Environmental News

Azerbaijan plants 650,000 trees to celebrate poet

By Umberto BacchiTBILISI, Dec 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Oil-rich Azerbaijan planted more than half a million trees on Friday to celebrate a 14th century poet, an initiative the government said would help tackle climate change but some environmental activists called “a waste of money”.The Azeri ministry of ecology said 650,000 trees were being planted…

Trump takes aim at trickle-down toilets, faucets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he has directed his environmental regulators to find answers to what he said is a big problem – water-conserving showers, faucets and toilets. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters while participating in a “roundtable on small business and red tape reduction accomplishments” in the Roosevelt Room…

Ontario’s climate change plan will not hit emissions-reducing targets, says Auditor General

In her annual report released on Wednesday, Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk, seen on Nov. 30, 2016, says the Progressive Conservative government’s environment plan will not reduce greenhouse gases enough to hit the global targets to which Canada agreed in the 2015 Paris accord. Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press Ontario’s climate change plan is “not yet supported by…

Europe is at an environmental tipping point, says report

Europe is at an environmental tipping point which threatens its prosperity and the risks go beyond the consequences of human-induced global warming, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report. An alarming rate of biodiversity loss, increasing impacts of climate disruption and over-consumption of natural resources means “Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and…