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Two-thirds of tropical rainforest destroyed or degraded globally, NGO says

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Humans have degraded or destroyed roughly two-thirds of the world’s original tropical rainforest cover, new data reveals – raising alarm that a key natural buffer against climate change is quickly vanishing. The forest loss is also a major contributor of climate-warming emissions, with the dense tropical forest......

Elites see my black baby daughter as nothing more than a carbon-emitter

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Jeremy C. Hunt An hour after my daughter was born, I found myself racing back and forth between my wife’s hospital room and my newborn’s crib in a neonatal intensive-care unit. Both faced dire health challenges. It was the worst experience of my life, but in the end, mother and......

China should speed nuclear development to meet carbon goals: industry legislators

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk at a hutong alley with Chinese national flags hung aside ahead of the Chinese National Day on October 1, in Beijing, China September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China should accelerate development of nuclear power......

Cambodia’s dwindling fish stocks put spotlight on changing rivers

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By Prak Chan Thul, Lach Chantha PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian fisherman Tin Yusos tucks into a meal of the previous day’s catch with his wife and granddaughter aboard a boat which doubles as their home moored by the banks of the Tonle Sap River. FILE PHOTO: Women dry fish......

Money is pouring into carbon removal technologies, but the companies involved struggle to pay for it

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Experts agree that lowering our carbon emissions is no longer enough. In a 2018 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that, if we are to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the worst effects of climate......

A sand shortage? The world is running out of a crucial — but under-appreciated — commodity

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Dozens of trucks dump hundreds of thousands of tons of sand on Miami Beach as part of U.S. government measures to protect Florida’s tourist destinations against the effects of climate change. EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI | AFP | Getty Images LONDON......

Britain lacks plan to meet climate target: watchdog

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain still has not set out a plan on how will meet its climate target of net zero emissions by 2050, almost two years after setting the goal in law, a parliamentary watchdog said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A view of a charging point, as Britain will......

Biden climate envoy John Kerry talking to banks, asset managers about mobilizing capital for clean energy

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. climate envoy John Kerry speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, January 27, 2021. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate, is holding discussions with leaders in the financial sector......

Indigenous people sue retailer Casino over Amazon destruction

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PARIS (Reuters) – Indigenous peoples from Brazil and Colombia sued retailer Casino in a French court on Wednesday over the selling of beef linked to land grabbing and deforestation in the Amazon, campaigners involved in the lawsuit said. It is the first time a French supermarket chain has been taken......

Exxon commits to dividend growth, debt reduction ahead of investor day

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: An Exxon sign is seen at a gas station in the Chicago suburb of Norridge, Illinois, U.S., October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp said on Wednesday it will grow its dividend and cut debt through 2025, ahead of a closely watched......

India’s Kerala turns homes into ‘mini-solar power stations’

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KERALA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Before Govindan Satheeshan installed solar panels on the roof of his home in southern India’s Kerala state under a government scheme two years ago, the 70-year-old retiree was unsure. Would the panels produce enough electricity? Would they be too expensive? Would the system suffer......

Biden raises social cost of carbon, restoring key climate policy tool slashed by Trump

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here President Biden on Friday raised the social cost of carbon, a little-known but important number that informs a wide range of policies regulating industry and energy production. Mr. Biden’s action restores the number to its Obama-era price-tag, and reestablishes......

Number of monarch butterflies hibernating in Mexico plunged 26% last year — and climate change and forest degradation are to blame

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Monarch butterflies provide a unique spectacle every fall as they migrate to Mexico to hibernate for the winter. But now, that migration is at risk, as logging and climate change have taken a toll on the areas where these......

Texas crisis highlights vulnerability of U.S. power grids: “If this isn’t a wake-up call … I don’t know what is”

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here President Biden assured people in Texas on Friday that the federal government will help them recover in the aftermath of brutal winter weather that hit the state hard last week. Extreme cold left millions without power, heat and running......

White House restores key climate measure calculating carbon’s harm

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FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden walks past solar panels while touring the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative in Plymouth, New Hampshire, U.S., June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday announced a major change in how the......

Airline CEOs urge White House support for greener aviation fuel

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By David Shepardson, Tracy Rucinski FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CEOs of American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines and other airline officials met virtually with White......

Population of Mexico’s monarch butterflies falls 26%, conservationists find

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EL ROSARIO, Mexico (Reuters) – The population of monarch butterflies that arrived in Mexico’s forests to hibernate this winter fell 26% from a year earlier, the country’s Commission for National Protected Areas and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Thursday. Millions of orange and black monarch butterflies migrate to......

California’s iconic redwoods, sequoias and Joshua trees threatened by climate change

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here California’s iconic coastal redwoods, some standing since before Julius Caesar ruled Rome, are in a fight for their lives. They are increasingly threatened by wildfires that are larger and more intense due to the impact of human-caused climate change. And......

Petchem giant Dow braces for ‘high impact’ from climate change: executive

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By Florence Tan, Gavin Maguire SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Dow Inc is adjusting its carbon footprint and product slate to adapt to climate change and tap evolving consumption trends tied to the global energy transition, a senior executive said this week. FILE PHOTO: The Dow logo is seen on a building......

China confirms Xie Zhenhua appointed as new special climate envoy

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FILE PHOTO – Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative for Climate Change Affair, speaks during a press conference in Beijing, China November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/File Picture BEIJING (Reuters) – Xie Zhenhua, who served as China’s chief negotiator during key climate meetings in Copenhagen and Paris, has been appointed the country’s new......

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