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More deals, less conflict? Cross-border water planning key, report warns

5:30am IST

LONDON, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to share rivers, lakes and aquifers that cross national boundaries are falling short, raising a growing risk of conflict as global water supplies run low, researchers warned on Thursday.

ANALYSIS-No minorities, no meat? Gig economy deepens cities' divides

5:30am IST

BANGKOK, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When an Indian customer of online food delivery service Zomato tweeted that he had cancelled his order because it had been assigned to a non-Hindu worker, and his request for a Hindu denied, thousands weighed in.

Brazil's Bolsonaro suspends funding for LGBT+ screenplays

2:23am IST

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - B razil's president Jair Bolsonaro posted on social media that funding for movies with LGBT+ themes was being suspended, a decision that was published on Wednesday on the country's official web site.

CORRECTED-Water pollution an 'invisible threat' to global goals, economists warn

21 Aug 2019

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water pollution threatens nearly all the globally agreed development goals to end environmental destruction, poverty and suffering by 2030, economists warned in a report on Tuesday, citing the largest-ever database on the world's water quality.

FEATURE-Solar-irrigated farms face an unexpected threat in Zimbabwe: hungry elephants

21 Aug 2019

MASHABA, Zimbabwe, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When one of Zimbabwe's first solar mini-grid systems was installed in this drought-prone village near the Botswana border in 2016, residents thought their problems were solved.

FEATURE-Flat-packed cities: wooden skyscrapers sprout over concrete concerns

21 Aug 2019

HONG KONG, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For more than a century, countries have raced to build the world's tallest buildings with concrete and steel. Now, a quiet contest in constructing tall wooden buildings, from Amsterdam to Tokyo, underlines growing environmental concerns over concrete.

U.S. airport in San Francisco bans small plastic water bottles in bid for zero waste

21 Aug 2019

NEW YORK, Aug 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ban on the sale of plastic water bottles went into effect at San Francisco International Airport in California on Tuesday, in line with the city's efforts to reduce single use plastics often identified as a contributor to climate change.

Homeless children in England living in shipping containers, hostels - Commissioner's report

21 Aug 2019

LONDON, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children in England are sleeping in converted shipping containers and rooming houses, environments that are often dangerous and far from their schools, a report by the Children's Commissioner for England found on Wednesday.

Homophobia seen rising in European countries without gay marriage

21 Aug 2019

LONDON, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognise same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed.

INTERVIEW-In a first for Africa, Kenya census to count intersex people

20 Aug 2019

NAIROBI, Aug 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya will become the first African country to recognise its intersex population in a census on Saturday that counts people born with a sexual anatomy that does not fit typical definitions for male or female bodies, according to a top official.

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