Megan Rowling,

Megan Rowling

Barcelona, CT, Spain

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Recent articles by Megan:

Africa: Floods Predicted to Uproot 50 Mln People a Year As Climate Heats Up

Population growth, more intense rainfall and melting ice are likely to cause more frequent and severe floods → Read More

Demands grow for 'global justice' on climate damage at U.N. talks

BARCELONA, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Droughts, floods and storms are nothing new to poor communities in Mozambique - but in recent years, the weather has become so extreme that neither the people nor the state can cope, said an international charity head in the southeast African nation. After two powerful cyclones battered swathes of the country in March and April, its north now… → Read More

Africa: Green Climate Fund Expands Support to More Than 100 Developing States

The Green Climate Fund, which provides finance for developing nations to tackle climate change, said on Thursday it had reached a milestone of backing action in more than 100 countries, after approving $408 million for new projects. → Read More

Climate finance climbs but 'tectonic' shift urged to meet needs

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Finance for measures to cut climate-changing emissions and adapt to a hotter planet has grown to more than half a trillion dollars a year, but a "tectonic shift" is still needed to green economies and rein in global warming, analysts said on Thursday. → Read More

World 'losing battle' on 2020 goal to cut deforestation

The world lost more than 26 million hectares of trees - an area the size of Britain - each year from 2014-2018 → Read More

Failure to adapt to climate impacts will hike inequality, commission warns

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From taxpayer-backed flood defenses in Miami to shelters keeping Bangladeshis safe from storms, investing to protect against the growing effects of climate change pays, a global commission said on Tuesday, warning failure to do so will hike inequality. → Read More

Failure to adapt to climate impacts will hike inequality, commission warns

Investing $1.8 trillion in in projects to help communities adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change from 2020 to 2030 could generate $7.1 trillion in net benefits → Read More

UN climate chief says 3C hotter world 'just not possible'

Climate change is an "existential issue", and stepping up efforts to keep warming to agreed limits is urgent, the U.N. climate chief says By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is an "existential issue" for humankind, and stepping up efforts to keep warming to globally agreed limits is urgent, the U.N. climate chief said on Monday, calling on… → Read More

Subsidise solar mini-grids to power rural Africa, investors urge

Solar mini-grids have huge potential to electrify rural areas in developing nations, but the risks are still too high for private capital → Read More

Africa: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are Wrecking the World, Says UN Chief

"Many people still think that to give fossil fuel subsidies is a way to improve living conditions of people... There is nothing more wrong than that," says Antonio Guterres → Read More

INTERVIEW-Green Climate Fund must take risks in warming fight, says new head

BARCELONA, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Green Climate Fund can become a “completely unprecedented” tool to ramp up action on climate change in developing nations, allowing states, companies and communities to experiment more - as long as its coffers are refilled this year, its new head said. In his first interview since starting a month ago, Yannick Glemarec described the fund as the… → Read More

Mozambique: Storm-Slammed Mozambique Must Rebuild for 'Tomorrow's Climate'

The destruction wrought by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa this month shows weather warnings must spur action and infrastructure has to be built with climate risks in mind if people are to be kept safe on a warming planet, researchers and officials said. → Read More

Africa: Rockefeller Foundation Moves Beyond Cities in Broader Resilience Push

The Rockefeller Foundation is changing the focus of its funding of projects to strengthen societies against modern pressures such as climate change, shifting away from preparing cities to a broader global view of the issue, its president said on Monday. → Read More

Africa: Factbox-Enough Water to Go Round? Not Without Fairer Sharing

Water use has been increasing worldwide by about 1 percent a year since the 1980s and researchers expect it to rise a further 20 to 30 percent from today's level by 2050. → Read More

Africa Needs Cash, Science for New Model of Green Development

African countries must tackle climate change with a new economic model rooted in clean energy, forest protection and technology to support farmers - but they will need more investment and research to make that happen, leaders said on Thursday. → Read More

From Antarctica to Costa Rica, women team up to build a climate-safe future

Women are leading efforts to achieve the world's climate goals - but more need to be involved, leaders say → Read More

Africa: Developing Nations Say Swifter Climate Action Depends On Cash to Pay for It

Developing countries with fewer resources to cut carbon emissions and adapt to climate change cannot step up their efforts to combat global warming unless they get more support in the form of funding and technology, they said on Thursday. → Read More

Africa: Pay Now for Climate Action to Keep Costs Down Later, Governments Told

Governments can no longer hide from the devastating consequences of wild weather and rising seas, and must dig deeper into their pockets to curb and repair the damage, developing nations said ahead of a key U.N. climate change conference. → Read More

French protests show a green world must be fair too

The climate movement must talk to other groups that will be affected by the policies it advocates, experts say → Read More

Climate Risk Index Shows Rich and Poor Nations Threatened by Devastating Storms

The devastation caused by powerful storms is a growing threat to both poor and rich nations, propelling Caribbean islands to the top of a global index of → Read More