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Report Shows Continued Growth of Renewable Energy in 2010
The renewable energy sector continued to perform well in 2010 despite the economic recession, according to a new report supported by UNEP.

Global Investments in Green Energy Up Nearly a Third to US$211 billion
Wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe were largely responsible for last year's 32% rise in green energy investments worldwide according to the latest annual report on renewable energy investment trends issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Renewed momentum for tackling water scarcity and conflict in Darfur
Political commitment, donor interest and increased awareness of the need to manage Darfur's scarce water resources sustainably were among the key outcomes of a two-day international conference organized by the Sudanese Government and its international partners in Khartoum last week.

Applications for 2011 SEED Awards Now Open
Social and environmental entrepreneurs who can demonstrate innovation, leadership and sustainability have the chance to win expert assistance and support for their sustainable development initiatives in the 2011 SEED Awards.

UNEP launches 2011 Ozone Africa Media Award
Applications are now open for UNEP's Ozone Africa Media Award. Journalists working in print, radio, television and electronic media are encouraged to enter.

African countries accelerate efforts to phase out HCFCs
Delegates from several English speaking African countries are meeting in Victoria, Seychelles this week for the 17th ozone depleting substances officers' (ODS) network conference

Eye on Earth Brings Access to Environmental Data for Emerging Economies
Abu Dhabi will host the first Eye on Earth Summit on December 12-15 2011, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

African Laureate of UNEP 20th International Children Painting Competition Announced today on World Environment Day
The United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for Africa has today declared Monica Adhiambo Arego of the Limuru Girls High School in Kenya, the regional winner of this year's International competition on the Environment

Japanese Student Wins Asia Pacific Prize for UNEP International Childrens Painting Competition
A Japanese student's painting caught the eyes of judges, making it the Asia Pacific winner of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual International Children's Painting Competition

World Environment Day goes to ever higher heights on Mount Everest
Thousands of projects are taking place internationally for World Environment Day (WED), but perhaps none as high as the clean-up operation held some 8,848m metres above sea level on Mount Everest

Hollywood, Bollywood and Beyond: Celebrities Get Onboard for World Environment Day
In the run-up to World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June 2011, celebrities across the world are squaring up to their fellow stars - all in the name of the environment.