Disasters & Conflicts Press Releases

Environment is the 'silent casualty' of armed conflict

Top UN officials call for action to protect environment in times of war
06/11/2016 00:00:00

Top UN official: Environmental protection in war more urgent than ever

Ambassador Marie G. Jacobsson Honored at Fourth Annual Al-Moumin Award and Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding
03/11/2016 00:00:00

Mosul battle brings environmental damage, with serious impacts on health, prospects of recovery

- 19 oil wells have been set ablaze following the launch of military operations to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
- Burning stockpiles of sulphur dioxide at an industrial facility created a large toxic cloud and temporarily hampered the delivery of humanitarian assistance
- Water plant also reportedly affected by fighting, leading to a chlorine gas leak
- Environmental pollution is adding complexity and danger to the humanitarian crisis

27/10/2016 00:00:00

Investigation of soils contaminated by industry gets underway in Serbia

07/09/2016 00:00:00

UN Environment Chief Discusses Lagoon Clean-up, Air Pollution, Wildlife Protection, and Marine Erosion with Côte d'Ivoire Prime Minister

"I've seen Côte d'Ivoire rapidly develop in the last five years. I want to see it continue to build and improve its economy long into the future. For it to do so, economic development must not come at the expense of the environment." - Erik Solheim
29/08/2016 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

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

Angola Kicks off Global World Environment Day Celebrations with Pledge to Fight Illegal Trade in Wildlife

World Environment Day (WED), the world's biggest day for positive environmental action celebrated across the globe
05/06/2016 00:00:00

UNEP-INTERPOL Report: Value of Environmental Crime up 26%

Eco-crime hits record high at up to $258 billion, outstripping the illegal trade in small arms, as international criminal gangs and militant groups profit from the plunder of Earth's resources
04/06/2016 00:00:00

Nigeria Launches $1 Billion Ogoniland Clean-up and Restoration Programme

Government, communities and oil industry commit to implementing UNEP report recommendations
02/06/2016 00:00:00

Premature Deaths from Environmental Degradation Threat to Global Public Health, UNEP Report Says

Environmental impacts responsible for almost one quarter of all deaths, highlighting need to place environment at heart of efforts to improve human health
23/05/2016 00:00:00

Toxic Crops and Zoonotic Disease: UNEP Identifies the Emerging Environmental Issues of Our Time

New report goes behind the headlines to examine some of the most worrying emerging environmental threats facing the world today, while offering ways to combat them
20/05/2016 00:00:00

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