Exclusive: Brazil launches first anti-deforestation raids under Lula bid to protect Amazon

URUARA, Brazil, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian environmental agents cut through the rainforest with machetes on Thursday in search of criminals in the first anti-deforestation raids under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has pledged to end surging destruction inherited from his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Reuters exclusively accompanied raids led by environmental agency Ibama … Read more

One year after volcanic blast, many of Tonga’s reefs lay silent

Jan 15 (Reuters) – One year on from the massive eruption of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific, the island nation of Tonga is still dealing with the damage to its coastal waters. When Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai went off, it sent a shockwave around the world, produced a plume of water and ash that soared … Read more

Police move on coal mine protesters barricaded in abandoned German village

LUETZERATH, Germany, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Hundreds of police began clearing climate protesters out of an abandoned village on Wednesday in a showdown over the expansion of an opencast lignite mine that has highlighted tensions around Germany’s climate policy during an energy crisis. The protesters formed human chains, made a makeshift barricade out of old … Read more

‘Feels like summer’: Warm winter breaks temperature records in Europe

Ski slopes deserted due to lack of snow Activists call for faster action on climate change Pollen warning issued as plants bloom early Governments get short-term gas-price respite LONDON/BRUSSELS, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Record-high winter temperatures swept across parts of Europe over the new year, bringing calls from activists for faster action against climate change … Read more

Biden says US is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced an agreement aimed at bolstering trade ties between the United States and Africa on Wednesday after years in which the continent took a back seat to other US priorities as China made inroads with investments and trade. “The United States is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future,” … Read more

US imposes sanctions over rights abuses, targets China and Russia

Penalties over alleged abuses tied to illegal fishing First US sanctions to target Nasdaq-listed firm Russia election body targeted over referendums Other orders mention Tibet, Iran protests WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on dozens of people and entities over alleged rights abuses, including Russia’s Central Election Commission, Iranian … Read more

‘Burn everything’: Poland chokes on the smog of war

OLPINY, Poland, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The Tkaczuk family moved from the Polish city of Krakow to the village of Olpiny in the Carpathian foothills in 2018 in search of cleaner country air. Four years on, as the fallout from the Ukraine war halted Russian gas supplies to Poland, the local authorities postponed a ban … Read more

EU agrees law preventing import of goods linked to deforestation

BRUSSELS/SAO PAULO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Tuesday on a new law to prevent companies from selling into the EU market coffee, beef, soy and other commodities linked to deforestation around the world. The law will require companies to produce a due diligence statement showing their supply chains are not contributing … Read more

US Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron addressed US lawmakers from both political parties on Wednesday and pushed back on new American subsidies that are riling European leaders, according to a participant in a closed-door meeting. Macron arrived in Washington on Tuesday for his second state visit to the United States since taking … Read more

Indian tycoon Adani’s mega port hangs in the balance as a fishing community protests

VIZHINJAM, India, Nov 23 (Reuters) – On the main road to billionaire Gautam Adani’s planned Vizhinjam mega port on the southern tip of India, a shelter built by the coastal region’s Christian fishing community blocks the entrance, preventing further construction. The simple 1,200 square-feet structure with a corrugated-iron roof has since August stood in the … Read more