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Megan Rowling

Water-smart green roofs and plazas make a splash in Rotterdam

16 Jul 2019

ROTTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A decade ago, Rotterdam's rundown inner-city Zomerhofkwartier district was slated for redevelopment - a project that was shelved when a global economic crisis hit.

FEATURE-Water-smart green roofs and plazas make a splash in Rotterdam

16 Jul 2019

ROTTERDAM, July 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A decade ago, Rotterdam's rundown inner-city Zomerhofkwartier district was slated for redevelopment - a project that was shelved when a global economic crisis hit.

Chennai needs more water? Try saving it at home, official urges

12 Jul 2019

ROTTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With water supplies shrinking to crisis levels in the Indian metropolis of Chennai, one key solution has been overlooked - persuading residents to use less water, said the man in charge of reducing city risks.

Despite funding loss, cities vow to continue resilience push

09 Jul 2019

ROTTERDAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, nine "water plazas" have been created that soak up excess rainfall while offering people a green space to meet and children to play.

Hotter but less deadly? Preparedness may cut toll of Europe's heatwave

02 Jul 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The impact of June's extreme heat across France, Spain and other parts of Europe is likely to have been less damaging than in the past because governments put in place measures to cope after a deadly 2003 heatwave, scientists said Tuesday.

U.N. climate talks sweat over detail while planet broils

28 Jun 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Despite record-breaking heat across Europe and campaigners drumming up support for a global strike in September to demand urgent action on climate change, progress at two weeks of U.N. climate talks in Bonn was decidedly tepid, observers said.

As climate protests mount, governments urged to respect civil rights

26 Jun 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As pressure ramps up on governments to push through the large economic and social shifts needed to curb climate change, little consideration has been given to the potential consequences for civil and political rights, said a U.N. human rights expert.

Protecting basic services from disasters saves cash, improves lives: World Bank

19 Jun 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investing in transport, energy, telecoms, water and sanitation systems that can keep functioning during and after extreme weather and earthquakes would bring benefits worth $4 for each $1 spent on them, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

Protecting basic services from disasters saves cash, improves lives - World Bank

19 Jun 2019

BARCELONA, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investing in transport, energy, telecoms, water and sanitation systems that can keep functioning during and after extreme weather and earthquakes would bring benefits worth $4 for each $1 spent on them, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

U.N. climate chief says 3C hotter world 'just not possible'

17 Jun 2019

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is an "existential issue" for humankind, and stepping up efforts to keep warming to globally agreed limits is urgent, the U.N. climate chief said on Monday, calling on governments to make progress at talks in Bonn.

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