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Books

 

2010 UNEP Annual Report

Providing an overview of UNEP's activities in 2010, this report looks at a broad range of activities carried out by the organization as it follows its mandate to provide environmental leadership and promote sustainable development. The Annual Report catalogues the beginning of a new, strategic and transformational direction for UNEP as it began implementing its Medium-term Strategy (MTS) for 2010-2013 across six areas: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; harmful substances and hazardous waste; resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production.


 

Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone - Summary for Decision Makers

This report aims to provide science-based advice on action to reduce the impacts of the harmful air pollutants black carbon, tropospheric ozone and its precursors. The report is a comprehensive analysis of drivers of emissions, trends in concentrations, and impacts on climate, human health and ecosystems of these pollutants, which are often referred to as short-lived climate forcers as they have a short lifetime in the atmosphere relative to carbon dioxide.


 

Towards a GREEN Economy - Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

This report aims to debunk several myths and misconceptions about the economics of "greening" the global economy, and provides timely and practical guidance to policymakers on what reforms they need to unlock the productive and employment potential of a Green Economy. The report makes a compelling economic and social case for investing 2 per cent of global GDP in greening 10 central sectors of the economy in order to shift development and unleash public and private capital flows onto a low-carbon, resource-efficient path.


 

UNEP Year Book 2011 - Emerging Issues in our Global Environment

The UNEP Year Book aims to strengthen the science-policy interface. It presents recent developments and new insights of particular interest to policymakers. The 2011 Year Book looks at: progress in environmental governance; the effects of continuing degradation and loss of the world's ecosystems; impacts on the atmosphere leading to continuing climate change; harmful substances and hazardous waste that affect human health and the environment; environment-related disasters and conflicts; and unsustainable use of resources.


 

High Mountain Glaciers and Climate Change - Challenges to Human Livelihoods and Adaptation

Compiled by UNEP in partnership with scientists and research centres from around the world, including the Norwegian Polar Institute and Norut Alta, this report underlines a clear general trend of melting glaciers linked to a warming climate. The report points to consequences such as a reduction in seasonal water availability in dry areas; faster rate of melting of many low-lying, smaller glaciers, which are often crucial water sources in drylands; an increasing rate of glacial lake outburst floods in many countries over the last 40 years.


 

Climate Action 2010-2011

Climate Action provides an essential platform for governments, international opinion leaders, industry experts, academics and environmentalists to debate the business case for sustainable development and carbon neutrality. Climate Action 2010-11 assists businesses and organizations to reduce their carbon footprint, highlighting that environmentally responsible operations can also be profitable. It offers insight into the pressing issues surrounding climate change and sustainability while presenting practical, potentially money saving, "actions" that can be taken to reduce carbon footprints.


 

Enhancing Global Competitiveness through Sustainable Environmental Stewardship
Subhash C. Jain and Ben L. Kedia (Edward Elgar)

This book examines the impact that climate change and other environmental factors have on business. It is a collection of research that suggests that companies that are proactive in mitigating their exposure to climate change risks will generate new profitable opportunities, and gain competitive advantage over their rivals in a carbon-constrained future.


 

Global Environmental Forest Policies - An International Comparison
Constance McDermott, Benjamin Cashore and Peter Kanowski (Earthscan)

This book provides a uniquely detailed and systematic comparison of environmental forest policies and enforcement in 20 countries worldwide, covering developed, transition and developing economies. The goal is to enhance global policy learning and promote well-informed and precisely tuned policy solutions, which it is hoped will lead to greater international accountability for forest stewardship.


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