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Green Economy and Environmental Governance reform backed by world's environment ministers
Green Economy and Environmental Governance reform backed by world's environment ministers 24/02/2011

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.

75% of world's coral reefs under threat, new analysis finds
75% of world's coral reefs under threat, new analysis finds 24/02/2011

A new comprehensive analysis finds that 75 percent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by local and global pressures

Forest conservation groups in Nepal and Guatemala win 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize
Forest conservation groups in Nepal and Guatemala win 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize 23/02/2011

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.

Hollywood Actor and UN Ambassador Edward Norton Launches Bike Ride for Sustainable Communities
Hollywood Actor and UN Ambassador Edward Norton Launches Bike Ride for Sustainable Communities 22/02/2011

The initiative is using sport to raise awareness and mobilize local Kenyan and Tanzanian communities around the importance of environmental protection and sustainability

Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe wins UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award
Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe wins UNEP Young Environmental Journalist Award 22/02/2011

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.

Preparing for Tomorrow's World
Preparing for Tomorrow's World 03/02/2011

The timely issue of how national governments make decisions for a changing climate is the topic of the latest World Resources Report (WRR)

International Year of Forests - "Celebrating Forests for People"
International Year of Forests - "Celebrating Forests for People" 02/02/2011

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.

Ban Calls For A Green Economy As Crucial For A Sustainable Future
Ban Calls For A Green Economy As Crucial For A Sustainable Future 31/01/2011

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.

Current climate information insufficient, say world's financial institutions
Current climate information insufficient, say world's financial institutions 12/01/2011

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.

Silent momentum on climate change, says UNEP chief
Silent momentum on climate change, says UNEP chief 06/01/2011

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.

UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun delivers balanced package of decisions, restores faith in multilateral process
UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun delivers balanced package of decisions, restores faith in multilateral process 11/12/2010

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.

Two European Countries Announce More Fast-Track Climate Funding in Cancun
Two European Countries Announce More Fast-Track Climate Funding in Cancun 10/12/2010

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).

Emissions Gap Report handover to Government of Mexico
Emissions Gap Report handover to Government of Mexico 08/12/2010

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.

Glaciers in South America and Alaska melting faster than those in Europe, says new UNEP report
Glaciers in South America and Alaska melting faster than those in Europe, says new UNEP report 07/12/2010

Glaciers in parts of Argentina and Chile, followed by those in the coastal mountain ranges of Alaska, have been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers in other parts of the world, according to a new UNEP report.

Media Advisory: From Alaska to New Zealand, UNEP report studies effects of glacier changes
Media Advisory: From Alaska to New Zealand, UNEP report studies effects of glacier changes 07/12/2010

There is increasing concern about the effects of climate change on high mountain glaciers and the resulting impact on sea-level rises, natural hazards and water resources.

Around the World in 80 'Eco' Days
Around the World in 80 'Eco' Days 07/12/2010

After covering more than 25,000 kilometres across four continents, participants in the Zero Emissions Race received a warm welcome in Cancun, Mexico at the UN Climate Change Conference, having powered their way from Geneva in less than 80 days using renewable energy

Climate change increases vulnerability of planet to Persistent Organic Pollutants
Climate change increases vulnerability of planet to Persistent Organic Pollutants 07/12/2010

Climate change increases vulnerability to persistent organic pollutants (POPs), a UN research team concluded in a major study previewed in Cancun, Tuesday.

From Fire to Flowers - Kenya's Renewable Energy Cycle
From Fire to Flowers - Kenya's Renewable Energy Cycle 07/12/2010

Stored in the planet's crust, geothermal energy is clean, it's renewable, it can be tapped from around the world and it could be big business in Kenya.

Media Advisory: Report shows climate change challenges and solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
Media Advisory: Report shows climate change challenges and solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean 06/12/2010

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).

Graphic details of climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean
Graphic details of climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean 06/12/2010

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, the report shows the major signs of climate change as well as calculating current levels of greenhouse gas emissions and possibilities for mitigation.

Leaders call for push towards green energy in UNEP's 'Our Planet' magazine
Leaders call for push towards green energy in UNEP's 'Our Planet' magazine 06/12/2010

In separate articles in this month's Our Planet, the flagship magazine of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), British Prime Minister David Cameron and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero underline how a global shift to a low-carbon, green economy can help combat climate change, reduce emissions and create jobs.