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UNEP Hosts Intergovernmental Negotiations  On Strengthening Science for Policy on Biodiversity & Ecosystems
UNEP Hosts Intergovernmental Negotiations On Strengthening Science for Policy on Biodiversity & Ecosystems 05/10/2009

Over the past 50 years, the world has suffered an estimated 60 percent decline in ecosystems services and unprecedented biodiversity loss - caused by unsustainable human activities. Biodiversity loss makes ecosystems more vulnerable to shocks and disturbances, less resilient, and less able to supply humans with critical ecosystem services.

Climate change high on G8 agenda as Copenhagen Summit draws nearer
Climate change high on G8 agenda as Copenhagen Summit draws nearer 06/07/2009

As momentum builds towards formulating a fair and effective climate change agreement at the Copenhagen Climate Conference later this year, leaders of the world's developed nations are poised to discuss global warming at the G8 summit in the Italian town of L'Aquila from 8 to 10 July.

Environmental Leaders Commit to Renewed Green Governance
Environmental Leaders Commit to Renewed Green Governance 06/07/2009

A group of emerging environmental leaders have pledged their personal commitment to creating a new wave of environmental action in the 21st Century.

UN Agencies 'Deliver as One' To Realize a Green Economy
UN Agencies 'Deliver as One' To Realize a Green Economy 25/06/2009

At least 21 UN agencies today backed the call for a world-wide transition to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy able to deliver multiple economic, social and environmental opportunities in the 21st century. Such a transition is needed to catalyze a sustainable global economic recovery while generating decent jobs, enhancing food security, and reducing dependence on finite fossil fuels. A Green Economy can also address multiple persistent and looming crises from overcoming poverty ...

Action on HFC Gases 'Low Hanging Fruit' Opportunity to Combat Climate Change Says UN Environment Chief
Action on HFC Gases 'Low Hanging Fruit' Opportunity to Combat Climate Change Says UN Environment Chief 22/06/2009

A scientific paper, highlighting the need to accelerate action over a group of gases known as Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) as part of the climate change agenda, was today welcomed by the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The findings, by an international team of researchers are published in the Proceeedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists argue that HFC use could climb sharply in the coming years in products such as insulation foams, air conditioning units and refri ...

Climate Change Picks Pace New IPCC Report Warns
Climate Change Picks Pace New IPCC Report Warns 22/06/2009

"The world faces a growing risk of "abrupt and irreversible climatic shifts," was the conclusion of report by international scientists issued on Thursday. The 36-page document summarized over 1,400 studies which were presented at a climate conference last March in Copenhagen attended by some 2,000 scientists from over 70 countries. The research, which was written and reviewed by many of the scientists who compiled the benchmark UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 20 ...

Climate change in our back yards - New report shows how climate change is affecting the US
Climate change in our back yards - New report shows how climate change is affecting the US 19/06/2009

For the past few years Americans have been dealing with erratic and often extreme weather conditions. And now according to a new report titled Global Change Impacts in the United States, there is evidence that these patterns are attributable to global warming. Average temperatures in the US have risen by1.5F (-17C) over the last 50 years, according to the report. It also warns that physical infrastructure on the US Gulf Coast could be threatened with storm surges and sea level rises of up to ei ...

Ecosystem Management Key to Long-term Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction
Ecosystem Management Key to Long-term Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction 18/06/2009

Patterns of disaster risk are changing and the critical ecosystems that support community resilience are being lost at an alarming rate due to human mismanagement of natural resources.

Turning the Land Degradation Tide on World Desertification Day
Turning the Land Degradation Tide on World Desertification Day 16/06/2009

Improved varieties of the tropical, nutritious 'Sahel Apple' tree allied to the setting up of market gardens and community nature reserves are helping to turn the tide of land-degradation and desertification in some African countries, a new study shows.

Biodiversity: Time to See the  Bigger Picture!
Biodiversity: Time to See the Bigger Picture! 05/06/2009

5 June 2009 – World Environment Day, 5 June, sees the unveiling of a new communication initiative on biodiversity brought through a partnership between Airbus, the National Geographic Society and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Africa needs substantially scaled-up finance, technology  and capacity-building to combat climate change
Africa needs substantially scaled-up finance, technology and capacity-building to combat climate change 29/05/2009

Six months before the crucial negotiations on climate in Copenhagen, African ministers reach a landmark position on climate in Nairobi

Ban Urges the Business Community to Lobby Governments to Power Green  Growth and Seal the Deal on Climate Change
Ban Urges the Business Community to Lobby Governments to Power Green Growth and Seal the Deal on Climate Change 25/05/2009

On Sunday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Laureate Al Gore called on over 500 world business leaders meeting in Copenhagen to use their business acumen to urge government leaders to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases.

UNEP Head Applauds Rwandan President's Visionary Green Economy Address
UNEP Head Applauds Rwandan President's Visionary Green Economy Address 21/05/2009

Putting the environment at the centre of Africa's economic future must be a priority for the Continent, the President of the Republic of Rwanda urged today at an historic meeting of finance and environment ministers.

Wader populations decline faster than ever
Wader populations decline faster than ever 21/05/2009

More than half the populations of waders in Europe, West Asia and Africa are declining at an accelerating rate.

Environment-Led Green Revolution Key to Future Food Security in Africa
Environment-Led Green Revolution Key to Future Food Security in Africa 14/05/2009

Delivering food security to an additional 1 billion people in Africa will become ever more challenging over the next four decades unless we manage our natural resources better.

Winners of 2009 SEED Awards Announced
Winners of 2009 SEED Awards Announced 13/05/2009

The winners of the 2009 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development were announced today at a high level award ceremony and reception.

Lake Victoria Communities Could Be Key to Millions of 'Climate' Dollars For Poor Around the World
Lake Victoria Communities Could Be Key to Millions of 'Climate' Dollars For Poor Around the World 11/05/2009

Carbon benefits project will assess levels of carbon stored via sustainable and climate-friendly land management

Five leaders receive first-ever Green Star Awards
Five leaders receive first-ever Green Star Awards 07/05/2009

A Brazilian scientific support centre and a leading Swiss laboratory are among the winners of the inaugural Green Star Awards announced in Brussels today.

Hundreds of Millions of South Asians Face Increasing Water Stress
Hundreds of Millions of South Asians Face Increasing Water Stress 06/02/2009

Over-exploitation, climate change and inadequate cooperation among countries threaten some of the world's greatest river basins, which sustain around 750 million people.