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UPDATE 1-G20 finance ministers under pressure to deliver climate funding for poor

Jul 09 2021

* G20 gives $297 billion to support fossil fuels since 2020 (Adds comments from UN chief, detail of Sunday climate conference)

G20 finance ministers under pressure to deliver climate funding for poor

Jul 09 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's 20 largest economies face mounting calls to boost climate finance for poorer nations as ministers meet on Friday in Italy, with green groups warning a failure to deliver fresh money could throw November's key climate talks into doubt.

Analysis: China's bitcoin crackdown sparks fears of dirtier cryptomining

Jun 28 2021

TBILISI/KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - China's sweeping ban on cryptocurrency mining delivered a blow to an industry criticised for its environmental impact, but emissions from the sector could grow as a result unless other countries follow China's lead, climate and tech experts said.

UN climate chief urges unity as scarce vaccines, finance cloud COP26 outlook

Jun 17 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations climate chief said on Thursday a "significant amount of work" remains to be done ahead of November's COP26 summit in Britain, with developing nations warning issues of finance and vaccine inequity could derail a successful outcome.

Analysis-A game-changer? G7 climate pledge could shift Asia's coal policy

Jun 14 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The G7 wealthy nations failed to go far enough at their weekend summit to halt the use of coal, but a pledge to phase out international funding for new coal power this year could help shift Asia's policy on the dirty fuel, analysts said on Monday.

Malaysian urban dwellers 'reclaim' city land, one garden at a time

Jun 10 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amid the high rises that tower over the Malaysian capital, tiny community gardens are taking shape in a trend that has seen urban dwellers staking claims to the city - one plot at a time.

COVID-19 crisis makes electricity too costly for millions in Africa, Asia

Jun 07 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The economic toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 25 million people in Africa and Asia unable to afford electricity, threatening a global goal to provide power to everyone by 2030, international agencies warned on Monday.

Going carbon-neutral is a business opportunity, says S.Korean minister

May 31 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The path to carbon neutrality should be seen as creating opportunities rather than threatening business, a South Korean minister told a climate forum on Monday, as he called for a change in perceptions and stronger global cooperation.

FEATURE-'We are waiting to die': hope wanes for world's poor after India halts vaccine exports

May 19 2021

NAIROBI/KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - W hen John Omondi received his COVID-19 vaccination last month, the Kenyan taxi driver counted himself one of the lucky ones.

FEATURE-In COVID-19's shadow, migrants find solace in Ramadan prayers and online iftars

Apr 15 2021

TORONTO/KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - W hen Sharbano pictures the Islamic holy month of Ramadan back home in Oman, she remembers precious time with her large family, children running between houses, and neighbours delivering the iftar evening meal to each other and to the mosque.

World News

'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.