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Megan Rowling

Dirty secret: Half of world lacks clean cooking, at a huge cost

Sep 25 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A global failure to provide about 4 billion people - half the world's population - with access to clean, safe and affordable ways of cooking is costing $2.4 trillion a year in damage to health, the climate and local economies, new figures show.

Governments blocking path to carbon-neutral future, U.N. chief warns

Sep 24 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Governments worldwide are still putting obstacles in the way of economies making the transition to become carbon-neutral by mid-century, an effort needed to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the head of the United Nations said on Thursday.

Twin 'crises' of climate and COVID hammering millions, Red Cross says

Sep 23 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Weather disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic have simultaneously hit tens of millions of people worldwide this year, making them more vulnerable to both threats and hampering emergency response, the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

Cities promise to divest from fossil fuels to boost green recovery

Sep 22 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The mayors of 12 big cities in North America, Europe and Africa pledged on Tuesday to shift their money out of fossil fuels and into green energy, buildings, transport and other investments to help them recover from the pandemic and tackle climate change.

In pandemic spotlight, public banks ponder a greener role

Sep 18 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Limping along after a COVID-19 body blow, the global economy needs investment by public development banks more than ever, officials say - and shifts in how they do business could set a precedent for a greener, more equitable future.

Hit by COVID and climate change, island states battle debt crisis

Sep 14 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the coronavirus pandemic compounds worsening economic pressures from climate change impacts, small island developing nations on Monday appealed for international financial support to help them avert a looming debt crisis.

Corporate giants court climate startups in race to net-zero future

Sep 14 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Chile's climate action champion Gonzalo Muñoz has the tough task of teaming businesses with governments to help meet the global warming limits set in the 2015 Paris accord. As an entrepreneur who runs a winery and a recycling firm, he knows the challenge.

Efforts to fix air pollution gasp for funding, as pandemic pressure builds

Sep 07 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Development funding for efforts to tackle air pollution falls far short of what is needed in a world where nine in 10 people breathe air that is damaging their health - a problem thrown into sharp focus by the pandemic, researchers said on Monday.

Efforts to fix air pollution gasp for funding, as pandemic pressure builds

Sep 06 2020

BARCELONA, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Development funding for efforts to tackle air pollution falls far short of what is needed in a world where nine in 10 people breathe air that is damaging their health - a problem thrown into sharp focus by the pandemic, researchers said on Monday.

Green on-trend: Top fashion and food firms test ways to nurture nature

Aug 25 2020

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From helping Mongolia's goat herders produce cashmere more efficiently to counting insects on "biodiversity plots" planted on farms, some of the world's biggest brands are blazing a trail with innovative efforts to nurture nature.

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