Deforestation is responsible for around 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That's more than all the world's cars and trucks combined. Rainforests do a great deal to aid the environment, absorbing carbon, purifying water and playing home to species diversity. They do it essentially for free.
Moments following her induction as UN Messenger of Peace, Nobel Laureate and UNEP Patron of the Billion Tree Campaign, Wangari Maathai, addressed the opening of the High Level Segment of the UN climate conference, calling on leaders to reach a fair, ambitious and legally-binding agreement in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen, 15 December - The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and green advocate Wangari Maathai became a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.
After one of the most wide-ranging and painstaking exercises ever undertaken across the United Nations system, the organization today announced its greenhouse gas footprint as part of a first step to manage these emissions down.
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) join forces to create the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting - carbonn.
Climate change will have serious consequences for Viet Nam's Mekong and Red River Deltas - two key rice and agricultural producing areas in the country - unless global warming is addressed.
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity released today a major study, Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biological Diversity.
UNEP and Canada's Polar Cap Productions, Inc. (PCP) are pleased to announce the COP15 screenings of Mark Terry's new climate change documentary The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning
Against the backdrop of the ongoing climate negotiations in Copenhagen, the Global Wind Energy Council today released calculations showing that wind energy alone could achieve up to 65% of the emissions reductions pledges by industrialised countries.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Saturday waving placards and banners reading, "There is no planet B," and "Nature doesn't Compromise" demanding a bold climate deal, as talks enter their second week at the UN Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen.
An agreement in Copenhagen to fund reduced emissions from deforestation may generate multiple environmental and economic benefits if investments simultaneously target sites that are both carbon and biodiversity-rich
The rapidly changing environment of parts of Europe is chronicled in a new atlas of change, launched today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
UNEP launches in Copenhagen the UN Climate Wall, an installation embedded with over 100 authentic testimonies and real-life stories describing how climate change is impacting the lives of populations around the world.
On-Line Emissions Reduction Service Brings UN Copenhagen Conference into the World's Offices, Homes and to their Mobile Phones
Hundreds of millions of people in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and in the river basins downstream are being forced to adapt to a new reality: climate change.
Climate change is increasing uncertainty and the risk for extreme droughts interspersed with extreme floods that are challenging food security, housing, infrastructure, business and even survival.
Energy-efficient buildings could significantly contribute to reducing the risks of climate change, said a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today.