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Megan Rowling

U.N. climate chief says 3C hotter world 'just not possible'

Jun 17 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is an "existential issue" for humankind, and stepping up efforts to keep warming to globally agreed limits is urgent, the U.N. climate chief said on Monday, calling on governments to make progress at talks in Bonn.

Drastic shift in city lifestyles urged to avert climate crisis

Jun 12 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - You bound out of bed in your wood-framed eco-home, throw on a rented dress, jump on an electric bike and head to the "tool library" to borrow a trowel to plant your vegetable patch.

Bottled water giants back new global plan to cut plastic waste

Jun 11 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's biggest yoghurt maker Danone and food packaging giant Tetra Pak are among companies leading a global scheme to reduce plastic waste, launched on Tuesday, as public concern rises over the environmental damage caused by rubbish.

Subsidize solar mini-grids to power rural Africa, investors urge

Jun 10 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Local renewable-energy grids can provide electric power to hundreds of millions of people in developing nations, especially in Africa, but will not attract enough financial backing unless they are subsidized, a group of investors said on Monday.

10 facts about air pollution on World Environment Day

Jun 04 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nobody is safe from air pollution, the United Nations warned on World Environment Day, with nine out of 10 people on the planet now breathing polluted air.

Amal Clooney advises companies to step up human rights to profit

Jun 04 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Companies need to put respect for human rights at the core of their businesses, with "doing good" likely to become a longer-lasting trend if they see it as a way to boost profits, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said on Tuesday.

Fossil fuel subsidies are wrecking the world, says U.N. chief

May 28 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Subsidies that promote the use of fossil fuels are helping "to destroy the world", and are a bad way to deploy taxpayers' money, the head of the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Patchy progress on electricity access casts shadow on global goal

May 22 2019

BARCELONA, May 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People are gaining access to electricity at a faster pace as governments ramp up efforts in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Kenya - but the prospects for many African countries remain gloomy, international agencies said on Wednesday.

Stay or go? As weather gets wilder, states urged to prepare for displacement

May 20 2019

(This May 16 story corrects number in para 18 after IDMC revision)

At disaster forum, storm-hit Mozambique says will seek help to build back better

May 17 2019

GENEVA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mozambique, which was battered by two cyclones in March and April, will hold an international conference in two weeks' time to drum up funding to help it build back stronger, its vice-minister for state administration said Friday.

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