UPDATE 1-U.S. soybean, wheat ending stocks up as exports fall -USDA
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Stockpiles of U.S. soybeans and wheat are expected to rise due to lower export demand amid heightened competition from rival global suppliers, government data on Tuesday showed.
UPDATE 1-World Bank to cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019
PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The World Bank will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances, it said on Tuesday, drawing praise from environmental groups.
As climate threats grow, Iraq battles a new enemy: Water shortages
LONDON, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After years battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi farmers – many of them military volunteers – are now returning to their homes and fields only to find a new threat: a shortage of water.
France's Macron says world is losing battle against climate change
PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday told dozens of world leaders and company bosses gathered at a climate summit in Paris that "we are losing the battle" against climate change.
FACTBOX-One Planet summit turns to private sector for climate action
PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting dozens of world leaders along with global companies and movie superstars at a summit in Paris to accelerate efforts to combat climate change.
World Bank says will cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019
PARIS (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Tuesday it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances.
SPECIAL REPORT-Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs
PATTON VILLAGE, Texas, Dec 12 (Reuters) - When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house.
U.S. safety board to review final report on 2015 El Faro sinking
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. safety officials were due to meet on Tuesday to discuss their final report on the 2015 sinking of the El Faro freighter, which killed all 33 crew members in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades.
France's AXA to step up investments in green projects to $11 billion by 2020
PARIS (Reuters) - French insurer AXA announced on Tuesday it would quadruple its investments in environmentally-friendly projects by 2020 to 9 billion euros ($10.60 billion) and disinvest further from the coal industry.
Myanmar's business confidence plummets as policy uncertainty bites: survey
YANGON (Reuters) - Business confidence among entrepreneurs in Myanmar dropped "drastically" this year due to unclear economic policy, a survey shows on Tuesday, amid growing frustration over leader Aung San Suu Kyi's management of the fledgling economy.
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