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  2024-02-22 (or before) in Reuters

Hurricane Otis pummels Mexico's Acapulco, cutting off famous beach resort | Reuters

  2023-10-26 in Reuters

Hurricane Otis, one of the strongest storms ever to hit Mexico's Pacific Coast, roared into the beach resort of Acapulco early on Wednesday, smashing buildings and vital infrastructure and leaving the city incommunicado and without power.

  Tagged under: Mexico

Greenpeace loses legal challenge to UK's new North Sea oil and gas licences | Reuters

  2023-10-19 in Reuters

Britain's decision to authorise new licences for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea was lawful, London's High Court ruled on Thursday, dismissing a legal challenge by Greenpeace.

  Tagged under: Greenpeace

India to push developed nations to become 'carbon negative' before 2050, sources say | Reuters

  2023-10-14 in Reuters

India wants to push developed nations to become carbon negative rather than carbon neutral by 2050, arguing that would allow emerging market economies more time to use fossil fuels for development needs, two Indian government sources said.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Sustainability

2023 on track to become hottest year on record, says EU climate service | Reuters

  2023-10-05 (or before) in Reuters

This year is on track to become the hottest since at least 1940, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Thursday.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Climate Change made Libya's deadly rainfall up to 50 times more likely - study | Reuters

  2023-09-19 in Reuters

Climate Change made the heavy rainfall that led to deadly floods in Libya up to 50 times more likely, scientists said on Tuesday.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Libya | Flooding | Extreme Rainfall | Africa

Netherlands police use water cannon, detain 2,400 climate activists | Reuters

  2023-09-09 in Reuters

Police deployed water cannon to disperse thousands of climate activists protesting on a highway in the Netherlands on Saturday to demand an end to government subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.

  Tagged under: Activism

In the 'Garden of England', loss-making orchards are cut down | Reuters

  2023-09-03 (or before) in Reuters

The stumps of dozens of apple trees lie discarded along the side of a field. The fruit that helped give the "Garden of England" its name hundreds of years ago no longer makes money so farmer James Smith is tearing down his orchards.

  Tagged under: Farming | Trees

Insight: Coal miners forced to save for a rainy day by insurance snub | Reuters

  2023-09-01 (or before) in Reuters

Some coal producers are having to set aside tens of millions of dollars to cover their own risks as they are cut adrift by insurers, making it more difficult and costly to do business amid a surge in demand for the fossil fuel.

  Tagged under: Insurance | Sustainability

Iran shuts down for two days because of 'unprecedented heat' | Reuters

  2023-08-04 (or before) in Reuters

Iran has announced Wednesday and Thursday this week will be public holidays because of "unprecedented heat" and told the elderly and people with health conditions to stay indoors, Iranian state media reported.

  Tagged under: Health | Middle East | Iran

Saguaro cacti collapsing in Arizona extreme heat, scientist says | Reuters

  2023-07-29 (or before) in Reuters

Arizona's saguaro cacti, a symbol of the U.S. West, are leaning, losing arms and in some cases falling over during the state's record streak of extreme heat, a scientist said on Tuesday.

IMF increasingly worried about 'material' impact of climate change on economies | Reuters

  2023-07-28 (or before) in Reuters

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday called for better coordinated efforts to address the causes of climate change, warning extreme weather is posing material risks to countries globally, especially developing economies already saddled with high debts.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Sustainability | Finance

Focus: P&G drops forest pledge, drawing ire of green groups, investors | Reuters

  2023-07-26 (or before) in Reuters

Global consumer products maker Procter & Gamble dropped its pledge from a corporate policy to not buy wood pulp from degraded forests, a company executive disclosed to investors in a previously-unreported July 18 briefing.

  Tagged under: Trees | Sustainability

Factbox: Why Indian rice export ban is so important to global trade | Reuters

  2023-07-21 (or before) in Reuters

India has prohibited the export of non-basmati white rice with immediate effect, according to a government notice on Thursday, after a late start to seasonal monsoon rains hurt the crop and raised fears of a production shortfall.

Norway approves more than $18 billion in oil, gas investments | Reuters

  2023-07-06 (or before) in Reuters

Norway's government said on Wednesday it has given approval for oil companies to develop 19 oil and gas fields with investments exceeding 200 billion Norwegian crowns ($18.51 billion), part of the country's strategy to extend production for decades to come.

World hits record land, sea temperatures as climate change fuels 2023 extremes | Reuters

  2023-07-03 (or before) in Reuters

The target of keeping long-term global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) is moving out of reach, climate experts say, with nations failing to set more ambitious goals despite months of record-breaking heat on land and sea.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Brazil's lower house approves curtailing environment, indigenous ministries | Reuters

  2023-06-03 (or before) in Reuters

Brazil's lower house of Congress approved late on Wednesday a bill that curtails the powers of the ministries of the environment and Indigenous affairs.

  Tagged under: Brazil

US urged not to use bomb-grade uranium in nuclear power experiment | Reuters

  2023-06-02 (or before) in Reuters

Former US State Department and nuclear regulatory officials said its use could encourage such tests in other countries.

  Tagged under: Nuclear Power

The collapse of insects

  2023-05-28 (or before) in Reuters

The most diverse group of organisms on the planet are in trouble and the consequences could be dire.

  Tagged under: Insects | Collapse

Spain to ban some outdoor working during extreme heat conditions | Reuters

  2023-05-11 (or before) in Reuters

Spain will ban some outdoor working during extreme heat conditions, Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz said on Wednesday, as the country faces high temperatures more frequently as a result of climate change.

  Tagged under: Spain | Climate Change

Exclusive: India amends power policy draft to halt new coal-fired capacity | Reuters

  2023-05-05 (or before) in Reuters

India plans to stop building new coal-fired power plants, apart from those already in the pipeline, by removing a key clause from the final draft of its National Electricity Policy (NEP), in a major boost to fight climate change, sources said.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Electricity

Oil and gas industry earned $4 trillion last year, says IEA chief | Reuters

  2023-04-16 (or before) in Reuters

The global oil and gas industry's profits in 2022 jumped to some $4 trillion from an average of $1.5 trillion in recent years, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, said on Tuesday.

G7 ministers agree to cut gas consumption and speed-up renewable energy | Reuters

  2023-04-16 (or before) in Reuters

The Group of Seven rich nations have agreed to call for reducing gas consumption and increasing electricity from renewable sources while phasing out fossil-fuels faster and building no new coal-fired plants, France's energy transition minister said on Saturday.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Fossil Fuels | Electricity | France

Column: Middle East starts cleaning up its power act with renewable push | Reuters

  2023-04-07 (or before) in Reuters

The Middle East has by far the lowest share of clean power in its electricity mix of all regions, but is starting to change that through hefty increases in renewable energy generation capacity.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Electricity | Middle East

Tunisia to cut off public water supplies overnight due to drought

  2023-04-05 (or before) in Reuters

Tunisia will cut off water supplies to citizens for seven hours a night in response to the country's worst drought on record, state water distribution company SONEDE said in a statement on Friday.

  Tagged under: Drought | Africa

UN votes to ask world court to rule on national climate obligations | Reuters

  2023-03-29 (or before) in Reuters

The United Nations General Assembly voted on Wednesday to pass a resolution asking the world's top court to define the obligations of states to combat climate change, a legal opinion that could drive countries to take stronger measures and clarify international law.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Column: The ironic side effects of the rapid global energy transition | Reuters

  2023-03-20 (or before) in Reuters

There's a consensus among some climate advocates that catastrophic global environmental damage can only be avoided by a rapid and comprehensive retooling of the world's energy system and tough caps on emissions for industry.

Brazilian researchers find 'terrifying' plastic rocks on remote island

  2023-03-20 (or before) in Reuters

The geology of Brazil's volcanic Trindade Island has fascinated scientists for years, but the discovery of rocks made from plastic debris in this remote turtle refuge is sparking alarm.

  Tagged under: Brazil

India to get heat waves this year after hottest February on record

  2023-02-28 in Reuters

India is likely to experience heat waves between March and May, especially in the key wheat producing central and northern states, the weather office said on Tuesday, as the country recorded its highest ever maximum temperature in February.

  Tagged under: Heatwaves | Health

Chile battles deadliest wildfires on record as heatwave grips | Reuters

  2023-02-06 in Reuters

Chilean firefighters were battling to hold back forest fires on Monday as authorities said hot and dry weather would continue this week, potentially exacerbating what are already the deadliest blazes in the country's recent history.

  Tagged under: Chile | Forest Fires | Wildfires | Trees

Norway plans to offer record number of Arctic oil, gas exploration blocks

  2023-01-24 in Reuters

Norway on Tuesday said it plans to offer energy firms a record number of oil and gas exploration blocks in the Arctic as it seeks to prolong its hydrocarbon production, while green campaigners criticised the risk to the environment.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change

Davos 2023-Starmer says no new UK oil and gas fields under a Labour government

  2023-01-20 in Reuters

Britain's opposition leader Keir Starmer said on Thursday there would be no investment in new oil and gas fields in Britain under a Labour government - a big change from current UK energy policies.

Hurricanes and floods bring $120 billion in insurance losses in 2022 | Reuters

  2023-01-10 in Reuters

Hurricane Ian in the United States and floods and Australia helped to make 2022 one of the costliest years on record for natural disasters, Munich Re said on Tuesday, warning that climate change was making storms more intense and frequent.

  Tagged under: Insurance

The collapse of insects

  2022-12-07 (or before) in Reuters

The most diverse group of organisms on the planet are in trouble and the consequences could be dire.

  Tagged under: Insects | Collapse

Dying lands: Farmers fight to save the 'skin of the Earth'

  2022-11-14 in Reuters

In America's dusty Corn Belt this spring, the land was drowning. In China's Yangtze river basin, it's bone dry. Farmers in both are fighting a losing battle to save the soil that produces our food.

  Tagged under: Farming | Rivers

Europe's farmers bring in drought-scarred maize crop

  2022-10-07 in Reuters

The European Union's maize harvest is in full swing and field work is confirming widespread drought damage that analysts expect to push the feed grain crop to a 15-year low.

  Tagged under: Farming | Drought

Reducing energy waste key to meeting climate goals

  2022-10-03 in Reuters

Embracing decentralised power grids may be the way forward in building out renewable energy capacity to reach global climate goals, the CEO of investment firm Sustainable Development Capital said on Monday.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Climate Change | Electricity Grid

Nord Stream rupture may mark biggest single methane release ever recorded, U.N. says

  2022-09-30 in Reuters

Europe and the United States have heaped sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, raising worries the Kremlin will try to deprive Europe of energy supplies leading into the winter. Both sides have suggested saboteurs caused the leak.

  Tagged under: Methane | Climate Change | Electricity Grid

Exclusive: Thousands of U.S. cattle buried, dumped at Kansas landfill

  2022-07-26 in Reuters

Top U.S. cattle feeding companies sent 1,000-pound carcasses to a Kansas landfill, where they were flattened by loader machines and mixed with trash, after a June heatwave killed thousands of cows, documents seen by Reuters show.

  Tagged under: Farming | Heatwaves | Climate Change | Cattle and Dairy Farming

Four countries pledge tenfold rise in EU offshore wind power capacity

  2022-05-18 in Reuters

Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark on Wednesday pledged to build at least 150 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity in the North Sea by 2050 to create a "green power plant"for Europe.

  Tagged under: Germany | Climate Change | Wind Power

G20 agrees on phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies | Reuters

  2022-05-11 (or before) in Reuters

The world's largest economies agreed on Friday to phase out subsidies for oil and other carbon dioxide-spewing fossil fuels in the "medium term" as part of efforts to combat global warming.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels

Food, farming and forestry must be transformed to curb global warming, U.N. says

  2022-04-05 in Reuters

Protecting forests, changing diets, and altering farming methods could contribute around a quarter of the greenhouse gas cuts needed to avert the worst impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations' climate panel.

  Tagged under: Farming | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts | Trees

Analysis: Weak winds worsened Europe's power crunch; utilities need better storage | Reuters

  2022-03-06 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Wind Power | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance

EXCLUSIVE Tax energy firms' windfall profits to raise green cash, EU to tell countries - sources | Reuters

  2022-03-02 (or before) in Reuters

Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035 | Reuters

  2022-02-28 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Germany | Climate Change | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance

French lawmakers approve a ban on short domestic flights | Reuters

  2022-01-24 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: France

'Furnace': Argentina roasts in record-setting heat wave | Reuters

  2022-01-15 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Argentina

Death toll from Brazil flooding rises in Bahia's 'worst disaster' ever | Reuters

  2021-12-29 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Brazil | Flooding

China oil demand to peak by 2030 on petrochemical use -CNPC research | Reuters

  2021-12-27 (or before) in Reuters

OPEC official hits at 'misguided' efforts to pare oil and gas | Reuters

  2021-12-22 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Middle East

End new oil, gas and coal funding to reach net zero, says IEA | Reuters

  2021-12-22 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Coal | Net Zero | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance

Big Oil hearing to kick off U.S. probe into climate disinformation -lawmaker | Reuters

  2021-12-22 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation

During COP26, Facebook served ads with climate falsehoods, skepticism | Reuters

  2021-11-19 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: COP26

Explainer: What's the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming?

  2021-11-09 in Reuters

Over and over at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, world leaders have stressed the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

  Tagged under: Farming

G20 split over coal, 1.5 degree climate limit ahead of Rome summit -sources | Reuters

  2021-10-21 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Coal

Billionaire-backed mining firm to seek electric vehicle metals in Greenland | Reuters

  2021-08-12 (or before) in Reuters

World's top emitters a long way from aligning with climate goals | Reuters

  2021-03-23 (or before) in Reuters

The world's biggest carbon-emitting companies are far from aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement, a report by the leading climate-focused investor group showed on Monday.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Africa | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Japan | Food Production and Consumption | Finance

Thousands evacuated in Australia's worst floods in nearly half a century | Reuters

  2021-03-23 (or before) in Reuters

Australian authorities issued fresh flood warnings and evacuation orders on Tuesday as torrential rains again pummelled several parts of the country, sweeping away homes, roads and livestock in the worst downpour in more than half a century.

  Tagged under: Wildfires | Forest Fires | Wildlife | Trees

UK climate leadership seen weakened by aid cut for world's poor | Reuters

  2021-03-16 (or before) in Reuters

Britain's decision to cut its aid budget will likely dent its reputation on the global diplomatic stage and may weaken a push for other wealthy governments to find more funding to help poor nations tackle climate change, aid groups and think-tanks said.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Africa | Finance

Australia students launch class action to prevent coal mine approval | Reuters

  2021-03-02 (or before) in Reuters

Eight young Australian students have brought a class action in the country's federal court seeking an injunction to prevent government approval of a coal project, lawyers representing the claimants said on Wednesday.

  Tagged under: Coal | Climate Change | Litigation | Climate Justice

Norway awards oil and gas exploration rights to 30 firms | Reuters

  2021-02-12 (or before) in Reuters

Norway awarded 61 offshore exploration blocks to 30 oil firms in its latest pre-defined areas (APA) licensing round as it seeks to find more resources close to existing fields, Energy Minister Tina Bru said on Tuesday.

  Tagged under: Russia

Lloyd's of London steps back from coal in first climate change policy | Reuters

  2020-12-16 (or before) in Reuters

Lloyd's of London is scaling back its exposure to coal and oil sands, the commercial insurance market said in its first sustainability report on Wednesday, in a reversal of its traditional hands-off approach to climate change strategy.

  Tagged under: Coal | Climate Change | Insurance | Sustainability

Special Report: How oil majors shift billions in profits to island tax havens | Reuters

  2020-12-09 (or before) in Reuters

Bermuda and the Bahamas aren’t exactly big players in the oil-and-gas world. They don’t produce any of the fuels at all. Yet the islands are deep wells of profit for European oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

  Tagged under: Shell

Japan aims for zero emissions, carbon neutral society by 2050 - PM | Reuters

  2020-10-26 (or before) in Reuters

Japan is aiming to cut greenhouse gases to zero by 2050 and become a carbon-neutral society, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday as he unveiled a major shift in position on climate change.

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Japan

Reuters finds 3,810 U.S. areas with lead poisoning double Flint’s

  2020-09-01 (or before) in Reuters

Since last year, Reuters has obtained neighborhood-level blood lead testing results for 34 states and the District of Columbia. This data allows the public its first hyper-local look at communities where children tested positive for lead exposure in recent years.

  Tagged under: USA | Louisiana | California | Health | Women and Children

Global warming trends highlight 'enormous challenge' of meeting Paris climate pledge, WMO says | Reuters

  2020-07-09 (or before) in Reuters

Global temperatures will continue to warm over the next five years, and may even temporarily rise to more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Thursday.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Africa | Wildlife

Trump admin slaps solar, wind operators with retroactive rent bills | Reuters

  2020-05-19 (or before) in Reuters

The Trump administration has ended a two-year rent holiday for solar and wind projects operating on federal lands, handing them whopping retroactive bills at a time the industry is struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, according to company officials.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | USA | Donald Trump | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Wind Power | US Politics | California | Alaska

Exclusive: U.S. banks prepare to seize energy assets as shale boom goes bust | Reuters

  2020-04-14 (or before) in Reuters

Major U.S. lenders are preparing to become operators of oil and gas fields across the country for the first time in a generation to avoid losses on loans to energy companies that may go bankrupt, sources aware of the plans told Reuters.

  Tagged under: Finance

Pope urges politicians to take 'drastic measures' on climate change | Reuters

  2020-03-10 (or before) in 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.

  Tagged under: Wildfires | Climate Change | Africa | Forest Fires | Fossil Fuels | Pope Francis | Finance

Peruvian indigenous group wins suit to block oil exploration in Amazonian region | Reuters

  2020-01-24 (or before) in Reuters

A Peruvian judge ruled that the government exclude an indigenous region of the Amazon near the border with Brazil from any oil exploration and exploitation, a legal group said on Wednesday, in a win for native communities that have long fought against oil and mining projects...

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Wildlife

Warren calls on big U.S. banks for steps on climate risk | Reuters

  2020-01-22 (or before) in Reuters

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a contender for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, is asking the biggest U.S. banks for details on their assessments of and preparations for risks related to global warming.

  Tagged under: USA | Wildfires | Forest Fires | US Politics | Trees

Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action | Reuters

  2019-10-26 (or before) in Reuters

Almost 400 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict "incalculable human suffering."

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Africa | Wildlife | US Politics

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