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J.D. Capelouto

Water out of thin air? It can be done, say scientists

Apr 13 2017

LONDON, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People living in arid, drought-ridden areas may soon be able to get water straight from a source that’s all around them — the air, American researchers said Thursday.

In generational shift, college Republicans poised to reform party on climate change

Apr 12 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Davidson College in North Carolina has fewer than 2,000 students – small enough that the presidents of the College Republican and College Democrats clubs count each other as friends.

UK coffee chains offer discount to drinkers with own cups to cut waste

Apr 10 2017

LONDON, April 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two major cafe chains on Monday cut the price of a coffee for drinkers who bring their own cups in a bid to tackle the waste caused by disposable cardboard cups and help the environment.

Permafrost bigger than Australia to melt if climate targets missed - scientists

Apr 10 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - If nations fail to achieve targets set by a global agreement on climate change, a chunk of frozen soil bigger than Australia would melt, sending planet-warming gases into the atmosphere, British scientists said Monday.

Tech firms must go beyond Congo's 'conflict minerals' to clean supply chain: study

Apr 06 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Abuses linked to mining in countries such as Myanmar and Colombia are being overlooked by technology companies focused only on eliminating "conflict minerals" from war-torn parts of Africa in their supply chains, researchers said on Thursday.

As farmers pump more groundwater for crops, food prices risk surge

Mar 29 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers around the world are using an unsustainable amount of well water to irrigate their crops – which could lead to an uptick in food prices as that water runs low, international researchers warned Wednesday.

Pollution from international trade killed 700,000 in one year: scientists

Mar 29 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Air pollution from industries making goods for export are linked to more than 700,000 premature deaths worldwide in a single year, affecting people living thousands of kilometers from the source of pollution and those nearby, researchers said Wednesday.

Skin powered by the sun? Energy-saving prosthetic limbs get better feeling

Mar 22 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amputees with prosthetic limbs may soon have much a better sense of touch, temperature and texture, thanks to the energy-saving power of the sun, British researchers said on Thursday.

One in four children may face severe water shortages by 2040: UNICEF

Mar 22 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in four children — 600 million in total — may live in areas with severely limited water resources by 2040, putting them at risk of deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhea, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday.

Put the rainfall and air-conditioning back into trees, scientists say

Mar 21 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International climate and environment agreements have a flaw which may jeopardize attempts to curb global warming quickly: they do not highlight the role trees play in creating rainfall and cooling the earth's surface, 22 scientists said on Tuesday.

World News

Britain's May pulls parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly decided on Monday to pull a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, throwing Britain's plan to leave the European Union up in the air on the eve of the vote after repeated warnings from lawmakers she faced a rout.