From beer to beauty, sales of vegan products surging with UK consumers fuelling the rise

By Rosa Furneaux

LONDON, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From vegan burgers to vegan boots, the market for products using no animal products is surging, with climate-conscious consumers in Britain fuelling the global dash to cash in on a fast- expanding range of ethical merchandise.

With the 25th annual World Vegan Month starting on Nov. 1, Britain has overtaken Germany to become the nation with the highest number of new vegan food products launched in a year, according to market research firm Mintel.

Scientists question mass tree planting as climate change panacea

By Michael Taylor

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 (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.

In July, researchers at the Crowther Lab, based at Swiss university ETH Zurich, published a study suggesting the best way to keep climate change in check would be to replant trees on destroyed forest areas the size of the United States.

EXPERT VIEWS-Changing incentives and policies crucial to end hunger and malnutrition

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies, the United Nations and its member countries mark World Food Day on Wednesday in the shadow of a worsening hunger and malnutrition crisis fuelled by climate change, drawn-out conflicts and economic downturns.

Globally more than 2 billion people, or nearly one in four, lack access to "safe, nutritious and sufficient food", including 8% of Europe and North America's populace, putting their health at risk according to the latest U.N. figures.

Youth activists leave little room for climate inaction, world mayors say

By Umberto Bacchi

COPENHAGEN, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young activists demonstrating across the world are driving cities to step up action on climate change, not least because politicians keep coming face-to-face with them while going about their business, mayors at a climate conference heard Friday.

As activists from Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to "Extinction Rebellion" movement protesters take an increasingly visible stand on climate change, officials feel growing pressure to respond, mayors gathered in Copenhagen said.

CORRECTED-Ex-chef wants to sell U.S. on 'carbon-friendly' chickens

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By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With about 9 billion birds slaughtered every year, the United States eats more chicken than any other country, and its growing consumption of the meat is harming the environment.

Now former chef Matthew Wadiak is hoping to make raising chickens more environmentally friendly, with a new breed of "carbon-friendly" birds that live off food grown locally and sustainably.

Ex-chef wants to sell U.S. on 'carbon-friendly' chickens

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Oct 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With about 9 billion birds slaughtered every year, the United States eats more chicken than any other country, and its growing consumption of the meat is harming the environment.

Now former chef Matthew Wadiak is hoping to make raising chickens more environmentally friendly, with a new breed of "carbon-friendly" birds that live off food grown locally and sustainably.

South Asian herders fight for right to roam as pressure to settle grows

By Rina Chandran

UDAIPUR, India, Oct 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - South Asian pastoralists facing shrinking rangelands and a rise in conflicts over the right to roam must be allowed greater involvement in managing lands to help secure their survival, land experts said on Thursday.

Herders around the world are coming under pressure from governments to settle down and stop their livestock roaming, as they contend with land conflicts and the impact of climate change such as harsher droughts and desertification.

Fifth of world's calories threatened as climate scientists sound alarm over wheat

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Droughts caused by global warming could devastate up to 60% of the world's wheat fields by the end of the century, causing food shortages and instability, researchers warned on Wednesday.

The world must prepare for "unprecedented" shocks to the production of the crop, a staple food in many countries, climate scientists said in a paper published in the journal Science Advances.

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for the poor and hungry, researchers say

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Swapping fish for meat to help combat climate change risks exacerbating hunger in Africa, from where fish is increasingly exported to wealthy nations instead of providing key vitamins to malnourished local people, experts warned on Wednesday.

Some consumers in rich countries are shunning meat in favour of other forms of protein, including lentils and fish, in order to reduce the amount of planet-warming greenhouse gases emitted by intensive livestock farming.

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