Faster action on climate change may be possible if nations combine substantial cuts of carbon dioxide emissions alongside accelerated moves across a suite of other greenhouse gases and pollutants.
Boosting investments in the conservation, rehabilitation and management of the Earth's forests, peatlands, soils and other key ecosystems could deliver significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and avoid even more being released to the atmosphere, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says.
This long-term platform supports a select group who are undertaking exceptional personal feats, high-profile expeditions and other innovative acts of environmental activism to demonstrate their commitment and to raise awareness for one simple idea: Your planet needs You!
$155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and projects worldwide - not including large hydro, a new report launched today says.
Gaza Strip/Nairobi 21 April 2009-UN Under-Secretary General and UN Environment Programme head Achim Steiner today wound up a three-day mission to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank saying he hoped environment could build bridges and foster cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.
On April 22, we celebrate the Anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970, a landmark in the history of the environmental movement - a movement, which gave birth to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972.
Many of the transformational technological opportunities emerging
across the globe right now - from renewables such as wind and solar
power to desalination and smart, energy efficient materials and
processes - were originally incubated in the world's universities,
colleges and research institutes.
"Climate Change: Our Challenge" is the theme for the 2009 Chinese Children's Painting Competition on the Environment. Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Luo Hong Foundation:the competition has recorded a significant increase in painting entries, from 1.3 million in 2008 to 2.3 million in 2009.
More than 700 leaders from business, civil society, international organizations and government are set to meet at the Business for the Environment Global Summit in Paris on 22-23 April to discuss ways of powering green growth around the globe.
An ice bridge linking the Wilkins ice shelf to two islands in Antarctica has collapsed, triggering warnings that climate change is having a clear impact on the region.
DHL Express, the world's leading express delivery company, sent its first carbon neutral express shipments from Africa on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net).
US President Barack Obama has invited 16 major economies to take part in a forum on climate change in a bid to speed up work towards an international climate change agreement.
52 companies have joined forces with 34 experts and organizations to create an unprecedented low-carbon prosperity Task Force.
One of Nairobi's most iconic buildings, the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, will be plunged into darkness on Saturday night as part of the global lights out campaign - Earth Hour.
Extensive forest fires are affecting several of Kenya's key moisture reservoirs including the 400,000-hectare Mau Forest Complex, Kenya's largest forest and the source of water for at least twelve rivers. Important Rift Valley Lakes, including Lake Victoria, the source of the River Nile, depend on the rivers which are fed from the forest.
A new 3-year project on "Strengthening waterbird and wetland conservation capacities in North Africa (WetCap)" is embarking on its first year of implementation as of this month. Within the framework of this project capacity building activities will take place in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania.
A United Nations programme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from forests and boosting livelihoods in tropical nations has approved $18 million in support of five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The impact of peacekeeping operations on critical natural resources is being highlighted this week at a gathering of military and civilian aid experts at UNEP headquarters.
UNEP's 2009 Year Book is in part confirming the concerns of 2,000 scientists meeting this week in Copenhagen over the accelerating pace of climate change.
A roadmap towards greater global fuel economy that would halve greenhouse gas emissions from cars must be embarked upon immediately, and integrated into financial support for the car industry, according to a joint international agency report issued today.
Despite their relatively low contribution to global warming, African cities are being disproportionately affected by rising emissions.