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From Soil Carbon to Nuclear Reactors: UNEP Yearbook Outlines Major Emerging Issues for Global Environment
09/ 02/ 2012

From Soil Carbon to Nuclear Reactors: UNEP Yearbook Outlines Major Emerging Issues for Global EnvironmentPress Conference Venue: Press Room, UNEP Headquarters, Gigiri
Time: 11:00am, Monday 13 February 2012
Speakers: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
Tessa Goverse, UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment

Nairobi, 9 February 2012 – The dramatic loss of carbon from soils – and the implications for food security, climate change and the health of ecosystems – is among the main themes of the United Nations Environment Programme's 2012 Yearbook.

The flagship publication, to be launched on 13 February 2012 at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, shows that soil erosion due to traditional agriculture is occurring 100 times faster than soil's natural formation process.

A number of case studies from Kenya, Argentina, China, Brazil, Dakar and other capitals will be showcased.

The challenge of dealing with aging nuclear power stations is also covered in the 2012 Year Book.

Recommendations are put forward on how to decommission a greater proportion of the nearly 140 nuclear power stations that have been shut down worldwide in recent years; an issue of increasing global concern following last year's Fukushima disaster in Japan.

During the press conference, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner will also give a media preview of the forthcoming UNEP Governing Council (20 -22 February 2012) – the last global meeting of environment leaders before the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Brazil in June.

Heads of State, environment ministers and representatives from finance, business and civil society from across the world will meet in Nairobi under the theme 'UNEP and the Green Economy: Four Decades in Development', to review the global environment agenda and prepare for Rio+20.

A bus for journalists will depart Chester House at 09:30am on 13 February.

Please bring a press card and national ID to show UN Security.

To confirm attendance or for more information, please contact:
UNEP Newsdesk on Tel. 020 7623088 / 020 7625261 or Email:

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