Press Releases

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


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

Media Advisory: At Montreal Protocol Meetings in Vienna: Countries to Continue Efforts to Control Greenhouse Gases under the Montreal Protocol

15 to 23 July 2016 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC); Vienna, Austria
15/07/2016 00:00:00

UNEP Assesses Sites Impacted by "Probo Koala" Toxic Waste Dumping in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire


14/07/2016 00:00:00

Task Force Agrees Need for Tougher Penalties, Adopts Zero Tolerance Approach to Curb Annual Slaughter of 25 Million Birds in the Mediterranean

  • Mist nets used to trap flying birds extend for 700 kilometres along coast of Egypt, where an estimated 5.7 million birds are illegally killed every year
  • An estimated 18 birds killed per square kilometer every year in Italy, where illegal killings are thought to be worse than any EU country
  • Killings pushing species to brink of extinction; Turtle Dove on IUCN red list as numbers plummet

14/07/2016 00:00:00

Carole Excell Appointed to UNEP's First-Ever Access to Information Panel


01/07/2016 00:00:00

Climate Change Response Requires Finance, Cooperation and Participation

High-level session closes productive Africa Carbon Forum 2016
01/07/2016 00:00:00

Green Climate Fund Injects over $20 Million into UNEP-Backed Efforts to Adapt to Climate Change in The Gambia

The unprecedented project will generate cash returns of at least $77.5 million
01/07/2016 00:00:00

Climate Action Can Drive Sustainable Development in Africa Africa Carbon Forum 2016, 28-30 June 2016 Kigali, Rwanda


29/06/2016 00:00:00

Green Cross and United Nations call for nominations to 2017 environment and emergency awards

The Green Star Awards emphasize the nexus between the environment and the need to safeguard communities from the environmental impacts of emergencies.
28/06/2016 00:00:00


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