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Nearly half a million people urge Indian government to declare a ‘climate emergency’

Inspired by teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old student Aman Sharma launched a petition on Change.org in May after noticing that every successive year was getting hotter, drier, thirstier and more polluted

Nearly half a million people urge Indian govt to declare a ‘climate emergency’

Inspired by teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old student Aman Sharma launched a petition on Change.org in May after noticing that every successive year was getting hotter, drier, thirstier and more polluted, he said.

After loss at sea, Venezuelan archbishop calls for trafficking probe

Archbishop Roberto Luckert in an open letter published on Facebook on Tuesday said the sinking of a boat carrying Venezuelan migrants to Trinidad and Tobago in April showed the dire consequences of trafficking.

Beyond shelter in a storm, Odisha eyes sturdier homes, power and trees

Around Odisha, more than half a million homes were damaged, close to 1.5 million trees uprooted, and much of its energy infrastructure was destroyed.

Explained: On World Environment Day, here’s how air pollution has gripped our planet

Household air pollution causes about 3.8 million premature deaths each year, the vast majority of them in the developing world, and about 60 per cent of those deaths are among women and children.

In climate change-hit Bangladesh, hospital boats keep healthcare afloat

These islands - known as chars in Bangladesh - are constantly changing shape as they erode and reform, a process that is quickening as a result of more extreme rainfall associated with climate change.

Climate change climbs up US voters’ list of concerns

It also comes as climate change is increasingly making headlines in the United States and abroad, with school strikes on Fridays now a regular occurrence and children filing lawsuits against authorities to demand more climate action.

World’s forests ‘in emergency room’ after years of losses

The rate of destruction in 2018 was lower than in the two previous years. It peaked in 2016 when about 17 million hectares of tropical forest were lost due partly to rampant forest fires, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).

New environmental pact could face September vote, says UN official

Maria Fernanda Espinosa, who is nominally in charge of the 193-member body, said negotiations underway could soon produce a definitive text for the Global Pact for the Environment, which is supposed to plug holes left by prior treaties.

Millions of women still landless despite global push for equality

Patriarchal attitudes towards women and girls and a lack of knowledge of their own rights "prevent millions of women from owning land", said Victoria Stanley, senior rural development specialist at the World Bank.

Asia’s coal addiction puts chokehold on its air-polluted cities

Nine out of 10 people breathe polluted air, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a problem that impacts more cities in Asia than anywhere else in the world.

The 10 legal hurdles LGBT+ people still face

Since the ILGA's last review in 2017, India and Angola have legalised same-sex relations, while Chad moved to criminalise gay sex that year, the report's author Lucas Ramon Mendos told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Future of food under ‘severe threat’ as species diversity disappears: UN

Although about 6,000 plant species can be used for food, less than 200 varieties are widely eaten, and only nine make up most of the world's total crop production, the FAO said in the first report of its kind to assess biodiversity in food systems.

Consumers’ use of toilet paper wiping out habitat, heating planet: report

The NRDC singled out giant US tissue producers Procter & Gamble Co., Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Georgia-Pacific for using largely virgin fiber wood pulp in their products rather than recycled content or alternative fibers.

LGBT+ people in Singapore ‘more fearful’ after HIV data leak

About half of the 434 new HIV cases reported in 2017 were transmitted through same-sex intercourse, official data shows. Gay sex remains a crime in Singapore under a British colonial-era law.

US missionary exposed tribe in Brazil to risk of death, says govt

Steve Campbell, an American Christian missionary, entered the area occupied by the Hi-Merimã tribe last month, one of the few dozen tribes in Brazil that has had no contact with the outside world.

Philippine referendum to give minority Muslims control over land, resources

"This is a very significant vote that will lead to a participatory government that will ensure everyone is heard, and no one is left out," said Rufa Cagoco-Guiam, a conflicts specialist at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation.

Ravaged by Ebola and war, Congo named most neglected crisis of 2018

Congo, where 13 million people in a population of 82 million need help, also topped the annual Thomson Reuters Foundation poll in 2017, but agencies said the situation had deteriorated.

British schoolgirls at risk of FGM during Christmas break

An estimated 137,000 women and girls in England and Wales have undergone FGM. Many cases go unnoticed because they had happened at a young age and abroad, campaigners say.

UN says Rohingya refugee girls are being sold into forced labour in Bangladesh

"They are desperate to get out of the camps to make some money," Barua told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Cox's Bazar.

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