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UNEP Report : Green Economy can reduce poverty and help meet Millennium Development Goals
UNEP Report : Green Economy can reduce poverty and help meet Millennium Development Goals 20/09/2010

Investing in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential if internationally-agreed goals to reduce poverty are to be achieved.

Rwanda Implements UN-Supported Climate Adaptation Plan: Relocating Communities from High-Risk Zones
Rwanda Implements UN-Supported Climate Adaptation Plan: Relocating Communities from High-Risk Zones 18/09/2010

Once home to populations of Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys, the sloping terrain of Rwanda's Gishwati Forest has in recent decades suffered severe environmental degradation - made worse by extreme weather events.

New report highlights two-way link between ozone layer and climate change
New report highlights two-way link between ozone layer and climate change 16/09/2010

International efforts to protect the ozone layer are a success and have stopped additional ozone losses and contributed to mitigating the greenhouse effect, according to a new report.

Press Advisory: UNEP Launches Green Economy & MDGs Policy Brief at New York UN Summit Monday
Press Advisory: UNEP Launches Green Economy & MDGs Policy Brief at New York UN Summit Monday 15/09/2010

Investing in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally friendly forms of agriculture could go a long way towards meeting the internationally agreed poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs.

Killing the cures: how biodiversity loss is harming medical science
Killing the cures: how biodiversity loss is harming medical science 14/09/2010

Biodiversity is essential for the functioning of ecosystems that sustain all life on Earth. The ongoing and escalating disappearance of that diversity will harm society in myriad ways. One way that is often overlooked is the damaging impact on medical science.

Planet's multi-trillion dollar ecosystem services key to future of cities
Planet's multi-trillion dollar ecosystem services key to future of cities 09/09/2010

Incorporating ecosystem services in local and regional policies can help save cities and regional authorities money while boosting the local economy, enhancing quality of life and securing livelihoods.

UNEP calls for 'greener' laws to avert world water crisis
UNEP calls for 'greener' laws to avert world water crisis 07/09/2010

Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis

UNEP unveils masterplan to cut in-house emissions
UNEP unveils masterplan to cut in-house emissions 06/09/2010

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is today publishing an ambitious new strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and pave the way towards a zero emissions future

Insurers call for more action to adapt developing world to climate change
Insurers call for more action to adapt developing world to climate change 06/09/2010

Over 100 insurance companies are calling on governments worldwide to harness risk management techniques to help the developing world adapt to climate change

UNEP welcomes review of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
UNEP welcomes review of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 30/08/2010

UNEP's initial response to this thorough report, conducted by the leading body representing many of the world's distinguished scientific academies, is that it re-affirms the integrity; the importance and validity of the IPCC's work while recognizing areas for improvement in a rapidly evolving field.

UNEP head donates Tallberg prize money to Pakistan flood victims
UNEP head donates Tallberg prize money to Pakistan flood victims 30/08/2010

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

World table tennis champion plays for the planet
World table tennis champion plays for the planet 24/08/2010

Proving her table tennis swing remains top-class, 18-time Chinese Olympian Deng Yaping played for the health of the planet when she recorded a UNEP public service announcement, at the UN Office in Nairobi

Frozen Heat: Methane Gas Hydrates , Society and the Environment
Frozen Heat: Methane Gas Hydrates , Society and the Environment 24/08/2010

As global demand for energy grows and continues to outpace supply for the foreseeable future, so does pressure to explore the use of methane hydrates as an economically-viable energy source.

Shedding Light on the Cinderellas of the Deep Sea
Shedding Light on the Cinderellas of the Deep Sea 23/08/2010

Ocean sponges from shallower waters have already been shown to be valuable sources for new medicinal drugs to treat cancers and for antibiotics, and it is expected that deepwater sponges will be equally valuable, if not more so.

Young Olympic athletes carry the torch for the environment
Young Olympic athletes carry the torch for the environment 20/08/2010

In recognition of their potential to influence an entire generation of young people, UNEP will be educating talented young athletes at the Games on how they can contribute positively to sustainable development in their communities.

Humanitarian operations go green
Humanitarian operations go green 19/08/2010

Humanitarian work saves lives and helps those in distress. But emergency operations can also cause environmental damage. A new online tool from UNEP aims to reduce the environmental impact of humanitarian relief around the world.

Eighty electric days around the world
Eighty electric days around the world 18/08/2010

In a modern, eco-friendly twist on Jules Verne's classic adventure, teams driving electric cars are attempting to travel across the world in eighty days. The cars will visit the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, during their trip.

Russian forest fires pose major threat to bats
Russian forest fires pose major threat to bats 18/08/2010

Russia's wildfires have killed over 50 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. But among the hidden victims of the fires are the country's bats, who are fast losing their habitats

UN launches decade-long efforts to tackle desertification
UN launches decade-long efforts to tackle desertification 16/08/2010

The United Nations is today launching the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification to help protect the world's drylands. These areas are home to a third of the world's population and face serious economic and environmental threats.

Winner of International Children's Painting Competition announced
Winner of International Children's Painting Competition announced 12/08/2010

Coco TIN Chi Ting from Hong Kong, China, has been announced the global winner of UNEP's 19th International Children's Painting Competition. The 14-year-old beat off stiff competition from hundreds of thousands of other children from across the world.

The Arctic: where tourism meets conservation
The Arctic: where tourism meets conservation 12/08/2010

Every day last month, some 70,000 square kilometers of Arctic ice was lost through melting, with serious consequences for biodiversity. So what can be done? A UNEP research centre believes a new brand of tourism could help preserve this unique habitat.