant in Sardinian is pictured in Portovesme

10 Jan 2014

Alcoa to pay $384 million to settle Bahrain bribery charges

By Allison Martell | 9 January 2014 (Reuters) – Alcoa Inc and a joint venture it controls have agreed to pay $384 million to resolve charges of bribing officials of […]

U.S. President Barack Obama waves after he urges Congress to act to extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits while at an event in the East Room of the White House

9 Jan 2014

Obama edges closer to decisions on intelligence reforms

By Steve Holland | 9 January 2014 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama consulted intelligence officials on Wednesday on ways to rein in U.S. surveillance practices as he nears the end of a […]

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9 Jan 2014

Spain government to seek abortion consensus after party dissent

Reporting by Emma Pinedo and Writing by Sarah White | 8 January 2014 (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) sought on Wednesday to stem dissent within its ranks over […]

A photo of the Google Inc. logo is shown on a computer screen in San Francisco

8 Jan 2014

France fines Google over data privacy

By Geert De Clercq | 8 January 2014 (Reuters) – France’s data protection watchdog has fined Google 150,000 euros after the U.S. search engine ignored a three-month ultimatum to bring its practices […]

Students pose for pictures with "big cigarette models" during campaign ahead of World No Tobacco Day, at primary school in Handan

8 Jan 2014

China aims to ban smoking in public places by end of the year

By Megha Rajagopalan | 8 January 2014 (Reuters) – China aims to impose a nationwide ban on smoking in public places this year, as authorities move to stamp out a widespread practice […]

Job seekers stand in line to meet prospective employers at a career fair in New York City

7 Jan 2014

Obama-backed jobless bill clears Republican roadblock

By Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan | 7 January 2014 (Reuters) – A White House-backed bill to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans narrowly cleared a U.S. Senate Republican […]

Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, attends the India Studies Stony Brook University fundraiser event in Long Island, New York

7 Jan 2014

Lawyer for Indian diplomat seeks delay in visa fraud case

By Andrew Longstreth and David Brunnstrom | 7 January 2014 (Reuters) – A lawyer for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is seeking to postpone proceedings in a visa fraud case that […]

J.P. Morgan CEO Dimon leaves the U.S. Justice Department after meeting with Attorney General Holder, in Washington

7 Jan 2014

JPMorgan to pay $1.7 billion to settle Madoff case

By Emily Flitter | 7 January 2014 (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay a $1.7 billion penalty to settle charges by U.S. federal authorities that the bank failed to report […]

The U.S. Supreme Court building seen in Washington May 20, 2009. President Barack Obama has been weighing a short list of mostly women for a seat on the nine-member high court that decides such issues as abortion and the death penalty as well as business and property
rights cases. The court's members are appointed for life but
require Senate confirmation.   REUTERS/Molly Riley  (UNITED STATES POLITICS)

6 Jan 2014

Supreme Court halts gay marriage in Utah at least temporarily

By Lawrence Hurley | 6 January 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday halted same-sex marriages in Utah – permitted for less than three weeks – while the […]

People walk inside JP Morgan headquarters in New York

6 Jan 2014

JPMorgan nears $2 billion settlement in a case tied to Madoff: NYT

By Sakthi Prasad | 5 January  2014 (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co is nearing a $2 billion settlement with federal authorities to resolve suspicions that the bank ignored signs of Bernard […]

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington

3 Jan 2014

U.S. asks top court not to extend Catholics’ contraception exemption

By Lawrence Hurley and Chizu Nomiyama | 3 January 2014 (Reuters) – The U.S. government asked the Supreme Court on Friday not to allow Roman Catholic-affiliated groups a temporary exemption from […]

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3 Jan 2014

Greece to overhaul arms procurement after scandal

By Harry Papachristou | 3 January 2014 (Reuters) – Greece will overhaul arms procurement to make it more transparent, Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Friday, after a wide-ranging corruption […]

A statue of the figure of 'Justice' is seen above the Old Bailey court in London

2 Jan 2014

California court lets undocumented immigrant practice law

By Dan Levine | 2 January 2014 (Reuters) – The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an undocumented Mexican immigrant should be licensed to practice law in a closely […]

FedEx delivery truck in New York

31 Dec 2013

NYC sues FedEx for illegally shipping cigarettes to homes

By Jonathan Stempel | 30 December, 2013 (Reuters) – New York City has sued FedEx Corp, accusing it of illegally delivering millions of contraband cigarettes to people’s homes and seeking $52 million […]

The outside of Children's Hospital and Research Center is seen in Oakland, California, December 30, 2013. REUTERS/Norbert von der Groeben

31 Dec 2013

Brain-dead California girl ordered kept on ventilator for week longer

By Laila Kearney | 31 December, 2013 (Reuters) – The family of a California girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy won an 11th-hour court order […]

The logo of the Orange telecommunication and internet provider is seen on the facade of a store in Paris

30 Dec 2013

Orange to take legal action after report of spying via its cable

By Muriel Boselli | 30 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Orange (ORAN.PA) is preparing its legal response to a report alleging the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) accessed customers’ data transmitted […]

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30 Dec 2013

Lawmakers in Chinese city resign in mass bribery case

By Ben Blanchard | 28 December, 2013 (Reuters) – More than 500 lawmakers in a Chinese city have resigned after being implicated in a bribery scandal, while another 56 provincial […]

Greenpeace handout shows Greenpeace International activist Perrett posing with his lawyer Golubok after criminal case against him was dropped, in Saint Petersburg

27 Dec 2013

First Greenpeace activist leaves Russia

By Alexei Anishchuk | 26 December, 2013 (Reuters) – The first of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group said on Thursday, with […]

BP logo is seen at a fuel station of British oil company BP in St. Petersburg

27 Dec 2013

Court rejects BP bid to require proof of Gulf oil spill losses

By Jonathan Stempel | 26 December, 2o13 (Reuters) – BP Plc has failed to persuade a federal judge to require businesses seeking to recover money over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil […]

Nayet wearing a Burqa and Kenza Drider, a French Muslim of North African descent, wearing a niqab, leave the police station after their release in Paris

24 Dec 2013

France to maintain a headscarf ban despite legal advice

By Tom Heneghan | 23 December, 2013 (Reuters) – France decided on Monday to maintain a ban on Muslim headscarves for volunteer school monitors despite a warning that it overstepped the law […]

A girl holds the hands of her parents as they walk on a street in Beijing

24 Dec 2013

China to ease one-child policy early next year

By Adam Jourdan | 24 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Changes to China’s strict one-child policy, which will allow more parents to have a second child, will begin to roll out […]

Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov takes part in the Reuters Investment Summit in Moscow

23 Dec 2013

Russia has yet to improve rule of law: Deputy PM Shuvalov

Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva; Writing by Megan Davies | 23 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Russia has made no progress in 2013 in ensuring that legal and property rights are respected or in […]

A man walks past Deutsche Bank offices in London

20 Dec 2013

Deutsche Bank to pay $1.9 billion to settle U.S. mortgage case

20 December, 2013 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE)(DB.N) said on Friday it will pay $1.9 billion to settle claims that it defrauded two U.S. government-controlled companies in the sale of […]