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  By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the gavel went down on Dec. 12, 2015, signalling the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change, 5,000 people in the room jumped to their feet crying, embracing, clapping and stomping, then U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres remembers. “I have never heard […]

  By Jan Penfrat, Senior Policy Advisor for the EDRi “The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information,” Tim Berners-Lee, one of the internet’s pioneers, once said. The decentralised architecture of the original internet enabled considerable socio-economic benefits: low costs of innovation, […]

  More than six years ago, religious leaders in Cape Town led a March to Parliament to protest against the corruption of the previous administration. At the rally we held at the end of the march, I described the collapse of standards and values we were experiencing as something that had begun as a trickle, […]

  By Nina Chestney LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas emissions reached a new high last year, putting the world on track for an average temperature rise of 3 degrees Celsius, a U.N. report showed on Wednesday. The report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – the latest to suggest the world is […]

  By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rural South Africans took a trust controlled by the Zulu king to court on Wednesday, seeking to cancel agreements which they say forced them to pay rent as tenants on their ancestral lands. The case pits seven informal landholders against the Ingonyama Trust, which manages […]

  By Avi Asher-SchapiroDec 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The firing of top Google AI ethics scientist Timnit Gebru last week – which she attributed to her criticism of the company’s diversity efforts – has sent shockwaves through the emerging field of ethical AI. As of Wednesday, an open letter protesting Gebru’s firing had been signed by […]

  Saoi O’Connor (Ireland), Mitzi Jonelle Tan (Philippines),  Belyndar Rikimani (Solomon Islands), Leonie Bremer (Germany), Laura Muñoz (Colombia),  Fatou Jeng (The Gambia) , Disha Ravi (India), Hilda Nakabuye (Uganda) and Sofia Hernandez (Costa Rica) are young Fridays for Future climate activists. To our World Leaders: Five years ago, in 2015, the Paris Agreement was signed. […]

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Four people have been charged with the toppling of a statue of a slave trader in the English port city of Bristol in an incident which sparked a major debate about Britain’s imperial past earlier this year. The statue of Edward Colston, who made a fortune in the 17th century […]

Mukhtar Karim is CEO of the Lady Fatemah Trust. It’s happening. Highly sought-after vaccines making their way on to the private market. Doses of the coronavirus jab developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca could be available for purchase in India as soon as March, according to comments made by the CEO of the […]

  By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Many developing nations are under huge financial stress from the COVID-19 crisis, making it more important than ever that they receive the funding promised by rich nations to help them tackle climate change, said the head of the Green Climate Fund. Yannick Glemarec said […]


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