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Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:29:21 -0500

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (Reuters) - Pope Francis issued a ringing defense of the people and the environment of the Amazon on Friday, saying big business and "consumerist greed" could not be allowed to destroy a natural habitat vital for the entire planet.(image)

Endangered orangutan shot before being decapitated in Indonesia

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:41:03 -0500

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A critically endangered Bornean orangutan found dead in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Monday died three days earlier from air rifle wounds before it was decapitated, Indonesia's Centre for Orangutan Protection said.(image)

Park visitors rescued from bushfire as heatwave strikes Australia

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:15:20 -0500

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Holidaymakers trapped by bushfire had to be rescued by boat from a national park south of Australia's largest city of Sydney and 200 people were evacuated by firefighters as a heatwave struck the eastern seaboard on Saturday.(image)

Avalanche in southeastern Turkey kills five soldiers, injures 12: governor's office

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:57:23 -0500

ANKARA (Reuters) - An avalanche in Turkey's southeastern province of Bitlis killed five soldiers and injured another twelve during a military operation, local governor's office said.(image)

Germany faces risks, higher costs without focus on green finance: report

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:27:17 -0500

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany faces growing risks and high costs if it does not revamp its financial system to focus more on climate change and sustainability, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund and finance groups including Deutsche Boerse .(image)

India restricts use of imported petcoke in Delhi region

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:15:42 -0500

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's environment ministry has placed restrictions on the use of imported petroleum coke in the capital Delhi and its surrounding region, in the latest effort to curb rising air pollution.(image)

Quake hits Gulf of California, Mexico says no damage reported

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:44:08 -0500

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake that struck in the Gulf of California shook buildings and sent people running outdoors across parts of northern Mexico on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.(image)

China draws up new 'special' emission curbs on industries

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:10:02 -0500

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will impose "special emissions restrictions" on enterprises in major industrial sectors in northern China later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends in March.(image)

Brasilia closes Latin America's largest rubbish dump

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:53:08 -0500

BRASILIA (Reuters) - One thing the designers of Brazil's modernistic capital Brasilia forgot to map out in their intricate plans was where to put the rubbish.(image)

Malawi seeks divine intervention as drought, pests threaten maize crop

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:07:21 -0500

LILONGWE (Reuters) - A dry spell and worsening pest infestation are threatening Malawi's staple maize crop, prompting President Peter Mutharika on Friday to call on government officials to lead prayers for rain.(image)