• Pull investments from companies not committed to environment, pope says
    VATICAN CITY, October 11 (Reuters): Pope Francis on Saturday urged people to pull investments from companies that are not committed to protecting the environment, adding his voice to calls for the economic model that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic to be a sustainable one. Francis spoke in a video message for an online event called "Countdown Global Launch, A Call to Action on Climate Change". "Science tells us, every day with more precision, that we nee
  • Indonesia's jobs law endangers environment, say activists, investors
    JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, October 9 (Reuters): Environmentalists in Indonesia are calling for the reversal of a controversial law aimed at job creation because it is seen favouring business interests at the expense of the environment and labour. Indonesia, the world's biggest producer of palm oil and nickel ore for electric vehicle batteries, has forests bigger than any outside the Amazon and Congo, and environmentalists say the country's abundant natural reserves could b
  • 'Dramatic' global rise in laws defending rights of nature
    WASHINGTON, October 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): From Bolivia to New Zealand, rivers and ecosystems in at least 14 countries have won the legal right to exist and flourish, as a new way of safeguarding nature gains steam, U.S. environmental groups said on Thursday. Rights of nature laws, allowing residents to sue over harm on behalf of lakes and reefs, have seen "a dramatic increase" in the last dozen years, said the Earth Law Center, International Rivers and the C
  • China air pollution falls 10.8% because of coronavirus slowdown
    SHANGHAI/BEIJING, August 14 (Reuters): China saw average concentrations of lung-damaging airborne particles known as PM2.5 fall by 10.8% from January to July as industry slowed because of the coronavirus, data showed on Friday, though levels were still well above WHO recommendations. Average PM2.5 stood at 33 micrograms per cubic metre over the seven months, according to data collected from monitoring stations in more than 300 cities, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment sai
  • Earth's atmosphere more sensitive to CO2 emissions than thought, study finds
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters): Hopes that the rise in average global temperatures by 2100 might be capped below 2.5C can be all but ruled out if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, new research reassessing the atmosphere's sensitivity to CO2 suggests. The study, under the Geneva-based World Climate Research Program, offers the first clear progress in decades toward narrowing the range of temperature rise caused by doubling of carbon dioxide levels since p
  • Smog causes an estimated 49,000 deaths in Beijing, Shanghai in 2020 - tracker
    SHANGHAI, July 9 (Reuters): Air pollution has caused an estimated 49,000 deaths and $23 billion in economic losses in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai alone since Jan. 1, 2020, according to a "clean air counter" launched by environmental groups on Thursday.   The online tool launched by the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), Greenpeace Southeast Asia and IQAir Air Visual, measures smog in 28 major cities worldwide and uses mod
  • Global CO2 measurement hits record high in May despite pandemic
    Reuters   A key measure of carbon dioxide emissions in the Earth's atmosphere hit a record in May even as a global pandemic brought the world's economies to a virtual standstill this year, according to U.S. government data published on Thursday.   Carbon dioxide recorded at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reached 417 parts per million (ppm) in May, higher than the record of 414.8 ppm set last year, according to the announcement by the National Oceanic
  • Trash is treasure as Myanmar environmentalist turns food scraps into fertiliser
    YANGON, June 4 (Reuters): To most people in Myanmar, food waste is nothing but garbage, and that attitude leaves Inda Soe Aung baffled.   But the 35-year-old environmentalist isn't complaining, because what he views as his compatriots' lack of imagination has given him the business opportunity of a lifetime - turning what they throw away into fertiliser.   "People think that food waste is just trash, trash, trash," he said. "It's di
  • 'You have stolen my dreams'- How dare you? Greta Thunberg to World leaders at UN climate summit
    'This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?' questions Thunberg, 16, at UN Climate Action Summit, her voice quavering with emotion   UNITED NATIONS, September 24 (Reuters): Teenage activist Greta Thunberg angrily denounced world leaders on Monday for failing to tackle climate change, unleashing the outrage felt by millions of her peers in the h
  • Asia-Pacific students kick off global climate strike with message for government: Do your job
    Protesters with placards participate in The Global Strike 4 Climate rally in Sydney, Australia on September 20. (AAP Image/Steven Saphore/via REUTERS)   SYDNEY/BANGKOK, September 20 (Reuters): Thousands of students took to the streets of Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries on Friday to kick off a global strike demanding world leaders gathering for a UN Climate Action Summit adopt urgent measures to stop an environmental catastrophe.   "We didn't light