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Planet's multi-trillion dollar ecosystem services key to future of cities Planet's multi-trillion dollar ecosystem services key to future of cities
09/ 09/ 2010
Incorporating ecosystem services in local and regional policies can help save cities and regional authorities money while boosting the local economy, enhancing quality of life and securing livelihoods.
UNEP calls for 'greener' laws to avert world water crisis UNEP calls for 'greener' laws to avert world water crisis
07/ 09/ 2010
Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis
Alien invaders threaten World Heritage Site Alien invaders threaten World Heritage Site
27/ 08/ 2010
Invasive alien species are a major cause of biodiversity loss. In Europe's Wadden Sea, alien species of grass, mussels and jellyfish are damaging habitats, ecosystems and the regional economy.
Shedding Light on the Cinderellas of the Deep Sea Shedding Light on the Cinderellas of the Deep Sea
23/ 08/ 2010
Ocean sponges from shallower waters have already been shown to be valuable sources for new medicinal drugs to treat cancers and for antibiotics, and it is expected that deepwater sponges will be equally valuable, if not more so.
Young Olympic athletes carry the torch for the environment Young Olympic athletes carry the torch for the environment
20/ 08/ 2010
In recognition of their potential to influence an entire generation of young people, UNEP will be educating talented young athletes at the Games on how they can contribute positively to sustainable development in their communities.
Humanitarian operations go green Humanitarian operations go green
19/ 08/ 2010
Humanitarian work saves lives and helps those in distress. But emergency operations can also cause environmental damage. A new online tool from UNEP aims to reduce the environmental impact of humanitarian relief around the world.
Russian forest fires pose major threat to bats Russian forest fires pose major threat to bats
18/ 08/ 2010
Russia's wildfires have killed over 50 people and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. But among the hidden victims of the fires are the country's bats, who are fast losing their habitats
UN launches decade-long efforts to tackle desertification UN launches decade-long efforts to tackle desertification
16/ 08/ 2010
The United Nations is today launching the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification to help protect the world's drylands. These areas are home to a third of the world's population and face serious economic and environmental threats.
UNEP hosts green group on journey across Africa UNEP hosts green group on journey across Africa
13/ 08/ 2010
A Greek conservation group has made a pit-stop at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi during an environmental road-trip that will cover the length of Africa. The team of nine scientists and artists is visiting renewable energy projects across the continent.
A sea of celebrations to protect the Caspian A sea of celebrations to protect the Caspian
12/ 08/ 2010
Five countries are hosting events to mark "Caspian Day". Beach-cleaning events, workshops and concerts will highlight the pollution problems faced by the sea and their effect on the Caspian region.

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