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Further IPCC Strengthening Agreed at Plenary Session in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, 13 May 2011—A stronger governance structure and a set of forward-lookingpolicies across a range of management issues were adopted today by theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at its 33rd Plenary Session in theUnited Arab Emirates.
Friday 13 May 2011
No place to land: Loss of natural habitats threatens migratory birds globally
Bonn/Nairobi 12 May 2011 – On their epic journeys, often spanning thousands of kilometres, migratory birds cross many borders, linking different countries as well as ecosystems. The annual migration of an estimated 50 billion birds representing around 19 per cent of the world's 10,000 bird species is one of nature's great natural wonders. Yet each year, more and more of the natural habitats migratory birds need to complete their journeys either diminish or disappear completely.
Thursday 12 May 2011
UN Announces Winners of Flagship Environment Award - Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Music Legend Angélique Kidjo and Adventurer Louis Palmer among Recipients
New York / Nairobi, 10 May 2011 – Mexican President Felipe Calderon, global music legend Angélique Kidjo and adventurer Louis Palmer are among the five winners of the 2011 Champions of the Earth awards, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced on Tuesday.
Tuesday 10 May 2011
World’s Least Developed Countries Set to Jump Start Transition to a Green Economy
Istanbul (Turkey), 9 May 2011– With their low-carbon profile, rich natural assets and promising policy initiatives, the world’s 48 least developed countries are well-positioned to jump start the transition to a green economy, according to a new UN report released today at the start of the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).
Monday 09 May 2011
Fast Pace of Africa Urbanization Running Down Water Supplies and Sanitation
Cape Town/Nairobi, 21 March 2010. Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa’s landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report on major cities in Africa released today in Cape Town, South Africa, as part of World Water Day 2011.
Monday 21 Mar 2011
Forests for People, Forests for Green Growth
2011 Sasakawa Prize winners bring Forest Management and Sustainable Development to Rural Communities in Latin America and Asia. Nairobi (Kenya), 23 February 2011 - Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.
Thursday 24 Feb 2011
European Commission and UN Environment Programme Announce New Strategic Cooperation to Catalyze Green Economy
Nairobi, 23 February 2011—A wide-ranging new partnership aimed at furthering sustainable development in the 21st century was announced today by the European Union’s (EU) Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik and UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
Wednesday 23 Feb 2011
How Two Per Cent of Global GDP can Trigger Greener, Smarter Growth While Fighting Poverty
Nairobi/World, 21 February 2011—Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.
Monday 21 Feb 2011
Uganda’s Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe wins first UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award
Nairobi, 21 February 2011 – A Ugandan radio journalist has won a prestigious new journalism award from the United Nations Enviornment Programme (UNEP), outclassing entries from over 100 correspondents from across the African continent. Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe won the UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award for her report ‘Climate Change and Uganda’, broadcast on Radio France International. Jury members described the entry as “original, cutting edge environmental reporting”.
Monday 21 Feb 2011
Wider Impacts of Fertilizer and Plastic Pollution on Oceans Top This Year’s Priority Issues in UNEP Year Book
Nairobi, 17 February 2011. Massive amounts of phosphorus—a valuable fertilizer needed to feed a growing global population—are being lost to the oceans as result of inefficiencies in farming and a failure to recycle wastewater.
Thursday 17 Feb 2011
UN Urges Clean-up Following Acute Lead Poisoning in Nigeria
Geneva/New York/Nairobi, 7 January 2011 - The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have released a report calling on Nigerian authorities to prevent further lead poisoning in northern Nigeria. The report recommends taking greater measures to limit ore processing activities at sensitive sites, such as water sources from which humans and livestock drink.
Friday 07 Jan 2011
Major Environmental Recovery Programme Marks New Year in Haiti
Clean Energy, Tourism and Sustainable Agriculture Among Opportunities Under New Côte Sud Initiative
Wednesday 05 Jan 2011
Glaciers in Southern South America and Alaska Melting Faster than those in Europe, says new UNEP Report
Cancún/ Nairobi/Oslo, 7 December 2010 —Glaciers in Patagonia which covers parts of Argentina and Chile followed by ones in Alaska and its coastal mountain ranges have overall been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers in other parts of the world.
Tuesday 07 Dec 2010
New Report Puts Climate Change in Graphic Detail for Latin America and the Caribbean
Cancun (Mexico), 6 December 2010 – The climate change challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean have been laid out in graphic detail in a new publication by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Using charts, graphs and maps, Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean depicts the major signs of climate change in the region, its physical impacts (such as environmental damage and a rise in diseases), as well as calculating current levels of greenhouse gas emissions and possibilities for mitigation.
Monday 06 Dec 2010
‘Acidification’ May Push Already Over-Stressed Oceans into the Red
Cancun/Nairobi/Plymouth, 2 December 2010 - The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN climate convention meeting in Mexico says.
Friday 03 Dec 2010
Multi Billion Dollar Benefits of World-Wide Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting Spotlighted in 100 Countries
Cancun, 1 December 2010 - Indonesia could save $1 billion a year and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by eight million tones of CO2 annually—the equivalent of taking two million cars off the road a year—by switching to energy-saving bulbs .
Thursday 02 Dec 2010
Food Security and Human Rights in Small Island Developing States and the Arctic - Side Event at COP 16 Cancun
A Many Strong Voices side event at the UN conference on climate change in Cancun, Mexico will address the links between climate change, food security and human rights from the perspectives of people in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States.
Friday 26 Nov 2010
Double Victory for the Tiger
Bonn / St. Petersburg, 24 November 2010 – At the International Tiger Forum, Governments of 13 countries that host tiger populations agreed to double tiger numbers by 2022 and endorsed the St. Petersburg Declaration in a historic effort to save the Asian big cat from extinction.
Wednesday 24 Nov 2010
5 Gigatonnes—the Gap Between Climate Science and Current Climate Cuts After Copenhagen?
Helsinki/Mexico City/Nairobi/London/Washington DC, 23 November 2010 - Nations have the chance to deliver almost 60 per cent of the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperatures under a 2 degrees Celsius rise.
Tuesday 23 Nov 2010
At Global Forum for Sport and Environment, Organizers of Major Sports Events Step Up Greening Efforts
Nairobi, 9 November 2010 – They may play according to different rules on the sports field, but today in Nairobi, organizers of major sporting events, ranging from the FIFA World Cup to the Winter Olympic Games came together for a common goal: how to improve their ‘green’ credentials.
Tuesday 09 Nov 2010
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