Environment

  • Teen climate activist to urge climate action on Capitol Hill
    Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and other environmental advocates join Washington DC-area students at a rally on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington US on September 13, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)     WASHINGTON, September 17 (Reuters): Swedish teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg will join other youth leaders to urge U.S. lawmakers to support “transformative climate action” during two days of meetings and speeches on Capitol Hill
  • Indonesia shuts schools as smoke from forest fires takes health toll
    Smog covers trees during a forest fire in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia on September 14, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   PEKANBARU, Indonesia, September 16 (Reuters): Indonesia closed more schools on Monday in parts of the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, as well as providing oxygen at health centres to help treat some of the thousands suffering respiratory infections due to choking smoke from forest fires. Indonesia and neighbouring countries in Southe
  • 'Dangerous' air pollution in Indonesia's Borneo leads to school closures
    Motorists ride their motorbikes through haze due to a forest fire in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia on September 15. (REUTERS Photo)   PALANGKA RAYA, Indonesia, September 15 (Reuters): Schools in two cities in the Indonesian part of Borneo island will be closed for a week after smoke from forest fires caused air quality to hit "dangerous" levels, a local government official said on Sunday.   Indonesia and neighbouring countries in
  • Indonesia blames Malaysian companies for some forest fires
    A mosque and a church are pictured as smog covers the city due to the forest fire in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on September 10, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (REUTERS Photo)   JAKARTA, September 13 (Reuters): Indonesia on Friday blamed four Malaysian companies, including the world's biggest producer of sustainable palm oil, for causing some of the forest fires within its borders, in an escalating row between neighbours over regional haze.  
  • World ‘losing battle’ on 2020 goal to cut deforestation
    A deforested and burnt plot is seen in Jamanxim National Forest in the Amazon, near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil on September 11. (REUTERS File Photo)   BARCELONA, September 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Meeting a landmark target to slash by at least half losses of natural forests by 2020 is likely to be "impossible", as deforestation has soared in the five years since it was set, warned a report on progress towards the goal.   The 2014 New York Declarati
  • Climate activists ready to risk arrest but not passengers' lives in Heathrow protest
    Activists Valerie Milner-Brown and Linda Davidsen pose with drones near Heathrow Airport in London, Britain on September 12. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, September 12 (Reuters): Climate activists planning to disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones said as they practised on Thursday that they would not fly them when planes were in the air and were prepared to be arrested.   Last month, British climate activists said they aimed to ground flights at
  • Madagascar forest destruction wiping out humans' tiniest relative
    A grey mouse lemur is seen at the Kirindy forest near the city of Morondava, Madagascar on August 30, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   KIRINDY FOREST, Madagascar, September 6 (Reuters): As a shocked world watches fires ravage the Amazon, slash-and-burn farmers are wreaking proportionally worse destruction half a world away in Madagascar, driving humanity's smallest relative - the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur - to extinction.   Frustrated conservationists hope Fr
  • On the front lines of climate change in the world's northernmost town
    The Wahlenberg Glacier is seen in Oscar II land at Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway on August 5, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   SVALBARD, Norway, September 3 (Reuters): Icebergs float liked doomed islands past the small boat as it makes its way through a fjord filled with the slush of a melting glacier. Occasionally, as the warming waters dissolve the bottom of one of the icebergs, it becomes top-heavy and does a somersault, as if it were playing instead of dying.  
  • Pope urges politicians to take 'drastic measures' on climate change
    Pope Francis gestures as he speaks during the weekly general audience at the Vatican on August 28, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     VATICAN CITY, September 1 (Reuters): Pope Francis challenged governments on Sunday to take "drastic measures" to combat global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying the world was experiencing a climate emergency.   Francis issued his appeal, a written message for Sunday's World Day of Prayer for the Care o
  • G7 to release emergency aid for Amazon forest fire crisis
    A dead bird is pictured at a burning tract of the Amazon jungle in Porto Velho, Brazil on August 25, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   BIARRITZ, France, August 26 (Reuters): Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations have agreed to release more than $20 million of emergency aid to help countries battle wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.   A record number of blazes are ravaging the rainforest, many of them thought to
  • Water pollution an ‘invisible threat’ to global goals
    A man brushes his teeth as he stands in the polluted water of Ganges river in Kolkata. (REUTERS File Photo)     JOHANNESBURG, August 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030, economists warned in a report on Tuesday, citing the largest-ever database on the world's water quality.   The World Bank report warned of the ripple effe
  • Climate campaigner Greta prepares to sail to the U.S. to avoid flying
    Greta Thunberg, Swedish "Fridays for Future" climate activist, stands at the edge of the Hambach open-cast brown coal mine of German utility RWE, west of Cologne, Germany on August 10, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, August 13 (Reuters): Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York this week, crossing the Atlantic in a racing yacht to join protests in the United States and take part in a United Nations summit.   To avoid travelli