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Insurance: Facing the Threats of Rising Natural Disasters While Driving Solutions to the Climate Change Challenge
Poznan, 10 December 2008—Weather-related natural disasters are now outstripping ones linked with earthquakes by an ever widening factor, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and insurers said today.
Thursday 11 Dec 2008
Hot Prospect - Geothermal Electricity Set for Rift Valley Lift-Off in 2009
Poznan, 9 December 2008 - A century-old energy technology that taps steam from hot underground rocks is poised for a massive expansion up East Africa’s Rift Valley in the 21st century.
Wednesday 10 Dec 2008
Countries, Cities, Companies and Organizations Pledge Climate Neutrality at UN Climate Conference in Poznan
Poznan/Nairobi, 7 December 2008 – As nearly 200 governments are meeting to move forward a new global deal to address climate change at the UN climate conference, an increasing number of countries, cities, companies and organizations are committing to a low-carbon future by joining the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net).
Sunday 07 Dec 2008
UN Launches E-Learning Initiative in over 160 Developing Countries
Berlin, 6 December 2008 – A new UN e-Learning initiative, launched in Berlin today, will offer developing countries opportunities to draw upon a rich array of training and capacity-building resources.
Saturday 06 Dec 2008
Boosting the 'Green House' Effect—CDM Reform Key to Climate-Friendly Building and Construction Sector
Poznan/Nairobi, 6 December 2008 – The huge potential of the building and construction sector for combating climate change remains virtually untapped, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found.
Saturday 06 Dec 2008
Pioneering UNEP Atlas shows how investing in carbon rich ecosystems can give the double dividend of combating climate change and biodiversity loss
Poznan/Nairobi/Cambridge, 5 December 2008 —Maps pinpointing overlaps of high carbon and high biodiversity areas were launched today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Friday 05 Dec 2008
Governments and Wildlife Groups Take Soundings on Noise Pollution and Ship Strike Threats to Whales and Dolphins
Rome/Bonn/Nairobi, 3 December 2008 --The world’s oceans and seas are becoming noisier as a result of increases in vessels; a rise in seismic surveys and because of the new generation of military sonar , an alliance of wildlife groups said today.
Thursday 04 Dec 2008
Africa-Wide Action Plan Focus of Year of the Gorilla 2009
Rome, 1 December 2008 – Projects promoting super-efficient ‘Rocket Stoves’, encouraging alternative livelihoods to reduce poaching and federating successful eco-tourism programmes across Africa are among a range of initiatives to be promoted under the Year of the Gorilla 2009.
Monday 01 Dec 2008
Cheetahs, Dolphins and Falcons Among Species Proposed for Conservation Boost Across Countries and Continents
Rome/Bonn, 28 November 2008 – Whether they are speeding across the African savannah or navigating brackish waters in Asia, some of the world’s most charismatic species need an urgent boost in international protection.
Friday 28 Nov 2008
Maximizing the Climate-Combating Benefits of the Ozone Layer Treaty Key Outcome of Qatar-Hosted Meeting
Doha/Nairobi, 21 November 2008 --Treaties combating ozone layer damage and climate change can learn from each other in order to maximize economic and environmental benefits.
Monday 24 Nov 2008
First Ozone and Pollution Monitoring Ground Station for West Asia
Qatar/Nairobi, 19 November 2008 -- An advanced cutting-edge monitoring station, able to gather crucial data on pollution linked with damage to the Earth's ozone layer is to be established in the Gulf state of Qatar it was announced today.
Thursday 20 Nov 2008
Widespread and Complex Climatic Changes Outlined in New UNEP Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud Report
Beijing/Nairobi, 13 November 2008 -- Cities from Beijing to New Delhi are getting darker, glaciers in ranges like the Himalayas are melting faster and weather systems becoming more extreme, in part, due to the combined effects of human-made Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Thursday 13 Nov 2008
Oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Caspian – a blessing or a threat? Launch of ENVSEC assessment report
A new report by the Environment and Security Initiative states that the rapid development and exploration of oil and gas in the Eastern Caspian region poses a potential threat to both environment and security.
Wednesday 12 Nov 2008
How Best to Put ‘Nature-Based Assets’ at the Top of the International Political Agenda Focus of Malaysia Meeting
Putrajaya/Nairobi, 10 November 2008 --  Countries Debate Pros and Cons of an Intergovernmental Scientific Body for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Monday 10 Nov 2008
Do You Know a 2009 Champion of the Earth?
Nairobi/World, November 2008 -- UNEP Evolves its Annual Awards to Spotlight Transformational Leaders in Environmental Policy, Business, Civil Society and Science & Technology
Friday 07 Nov 2008
Joint OSCE-UNEP assessment report on environmental impact of recent conflict in Georgia released
The Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities released the report of a joint OSCE-UNEP mission to assess the environmental impacts of the recent conflict in Georgia.The mission, which took place from 29 September to 3 October, was led by the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, Bernard Snoy, and the UNEP Regional Director for Europe, Christophe Bouvier. Ieva Rucevska, regional environmental expert of GRID-Arendal, took part in the mission.
Tuesday 28 Oct 2008
Children raise US$ 21,000 for the fight against climate change
26 children’s paintings sold as part of UNEP’s Paint for the Planet event in New York New York, 26 October 2008 – In a ray of hope amid the current economic crisis, children from around the world have pulled together and raised US$21,000 for the fight against climate change.
Monday 27 Oct 2008
Young People Urge World Leaders to Combat Climate Change
New York, 23 October 2008 – Nearly 90 per cent of young people across the globe think world leaders should do "whatever it takes" to tackle climate change. This is among the top findings of a new poll conducted on behalf of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Friday 24 Oct 2008
Nature-Based Enterprises Can Help Rural Poor Adapt to Environmental Threats
BARCELONA, SPAIN, October 8, 2008 – Expanding nature-based enterprises can increase income for the world’s rural poor. This approach, as outlined in the latest World Resources Report 2008, can also develop the rural poor’s resilience to social and environmental threats such as climate change.
Wednesday 08 Oct 2008
Children Artists Join Forces with the UN to Combat Climate Change
New York/Nairobi – Paint for the Planet Exhibit and Auction Comes to New York on 23 October. Young artists from around the world are lending their support to global efforts to combat climate change through Paint for the Planet, an exhibit and auction of children’s art in New York.
Tuesday 07 Oct 2008
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