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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 […]

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