Environment

  • Sydney air pollution due to bushfires among worst in the world
    Sydney, November 19 (IANS): The air pollution levels in the most populous Australian city of Sydney on Tuesday was among the 20 worst in the world due to smoke caused by bushfires.   "#Sydney is also known as the 'big smoke' and is living up to the nickname today. #Bushfire smoke will slowly ease during the day, increasing tonight. A Poor air quality alert is current," said the New South Wales Meteorology Office on Twitter.   Government data of the state showed th
  • Schools shut in Pakistan due to rising pollution levels
    Islamabad, November 15 (IANS): The air quality in Pakistan's city of Lahore and adjoining districts on Friday surpassed "hazardous" level, forcing local government to close down all public and private schools for two days. "In the wake of dense smog, public and private schools operating within the territorial limits of Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala districts will remain closed on November 15 and 16," said a notification issued by the Punjab School Education Department.
  • Environment Ministry's cleanliness drive at 50 beaches
    New Delhi, November 11 (IANS) The Environment Ministry is launching a mass cleanliness drive at 50 beaches under the "Swachh - Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan". The government's effort is to clean up the beaches and create awareness among citizens about the importance of coastal ecosystems. The campaign from November 11-17 will clean the beaches in 10 coastal states/Union Territories (UTs), namely Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra
  • Schools in Indian capital reopen, air quality still unhealthy
    Protestors hold placards and shout slogans during a protest demanding government to take immediate steps to control air pollution in New Delhi on November 5. (REUTERS Photo)   NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 (REUTERS): Schools in India's capital New Delhi reopened on Wednesday after closing for two days due to a spike in air pollution that triggered a public health emergency and prompted protests by residents and environmental groups.   Children, many wearing face masks, re
  • Uncertainty over UN talks must not delay climate action, green groups say
    A crowd of thousands march in a climate strike featuring climate change teen activist Greta Thunberg in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on October 25, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     BARCELONA, October 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): A surprise decision by Chile, rocked by violent unrest, to withdraw as host of December's U.N. climate conference risks throwing international efforts to ramp up action on global warming off course, environmentalists and rights activists
  • World unprepared for impact of climate change on mountain water supplies - experts
    People enter the Ice Cave, covered with material to prevent the ice from melting, at the Rhone Glacier at the Furka, Switzerland on August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo   GENEVA, October 29 (Reuters): The world faces increased flooding, droughts and possible conflicts due to the effects of climate change on fresh water supplies drawn from mountains but is "woefully unprepared" to tackle these risks, experts said.   Mountain-sourced water s
  • Climate change activists defy police ban on London protests
    Police officers carry away an activist as Extinction Rebellion protesters block a road with caravan in central London, Britain on October 15. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, October 15 (Reuters): Climate change activists, including one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion, defied a police order to end protests on Tuesday after a week of disruption in London, targeting Britain's transport ministry and security agency MI5.   Gail Bradbrook, one of the founder
  • Indonesia shuts some schools as haze again clouds the skies
    An aerial view of Palembang city covered by smoke from the forest fire in South Sumatra province, Indonesia on October 14, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, October 15 (Reuters): Indonesia warned its citizens of more choking smoke from forest fires on Tuesday as several provinces closed schools due to worsening air quality.   An El Nino weather pattern this year has intensified annual dry-season fires, often caused by sl
  • Citing 'unhealthy air', Vietnam tells people to limit outdoor activities
    People wear protective masks while riding on a street in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 21, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)     HANOI, October 1 (Reuters): Vietnam warned its people on Tuesday to limit outdoor activities because the air quality in the Southeast Asian country has persistently been at "unhealthy" levels for days.   The levels of hazardous small particles known as PM2.5 in the air at the country's two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, have been r
  • Greta Thunberg leads Montreal climate strike amid aviation emissions talks
    A participant holds a drawing depicting Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg during a protest march to call for action against climate change, in The Hague, Netherlands on September 27. (REUTERS Photo)   MONTREAL, September 27 (Reuters): Teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who inspired a "flight-shaming" movement against air travel, is spearheading a climate change strike on Friday in Montreal where U.N. aviation leaders are gathering to debate plane emission targ
  • Global climate crisis 'beyond party politics': teenage activist Thunberg
    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks with other child petitioners from 12 countries who presented a landmark complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest the lack of government action on the climate crisis during a news conference in New York, US on September 23, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     NEW YORK, September 25 (Reuters): Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Wednesday that the world would need to lay p
  • United Nations report warns of 1 meter sea level rise by 2100
    Paris, September 25 (IANS): Sea levels could rise by a meter and force millions of people to migrate by 2100 if current trends in climate change continue unabated, according to a UN report on Wednesday. The stark conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said sea level rises of between 30 and 60 cm will occur whether or not climate change levels are curbed and the global temperature is limited to 2ºC above pre-industrial levels - a target widely accepted in t
  • Mont Blanc glacier at risk of collapse, PM calls for climate action
    A view of the Planpincieux glacier along the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif in the area of Planpincieux, Aosta, Italy on September 25, in this still image taken from a video footage. (REUTERS Photo)   MILAN, September 25 (Reuters): Part of a glacier on Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain, is at risk of collapse, prompting Italian authorities to close roads and evacuate Alpine hamlets and the prime minister to call for action to tackle global warming. A
  • 'This is earth not Mars': Blood red skies unsettle Indonesians
    A glowing red sky is seen in Kumpeh District in Muaro Jambi Regency, Indonesia in this still image obtained from a Septmber 21, 2019 social media video. (REUTERS Photo)     JAKARTA (Reuters) - While smoke from forest fires in Indonesia often simply obscures visibility with a choking haze, parts of Sumatra island recently witnessed blood red skies due to the interaction of sunlight on particles from smoke in the air.   The Southeast Asian country has spent
  • WMO sees global average temperature at new record in five years
    People take part in protests ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 2, 2017. Placard reads "Global Warming is NOT a Myth". (REUTERS File Photo)     GENEVA, September 23 (Reuters): The global average temperature is set to rise to at least 1.2 to 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) official said on Monday.   "Basically we are on track to reach at least
  • Air pollution reaches hazardous levels in Singapore
    Singapore, September 22 (IANS): Air pollution in Singapore, caused by the forest fires in Indonesia, on Sunday reached hazardous levels. The air quality had improved a day ago but on Sunday morning, the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) stood between 103 and 118, which the National Environment Agency defines as an "unhealthy range" and recommends people to avoid strenuous outdoor physical exertion. The pollution level is prone to sudden changes depending on the wind dir
  • Air pollution reaches hazardous levels in Singapore
    Singapore, September 22 (IANS): Air pollution in Singapore, caused by the forest fires in Indonesia, on Sunday reached hazardous levels. The air quality had improved a day ago but on Sunday morning, the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) stood between 103 and 118, which the National Environment Agency defines as an "unhealthy range" and recommends people to avoid strenuous outdoor physical exertion. The pollution level is prone to sudden changes depending on the wind dir
  • Firefighters in Bolivia lose hope of taming blazes as burned area doubles
    Carlos Leige, a resident, fights wildfires in Santa Monica community near Concepcion, Bolivia on September 21, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   CONCEPCION, Bolivia, September 22 (Reuters): Bolivian volunteer firefighters, exhausted from battling blazes sweeping rapidly across the country's lowlands, are starting to lose hope and retreat from the front lines of some infernos in the drought-stricken region.   The fires this year are Bolivia's worst i
  • UN research shows G20 nations lagging in climate action
    Young people protest outside of the San Francisco Federal Building during a Climate Strike march in San Francisco, US on September 20, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   Nairobi, September 22 (IANS): G20 nations are collectively not on track to meet their Paris Agreement commitments, but they have huge opportunities to undertake rapid and deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, a new UN research has said. An advance chapter of the 2019 Emissions Gap Report, released
  • Greta Thunberg: From teen climate activist to leader of global movement
    Sixteen year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee and House Select Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing on "Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis" on Capitol Hill in Washington US on September 18, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   NEW YORK, September 20 (Reuters): Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has inspired a global movement for climate change, delivered a pointed message before a U.S.