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Laurie Goering

Despite climate pledges, G20 coal subsidies rise

Jun 24 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite promising a decade ago to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, the world's leading economies more than doubled subsidies to coal-fired power plants over three years, putting climate goals at risk, energy researchers said Tuesday.

In Los Angeles 'water colony', tribes fear a parched future

Jun 04 2019

BIG PINE, California (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the first white settlers arrived in California's remote eastern Owens Valley, the name given to its indigenous tribes was Paiute, or "land of flowing water" in the local language.

Running Dry: Competing for water on a thirsty planet

Jun 03 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In India's 'Silicon Valley' tech hub of Bangalore, where gleaming office complexes and apartment blocks have sprouted faster than the plumbing to serve them, only 60% of the water the city needs each day arrives through its water pipes.

Storm-struck Mozambique must revamp climate preparations: former first lady

Apr 26 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After Cyclone Idai blasted through the Mozambican port of Beira in March, former first lady Graca Machel took a helicopter ride over the city - and was astonished at the devastation.

Technology eases farming 'drudgery' and risk as climate threats grow

Apr 12 2019

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In India, farmers growing crops for seed company Mahyco get a text message after they deliver their harvest, noting its weight and how much was usable - followed quickly by another text saying their money is in the bank.

Tracking goats and bleach, artificial intelligence helps out in crises

Apr 11 2019

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nepal suffered devastating twin earthquakes in 2015 that killed nearly 9,000 people, the government provided help for families whose homes had collapsed to rebuild.

From fake rice to deadly medicine, African firm takes on counterfeiters

Apr 10 2019

OXFORD, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rice that is ready to cook and rice grains grown as seed for the next crop look remarkably similar. That can tempt the unscrupulous, who pocket big profits by packaging table rice for sale as seed, according to counterfeiting experts.

Proposal for U.N. to study climate-cooling technologies rejected

Mar 14 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A push to launch a high-level study of potentially risky technological fixes to curb climate change was abandoned on Thursday at a U.N. environmental conference in Nairobi, as countries including the United States raised objections.

Governments seek U.N. scrutiny of technologies to cool the climate

Mar 11 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As climate change accelerates, the United Nations Environment Assembly will this week consider whether to start assessing, and setting rules on, technologies that could pull carbon out of the atmosphere or block some of the sun's warmth to cool the Earth.

Insurance not enough to offset financial risks of climate change, analysts say

Feb 21 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From homeowners facing higher flood insurance premiums to investors putting money into coal-fired power plants, financial risks related to climate change are growing, analysts say.

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