Michael Taylor

Analysis-Giant leap for nature? All eyes on China to land new global pact

Jul 12 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Securing an ambitious new global pact to protect nature at a U.N. biodiversity summit later this year will require stronger political leadership from host nation China, officials and observers have warned.

Fund nature protection now or face huge losses, says World Bank

Jul 01 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The global economy faces annual losses of $2.7 trillion by 2030 if ecological tipping points are reached and countries fail to invest more in protecting and restoring nature, the World Bank said on Thursday, calling for a greener COVID-19 recovery.

Analysis: Southeast Asian nations missing from push to protect 30% of planet

Jun 28 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A growing global push to safeguard nature by pledging to protect about a third of the planet's land and oceans by 2030 will fall short unless biodiversity-rich Southeast Asian nations get behind the ambitious proposal, environmentalists have warned.

Analysis: Great Barrier Reef row piles pressure on Australia for climate action

Jun 23 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Australia needs to respond to a U.N. warning on the threat to its iconic Great Barrier Reef with bolder climate policies that cut planet-heating emissions further and create a greener economy, environmentalists and researchers said on Wednesday.

'Iron Man' Downey backs DNA mapping of rivers, wetlands to protect wildlife

Jun 17 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. has backed a new project that will use DNA technology to map information on fish and other wildlife living in and around rivers, lakes and wetlands to advance conservation and attract more money for such efforts.

Analysis-G7 brightens outlook for new nature pact but pandemic threatens deadline

Jun 15 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New pledges by G7 leaders on climate change and biodiversity loss will boost efforts to strike a global pact to protect nature but an October deadline is likely to be missed without in-person talks, officials and observers said on Tuesday.

Analysis-A game-changer? G7 climate pledge could shift Asia's coal policy

Jun 14 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The G7 wealthy nations failed to go far enough at their weekend summit to halt the use of coal, but a pledge to phase out international funding for new coal power this year could help shift Asia's policy on the dirty fuel, analysts said on Monday.

Fashion label Chanel invests $25 million in new climate adaptation fund

Jun 10 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - French fashion house Chanel is backing a new climate adaptation fund that aims to raise $100 million by 2025 to invest in projects to promote sustainable agriculture, protect forests and support small-scale farmers in developing countries.

Restore land the size of China to meet climate and nature goals, UN says

Jun 03 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world needs to restore nature on land areas equivalent to the size of China by 2030 if it is to feed a fast-growing population, curb pollution, halt species loss and meet global goals to tackle climate change, U.N. agencies said on Thursday.

Nature funding must triple by 2030 to protect land, wildlife and climate

May 28 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global annual spending to protect and restore nature needs to triple this decade to about $350 billion by 2030 and rise to $536 billion by 2050, a U.N. report said on Thursday, urging a shift in mindset among financiers, businesses and governments.

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'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.