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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Putrajaya/Nairobi, 10 November 2008 --  Countries Debate Pros and Cons of an Intergovernmental Scientific Body for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Monday 10 Nov 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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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