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World Environment Day 2008World Environment Day 2008

World Environment Day 2008

World Environment Day Celebrations 2008World Environment Day Celebrations 2008

Highlights from the World Environment Day international celebrations held in New Zealand

Climate FeverClimate Fever

According the UN, climate change currently contributes to an increasing global burden of ill health and premature death. A hallmark study by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health charted the relationship between temperature and childhood diarrhoea.

Cold Water CoralsCold Water Corals

One of the most startling discoveries has been the abundance of coral reefs, living hundreds of metres below the surface of the sea, at around 4 to 13 degrees centigrade. Whats more, many of these reefs seem to play a significant role in the health of sea life in the area, and harbor an incredible diversity of life.

Google Africa AtlasGoogle Africa Atlas

People can fly to some of the worlds most dramatic environmental hotspots courtesy of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)s innovative use of the popular mapping tool Google Earth. The new computer service allows armchair environmentalists as well as politicians, researchers and business executives to zoom in, whizz past and monitor close to 200 sites.

Vertical FarmingVertical Farming

Many East Africans depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.Returning to traditional multi-crop farming methods promise the best chance of withstanding the changing climate.

Volvo Ocean RaceVolvo Ocean Race

This is a 35,000 km race around the world using vane energy.It creates a great opportunity to send the message out "using energy that doesn’t pollute to combat climate change."

Glacier MonitoringGlacier Monitoring

Glaciers are a critical component of the earth’s system and the current accelerated melting and retreat of glaciers have severe impacts on the environment and human well-being. Monitoring glacier changes and providing scientific, sound, consistent and illustrative facts and figures on glaciers are therefore critical functions in today’s world says Peter Gilruth, Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment of the UN Environment Programme.

Global Environment Outlook-4Global Environment Outlook-4

The latest in UNEP’s series of flagship reports, assesses the current state of the global atmosphere, land, water and biodiversity, describes the changes since 1987, and identifies priorities for action. Major threats to the planet such as climate change, the rate of extinction of species, and the challenge of feeding a growing population are among the many that remain unresolved, and all of them put humanity at risk.

Tale of two lightsTale of two lights

In rural southern India, UNEP’s ingenious locally financed solar project is improving living conditions and, surprisingly, saving lives too!

10 Seconds 								 								 								 								 								 								10 Seconds

Every 10 seconds a slice of rainforest the size of a football field is lost forever…Produced by Rain Flourish – the art of connecting rainforest)

Achim Steiner: Climate Change AdaptationAchim Steiner: Climate Change Adaptation

Focuses on the nature of the impact of climate adaptation in terms of archtic and melting of the archtic ice shore.

Achim Steiner:Africa Atlas Discussed on Foreign Exchange 								Achim Steiner:Africa Atlas Discussed on Foreign Exchange

UNEP’s Executive Director discusses the Africa Atlas on Foreign Exchange, a weekly international affairs series aired on PBS.

Environmental Change Re-Draws Atlas of Africa 								Environmental Change Re-Draws Atlas of Africa

Glacial Retreat to Rapid Urbanization Chronicled in Landmark Satellite Report to Africa’s Environment Ministers.

Global DesertsGlobal Deserts

Protecting drylands is essential. Although deserts cover more than 40% of the planet’s land area, they are facing dramatic changes as a result of global climate change, high water demands, tourism and salt contamination of irrigated soils.

Our Planet in Transition: From Pole to PoleOur Planet in Transition: From Pole to Pole

Striking images from around the world depicting how our Earth is in transition from pole to pole.

The voice of reason (Aged 6)- Sustainable Mobility and Climate Change 								 								The voice of reason (Aged 6)- Sustainable Mobility and Climate Change

The campaign highlights the environmental and low carbon advantages of public transport. The idea is to express a clear message that Climate Change may be a global problem but its solutions are not necessarily solved with high-level political intervention. Individual actions play an important role. 

Speaking for the AnimalsSpeaking for the Animals

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or Bonn Convention) works to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species.

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Garbage Classification