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China tightens security after rare protests against COVID curbs

Shanghai, Beijing police make presence visible on streets No sign of new protests in Beijing, Shanghai on Monday Backlash is a setback for efforts to stamp out the virus News of the protests roils global markets SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Police on Monday patrolled the scenes of weekend protests in Shanghai and Beijing after …

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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 …

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COP27 delivers climate fund breakthrough at the cost of progress on emissions

COP27 climate summit ends after marathon weekend negotiations Final deal delivered on creating historic climate finance fund Negotiators say some blocked tighter emissions targets SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Countries closed this year’s UN climate summit on Sunday with a hard-fought deal to create a fund to help poor countries being battered by …

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COP27 nears breakthrough on climate finance in scramble for final deal

Countries studying details of new draft agreement Delegates herald possible breakthrough on loss and damage EU prepared to exit talks without positive outcome Some nations want firmer goals on long-term action SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Negotiators at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt neared a breakthrough deal on Saturday for a fund …

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Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries are linking debt costs to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be the biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory …

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COP27 negotiators still far apart on strong climate deal

G20 leaders expressed support for climate action Lula boosts COP27 with ‘Brazil is back’ message But countries struggle for climate deal in Egypt SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Countries were far from agreeing the contours of a climate deal at the COP27 summit in Egypt on Wednesday, with the host country urging negotiators …

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World making little progress on food waste, a big climate problem

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Every Thursday, California resident Richard Redmond takes a gallon-sized container of food scraps to the farmers market in the city of South Pasadena where it is collected and composted for use in gardens – an effort to reduce the amount of household waste he sends to landfill. “It’s just stunning,” the …

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Mediterranean marine heatwaves threaten coastal livelihoods

KERKENNAH ISLANDS, Tunisia, Nov 13 (Reuters) – A decade ago, Tunisian fisherman Ahmed Chelli’s nets bulged with fish and octopus that he sold at the local market in the Kerkennah islands. Today, he pulls up only “ISIS” — the name locals have given to the blue crabs that have invaded their fishing grounds in the …

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EXCLUSIVE US blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns

Nov 11 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at US ports since June under a new law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal customs officials and industry sources. The level of seizures, which has …

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African nations tell COP27 fossil fuels will tackle poverty

African countries say the rich world has yet to shift to renewables Say need to end fuel poverty Energy crisis linked to Ukraine war has shifted priorities SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Nov 10 (Reuters) – African nations must be allowed to develop fossil fuel resources to help lift their people out of poverty, governments said at the …

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