Mexico City plastic bag ban to take residents back in time

Business Jan 2, 2020

Mexico City plastic bag ban to take residents back in time

For centuries, Mexico City residents brought warm tortillas home in reusable cloths or woven straw baskets, and toted others foods in conical rolls of paper, "ayate" mesh or net bags, or even string bundles. People in Mexico's massive capital city may have to return to ...

Sydney's wildfire smoke declared a 'public health emergency'

Asia Pacific Dec 16, 2019

Sydney's wildfire smoke declared a 'public health emergency'

The smoke blanketing Sydney is a "public health emergency," according to a coalition of Australian doctors and researchers who say climate change has helped fuel the wildfires that have produced the unprecedented haze. Air pollution across Australia's most-populous city and parts of the eastern state ...

Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Business Dec 12, 2019

Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Battling drought, debt and ailments blamed on pesticides, rice farmers in northern Thailand have turned to eco-friendly growing methods despite powerful agribusiness interests in a country that is one of the top exporters of the grain in the world. Walking through a sea of green ...

China aims to double water transfers from wet south to arid north

Asia Pacific Dec 12, 2019

China aims to double water transfers from wet south to arid north

China aims to double the amount of water it transfers from the flood-prone south to arid northern regions, officials said Thursday, as the government prepares to launch the second phase of its controversial cross-country water diversion program. The South-North Water Diversion Project was first proposed ...

Australians protest as haze from bush fires sparks health fears

Asia Pacific Dec 11, 2019

Australians protest as haze from bush fires sparks health fears

Thousands of protesters rallied in Sydney on Wednesday demanding urgent climate action from Australia's government, as bush-fire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike. Sydney has endured weeks bathed in toxic smoke as hundreds of blazes have raged across the countryside, with hospitals ...