UNEP /GRID-Arendal today launched what it intends to be the premier online information portal for the latest environmental news in and around the UK. The initiative, called EarthWire/UK (www.earthwire.org/uk) gives you a snap-shot of the day’s most important environment and sustainable development stories from United Kingdom, on one page.
The portal which covers stories from national, regional and local media, as well as specialist information providers is being updated by 10am each morning providing a daily briefing for government officials, journalists following hot issues, students and researchers and anyone interested in current events and the environment. The site, which was originally created for Norway, was used everyday by one eighth of the country, including the former Minister of Environment, Mr. Børge Brende, to get an overview of the day’s environment news.
The UK Minister for Environment and Agri-Environment, Mr. Elliot Morley MP, officially launched the UK specific site for England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, which has already been on an extremely successful pilot scheme for the past eight months. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is a partner on the initiative.
The initiative, which is the fifth in a series of regional news services, including a special edition for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and sites for Norway, Serbia and Southern Africa, and is fully funded and self supported by sponsorship given by organisations taking a lead in environmental and sustainable development policies. The items on the site, which are multidisciplinary and cover everything from environmental activism to corporate environmental action, also feature press releases from various leading private, public and not-for-profit organisations.
Already the portal has over 8000 environmental news stories in the site’s archives, which are added to each day and can be searched and accessed through the site. With the official launch of the site, it is expected that more and more people will be using this as their primary resource on the most up-to-date environmental news and breaking headlines.
GRID-Arendal is a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) centre with headquarters in southern Norway. GRID-Arendal is UNEP's key polar centre, and also supports UNEP's global mission with capabilities in environmental information management, regional and thematic assessments, communications, and capacity building. A prime focus for GRID-Arendal is to make credible, science-based knowledge available and understandable to both the general public and decision makers.
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