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Miljødebatt på Internett
Monday 03 Sep 2001 - Tirsdag 4. September Fra 13.00-15.00 møtes partiene på til en "online" miljødebatt. Miljøvernminister Siri Bjerke vil her møte Jan Tore Sanner fra Høyre, Hallgeir Langeland fra SV, Hilde Frafjord Johnson fra KrF, Tore Killingland fra Venstre og Helga Annette Melhus fra Senterpartiet.
Monday 03 Sep 2001
Progress in Reducing Nutrient Discharges - Helsinki Commission still concerned about Baltic Sea Eutrophication
Helsinki, 29 Aug 2001 - In all Baltic Sea countries, emissions and discharges of nutrients have been reduced since 1987, according to a report accepted by the Helsinki Commission last week. The report, which investigated discharges and losses of nitrogen and phosphorus from 1987 to 1995, is now available at
Wednesday 29 Aug 2001
International Effort To Save Forests Should Target 15 Countries
London/Nairobi, 20 August 2001 - Efforts to save the world's last, critically important forests, should initially focus on just a handful of countries, a new report has found. A unique satellite-based survey of the planet's remaining closed forests, which include virgin, old growth and naturally-regenerated woodlands, has found that over 80 per cent are located in just 15 countries.
Monday 20 Aug 2001
Africa Must Seize New Opportunities Offered By Climate Change Battle
Nairobi, 27 July 2001 - A new chance to fight poverty, environmental degradation and chronic energy shortages across Africa is fast emerging as a result of the latest negotiations to fight global warming, the United Nations Environment Programme said today.
Friday 27 Jul 2001
Tighter Controls Sought For New Ozone-destroying Chemicals
Montreal/Nairobi, 24 July 2001 - Experts and diplomats from the 178 countries that are Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer are meeting in Montreal from 24-26 July to review options for further tightening the international regime for protecting the stratospheric ozone layer.
Tuesday 24 Jul 2001
A Statement By Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director Of The United Nations Environment Programme, At The Conclusion Of The Climate Talks In Bonn
Bonn/Nairobi, 23 July 2001 - The United Nations's senior environment official welcomed the compromise agreement reached here today at the Bonn climate talks. " The compromise paper which was achieved after intensive and difficult negotiations, could provide the basis for a broad ratification of the Kyoto Protocol," Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said.
Monday 23 Jul 2001
Financial Sector Responding To Climate Change - Impatient With Pace Of Political Progress
Bonn, 18 July 2001 - The economics of major global industries will undergo a sea change as the international community starts to address greenhouse gas emissions, say members of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Finance Initiatives.
Wednesday 18 Jul 2001
Bonn climate talks to focus on rules for cutting greenhouse emissions and on support for developing countries
Amsterdam/Bonn, 13 July 2001 - Ministers and diplomats will meet in Bonn over the next two weeks in an effort to finalize the rulebook for implementing the Kyoto Protocol and spurring industrialized countries to achieve their greenhouse gas emissions targets.
Friday 13 Jul 2001
UNEP Urges Focus On Win-win Solutions At Climate Talks
NAIROBI/PARIS, 12 July 2001 - Noting the publication of the full three-volume assessment report by the UNEP/WMO Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said, "The scientific evidence clearly shows that climate change is the most serious socio-economic and environmental problem facing humanity in the 21st century."
Thursday 12 Jul 2001
Funds for fighting climate change
12 July 2001 - The "Minor Foundation for Major Challenges" is a non-profit foundation that gives financial support to projects aimed at limiting human-created, global climate problems.
Thursday 12 Jul 2001
Up To Two Billion Tonnes Of Carbon Dioxide Saved By Cleaner Energy Schemes By 2005
Nairobi/London, 29 June 2001 - Voluntary actions by industry, governments and organizations are leading to small but significant reductions in emissions of global warming gases world-wide, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Energy Council (WEC) said.
Friday 29 Jun 2001
Ship Dismantling Industry Set To Go Green
Geneva/Nairobi, 19 June 2001 - International experts on hazardous wastes and shipping are joining forces in Geneva today under the auspices of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal to start finalizing international Guidelines for the environmentally safe dismantling of obsolete ships.
Tuesday 19 Jun 2001
Climate talks formally resumed in Bonn
Bonn, 16 June 2001 - The Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention was suspended last November in The Hague. The COP was expected to reopen this coming Thursday following several days of informal talks. However, the President and the Bureau (Executive Board) decided last night that replacing the informals with an early resumption of the COP would give greater momentum to the negotiations.
Saturday 16 Jun 2001
Det meste av Arktis' natur vil være skadet av menneskelig aktivitet i 2050
Rovaniemi/Arendal/Nairobi, 11 June 2001 - Nærmere 80% av polarområdene vil være berørt av gruvedrift, leteboring etter olje-og gass, havner, veier og annen næringsaktivitet i år 2050, hvis industrialiseringen av en av verdens siste store villmarksområder fortsetter i samme fart som nå.
Monday 11 Jun 2001
Most Of Arctic Affected By Human Activities By 2050
Rovaniemi/Arendal/Nairobi, 11 June 2001 - Up to 80 per cent of the Arctic will be affected by mining, oil and gas exploration, ports, roads and other developments by 2050 if the industrialization of one of the world's last wilderness areas continues at current rates.
Monday 11 Jun 2001
Rice research - the way forward
World Environment Day June 5, 2001 - Los Baños, Philippines The Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is marking World Environment Day on June 5 with the release of an important report on the role of rice research in feeding half the planet while at the same time protecting the environment.
Tuesday 05 Jun 2001
New Voice for the Global Environment
Torino, Italy, 5 June 2001 - An initiative to improve the global environment and support sustainable development by promoting business practices and technologies that saves energy, minimizes waste and helps bridge the "digital divide" is being launched here in Torino on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Tuesday 05 Jun 2001
United Nations Launches Extensive Study of Earth's Ecosystems
United Nations, NY, June 5, 2001 - Today, World Environment Day, the United Nations, scientific groups, governments, foundations, and other international agencies, launched the most extensive study of the state of the world's ecosystems. Called the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), it will examine the processes that support life on earth like the world's grasslands, forests, rivers and lakes, farmlands, and oceans. The $21 million , four-year effort will involve 1,500 of the world's leading scientists.
Tuesday 05 Jun 2001
FN starter omfattende utredning av verdens økosystemer
FN, New York, 5 juni 2001 - I dag, på verdens miljødag, lanserer FN, forskergrupper, regjeringer, stiftelser og andre internasjonale institusjoner den hittil mest omfattende utredning av verdens økosystemer Utredningen heter "Millennium Ecosystem Assessment" (MA), eller "Millenium-rapport om verdens økosystemer", og skal pågå i fire år. Prosjektet skal studere de økosystemene som er nødvendige for å opprettholde livsprosessene på jorda, som beitemarker, skoger, elver og sjøer, jordbruksland og hav. Prosjektet har et budsjett på 21 millioner amerikanske dollar og 1500 ledende forskere fra hele verden vil delta.
Tuesday 05 Jun 2001
New Web-portal "food" To Protect Environment And Health
Paris/Vienna/Nairobi, 4 June 2001 - To enable developing countries to efficiently and cost-effectively phase out an extremely toxic and ozone depleting pesticide - methyl bromide, 58 projects in 36 countries have been financed by the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol. A new collaborative web-portal between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) called FOOD (Free Of Ozone Depletion) for a Healthy Planet has been set up to communicate the results of these demonstration projects.
Monday 04 Jun 2001
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