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The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Confict in the Congo Basin The Emissions Gap Report Are the Copenhagen Accord pledges sufficient to limit global warming to 2°C or 1.5°C?
This publication aims to assess the following questions: are countries' pledges of action collectively consistent with and, if implemented, likely to achieve the 2°C and 1.5°C temperature goals? If not, how big is the gap between emission levels consistent with these temperature goals and the emissions expected as a result of the pledges? In responding to these questions, we are confronted with a series of highly complex issues, which result from scientific and political factors

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The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Confict in the Congo Basin The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Confict in the Congo Basin
Gorillas, the largest of the great apes, are under renewed threat across the Congo Basin from Nigeria to the Albertine Rift: poaching for bushmeat, loss of habitat due to agricultural expansion, degradation of habitat from logging, mining and charcoal production are amongst these threats, in addition to natural epidemics such as ebola and the new risk of diseases passed from humans to gorillas.

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Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development
With global action and positive momentum towards improving access to safe water and sanitation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), in partnership with the members of UN Water have collaborated to bring together their collective experience and expertise to bear on the challenges posed by illegal and unregulated wastewater.

"Sick water? The central role of wastewater management in sustainable development" not only identifies the threats to human and ecological health and the consequences of inaction, but also presents opportunities, where appropriate policy and management responses over the short and longer term can trigger employment, support livelihoods, boost public and ecosystem health and contribute to more intelligent water management.

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Kick The Habit, A UN guide to climate neutrality Blue Carbon - The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon
A new Rapid Response Assessment report released 14 October 2009 at the Diversitas Conference, Cape Town Conference Centre, South Africa. Compiled by experts at GRID-Arendal and UNEP in collaboration with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UNESCO International Oceanographic Commissions and other institutions, the report highlights the critical role of the oceans and ocean ecosystems in maintaining our climate and in assisting policy makers to mainstream an oceans agenda into national and international climate change initiatives

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A Case for Climate Neutrality A Case for Climate Neutrality: Case Studies on Moving Towards a Low Carbon Economy United Nations Environment Programme
The publication presents concrete case studies from within the UNEP-led Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) that showcase concrete initiatives undertaken by diverse actors in a variety of sectors on moving towards climate neutrality. The publication, targets at the general public, presents the wealth of experiences by national and regional governments, city authorities, businesses, UN agencies and NGOs in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and moving towards a resource efficient, low carbon Green Economy of the 21st century.

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The Natural Fix?: The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation The Natural Fix?: The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation
Large cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases are needed if we are to avoid the worst effects of global climate change. This Rapid Assessment Report describes the vital contributions which ecosystems can and must make to improve these efforts. It presents carbon capture and storage through a Green Economy lens, outlining the potential in terms of natural systems, from forests to grasslands which have been doing the job in a tried and tested way for millennia. Currently the world's ecosystems instead of maintaining and enhancing nature's carbon capture and storage capacity, are being depleted at an alarming rate. This authoritative report, compiled for World Environment Day on 5th June, underlines a far greater potential across a wider suite of natural systems: a potential to not only combat climate change and climate-proof vulnerable economies but to also accelerate sustainable development and the achievement of the poverty related Millennium Development Goals.

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Global Outlook for Ice and Snow Global Outlook for Ice and Snow
Global Outlook for Ice and Snow provides an up-to-date, concise review of the state of the environment and the trends in ice and snow-covered regions (cryosphere) of the world. It features case studies, illustrations, graphics and maps and serves as an educational and reference publication. With a broad target audience that includes decision-makers at many levels, the report looks at the significance of changes in the cryosphere to human well-being and the implications for policy.

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The Uganda Atlas - Evidence of Uganda’s changing environment The Uganda Atlas - Evidence of Uganda’s changing environment
The Uganda Atlas of Our Changing Environment, prepared by the National Environmental Management Authority of Uganda, provides extensive scientific evidence of Uganda’s changing environment. Modelled after Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment previously published by UNEP, the Uganda Atlas seeks to safeguard the country’s environment and inspire decision makers to action.

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Vital GEO Graphics Vital GEO Graphics
"Vital GEO Graphics" is an electronic booklet that is based on the UNEP publication Global Environment Outlook 4 (GEO-4). This is one of many publications produced within the popular Vital Graphics series – an initiative started by UNEP/GRID-Arendal with the aim to promote communication of scientific findings in accessible easily readable and environmentally friendly format.

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Best Practices in Environmental Information Management in Africa : The Uganda Case Study Best Practices in Environmental Information Management in Africa : The Uganda Case Study
Environmental management in Uganda was first accorded the attention it deserves with the creation of the Ministry of Environment Protection in 1986. Following this, Uganda realized the need to put in place systems and structures to ensure the management of environmental information.

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Kick The Habit, A UN guide to climate neutrality KICK THE HABIT: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality
KICK THE HABIT: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality is written by experts from many disciplines and various countries, with leading research organizations involved in preparing and reviewing the publication. It is aimed at a broad audience, and presents solutions for individuals, businesses, cities and countries plus other groups that have similar characteristics such as NGOs and intergovernmental organizations. The book is rich in case studies, illustrations, maps and graphics and also serves as a reference publication.

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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, An environmental review Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: An Environmental Review
Significant strides are being made to 'green' the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The report says that environmental measures are being introduced covering waste management, cleaner transport systems and water treatment, as well as new urban green belts including a 580-hectare?Olympic Forest Park.

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