Climate change

  • 'Taiwan is Taiwan': China name dispute moves from birds to climate change
    TAIPEI, September 27 (Reuters): The dispute over international organisations referring to Taiwan as Chinese has moved from wild bird conservation to climate change, after a global alliance of mayors began listing Taiwanese cities as belonging to China on its website. China has ramped up pressure on international groups and companies, no matter how small or obscure, to refer to democratic Taiwan as being part of China, to the anger of Taiwan's government and many of its peop
  • World's youth rallies against climate change
    As climate impacts surge, Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future protesters mount more than 3,100 demonstrations around the world BRUSSELS, September 25 (Reuters) - United under Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, young people rallied worldwide on Friday to demand urgent action to halt catastrophic climate change, in their first global protest since the coronavirus crisis began. With wild weather wreaking havoc across the world – from fires ravaging the U.S. West, to abnormal
  • A young violinist's lonely mission to pressure Russia on climate change
    MOSCOW, September 24 (Reuters): The young violinist holding a sign reading "Strike for Climate" on a Moscow square didn't have long to wait for the police to arrive. His one-man protest lasted just 30 minutes before he was detained this summer for the second Friday in a row. The city's COVID-19 lockdown is now over but protests remain illegal, presenting a new challenge for Arshak Makichyan's mission to build a movement from scratch to pressure the go
  • Military-style Marshall Plan needed to combat climate change, says Prince Charles
    LONDON, September 21 (Reuters): Climate change poses such a severe threat that the world's only option is to adopt a military-style response reminiscent of the U.S. Marshall Plan to rebuild post-war Europe, Prince Charles said on Monday. A long-time advocate for nature, the British royal said climate change was rapidly becoming a "comprehensive catastrophe" that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "At this late stage I can see no other way f
  • Battle from Below: The South African miners fighting climate change
    ERMELO, South Africa, September 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Four nights a week, Given Zuli packs some food, meets his colleagues at the entrance of an abandoned coal mine in South Africa's eastern Mpumalanga province, and descends into the earth for up to 12 hours, chipping away at the black rock. Zuli is one of thousands of small-scale, illegal miners across South Africa - a number believed to be on the rise as unemployment spikes in a brittle economy - who make a liv
  • As world falls behind on U.N. wildlife targets, bright spots offer hope
    LONDON, September 15 (Reuters): All the world's governments have fallen short on pledges made a decade ago to protect wildlife, though cases of conservation show that the destruction of nature can be slowed, and even reversed, according to a U.N. report published on Tuesday. The report outlined recommendations for far-reaching changes in sectors from farming to urban planning, and a rapid phase-out of the fossil fuels driving climate change, to help save a million species s
  • Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say
    LONDON, September 10 (Reuters): The planet is showing signs it's in peril. In recent weeks, the world has seen ferocious wildfires in the U.S. West, torrential rains in Africa, weirdly warm temperatures on the surface of tropical oceans, and record heat waves from California to the Siberian Arctic. This spate of wild weather is consistent with climate change, scientists say, and the world can expect even more extreme weather and higher risks from natural disasters as global
  • Merkel says world needs to do more to combat climate change
    BERLIN, August 28 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that global efforts to combat climate change were insufficient, and that she would accelerate the fight to combat it in coming years. At a news conference, she said the European Union needed to adjust the climate goals it has set for 2030, and that she wanted a carbon pricing mechanism for the industry and transport sectors. The European Commission will next month propose a new 2030 climate target fo
  • India can be 'global superpower' in fighting climate change: Guterres 
    New Delhi/New York, August 28 (IANS): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday asked India to end its reliance on polluting, financially volatile and costly fossil fuels and invest in clean, economically resilient solar power. Addressing TERI's Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture virtually from New York due to Covid-19 restrictions, the UN chief asked all G20 countries, including India, to invest in a clean, green transition. "Today, as we endure the twin crises of Covi
  • Greta Thunberg urges Merkel to get out of climate "comfort zone"
    BERLIN, August 20 (Reuters): Swedish activist Greta Thunberg urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel "to be brave enough to think long-term" in a meeting on Thursday where they discussed the climate crisis and measures to fight global warming. During a 90-minute conversation in the chancellery, Merkel explained her climate policy priorities for Germany's European Union presidency, the goal of achieving EU climate neutrality by 2050 and interim targets to reduce gree
  • EU makes world's biggest 'green recovery' pledge - but will it hit the mark?
    LONDON, July 22 (Reuters): Pledging a record sum of money to slow climate change is one thing. Spending it wisely is another. After 90 hours of intense negotiations, European Union leaders reached a recovery deal on Tuesday that included devoting nearly 550 billion euros to green projects over the next seven years - the largest single climate pledge ever made. The money represents a 30% share of a mammoth package, comprising a 1.074 trillion euro EU budget for 2021-27 and a
  • Greta Thunberg: World must 'tear up' old systems, contracts to tackle climate
    LONDON, July 16 (Reuters): Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said on Thursday the world needed an economic overhaul to have a chance of beating climate change and that countries should be prepared to tear up old deals and contracts to meet green targets.   The 17-year-old spoke to Reuters TV after she and other activists sent an open letter to European leaders urging them to take emergency action and saying people in power had practically "given up" on searching
  • Climate battles are moving into the courtroom, and lawyers are getting creative
    LONDON/WASHINGTON/GENEVA, July 7 (Reuters): Climate change may be having its day in court.   With the slow pace of international climate negotiations, lawyers from Switzerland to San Francisco are increasingly filing lawsuits demanding action.   And they are getting creative -- using new legal arguments to challenge companies and governments before a judge.   Two decades ago, only a handful of climate-related lawsuits had ever been filed worldwide.
  • South Pole warmed three times the global rate in last 30 years - study
    BUENOS AIRES, June 29 (Reuters): At the South Pole, considered the coldest point on Earth, temperatures are rising fast.   So fast, in fact, that Kyle Clem and other climate researchers began to worry and wonder whether human-driven climate change was playing a bigger role than expected in Antarctica.   Temperature data shows that the desolate region has warmed at three times the global warming rate over the last three decades up through 2018, the South Pole&
  • Climate change as urgent as coronavirus: Greta Thunberg
    Stockholm, June 20 (IANS): Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg has said that the world needs to learn the lessons of coronavirus and treat climate change with similar urgency.   In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Thunberg said: "People are starting to realise that we cannot keep looking away from these things... We cannot keep sweeping these injustices under the carpet".   She said the lockdown has given her time to relax and reflect away from the
  • Water politics heat up under worsening climate in Afghanistan
    BAMIYAN, Afghanistan, June 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): In a good year, farmer and mother-of-four Zahra Tawakole can produce enough potatoes from her hectare of land in the small Afghan village of Raquel to get her family through to the next harvest.   Over the past two decades, however, weather patterns have become more extreme, Tawakole said, with flooding and dry spells devastating farms in central Afghanistan's Bamiyan province that rely on rainfall and seaso
  • Pandemic lockdown lands new blow on India’s struggling pastoralists
    Already hit by climate change and growing grazing restrictions, pastoralists now see their movement limited and markets closed   NEW DELHI, June 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When India's lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic eventually ends, it may be too late for B. Hanumanthu to earn an income this year.   The herder keeps 150 Poda Thurupu cattle, prized as draft animals. In April and May, right after the spring harvest, farmers from southern India
  • Don't call me 'Greta': Young climate activists demand to be heard
    Youth climate activist, Licypriya Kangujam, leads a climate strike in eastern Odisha state, India, on October 27, 2019. (Photo: HANDOUT/The Child Movement)   'If you call me Greta of India, you are not covering my story. You are deleting a story,' says 8-year-old climate campaigner Licypriya Kangujam   NEW DELHI, February 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young campaigners say they have had enough of being dubbed their country's "Greta", as the world's media track
  • Sea level rise to affect 36mn people in India by 2050
    High tides water. (pixabay.com)   West Bengal and coastal Odisha, according to researchers are projected to be particularly vulnerable to floods by 2050, as is the city of Kolkata.   New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Rise in sea level may put some of India's greatest cities in the flood-risk zone, affecting a total of 36 million people in the country by 2050 - about 31 million more than previously thought, warns a study. Worldwide, rising sea levels could wi
  • Swedish teen climate activist to sail into New York for U.N. summit
    Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and crew's Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann wave from the Malizia II boat, as she starts her trans-Atlantic boat trip to New York, in Plymouth, Britain on August 14, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   Rather than travel in an airplane that burns fuel and contributes to atmospheric carbon pollution, Thunberg opted to make her trans-Atlantic journey carbon emission-free by sailing on the Malizia II, a 60-foot yacht equipped with sol