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By Thin Lei Win ROME, Jan 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lockdowns during the first wave of COVID-19 had a much smaller impact on urban air quality than first expected, a study of 11 global cities, from Wuhan to New York, found on Wednesday. As millions stayed home, concentrations in the air of nitrogen dioxide […]

  By Nandita Bose and Makini Brice WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The United States’ stark racial inequality was on display after a mob of predominantly white supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol with ease on Wednesday then left, according to Washington residents, activists and politicians, including President-elect Joe Biden. At least […]

  By Avi Asher-Schapiro Jan 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building, social media platforms clamped down on posts seen as inciting unrest with Twitter on Friday booting President Donald Trump’s personal account off the platform permanently. Four people died on Wednesday as rioters forced their way past security […]

  Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr is the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone. 95% of Covid-19 cases are reported in urban areas. That puts cities on the frontlines of a global public health crisis that is widening the gap between those with the comfort and safety of a home and those forced to leave their homes behind. Dire budget shortfalls and lost revenue — up to 65 percent for […]

  Olivia Coldrey is Energy Finance Lead with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Renat Heuberger is CEO of South Pole.  For many countries, a strong recovery from the global pandemic will hinge on reliable access to energy for hospitals, factories and farms to name a few – something that most of us in developed nations […]

Here are South Africa’s top Google search trends for the year 2020: Top ten trending searches: Coronavirus US elections update Sasol share price Level 3 lockdown South Africa Children’s Day Hantavirus Load shedding Cigarettes ban South Africa Teacher’s Day Leap Day Top trending questions: How to apply for an unemployment grant? Who won the election? […]

The need to carve out one’s own path is something many of us can relate to. On his EP, ‘Excuse Me for Being Me’, Tumi Tladi encapsulates this need. The mini-album stems from a desire to be able to just be without any limitations.   Listen Here

British scientist Tim Lenton has long studied climate-change tipping points – the expected moments when big losses of Amazon forests or Antarctic ice could push the world into abrupt, irreversible and dangerous climate shifts. Those have always been assumed to be distant threats – but the last decade of soaring planet-warming emissions and accelerating losses […]

  By Anastasia Moloney Dec 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After losing his sister to Ebola and narrowly surviving the disease himself, health worker Sherry Bangura is on a mission to spread awareness about COVID-19 and stop it spreading. About one in three Ebola patients survived the outbreak which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between […]

  By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The European Commission announced draft rules on Tuesday to rein in tech giants such as Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon, the most significant among a raft of measures taken by regulators worldwide. Here is what European Union regulators hope to achieve, and the factors […]


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