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Megan Rowling

National governments urged to get behind cities to win climate fight

12:33am EDT

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With efforts to make buildings, transport, energy and waste management greener, cities could cut their planet-warming emissions nearly 90% by 2050, producing close to $24 trillion in returns, a coalition of 50 organizations said on Thursday.

Fund smarter to switch on lights for the poor - UN envoy

Sep 17 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Everyone in the world could be provided with clean, affordable electric power by a global deadline of 2030 if international funding toward the effort is used more intelligently, the U.N. official in charge of the task said.

UPDATE 1-World 'losing battle' on 2020 goal to cut deforestation

Sep 12 2019

BARCELONA, Sept 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Meeting a landmark target to slash by at least half losses of natural forests by 2020 is likely to be "impossible", as deforestation has soared in the five years since it was set, warned a report on progress towards the goal.

Soaring forest losses set to wreck global protection pledge

Sep 12 2019

BARCELONA, Sept 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Meeting a landmark target to slash by at least half losses of natural forests by 2020 is likely to be "impossible", as deforestation has soared in the five years since it was set, warned a report on progress towards the goal.

Failure to adapt to climate impacts will hike inequality, commission warns

Sep 09 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From taxpayer-backed flood defenses in Miami to shelters keeping Bangladeshis safe from storms, investing to protect against the growing effects of climate change pays, a global commission said on Tuesday, warning failure to do so will hike inequality.

How polluted, noisy Barcelona could save lives by cutting traffic

Sep 09 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barcelona could cut deaths from air pollution and improve quality of life by implementing in full a plan to calm traffic and free up space for residents, researchers said on Monday.

Boost for global climate fund as rich states pledge fresh billions

Aug 29 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five wealthy nations have promised new contributions worth almost $6 billion to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund, which is seeking to refill its coffers this year to ramp up efforts to help poorer countries combat climate change.

Heatwaves and heavy rain predicted to last longer with climate change

Aug 19 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries in the northern hemisphere can expect longer summer heatwaves, as well as more consecutive days of heavy rain with harmful consequences, if internationally agreed goals to limit global warming are exceeded, scientists warned on Monday.

Indigenous and women's rights can boost climate fight - U.N.

Aug 08 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indigenous peoples said on Thursday that a United Nations report on climate change had for the first time recognized their land rights as important for curbing global warming.

Enough food and fewer climate threats - scientists cook up recipe for land use

Aug 06 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From eating less meat to farming with fewer chemicals and protecting forests, there are many ways people can use land more wisely to rein in global warming and feed a growing population at the same time, a scientific report is due to say this week.

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