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Film fans warned: 'don't flush the fish'
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
Damage from Pakistan Tanker Spill Documented
An international team convened to assess the environmental damage caused by oil spilled from the tanker MT Tasman Spirit has reported its findings and recommendations to the Government of Pakistan.
Tuesday 23 Sep 2003
UNEP/GRID-Arendal hosts workshop on sustainable building
For two and a half days from 27 to 29 October GRID-Arendal will host the international workshop “The building and Construction Sector: Moving towards Sustainability” in Arendal, Norway. Discussions will centre on building with wood, improving existing building stock and implementing sustainable building management in governmental politics.
Tuesday 23 Sep 2003
United Nations Environment Programme opens China Office
Speaking at the opening ceremony, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said it was a response to the important progress being made in meeting environmental challenges in China, the world’s largest developing country, and to the challenges lying ahead.
Friday 19 Sep 2003
Environmental News from the United Kingdom on EarthWire
EarthWire/UK is a new edition to the three existing EarthWire environmental news sites. Updated daily, the site features relevant environment stories sorted by area, topic and date. A search engine allows users to harvest archive stories. EarthWire/UK is a joint initiative between GRID-Arendal and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Thursday 18 Sep 2003
Tourism to Earth’s Most Threatened Areas Surges by More Than 100 Percent in Last Decade
Tourism has increased by more than 100 percent between 1990 and 2000 in the world’s biodiversity hotspots, regions richest in species and facing extreme threats, according to a report released today by Conservation International (CI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Friday 12 Sep 2003
Planet's List of Protected Areas Tops 100,000 Mark
Crucial progress is being made towards conserving the world's most spectacular habitats and wildlife, a report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the IUCN-World Conservation Union shows.
Tuesday 09 Sep 2003
New E-Learner out
Eighty people witnessed the opening of the Global Virtual University (GVU) in June as Kjell Magne Bondevik, the Norwegian Prime Minister cut the virtual bands. Today the third E-Learner, the GVU bi-monthly newsletter, is issued focusing on the opening event in June.
Wednesday 03 Sep 2003
Borge Brende launched the UN-House in Arendal today
The Norwegian Minister of Environment Borge Brende, today launched the UN-House in Arendal. GRID-Arendal bought the house earlier this summer and wants to convert it into an UN-House where national and international partners of GRID-Arendal will be housed as well.
Tuesday 02 Sep 2003
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