December 15, 2019

From Iraq and Pakistan to the Caribbean, climate change is driving threats of new insecurity and violence, security analysts say’

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by Laurie Goering, Thomson Reuters Foundation, in The Hague From Climate Centre (This story appeared first on Tuesday on the website of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; it has been edited slightly here for length.) Climate change threats – from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean – are a growing security […]

Caribbean states and billionaire Branson launch green fund to fight disasters

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By Sebastien Malo From Reuters NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – British billionaire Richard Branson and two dozen Caribbean nations and territories on Thursday launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to turn the hurricane-prone region into a green tech hub resilient to disasters. The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator marks the culmination of talks that began with Branson’s push […]

Storm spurs Caribbean island resort to recover lost paradise

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By Sebastien Malo From Reuters CANE GARDEN BAY, British Virgin Islands, July 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sun loungers dot the white sand of Cane Garden Bay, a beach resort tucked between steep hillsides and the azure sea in the British Virgin Islands. Yachts bob in the harbour and brightly painted homes line quiet streets. […]

Are the Caribbean’s wealthy new citizens a lifeline or a liability?

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By Sophie Hares From Reuters ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, July 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – I nvesting in the tropical Mount Cinnamon Resort in Grenada, with its white sand beaches, buys more than a slice of paradise – it comes with citizenship and a passport with visa-free entry to almost 130 countries. Few who take up […]

New storm forecasting methods mark ‘huge leap forward’: U.S. official

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By Isabelle Gerretsen From Reuters LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center said new ways of forecasting extreme weather events, including identifying storms before they fully develop, mark a “huge leap forward in the science of hurricanes”. Kenneth Graham, who chaired a meeting this week of the World Meteorological […]

Latin America [and Caribbean] teen pregnancy rate ‘unacceptably high’: U.N.

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From Reuters BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – There has been insufficient progress in reducing high teenage pregnancy rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, three United Nations agencies said on Wednesday, as they warned that rising numbers of girls under 15 were falling pregnant. Although overall teenage pregnancy rates “dropped slightly” over the past three […]

PepsiCo cuts ties with palm oil supplier over labor abuse claims

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By Beh Lih Yi From Thomson Reuters Foundation KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has suspended procurement from a palm oil supplier over claims of labor abuses on its Indonesian plantations, a move hailed by campaigners on Wednesday. A 2016 probe by several campaign groups alleged there were child labor […]

Drug dealers convicted for trafficking teen girl

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From Freedom United Two drug dealers have been charged with trafficking a teenage girl in the UK, making it the first time the UK’s Modern Slavery Act has been used to prosecute drug dealers. The two men, Mahad Yusuf, 20, and Fesal Mahamud, 19, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the human trafficking charges and conspiracy to […]

Speed up funding to help Caribbean ward off disaster – bank head

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By Sophie Hares REUTERS From Daily Mail UK MEXICO CITY, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Caribbean nations need faster access to capital to invest in protection against the creeping effects of climate change, as many struggle to recover from the devastating blow of Hurricane Irma, said the president of the Caribbean Development Bank. The […]

Caribbean life “as we know it” at serious risk – expert

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By Anastasia Moloney Reuters From Daily Mail UK BOGOTA, July 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As if hurricanes were not menacing enough, small Caribbean islands risk losing their entire way of life unless they urgently strengthen defences against a raft of future disasters, according to a climate change official. “You don’t even need to have […]