Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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As worsening drought slashes the country's hydropower production, creating lengthy power cuts, Zimbabwe's industries are beginning to turn to solar panels and battery storage systems to keep business humming.

Distributed Power Africa, a subsidiary of mobile phone provider Econet Global, has over the

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Green certification is not a silver bullet to end deforestation, leaving many global household brands struggling to meet pledges to halt forest-clearing linked to the production of palm oil and other ingredients by 2020, said a body grouping those firms.

After environmentalists

Dakar, Senegal
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Data analyst Fabrice Sonzahi enrolled in a course on artificial intelligence in Dakar, hoping to help struggling farmers improve crop yields in his home country of Ivory Coast.

He is part of an inaugural batch of students at a new AI programming school

Bangkok, Thailand
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India has dropped plans to give forest officials the right to use force against Indigenous people and open up more land for commercial plantations after nationwide protests.

Proposed amendments to a century-old Indian Forest Act aimed to give officials the power to arrest

Hong Kong
Reuters

Hong Kong protesters shot arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday at police who fired tear gas and water cannon in some of the worst violence in the Chinese-ruled city since anti-government unrest erupted five months ago.

Several protesters took

London, UK
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Next year will see the first major European city to ban private cars, a leading tech investor has predicted, saying a boom in electric-powered bikes and scooters was driving a green "revolution".

Norwegian capital Oslo and bike-friendly Amsterdam in the Netherlands are both

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

With urban populations surging around the world, cities will struggle to keep residents safe from fast-growing heat risks turbo-charged by climate change, scientists and public health experts warned this week.

Heat is already the leading cause of deaths from extreme weather in countries

Vatican City
RNS

A day after the US Catholic bishops declared the fight against abortion their most urgent priority at their fall meeting in Baltimore, prioritizing it over protection of the environment, Pope Francis set the record straight in a scathing speech at the Vatican on

Healdsburg, California, US
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kinsey Metts moved to California for its wilderness and great outdoors. Now she wants to leave for the same reasons.

This autumn's rash of destructive wildfires - predicted to grow worse in coming years as climate change strengthens - is threatening to

Johannesbury, South Africa
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Gabon's new environment minister, Lee White, a British-born conservationist, has vowed to fight illegal logging by strengthening governance of forests after a national scandal in which about 350 containers of rare kevazingo wood went missing.

Illegal logging, political apathy and climate change

Nairobi, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ten countries - including the United States, Brazil and Egypt - criticised a global conference on sexual and reproductive health on Thursday, saying it promoted abortion and sex education.

Heads of state, financial institutions and donors were among the 9,500 delegates in Nairobi

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

Dozens of wild fires burned across Australia's east coast on Saturday and firefighters scrambled to shore up defences ahead of hotter weather expected next week.

The early arrival of fierce bushfires in the southern spring has already claimed several lives and destroyed nearly 300 homes

RNS

As Americans gear up for a long and bitterly contentious presidential election year, their message to religious leaders and institutions couldn’t be clearer: Keep out.

That’s the finding in the latest Pew Research poll, which found that 63 per cent of Americans say churches and

Bogota, Colombia
Thomson Reuters Foundation

High-tech mapping and mobile phone apps are being used to combat dengue fever in Honduras as the Central American nation struggles to fight the worst outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease on record, medical charity MSF said on Thursday.

Honduras has one of the

London, UK
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Pervasive abuse of women on social media is driving female leaders off the internet and, in some cases, out of a job, a conference heard on Thursday. 

Two years after the global #MeToo movement began with women finding strength in numbers by sharing

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