The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) possesses over half of Africa's water reserves, yet 74 percent of its population lacks access to safe drinking water, according to a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Rapid urbanization is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report.
The E-Tree programme is a multi-partnership initiative involving government agencies, the private sector, media and civil society in tree planting activities in western China, which has a fragile environment and large poor population.
More than a dozen factors, ranging from declines in flowering plants and the use of memory-damaging insecticides to the world-wide spread of pests and air pollution, may be behind the emerging decline of bee colonies across many parts of the globe.
A new UNEP report shows that bee colonies worldwide are under threat, with serious implications for biodiversity and food security. Habitat loss, air pollution, crop spraying and the widespread use of insecticides are some of the key factors behind the decline.
Desertification, land degradation and drought affect over one and a half billion people in more than 110 countries
Celebrated every year on 5 June, WED aims to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment. This year's events will take place in India under the theme, 'Forests: Nature at Your Service'.
A major sustainable development conference in Brazil next year offers a key opportunity to accelerate and to scale-up a global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy, a meeting of the world's environment ministers has signaled.
A new comprehensive analysis finds that 75 percent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures
Two projects conserving forests and promoting sustainable development in remote rural communities of Latin America and Asia are the laureates of the 2010-11 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.
The initiative is using sport to raise awareness and mobilize local Kenyan and Tanzanian communities around the importance of environmental protection and sustainability
A Ugandan radio journalist has won a prestigious new journalism award from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), outclassing entries from over 100 correspondents from across the African continent.
Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.
The timely issue of how national governments make decisions for a changing climate is the topic of the latest World Resources Report (WRR)
Forests represent many things to many people including spiritual, aesthetic and cultural dimensions that are, in many ways, priceless. But they are also cornerstones of our economies, whose real value has all too often been invisible in national accounts of profit and loss.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for "revolutionary action" to achieve sustainable development, warning that the past century's heedless consumption of resources is "a global suicide pact" with time running out to ensure an economic model for survival.
The availability of climate change information remains insufficient, according to many of the world's financial institutions. More than 60 institutions took part in a survey organised by the UNEP Finance Initiative and the Sustainable Business Institute, Germany.
The last two years have been a roller coaster ride in respect to securing a new global treaty to combat climate change. Some even despair that the window for action is closing fast. But giving up is not an option, writes UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.
Fast-track climate funding for vulnerable mountain communities and low carbon development strategies was announced today by the governments of Denmark and Germany and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
A landmark assessment, spotlighting the emissions gaps between what nations pledged on climate change 12 months ago and what is actually needed to avoid a 2 degree temperature rise, has been handed over to the Government of Mexico.