ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Dana Mroueh’s chocolate factory is a rarity for Ivory Coast and not only because the world’s top cocoa grower produces precious little finished chocolate. In the middle of the floor of her company Mon Choco’s factory sits a grinding bike, surrounded by trays of carefully sorted cocoa beans. Poured in a funnel,
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flooding at a U.S. Air Force base in Nebraska that damaged buildings and forced the removal of a plane integral to the nation’s nuclear attack response highlight the risks climate change poses to national security, experts said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: One of many areas near the southeast side of Offutt Air
(Reuters) – Floodwaters continued to rise in the U.S. Midwest on Monday and were not expected to crest for another 24 hours, forecasters said, after killing three people in Nebraska and Iowa and inundating a U.S. Air Force base. The Missouri River, the longest in North America, has flooded much of Nebraska between Omaha and
(Reuters) – The U.S. Central Plains states could face more flooding this week as rising temperatures accelerate snow melt across the region, weather forecasters said Monday. Highway 281 is seen damaged after a storm triggered historic flooding, in Niobrara, Nebraska, U.S. March 16, 2019. Office of Governor Pete Ricketts/Handout via REUTERS Floods in the aftermath
(Reuters) – On the first leg of his Caribbean tour, Britain’s Prince Charles touted a “vital blue economy,” built on sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, as part of the solution to climate change, noting that rising sea levels represent an especially severe threat to nearby island nations. Prince Charles is presented with
(Reuters) – There was no let up in sight for devastating floods across the U.S. Central Plains states that have already killed two people, torn apart homes and businesses and cut off small towns, forecasters said on Sunday. Highway 281 is seen damaged after a storm triggered historic flooding, in Niobrara, Nebraska, U.S. March 16,
Land that has been cleared is pictured at an oil palm plantation in Johor, Malaysia February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia on Saturday threatened to bring a World Trade Organization challenge if the European Union goes ahead with recommendations to phase out palm oil from transport fuel used in the bloc.
(Reuters) – A harsh late winter storm broadsided a vast swathe of the U.S. agriculture industry this week as heavy snow closed roads and buried cattle in the Plains while excessive rain flooded Midwest farm fields and swamped grain elevators. FILE PHOTO: A man tries to get the cows to higher ground, Turkey Creek, near
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Students hold banners and placards during a demonstration against climate change in New York, U.S., March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Chanting “climate action now!”,
BERLIN (Reuters) – A polar bear cub took its first hesitant steps outside its enclosure at the Tierpark Berlin zoo on Friday, stumbling awkwardly into a rock-lined pool under the watchful gaze of her mother, nine-year-old Tonja. The bear was born on December 1 but has spent three and a half months living in darkness
WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands of school students walked out of classes across Australia and New Zealand on Friday in a global student strike to protest against government inaction on climate change. Students are seen during the global school strike for action on climate change outside New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.
FILE PHOTO: The headquarter of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is seen in London, Britain, November 22, Britain 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has arranged a 46 million euro ($52.09 million) financing package to replace a highly polluting coal-fired plant in the central
WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Thousands of school students walked out of class across Australia and New Zealand on Friday as part of a global student strike against government inaction on climate change. Students are seen during the global school strike for action on climate change outside New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German lower house of parliament on Thursday passed a law exempting certain vehicles from driving bans for older diesel vehicles, and giving cities leeway to skip bans if their nitrogen oxide levels were close to meeting European limits. FILE PHOTO: German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Svenja
(Reuters) – BNP Paribas Asset Management, the investment management arm of the French bank, is to stop investing in companies that obtain more than 10 percent of their revenue from thermal coal. FILE PHOTO: Uniper’s Staudinger coal power plant at sunrise in Grosskrotzenburg, 30km outside Frankfurt, Germany, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach The exclusion of
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The devastating Thomas Fire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures northwest of Los Angeles in December 2017 was sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison Co, fire officials said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Firefighters attack the Thomas Fire’s north flank with backfires as they fight
FILE PHOTO – Firefighters battle the Thomas fire , a wildfire near Fillmore, California, December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The devastating Thomas Fire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures northwest of Los Angeles in December 2017 was sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison Co,
PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – As an uncontrollable wildfire turned the California town of Paradise to ash, air pollution researcher Keith Bein knew he had to act fast: Little is known about toxic chemicals released when a whole town burns and the wind would soon blow away evidence. He drove the roughly 100 miles to Paradise,
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Wednesday ramped up its firepower as its battle pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the problem a ‘social disaster’ and which could unlock emergency funds to tackle the issue. FILE PHOTO : A woman looks at a view of Seoul shrouded by fine dust during a polluted
(Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule lifting a summer ban on higher-ethanol blends of gasoline to help farmers, putting the agency on a collision course with Big Oil which has called the move illegal. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at a media briefing at CERAWeek
BEIJING (Reuters) – China expanded its coal-to-gas and coal-to-electricity projects to 35 cities in 2018 from 12 cities the previous year, China’s environment minister, Li Ganjie, said on Monday, as the world’s second-largest economy stepped up its fight against smog. Chinese Minister of Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie speaks at a news conference on the
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Vale SA is pictured in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 7, 2017. Picture taken August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The town of Mangaratiba, in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, fined miner Vale SA and closed its iron ore port terminal on Monday, citing pollution problems and
Men wait for the water level to drop in a flooded street after heavy rains in Vila Prudente neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Intense floods in Latin America’s business hub Sao Paulo killed at least 11 people, turned roads into rivers and tossed cars atop buildings
OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) – Eight years after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, a fresh obstacle threatens to undermine the massive clean-up: 1 million tons of contaminated water must be stored, possibly for years, at the power plant. Storage tanks for radioactive water are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
Arla Foods milk powder is stacked in a supermarket in Copenhagen, Denmark December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Julie Astrid Thomsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Farmers’ cooperative Arla Foods, one of the world’s biggest dairy firms, plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next decade to meet rising demand from consumers for more sustainable products, it
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron watches as German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – A draft energy and climate law due to be presented to French cabinet ministers on Monday has been postponed so that it can
FILE PHOTO: Lighting strikes over a barn surrounded by a soybean crop in Donnellson, Iowa, July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo (Reuters) – Severe thunderstorms are expected to strike parts of the Midwest and southern United States on Saturday afternoon and evening, bringing damaging winds, hail and the threat of tornadoes, forecasters said. The deadliest
WEIPA, Australia (Reuters) – Rio Tinto is in talks to move into the next phase of an agreement with Apple, Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques said on Friday, as the miner looks to transition its aluminum business to tap a low-carbon economy. Workers talk at Rio Tinto’s Amrun bauxite mine in Cape York, on the north-eastern
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday visited communities in eastern Alabama devastated by tornadoes that tore through homes and businesses, killing 23 people. U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet vistors as they land at Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S., and will continue on to Lee County Alabama, March
BOGOTA (Reuters) – At least five companies are interested in six fracking blocs in Colombia, and use of the technique could nearly triple the country’s reserves of crude and gas, the energy minister said. FILE PHOTO: Colombia’s Mines and Energy Minister Maria Fernanda Suarez, speaks at a news conference in Bogota, Colombia February 1, 2019.