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Megan Rowling

Ban Ki-moon, Gates lend muscle to help world weather climate change

Sep 13 2018

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A high-powered commission set to launch next month aims to strengthen funding and practical solutions for people and economies coping with climate change.

U.N. chief turns up heat on governments to cool climate change

Sep 11 2018

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the planet's population struggles with fiercer heatwaves, storms and wildfires, governments face growing pressure to step up their action to curb climate change by 2020, after a flagship speech by the United Nations' chief on Monday.

Climate fund snags threaten opportunity to fight warming - Ban Ki-moon

Aug 26 2018

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Insufficient cash is hampering a flagship international fund to help poor nations combat climate change, which is not working as fast and efficiently as the urgency of global warming requires, said former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Green Climate Fund needs political push to solve woes: U.N. climate chief

Aug 02 2018

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Green Climate Fund, set up to channel billions of dollars to help developing nations tackle climate change, must operate more efficiently, with greater political attention needed to make that happen, the United Nations' climate chief said on Thursday.

'Sun and Data': Mallorca upgrades to a green tech future

Jul 26 2018

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Driving along bumpy tracks past ancient, twisted olive trees, farm manager Joe Holles points to a rare black vulture swooping above the mountain as he shows off a wilder side to the Spanish island of Mallorca, best known for sun, sea and sand tourism.

Sink or swim? Islands innovate to thrive in a high-stress world

Jul 23 2018

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the Caribbean island of Barbuda was battered by Hurricane Irma last September, about 90 percent of homes were destroyed or damaged, and the entire population had to be evacuated.

In the Sahel, solar power can help ward off extremism: official

Jul 17 2018

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Grinding poverty and climate change are pushing communities in West Africa's Sahel region into the arms of extremist groups like Boko Haram, but providing people with clean energy could help slow that trend, said a top international official.

FEATURE-Global plan powers up to supply clean energy for refugees

May 18 2018

BARCELONA, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies and governments are transforming the way they provide energy to families forced to flee their homes around the world - from setting up solar power plants at camps for Syrians in Jordan, to funding a small solar panel for a Malian refugee to run a fridge for her water shop in Burkina Faso.

Social investors see the light on clean energy for the poor

May 10 2018

LISBON/BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After learning that three babies died in a government hospital in the Sierra Leone city of Bo last November when a power cut switched off machinery keeping them alive, London-based energy adviser Michael Liebreich decided to act.

Despite violence, Somalia eyes a clean energy future: U.N.

May 04 2018

LISBON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Providing clean energy to Somalis, including those uprooted from their homes in the conflict-torn country, could both improve lives there and provide new opportunities for entrepreneurs, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said.

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