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Recycling of ‘Specialty Metals’ Key to Boom in Clean-Tech Sector, From Solar and Wind Power to Fuel Cells and Energy Efficient Lighting
New York, 13 May 2010 — Moving the global economy towards environmentally-friendly, clean technologies will increasingly hinge on rapid improvements in the recycling rates of so called ‘high-tech’ specialty metals like lithium, neodymium and gallium.
Thursday 13 May 2010
New Vision Required to Stave Off Dramatic Biodiversity Loss, Says UN Report
Montreal (Canada), 10 May 2010 – Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.
Monday 10 May 2010
Green Economy Takes Centre Stage at UNEP 2010 Champions of the Earth Awards
Seoul (Republic of Korea), 22 April 2010 – The 2010 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations’ highest awards for environmental leadership, were announced today.
Thursday 22 Apr 2010
Future for Gorillas in Africa Getting Bleaker
Doha, 24 March 2010 – Gorillas may have largely disappeared from large parts of the Greater Congo Basin by the mid 2020s unless urgent action is taken to safeguard habitats and counter poaching, says the United Nations and INTERPOL—the world’s largest international police organization.
Wednesday 24 Mar 2010
Cities get common standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 23 March 2010 – The world’s cities now have a common method for calculating the amount of greenhouse gases produced within their boundaries. UNEP, UN-HABITAT, and the World Bank jointly launched a Global Greenhouse Gas Standard for cities at the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro today.
Tuesday 23 Mar 2010
Time to Cure Global Tide of Sick Water
22 March 2010 Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro -Transforming wastewater from a major health and environmental hazard into a clean, safe and economically-attractive resource is emerging as a key challenge in the 21st century.
Monday 22 Mar 2010
John Scanlon appointed as New Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
Geneva (Switzerland)/Nairobi (Kenya), 13 March 2010 –John Scanlon, a top advisor at the United Nations Environment Programme, has been named as the new Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Mr. Scanlon was selected after a global search and selection process yielding close to 200 applicants and will assume his new position in May 2010.
Monday 15 Mar 2010
Climate change and POPs focus of new international study
Parma (Italy), 12 March 2010 – The UNEP Stockholm Convention Secretariat has announced a major international study into the influence of climate change and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on human health and the environment.
Friday 12 Mar 2010
But Renewable Energy Growth Modest When Compared with Massive Potential
Nairobi, 3 March 2010 - Africa has over 120 carbon market projects up and running or in the pipeline, in areas ranging from wind power to forestry schemes, a new assessment, published today shows.
Wednesday 03 Mar 2010
India joins UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign
Nairobi, 25 February 2010 – The Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Vijay Sharma, announced today that India has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign (BTC) by planting two billion trees since 2007, bringing the international campaign's total to date to over 10 billion planted trees worldwide.
Thursday 25 Feb 2010
Countering the Decline of the Iconic Siberian Crane
Bali, 24 February 2010 – The future of the iconic Siberian Crane, a seriously endangered species, is looking brighter thanks to an international effort involving four countries along the bird’s dramatic migratory routes –China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Wednesday 24 Feb 2010
More Ambition Needed if Greenhouse Gases are to Peak in Time, Says New UNEP Report
Bali (Indonesia), 23 February 2010 – Countries will have to be far more ambitious in cutting greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to effectively curb a rise in global temperature at 2 degrees C or less.
Tuesday 23 Feb 2010
Many Species. One Planet. One Future
Kigali (Rwanda)/Nairobi (Kenya), 17 February 2010 – Rwanda, the East African country that is embracing a transition to a Green Economy, will be the global host of World Environment Day 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.
Thursday 18 Feb 2010
The 2010 Commonwealth Games Go Green
Nairobi, 17 February 2010 - The environment will play a key role in this year’s Commonwealth Games with the organizers in Delhi today announcing a series of green measures from boosting energy efficiency and air quality to expanding the city’s forests.
Wednesday 17 Feb 2010
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