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Africa's nomadic herders help, not harm, land and planet - U.N.

22 Sep 2018

TURIN, Italy, Sept 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nomadic herders across Africa can work in tandem with farmers and produce sustainable food without damaging the land or harming the planet, experts and pastoralists said on Saturday.

Why weeds could provide an answer to Cape Town's water worries

21 Sep 2018

TURIN, Italy Sept 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Cape Town started turning off taps to conserve water earlier this year and farmers' crops began dying, Loubie Rusch was pleased to find the plants she was growing - all thought of as weeds - were thriving.

As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking, water experts warn

21 Sep 2018

STOCKHOLM, Sept 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say.

World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank

21 Sep 2018

TEPIC, Mexico, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank on Thursday, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish.

UPDATE 1-U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs'

20 Sep 2018

NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States said on Thursday it was boosting its fight against slave-made goods "to safeguard American jobs", signaling that the Trump administration regards forced labor as a trade, rather than a human rights issue.

U.S. blocks slave-made goods to 'safeguard American jobs'

20 Sep 2018

NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States said on Thursday it was boosting its fight against slave-made goods "to safeguard American jobs", signaling that the Trump administration regards forced labor as a trade, rather than a human rights issue.

INTERVIEW-'Social business cities' could ease urban growing pains, Nobel laureate says

20 Sep 2018

HONG KONG, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities around the world should tap ethical entrepreneurs to help ease their growing pains, ranging from homelessness to unemployment, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday.

Canadian reality TV show slammed over indigenous stereotypes

20 Sep 2018

WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Canadian reality TV show that follows participants as they visit indigenous communities across the country has been accused of furthering stereotypes and bolstering "white privilege".

Liberia passes landmark law to secure ancestral land rights

20 Sep 2018

MONROVIA, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Liberia has passed a landmark law that will help communities fight foreign land grabs by giving them ownership of ancestral territory, officials and activists said on Thursday.

Plot, poison, or curse? Ebola rumours spread in Congo

20 Sep 2018

DAKAR, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some think the disease is a plot to kill off opposition voters. Others believe it is a money-making scheme by foreign groups.

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