After seven dormant years, Spain tiptoes back into house-building


MADRID - On a street in central Madrid, Juan Jose Perucho points to where he is going to build one of the capital's tallest residential blocks after buying a site bigger than five football pitches from the state-owned metro network.

Countries brace for weak finale at Lima climate talks

LIMA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries faced stark choices on the final day of U.N. climate talks in Peru’s capital, with the prospect they could decide to make minimal pledges under a new global climate agreement due in a year’s time.

12 Dec 2014

Peru's melting glaciers a deadly threat as temperatures rise

CARHUAZ, Peru - High in the Peruvian Andes, the glacier-fed lake Laguna 513 brims with meltwater atop a populated valley in a region prone to earthquakes. Scientists warn that if a giant chunk of ice from the Hualcan glacier breaks off it could trigger a tsunami-like wave in Laguna 513 and send a lethal torrent of water cascading down the valley.

Greenpeace apologizes for protest at Peru's Nazca Lines

LIMA - Environmental activist group Greenpeace apologized on Wednesday for a protest it organized at the ancient Nazca Lines etched in a desert in Peru.

10 Dec 2014

Amazon Indians report more death threats after activists slain

LIMA/SAO PAULO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indians on the Peru-Brazil border say they continue to receive death threats from loggers after the murder of four local chiefs in a remote forest region overrun by illegal felling.

World, Brazil 08 Dec 2014

Peru says deforestation on the rise, up 80 percent from 2001

LIMA - Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 square miles) last year - an 80 percent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday.

02 Dec 2014

Climate change adaptation comes of age in U.N. talks: TRFN

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Peru, where two weeks of U.N. climate talks begin Monday, melting glaciers and more extreme weather such as hot spells and flash frosts are already harming crops and incomes, and keeping people in poverty, aid workers say.

Spanish pledge raises climate fund close to $10 billion goal

OSLO - A Spanish pledge of 120 million euros ($150 million) to a fund to help poor nations cope with global warming has raised the total close to the $10 billion U.N. target before a U.N. meeting in Peru next week to work on a climate deal.

Extreme El Nino weather stunted growth of Peruvian children

OSLO, Nov 25 - Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said on Tuesday.

24 Nov 2014

Peru aims to cover rural electrical gap with solar panels by 2020

LIMA - Peru plans to nearly close its gap in electrical coverage in rural regions by the end of the decade with a recently-awarded $28.5 million solar-energy contract, the government said on Wednesday.

12 Nov 2014