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Record number of women candidates hope to make inroads in Bougainville polls

4:38am EDT

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A record number of women candidates are contesting polls in the South Pacific archipelago of Bougainville this month, government officials and analysts said, hoping to build on a "milestone" election for women's political representation in 2015.

Malaysia walks away from law to tackle firms over forest fires

Aug 07 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malaysia's decision not to introduce a law to tackle companies responsible for forest fires is a "missed opportunity" to curb the annual smoke haze that blights Southeast Asia and to end diplomatic rows over the problem, policy experts said on Friday.

Teen election candidate urges NZ to lead world in green virus recovery

Aug 04 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New Zealand won global praise for its coronavirus response but needs to show the same vigour in pursuing climate goals and a green recovery from the pandemic, said a young activist standing against Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in elections next month.

Ethical wood label to revive checks after pandemic sparks forest fears

Jul 30 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which lends its ethical label to household products worldwide, said on Thursday it would ramp operations back up by September after the coronavirus pandemic sparked deforestation concerns among environmentalists.

As fog clears on benefits of forest protection, excuses for failure wear thin

Jul 09 2020

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global efforts to stop the destruction of tropical forests have faltered so far largely because poor understanding of the value of preserving them has led to weak political will - a barrier that may be overcome with stronger evidence of their benefits.

Indonesia's plan for giant farm kindles 'ecological chaos' concern

Jul 03 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indonesian government plan to develop a huge farm on Borneo island would likely increase planet-warming carbon emissions and forest-fire risks, while missing its goal to improve food security, environmentalists warned on Friday.

Rainforest Alliance aims to help ethical growers get climate-smart

Jul 01 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Rainforest Alliance will bolster its food certification scheme to ensure growers and brands make better use of technology to tackle climate change, respect human rights and invest in sustainable farming, the green group said.

Rainforest Alliance aims to help ethical growers get climate-smart

Jul 01 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Rainforest Alliance will bolster its food certification scheme to ensure growers and brands make better use of technology to tackle climate change, respect human rights and invest in sustainable farming, the green group said.

Climate fund targets $2.5 billion in clean energy investment for SE Asia

Jun 29 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new climate fund backed by philanthropic donors is aiming to trigger $2.5 billion of clean energy investment in Southeast Asia and aid the region's green recovery after the coronavirus.

U.N. charts new territory with project to track all Myanmar's forests

Jun 18 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new five-year project in Myanmar will for the first time document all forests in the Southeast Asian nation - including places affected by ethnic tensions - to pinpoint deforestation risks and boost conservation, the United Nations said.

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