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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.

Prizes and tree-planting for China's young green artists
Prizes and tree-planting for China's young green artists 09/08/2010

The twenty winners of the Third Chinese Children's Painting Competition received their prizes at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and followed in the footsteps of many world dignitaries by planting trees at the United Nations complex.

Winners unveiled: Chinese children's painting competition
Winners unveiled: Chinese children's painting competition 03/08/2010

A staggering 2.6 million Chinese schoolchildren have taken part in a painting contest run by the Luo Hong Environmental Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). After sifting through huge piles of pictures, the judges have finally chosen twenty beautiful and striking images as the winning entries.

UNEP Sasakawa Prize open: US $200,000 for innovative green project
UNEP Sasakawa Prize open: US $200,000 for innovative green project 29/07/2010

UNEP and The Nippon Foundation today officially launched the 2011 UNEP Sasakawa Prize to find the most innovative environmental project in the developing world

Chinese businesses aim for a low-carbon economy
Chinese businesses aim for a low-carbon economy 29/07/2010

Chinese entrepreneurs and representatives from major Chinese businesses, including the country's largest real estate company, Vanke, and air conditioning manufacturer Broad Air, gathered today in the UN Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai to take part in a forum entitled: "The Nature of Cities- Low Carbon Transformation and Chinese Enterprises".

Environmental Degradation Plagues Haiti Earthquake Recovery
Environmental Degradation Plagues Haiti Earthquake Recovery 22/07/2010

As part of the UN relief and recovery effort, UNEP is focused on promoting a sustainable recovery for Haiti by minimising the environmental damage from reconstruction and ensuring there is adequate, long-term investment in natural resource management

SEED Awards 2010: Invitation for Applications
SEED Awards 2010: Invitation for Applications 20/07/2010

Social and environmental entrepreneurs have the chance to apply to the annual SEED Awards as of today, 19 July 2010

UNEP Report on Latin America and the Caribbean Addresses Environmental Degradation
UNEP Report on Latin America and the Caribbean Addresses Environmental Degradation 15/07/2010

Increasing water shortages, rapid urbanization, a rise in irrigated agriculture, the degradation of marine and coastal areas and loss of forests are just some of the environmental challenges that are highlighted in the soon to be released report

Global Trends in Green Energy 2009:  New Power Capacity from Renewable Sources Tops Fossil Fuels
Global Trends in Green Energy 2009: New Power Capacity from Renewable Sources Tops Fossil Fuels 15/07/2010

In 2009, for the second year in a row, both the US and Europe added more power capacity from renewable sources such as wind and solar than from conventional sources like coal, gas and nuclear, according to twin reports launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

Mangroves Report Reveals Threats & Opportunities to Global Economy & the Planet
Mangroves Report Reveals Threats & Opportunities to Global Economy & the Planet 13/07/2010

The first global assessment of mangroves in over a decade reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests, despite positive restoration efforts by some countries.

Negotiating Instruments to Govern Provision & Use of the Planet's Genetic Resources
Negotiating Instruments to Govern Provision & Use of the Planet's Genetic Resources 12/07/2010

The provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet is the subject of a week long negotiations that started in Montreal, Saturday, with the aim to settle the details of a new global legal agreement to govern the process at a multinational level.

Report Launch 13 July - Building the Economic Case for the Sound Management of Nature-Based Assets
Report Launch 13 July - Building the Economic Case for the Sound Management of Nature-Based Assets 05/07/2010

The TEEB for Business report builds the economic case to assist economies make transformational policy choices.

Zhou Xun and Yann Arthus Bertrand Launch Chinese Version of "Home"
Zhou Xun and Yann Arthus Bertrand Launch Chinese Version of "Home" 05/07/2010

Chinese actress Zhou Xun and French film director Yann Arthus-Bertrand on Monday launched the premiere of the Chinese version of HOME at the Shanghai Expo.

Li Bingbing UNEP Ambassador in China
Li Bingbing UNEP Ambassador in China 04/07/2010

Chinese actress Li Bingbing, was designated Sunday as the first national Goodwill Ambassador in China for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Urgent Action Needed for Pastoralists to Cope with Climate Change
Urgent Action Needed for Pastoralists to Cope with Climate Change 29/06/2010

The effects of climate change and its impact on pastoral communities are now more conspicuous than ever with evidence pointing to increasing levels of migration and conflict over often scarce resources.

Bamako Declaration: Road Map for Africa’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategies
Bamako Declaration: Road Map for Africa’s Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategies 29/06/2010

In adopting the Bamako Declaration, African Environment ministers made a bold statement of how they expected their respective governments to engage both at the domestic and international level in addressing issues of loss of biodiversity and access to benefit sharing as well as desertification and climate change challenges.