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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 23 2017

8 in 10 people now see climate change as a 'catastrophic risk': survey

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats found Wednesday.

May 21 2017

Time to ditch the polar bears? Climate change looks for a new image

LONDON, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - What does climate change look like? For many people, the first – or perhaps only – image that comes to mind is of smokestacks, or polar bears perched on ice floes.

May 18 2017

Reversing climate change with carbon-sucking plantations not realistic, scientists warn

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A proposal to turn back climate change by planting vast swathes of land with fast-growing trees and plants that can be burned for electricity, with the carbon they release captured and stored, is not “realistic and feasible”, scientists said Thursday.

May 15 2017

Innovative finance needed to find $300 billion a year for climate losses

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With money for action on climate change already in short supply, an estimated $300 billion a year needed to help countries deal with unavoidable climate losses will have to come from innovative new sources, such as a financial transaction tax or carbon tax, researchers say.

May 14 2017

INTERVIEW-Glitter or green? Sydney's big bash gives way to speed climate action

LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the highlights of the Sydney social calendar has long been the spectacular Lord Mayor's New Year's Eve party, held each year at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

May 09 2017

FEATURE-"When the cat catches the sun": Translated forecasts aim to aid Africa's farmers

LONDON, May 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When farmers in northern Burkina Faso speak about the direction of the wind, they refer to the direction it is blowing in. Burkina Faso's meteorological agency, however, classifies wind by the direction it comes from.

Apr 26 2017

As land conflicts rise, clean energy investors face financial risks

LONDON, April 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing investment in renewable energy projects around the world is sparking more conflicts over land and resources in areas where they are built – a worry investors need to keep in mind, finance and human rights groups said Wednesday.

Apr 06 2017

Make climate change an economic – not green - issue, urges ex-president

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Winning effective action on climate change will require treating the problem less as an environmental or human rights crisis and more as a sensible economic shift, the former Maldives president said Thursday.

Apr 05 2017

As cities surge, careful planning needed for the 'invisible' poor

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With 70 percent of the world's population expected to live in cities by 2050, getting urban planning right is crucial to ensuring future cities are safe, resilient and fair places, particularly for the poorest residents, experts said Wednesday.

Mar 22 2017

Somaliland drought "a kind of nightmare" – and a security threat: minister

LONDON, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prolonged drought in Somaliland has killed between 65 and 80 percent of the semi-autonomous region's livestock, creating conditions that are "the worst time in our lives" and could threaten regional security, says the region's environment minister.

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