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Threatened by the building of dams, mountain cabins and hydroelectric schemes Europe's last remaining reindeer population is in peril. So writes the New Scientist after a scientific article written by GRID-Arendal and the World Conservation Monitoring Center published in Biological Conservation this month. Other international media have also covered the findings in the scientific article.
Thursday 18 Dec 2003
Natural disasters, the lion’s share of which were weather-related catastrophes, cost the world over $60 billion in 2003 up from around $55 billion the year before.
Wednesday 10 Dec 2003
Many low altitude ski resorts face economic hardship and even ruin as a result of global warming, a new study launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concludes.
Tuesday 02 Dec 2003
Thirtytwo of the annex one countries to the Kyoto Protocol had their updated emissions graphics launched at the opening day of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) in Milan, Italy. Countries like the Netherlands and Norway are still far from reaching their Kyoto targets, whereas Germany and Sweden are beyond their goals. GRID-Arendal produced this fourth volume of graphics and they are all downloadable from our web site.
Monday 01 Dec 2003
Twenty five million dollars is urgently needed to lift the threat of imminent extinction from humankind’s closest living relatives, delegates to an international crisis meeting on the great apes were told today at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. UNEP and UNESCO call emergency meeting to save the great apes.
Wednesday 26 Nov 2003
GIS Day 2003 - The annual day to spread awareness on maps and geography. GRID-Arendal has participated together with the UN-Association of Norway to produce challenges for school pupils in using the Globalis interactive map.
Wednesday 19 Nov 2003
The new book Environmental Information in European Transboundary Water Management was co-written by several of GRID-Arendal staff. The book aims to examine the role of information in transboundary river basin and water management, and the way it is used in policy and decision-making within the European area.
Monday 17 Nov 2003
The OSCE and two UN agencies today agreed on new efforts to fight environmental threats to security. Under an agreement signed in Vienna Friday 14th, the three international organizations will jointly adress problems such as water scarcity, hazardous waste, soil degradation and pollution.
Monday 17 Nov 2003
Smogs, more intense sunlight and declining ski conditions are among the growing environmental changes worrying sport men and women, according to an international survey.
Thursday 13 Nov 2003
As the students at the GVU pilot course have begun their online discussions, the GVU team has received comments on what is good and what needs to improve. Exactly as expected this process is vital for the next student beginning the GVU. You can read about the process in the fourth issue of the E-Learner as well as other articles and up coming GVU events.
Wednesday 12 Nov 2003
Children are being urged to pick up their paint brushes to capture on canvas the beauty, romance and threats to the marine world. Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Foundation for Global Peace are launching the Thirteenth Global Painting Contest with the theme ‘Seas and Oceans’.
Wednesday 05 Nov 2003
A major new effort to improve the way the world deals with chemicals begins this weekend in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 500 delegates from environment, health, agriculture, industry, labour, foreign affairs and development sectors will participate in the meeting from 9 to 13 November. It aims to develop a "strategic approach to international chemicals management" (SAICM), initiated last year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and endorsed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Wednesday 05 Nov 2003
At the request of the Transitional Islamic Government of Afghanistan, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) together with the European Commission and the Ministry of Irrigation, Water Resources and Environment (MIWRE) today announced a ˆ4.27 million programme to promote good environmental governance and to support the rehabilitation of the country’s environment.
Tuesday 28 Oct 2003
Xie Zhenhua of China, who has worked tirelessly to steer the world’s most populous country and fastest growing economy on an environmentally friendly path, is co-winner of this year’s prestigious United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Environment prize.
Monday 27 Oct 2003
Have you ever wondered what the average life expectancy in the world is? Or would you like to know how many mobile phone subscribers there are? With this new interactive world atlas Globalis,produced by GRID-Arendal and the Norwegian UN Association, you choose what is displayed on the map.
Friday 24 Oct 2003
The Polar Environment Times No 3 was launched at the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Polar Environment Times features articles from several of the ministers that went to Svalbard in August, views on Antarctica and a story on NATO bombing Saami ranges in northern Norway. To read the Polar Environment Times: www.grida.no/environmenttimes or email: polartimes@grida.no
Wednesday 22 Oct 2003
GRID-Arendal is organizing an event in Stockholm together with the other Swedish UN-organizations on the UN day 24 October. On the evening of 23 October there will be a reception with presentation of the UN development goals. The second day will see a seminar, with a focus on global trade agreements, and the world 'beyond Cancun'. Honored guest will be Kamal Malhotra, trade expert at UNDP.
Monday 20 Oct 2003
Manatees, dugongs and green sea turtles are just some of the growing list of already threatened species at risk from the destruction of ocean seagrass a new report has revealed.
Wednesday 15 Oct 2003
Norway's first UN House was launch 2 September in Arendal by Borge Brende, the Norwegian Minister for the Environment, Svein Tveitdal, Divisional Director in UNEP, GRID-Arendal and local representatives. In the beginning the house will host GRID-Arendal, the Global Virtual University and the Arctic University. Click the links below to watch the three minutes video for either broadband or ISDN.
Friday 03 Oct 2003
After hundreds of children ‘liberated’ their pet fish down the toilet, following the launch of ‘Finding Nemo’ in the United States, two environmental organisations are keen to avert a similar catastrophe when the animated block buster opens in the UK on 3rd October 2003. The film will be launched in Norway on 14 November.
Tuesday 30 Sep 2003
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