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New report to assess options for cutting greenhouse gas emissions
Geneva, 28 February 2001 - This earlier work sets the stage for the third and final IPCC assessment, which will be launched in Accra, Ghana on 5 March. The Accra report will review the many technologies and policies that are available for reducing or limiting greenhouse gas emissions in order to minimize future climate change.
Wednesday 28 Feb 2001
Greenhouse gas cuts are economically feasible, say UN officials
Bonn/Nairobi, 28 February 2001 - As diplomats and experts converge on Accra, Ghana to finalize a major assessment of the technology and policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, senior United Nations officials are calling on governments to recognize the economic and competitive benefits of making an early transition to climate-friendly economies. "There is now no question that human-induced climate change is happening and poses serious risks. So responsible governments must bite the bullet and commit to reducing and limiting emissions of greenhouse gases," said Michael Zammit Cutajar, Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Convention.
Wednesday 28 Feb 2001
UNEP Confirms Plutonium Found In Du Ammunition
Geneva/Nairobi, 16 February 2001 - Traces of plutonium have been detected in the DU penetrators found at sites in Kosovo that were investigated in November 2000 by the United Nations Environment Programme's Depleted Uranium Assessment Team, which included the International Atomic Energy Agency, UNEP reported here today.
Monday 19 Feb 2001
Ny rapport om global oppvarming viser konsekvenser på mennesker og natur
Bonn/Genève/Nairobi,19 februar 2001 - FNs klimapanel legger i dag fram analyser som viser hvordan en økning i den globale middeltemperaturen vil påvirke Afrika, Asia, Europa og andre områder i de kommende tiår. Analysene baserer seg på rapporten som ble lagt fram i januar hvor FNs klimapanel konkluderte med at bevisene for at mennesket endrer klimaet er forsterket.
Monday 19 Feb 2001
Global warming report details impacts on people and nature
Bonn/Geneva/Nairobi, 19 February 2001 - The second volume of a major climate change report describing in greater detail than ever before how global warming could impact civilization and the natural environment has been finalized here by an international group of leading scientists.
Monday 19 Feb 2001
Klimaendringer forventes å få alvorlige følger for Arktis
Arendal/Nairobi 19 februar 2001 - Generaldirektør Klaus Töpfer i FN's miljøprogram UNEP og direktør Svein Tveitdal i UNEP's polarsenter GRID-Arendal regarerer på ny rapport fra FN's klimapanel IPCC om klimaendringer i Arktis. I den nye rapporten spår klimaforskere store forandringer i Arktis, med dramatiske følger for vær, fiskerier, fauna og mennesker som lever langt mot nord.
Monday 19 Feb 2001
Significant Changes Likely In The Arctic From Climate Change.
Nairobi/Arendal 22 February, 2001 - Massive changes in the Arctic, which are likely to have dramatic impacts on the world's weather systems, fisheries, wildlife and people living in the far North, are today forecast by scientists studying global warming.
Monday 19 Feb 2001
Mercury Assessment Among Key Decisions Taken At End Of UNEP Governing Council
Nairobi, 9 February, 2001 - A global study on the health and environmental impacts of mercury is to be undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) it was announced today. The study, which will also undertake an assessment of the cost effectiveness of mercury anti-pollution measures and technologies, was one of several important decisions adopted at the close of the twenty-first session of UNEP's Governing Council.
Friday 09 Feb 2001
Explore The Virtual Environmental Reality On UNEP Dot Net
Nairobi - 8 February 2001 - The launch today by UNEP of a new interactive environmental Web site ( known as "UNEP dot net" will provide an expanded series of environmental management solutions. The network portal will offer a forum for scientific, technical peer review; provision of insights on environmental issues to the global community; and exchange of ideas, information and data.
Thursday 08 Feb 2001
Competition to create a better world for all
Nairobi, 8 February 2001 - A striking degree of consensus emerged from a Senior Level Workshop hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in advance of its Governing Council meeting of February 5-9, 2001. Hosted by UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, the workshop was attended by 58 participants from 23 countries, representing industry, labour, governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and relevant United Nations organizations.
Thursday 08 Feb 2001
Globalization Threat To World's Cultural, Linguistic And Biological Diversity
Nairobi, 8 February 2001 - Nature's secrets, locked away in the songs, stories, art and handicrafts of indigenous people, may be lost forever as a result of growing globalization, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is warning.
Thursday 08 Feb 2001
Explorers in Antarctica Find Fresh Evidence of Global Warming
Nairobi, February 8 - The important links between science, public awareness and political action were made clear today as government ministers at the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, spoke with yachtsman and adventurer Sir Peter Blake in Antarctica. At anchor among icebergs and sheltering from gale-force katabatic winds, Sir Peter reported anecdotal evidence of much reduced sea ice cover in the Antarctic Peninsula at latitude 69 degrees 15 mins South. "We are in an area that normally is solid ice at this time of year. Now it has many bergs in it, but is essentially a free waterway, an almost unheard of occurrence," Sir Peter said by satellite phone.
Thursday 08 Feb 2001
Permafrost May Accelerate Global Warming, UNEP Scientists Warn
Nairobi, 7 February 2001 - Global warming may be set to accelerate as rising temperatures in the Arctic melt the permafrost causing it to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, scientists warned today (WED). An estimated 14 per cent of the world's carbon is stored in Arctic lands. But there is new and emerging evidence that this ancient carbon, locked away in these frozen lands, is starting to be released as rising temperatures cause the permafrost to melt and its organic material to be broken down by bacteria.
Wednesday 07 Feb 2001
Impact Of Climate Change To Cost The World USD 300 Billion A Year
NAIROBI, 3 February 2001 - Global warming may cost the world several billion dollars a year unless urgent efforts are made to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and the other gases linked with the "greenhouse effect".
Saturday 03 Feb 2001
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