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UNEP Report Calls for Global Cooperation to Conserve Arctic Biodiversity
Nagoya and Arendal, 27 October 2010 – The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid environmental changes on the planet. Whilst this presents enormous challenges for conserving biodiversity, it also offers opportunities for enhancing cooperation between nations and reforming environmental governance to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Wednesday 27 Oct 2010
Time to Focus on ‘Forgotten’ Fisheries
Nagoya, 22 October 2010 --The vital importance of inland fisheries to the diet, incomes and livelihoods of people in developing economies is brought into sharp focus in a new report launched today.
Friday 22 Oct 2010
Portraits of Resilience opens at the Field Museum of Natural History
The images and stories are compelling. High school students in four Arctic communities have photographed and written about the changes they are seeing in their regions due to rapid climate change. And now they’ll be seen by people in the hometown of U.S. President Barak Obama.
Tuesday 05 Oct 2010
Grassroots campaign unites millions across the globe to restore and protect nature
Sydney, Australia – Millions across the globe will be cleaning up their local parks, waterways and forests in a bid to restore and protect nature this Clean Up the World Weekend, in support of the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.
Wednesday 15 Sep 2010
Search begins for the 2011 Champions of the Earth
Nairobi, 1 September 2010 - Nominations are now officially open for the 2011 Champions of the Earth – the United www.unep.org/championsNations’ flagship environmental award.
Wednesday 01 Sep 2010
UNEP Head Donates International Tällberg Prize Money to the Pakistani Flood Victims
Nairobi, 30 August 2010 - Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has donated a $70,000 international leadership prize to relief efforts in Pakistan following the devastating and on-going floods, it was announced today.
Monday 30 Aug 2010
Winner of International Children’s Painting Competition announced
Nairobi, 12 August 2010 - It was a simple game of building blocks that inspired Coco Tin Chi Ting’s world-beating painting. Today, on the United Nations International Youth Day, the 14-year-old from Hong Kong, China was announced the global winner of the 19th UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition, beating off stiff competition from hundreds of thousands of other children from across the world to take the prize.
Thursday 12 Aug 2010
The Arctic: where tourism meets conservation
Arendal (Norway), 12 August 2010 - Greenland hit the headlines this week after a vast block of ice broke off from the country's Petermann Glacier. The 600-foot thick iceberg is around four times the size of Manhattan. Researchers monitoring the Greenland ice sheet have said it represents the largest single shedding of Greenland's ice sheet in fifty years.
Thursday 12 Aug 2010
Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report to be launched at the IPY Oslo Science Conference
The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report will be launched at the largest ever gathering of polar scientists in Oslo, at the International Polar Year Science Conference.
Wednesday 09 Jun 2010
UNEP/GRID-Arendal at the International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference!
Members of GRID’s Polar Programme are attending the International Polar Year 2007-2008 Oslo Science Conference, taking place from the 8th to the 12th June. The IPY Oslo Science Conference is to demonstrate, strengthen, and extend IPY’s remarkable accomplishments in science and outreach – and is the largest ever gathering of polar scientists to take place, with over 2000 participants.
Wednesday 09 Jun 2010
New UNEP Report—Dead Planet: Living Planet-- Makes Economic Case for Repairing Damaged and Degraded Natural World
3 June 2010 — Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems—from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands—can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Thursday 03 Jun 2010
The Future of Fish—How a Green Economy Can Avoid One of the Biggest Market Failures of All Time
UNEP Launches Preview of Landmark Green Economy Report: Other Sectors Include Water and Transport
Friday 14 May 2010
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
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