Pope: Duty to protect planet, calls for 'social justice' on resources

QUITO - Pope Francis on Tuesday said protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty and called for a new "social justice" where access to the earth's resources would be based on equality instead of economic interests. | Video

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JAMMU, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In April, scores of hillside homes in Fraswad and Shalnand villages in Jammu and Kashmir collapsed in a landslide amid heavy rains. Eighteen people died.

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EU politicians set to back carbon market 2019 reform start

STRASBOURG, France - The European Parliament on Wednesday is expected to back a 2019 start to reform of the world's largest emissions market in a step toward deeper change and higher carbon prices.

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China sets new standards for coal conversion projects

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U.S. government outlines solar power boost for the poor

WASHINGTON - The White House took steps this week to boost the installation of solar power and other renewable energy in federally subsidized housing and increase the number of jobs in the industry for poor people.

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