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The magazine of the United Nations Environment Programme
Towards a low carbon economy
May 2008
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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Helen Clark...

climate change: a global issue - page 5
... reflects on the environmental challenges of our era ahead of World Environment Day.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany....

... talks to Our Planet about the prospects for a new global agreement on combating climate change.

unique challenge - page 6
Dr. Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China... ... describes important programmes for helping the world triumph over the ecological havoc of climate change.

crucial science - page 10
Thórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir, Minister for the Environment, Iceland...

cooling with heating - page 12
... describes the decarbonisation of her country and calls for a drive to develop climate-friendly technologies.
Dr. Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Director General of the Environmental Protection Authority, Ethiopia..

salvaging the biosphere - page 14
... appeals for developed and developing nations to join in cutting carbon emissions to save life on Earth.

Ray C. Anderson, Founder and Chairman of Interface Inc...

mission zero - page 16
... describes how one formerly oil-intensive company is set to achieve zero impact on the environment by 2020 by harnessing the power of the possible.
Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures...

inventing the future - page 20
... explains how the power of ideas and entrepreneurship will solve the world’s energy issues, while tackling climate change.

Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand... .... describes first steps in cutting the carbon emitted by airlines.

green sky thinking - page 22
Meenakshi Raman, Chair, Friends of the Earth International ... ... argues for fundamental changes, particularly in developed countries, to stabilise the climate.

living simply - page 24
Rock star KT Tunstall ... ... shares her unorthodox advice on reducing your carbon footprint.

step by step - page 27