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14 Sep 2018 description

"We are on a trajectory to reach over 3 degrees C of warming, and if this trend continues there would be serious consequences for health in many parts of the world"

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Sept 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Failure to meet global targets to limit rising temperatures will mean more heat-releated deaths, researchers said on Thursday.

14 Sep 2018 description

If the entire desert were covered in wind farms and one fifth in solar panels, daily average rainfall would more than double

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Sept 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large-scale wind and solar farms could more than double rainfall in the Sahara desert, "shocked" scientists said as the region grapples with widespread hunger caused by recurrent drought.

In a simulated model, windmills and solar panels were installed across the world's largest desert - an unrealistic scenario in the near future, experts said.

10 Sep 2018 description

by Lin Taylor | @linnytayls | Thomson Reuters Foundation

For every one degree Celsius rise in average temperatures, insects will consume an extra 2.5 percent of the world's crops

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A warming planet will see larger swarms of hungrier insects chomp through millions more tons of rice, maize and wheat crops globally by 2050, even if countries meet ambitious climate goals to curb carbon emissions, scientists said on Thursday.

07 Sep 2018 description

"Funding has always been an issue but we have never seen it as challenged as it is now," says UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed

By Manipadma Jena

STOCKHOLM, Sept 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Funding for international efforts to build resilience to climate change and meet other development goals is faltering, warns United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed.

"It is a tough world right now out there. Everyone is backsliding," she said in an interview.

01 Sep 2018 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 30 August 2018 22:30 GMT

The figure is much higher than previously estimated, with civilian infant deaths outnumbering armed conflict deaths by more than three to one

NAIROBI, Aug 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five million children in Africa have died from preventable diseases over the last 20 years because armed conflict deprived them of access to basic healthcare or clean water, scientists said on Thursday.

23 Aug 2018 description

by Thin Lei Win

"We believe that if the technology is good and farmers can see the benefits, they will adopt it."

KIGALI, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From an app to diagnose disease on Zambian farms to Tinder-style matchmaking for Senegalese land owners and young farmers, young coders have been finding solutions to hunger in the first Africa-wide hackathon on the issue.

19 Aug 2018 description

Nearly 140 aid workers were killed last year worldwide, a 23 percent rise over 2016

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Aug 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Working in conflict zones for years does not make it any less frightening when armed militiamen storm the hospital you run, says Colette Gadenne of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

This happened three times in three weeks from May to June in Central African Republic, where Gadenne is head of the mission. In one case, the fighters fired 21 rounds before leaving.

16 Aug 2018 description

by Javier Manzanares | Green Climate Fund

* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A strong, effective fund is needed more than ever to serve the Paris Agreement

15 Aug 2018 description

by Sonia Elks | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Authorities arrested 24 people on suspicion of human trafficking and held another 61 for other offences

LONDON, Aug 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children trapped in modern slavery are being failed, campaigners said on Tuesday after European authorities found dozens of suspected trafficking victims in a region-wide crackdown, one aged just two.

13 Aug 2018 description

"Small controlled burns can reduce the impact and threat of catastrophic wildfires"

By Isabelle Gerretsen

LONDON, Aug 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries at risk of catastrophic wildfires should adopt ancient practices used by indigenous people, researchers said on Monday, after scores of deadly blazes engulfed parts of the northern hemisphere.

Wildfires have menaced villages and forests from Greece to the United States this summer, killing hundreds and displacing tens of thousands of people.

31 Jul 2018 description

North Korea, Eritrea and Burundi are estimated to have the world's highest rates of modern-day slavery

By Arantxa Underwood

LONDON, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 40 million people worldwide are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery today - more than ever before - as poverty, conflict and crises fuel the growing global slave trade.

18 Jul 2018 description

by Kieran Guilbert
KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Rising numbers of migrants trapped in Libya are prey to smugglers and traffickers and sold for labour

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, July 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Migrants in Libya face the greatest danger in years of being trafficked, exploited or enslaved by armed groups and criminal gangs - which are becoming stronger - as Europe clamps down on migration, the United Nations and analysts said on Tuesday.

13 Jul 2018 description

By Thin Lei Win

Young Africans see farming as an unattractive option as the industry grapples with climate change, unreliable electricity and more

ROME, July 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A motorbike and reliable connectivity to watch football and chat on WhatsApp are the key to keeping young Africans in farming, a senior United Nations official said, as large-scale urban migration threatens food production on the continent.

06 Jul 2018 description

Fair Play World Cup, held in central Dublin, draws players from refugee communities all over Ireland whose countries of origin range from Vietnam to South Sudan

By Cormac O Brien

Dublin, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Fadi hits a penalty shot into the back of the net, it is hard to believe that just a few years ago the Syrian teenager thought his footballing days were over when a house collapsed on him in an accident in his native Aleppo.

27 Jun 2018 description

"People can't get enough nutritious food because it's too expensive"

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, June 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malnutrition is the "challenge of our time", with diet-related disease afflicting almost every country in the world, the winners of a $250,000 prize dubbed the Nobel for agriculture said on Monday.

27 Jun 2018 description

Heatwaves are already a bigger risk in many cities than people realise, experts say

By Laurie Goering

CAPE TOWN, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On days when temperatures hit worrying peaks – an increasing problem in Cape Town as climate change takes hold – figuring out how to keep people cool can be a challenge.

22 Jun 2018 description

"The story of refugees and immigrants moving around the world is not new - but hopeful technology can make these transitions easier"

By Heba Kanso

BEIRUT, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shadi Khaled, a Syrian refugee living in Iraq, teaches Arabic on his computer, calling it his "hope for the future" as a job means money and a chance to educate people about his life.

21 Jun 2018 description

by Umberto Bacchi | @UmbertoBacchi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:42 GMT

"Without transparency, we risk undermining public trust in our life-saving aid"

LONDON, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most of the world's biggest aid donors are failing to make public what their spending achieves, according to a study released on Wednesday that ranks China, the United Arab Emirates and Japan as the worst performers.

20 Jun 2018 description

By Sebastian Rodriguez

SAN JOSE, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When La Mosquitia, a heavily forested region on Honduras' Caribbean coast, began to experience unusual flooding, David Wrathall, a climate and disaster expert who was living there, headed into the forest to take a look.

What he found was a surprise: Huge sections of forest had been cut by drug trafficking gangs and turned into cattle ranches aimed at laundering illegal drug profits.

20 Jun 2018 description

"This is a wake-up call" that action is needed now to deal with fast-approaching problems, says one urban expert

By Laurie Goering

CAPE TOWN, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In just 30 years, cities around the world will face dramatically higher risks from extreme heat, coastal flooding, power blackouts and food and water shortages unless climate-changing emissions are curbed, urban researchers warned Tuesday.