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Brands urged to think bigger on saving forests as 2020 goal looms

12:18am GMT

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Green certification is not a silver bullet to end deforestation, leaving many global household brands struggling to meet pledges to halt forest-clearing linked to the production of palm oil and other ingredients by 2020, said a body grouping those firms.

Factbox: Can global corporations meet 2020 no-deforestation pledge?

12:17am GMT

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After becoming a target for high-profile campaigns against tropical forest loss by environmentalists, global household brands that buy and use palm oil agreed in 2010 to ensure their supplies did not contribute to deforestation within a decade.

U-turn? Cook Islands set to retain gay sex ban

07 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an apparent U-turn on plans to decriminalize homosexuality, lawmakers from the South Pacific Cook Islands are pushing to retain a law that could jail men for gay sex in a blow to LGBT+ rights groups.

Australia women soccer players' goal on equal pay hoped to boost girls in sport

06 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A landmark equal pay deal brokered by the Australian women's soccer team, the Matildas, has the potential to boost female participation in sports, equality advocates and sports groups said on Wednesday.

Palm oil giants double down on deforestation with new radar system

01 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ten major companies that sell and use palm oil have teamed up on a new radar system to monitor forests across Malaysia and Indonesia more closely and speed up action to stop deforestation, a group leading the initiative said on Friday.

Palm oil giants double down on deforestation with new radar system

01 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ten major companies that sell and use palm oil have teamed up on a new radar system to monitor forests across Malaysia and Indonesia more closely and speed up action to stop deforestation, a group leading the initiative said on Friday.

Carbon emissions from tropical forest loss underestimated, scientists say

31 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The amount of planet-warming carbon emitted by the world's lost tropical forests has been under-reported as estimates failed to take into account the longer-term effects of tree destruction, researchers said.

Carbon emissions from tropical forest loss underestimated, scientists say

31 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The amount of planet-warming carbon emitted by the world's lost tropical forests has been under-reported as estimates failed to take into account the longer-term effects of tree destruction, researchers said.

'Little Miss Sumo' wrestles sexism in Japan's ancient sport

30 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A young wrestler dubbed "Little Miss Sumo" is fighting sexism in the ancient Japanese sport, hoping to inspire other women to step into the ring and elevate sumo to Olympic status.

Scientists question mass tree planting as climate change panacea

22 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The potential for a global tree-planting drive to curb climate-change risks has been overestimated, scientists warned, flagging issues with maps and data used in a recent study and urging greater efforts to cut heat-trapping emissions by other means.

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