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Cancún/ Nairobi/Oslo, 7 December 2010 —Glaciers in Patagonia which covers parts of Argentina and Chile followed by ones in Alaska and its coastal mountain ranges have overall been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers in other parts of the world.

Tuesday 07 Dec 2010

Cancun (Mexico), 6 December 2010 – The climate change challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean have been laid out in graphic detail in a new publication by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Using charts, graphs and maps, Vital Climate Change Graphics for Latin America and the Caribbean depicts the major signs of climate change in the region, its physical impacts (such as environmental damage and a rise in diseases), as well as calculating current levels of greenhouse gas emissions and possibilities for mitigation.

Monday 06 Dec 2010

Cancun/Nairobi/Plymouth, 2 December 2010 - The future impact of rising emissions on the health of seas and oceans may be far more wide-ranging and complex than was previously supposed, a new report released at the UN climate convention meeting in Mexico says.

Friday 03 Dec 2010

Cancun, 1 December 2010 - Indonesia could save $1 billion a year and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by eight million tones of CO2 annually—the equivalent of taking two million cars off the road a year—by switching to energy-saving bulbs .

Thursday 02 Dec 2010

A Many Strong Voices side event at the UN conference on climate change in Cancun, Mexico will address the links between climate change, food security and human rights from the perspectives of people in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States.

Friday 26 Nov 2010

Bonn / St. Petersburg, 24 November 2010 – At the International Tiger Forum, Governments of 13 countries that host tiger populations agreed to double tiger numbers by 2022 and endorsed the St. Petersburg Declaration in a historic effort to save the Asian big cat from extinction.

Wednesday 24 Nov 2010

Helsinki/Mexico City/Nairobi/London/Washington DC, 23 November 2010 - Nations have the chance to deliver almost 60 per cent of the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperatures under a 2 degrees Celsius rise.

Tuesday 23 Nov 2010

Nairobi, 9 November 2010 – They may play according to different rules on the sports field, but today in Nairobi, organizers of major sporting events, ranging from the FIFA World Cup to the Winter Olympic Games came together for a common goal: how to improve their ‘green’ credentials.

Tuesday 09 Nov 2010

Nagoya and Arendal, 27 October 2010 – The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid environmental changes on the planet. Whilst this presents enormous challenges for conserving biodiversity, it also offers opportunities for enhancing cooperation between nations and reforming environmental governance to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Wednesday 27 Oct 2010

Nagoya, 22 October 2010 --The vital importance of inland fisheries to the diet, incomes and livelihoods of people in developing economies is brought into sharp focus in a new report launched today.

Friday 22 Oct 2010

The images and stories are compelling. High school students in four Arctic communities have photographed and written about the changes they are seeing in their regions due to rapid climate change. And now they’ll be seen by people in the hometown of U.S. President Barak Obama.

Tuesday 05 Oct 2010

Sydney, Australia – Millions across the globe will be cleaning up their local parks, waterways and forests in a bid to restore and protect nature this Clean Up the World Weekend, in support of the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Wednesday 15 Sep 2010

Nairobi, 1 September 2010 - Nominations are now officially open for the 2011 Champions of the Earth – the United www.unep.org/championsNations’ flagship environmental award.

Wednesday 01 Sep 2010

Nairobi, 30 August 2010 - Achim Steiner, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has donated a $70,000 international leadership prize to relief efforts in Pakistan following the devastating and on-going floods, it was announced today.

Monday 30 Aug 2010

Nairobi, 12 August 2010 - It was a simple game of building blocks that inspired Coco Tin Chi Ting’s world-beating painting. Today, on the United Nations International Youth Day, the 14-year-old from Hong Kong, China was announced the global winner of the 19th UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition, beating off stiff competition from hundreds of thousands of other children from across the world to take the prize.

Thursday 12 Aug 2010

Arendal (Norway), 12 August 2010 - Greenland hit the headlines this week after a vast block of ice broke off from the country's Petermann Glacier. The 600-foot thick iceberg is around four times the size of Manhattan. Researchers monitoring the Greenland ice sheet have said it represents the largest single shedding of Greenland's ice sheet in fifty years.

Thursday 12 Aug 2010

The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report will be launched at the largest ever gathering of polar scientists in Oslo, at the International Polar Year Science Conference.

Wednesday 09 Jun 2010

Members of GRID’s Polar Programme are attending the International Polar Year 2007-2008 Oslo Science Conference, taking place from the 8th to the 12th June. The IPY Oslo Science Conference is to demonstrate, strengthen, and extend IPY’s remarkable accomplishments in science and outreach – and is the largest ever gathering of polar scientists to take place, with over 2000 participants.

Wednesday 09 Jun 2010

3 June 2010 — Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems—from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands—can trigger multi-million dollar returns, generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Thursday 03 Jun 2010

UNEP Launches Preview of Landmark Green Economy Report: Other Sectors Include Water and Transport

Friday 14 May 2010
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