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Thin Lei Win

Urban air quality less improved by COVID lockdowns than first believed

Jan 13 2021

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lockdowns during the first wave of COVID-19 had a much smaller impact on urban air quality than first expected, a study of 11 global cities, from Wuhan to New York, found on Wednesday.

Africa's Great Green Wall aims for fresh growth spurt after sluggish start

Jan 13 2021

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Growing up in a village in Burkina Faso, Georges Bazongo remembers his parents and neighbours cutting down trees each year to expand their farmland so they could "grow enough food for our families to eat".

Analysis-Will 2021 be the year of living sustainably for Europe?

Dec 31 2020

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Driving less. Opting for trains instead of planes. Cutting down on red meat and consuming more locally grown food. Buying less but spending more on sustainable products.

Analysis-Hungry for change: Faulty food systems laid bare by COVID-19 and climate crises

Dec 28 2020

ROME/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From wildfires in California and locust attacks in Ethiopia to job losses caused by pandemic lockdowns in Italy and Myanmar, climate change and COVID-19 disrupted food production and tipped millions more people into hunger in 2020.

Planet-warming emissions from buildings put climate goals at risk

Dec 16 2020

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from buildings and construction are jeopardising global goals to keep devastating climate change at bay, a U.N.-backed coalition warned on Wednesday, after data showed they hit an all-time high in 2019.

Analysis-COVID-19 vaccines raise hope but the 'last mile' challenge looms

Dec 15 2020

ROME/DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The start of mass vaccinations has raised hopes that COVID-19 can be beaten, but ending the pandemic hinges on tackling a plethora of "last mile" challenges - from a lack of fridges to vaccine hesitancy and fraud, according to specialists.

One in four people globally may not get COVID-19 vaccines until 2022

Dec 15 2020

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly one in four people may not get COVID-19 vaccines until at least 2022 because rich countries with less than 15% of the global population have reserved 51% of the doses of the most promising vaccines, researchers said on Tuesday.

Poor countries seen missing out as rich nations hoard COVID-19 vaccines

Dec 08 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nine out of 10 people in dozens of poor nations could miss out on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 next year because rich countries have hoarded far more doses than they need, campaigners said on Wednesday.

Family farmers struggle to keep up with fast-warming world

Nov 27 2020

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young African farmers Mavis Gofa and Andrew Goodman had a vastly different upbringing - Gofa grew up on a one-hectare (2.5-acre) farm and could not afford to finish high school, while Goodman's family cultivated 275 hectares and educated him in Britain.

Public banks urged to share funding fairly, as climate batters poor farmers

Nov 12 2020

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the world's 450 public development banks held their first summit this week, committing to steer the global economy onto a greener and more resilient path, data showed poor communities hit hard by climate change are receiving little financial help.

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