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“Now or never”: Only severe emissions cuts will avoid climate extremes – UN report

Germany Boxberg power station

Reuters Drastic cuts to fossil fuel use. Growing forests and eating less meat. These are just some of the actions needed in this decade to contain global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial temperatures, a major report by the UN climate science agency said Monday.  Despite climate change warnings issued by the Intergovernmental Panel […]

Better food for world’s poor could hike climate-changing emissions

Malawi food aid drought

Rome, ItalyThomson Reuters Foundation To feed their people a healthy diet, countries from Ethiopia to India may need to hike their climate-changing emissions – a shift only possible if richer nations simultaneously curb theirs, a United Nations flagship report on hunger said Monday. Increasing emissions to provide poor children, in particular, with more protein or […]

Lab-grown meat? Dutch start-up keeps pork on your plate without wrecking the planet

Meatable CEO and CTO

Rome, ItalyThomson Reuters Foundation A Dutch start-up may have found a workaround for eco-conscious consumers struggling to give up meat: pork grown in a laboratory that doesn’t harm animals or damage the planet. Meatable will this summer unveil its first pork prototype made entirely from cultured animal cells instead of from slaughtered animals, according to […]

No more burgers and coke? Climate fears hit meat, drink sales

Woman eating hamburger

Berlin, GermanyReuters Consumers worried about the environment are cutting their spending on meat and bottled drinks and trying to reduce plastic waste, and this trend is set to accelerate as climate concerns mount, a global survey showed this week. About a third of people surveyed in 24 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia are […]

Stop pigging out and save the planet, Chinese told ahead of Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Thomson Reuters Foundation As Chinese people celebrate the new Year of the Pig this week, environmental campaigners are urging them to eat less pork and help save the planet. China consumes more meat than any other country and accounts for half the world’s consumption of pork, which is used in everything from dumplings and stir-fries […]