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Clean air takes centre stage at Sarajevo Film Festival

- Festival's Enviro Day to showcase UN Environment initiatives boosting air quality and protecting human health
- 44,000 years of life, one-fifth of GDP are lost in Bosnia and Herzegovina annually due to poor air quality

17/08/2016 00:00:00

Co-Chairs Announced for Landmark Global Biodiversity & Ecosystems Assessment: First Since 2005


15/08/2016 00:00:00

Norway and UN Environment Sign New Agreement for Enhanced Cooperation

UN Environment and the Norwegian Government signed a framework agreement for development cooperation yesterday that lays new ground for future collaboration in development and environmental sustainability.
12/08/2016 00:00:00

Walking into an ecological wilderness

By Balakrishna Pisupati and Mathis Wackernagel
08/08/2016 00:00:00

UN Environment's Ogoniland Assessment Back in Spotlight

A clean environment is on the horizon for the people of Ogoniland as government, communities and oil industry commit to implementing UN Environment report recommendations
04/08/2016 00:00:00

UN Environment Head Lauds First Solar-Powered Circumnavigation of Globe by Airplane

"While they have achieved another milestone in flight, their circumnavigation is even more momentous for what it demonstrates about clean technology."
26/07/2016 00:00:00

"Green Finance" incorporated into G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting Communiqué


26/07/2016 00:00:00

Countries move closer to an agreement to further curb greenhouse gases under the Montreal Protocol

  • Governments set the stage for a possible agreement to reduce potent greenhouse gases under the Montreal Protocol.
  • An amendment on reducing HFCs would be a significant step towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

25/07/2016 00:00:00

Reducing Hydrofluorocarbons via the Montreal Protocol is the most significant climate action the world can take this year

  • An HFC phase-down can avoid up to 0.5⁰ Celsius of global warming by 2100.
  • HFCs are the fastest-growing greenhouse gases. Many are 100s to 1000s of times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2) at warming the atmosphere.
  • The Climate and Clean Air Coalition believes urgent actions, like an HFC phase-down, are necessary to limit climate change.

22/07/2016 00:00:00

Worldwide Extraction of Materials Triples in Four Decades, Intensifying Climate Change and Air Pollution

  • Richest countries consume on average 10 times as many materials as world's poorest
  • Planet will need 180 billion tonnes of material every year by 2050 if trends continue

20/07/2016 00:00:00

UN Environment Head Backs Call to End Harmful Fishing Subsidies

UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim issued the following statement in support of a call by the UN Commission on Trade and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization to end harmful fishing subsidies.
20/07/2016 00:00:00

Developing Countries Show World Way Forward on Green Finance

  • Developing countries embrace green finance policies as part of wider effort to finance the real economy and meet social, economic and environmental needs
  • Green finance policies inspired by new models such as developments in fintech
  • US$5-7 trillion a year needed to implement the Sustainable Development Goals

18/07/2016 00:00:00


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