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From bamboo bikes to biomass briquettes: UNEP unveils SEED Award Winners
A Ugandan business that manufactures stationery from agricultural waste and a bamboo bicycle project in Ghana are among the 30 winners of the 2010 SEED Awards.

UNEP launches Young Environmental Journalist Award for Africa
Are you a young journalist with a passion for the environment? If so, then the United Nations wants to hear from you! The Young Environmental Journalist Award Africa is open to radio, television, print and online journalists aged 25 to 35 years from any African nation.

Nagoya 2010: Weighing up the risks and benefits of biofuels development
A joined-up approach to bioenergy development, one that balances greenhouse gas emissions with impacts on biodiversity, water and food security, is needed.

Nagoya 2010: Report puts economic value of nature on the global political radar
Losses of multi-trillion dollar-worth natural assets are being sustained worldwide every year, undermining economies, business prospects and opportunities to combat poverty.

Tree-planting campaign takes root in Africa
Hundreds of people from different walks of life - from young schoolchildren to army officials - are planting trees across East Africa in the latest activities to be registered under Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign (BTC) run by UNEP.

UNEP joins global initiative for clean energy cook stoves
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined a new international alliance that aims to cut the estimated 1.6 million premature deaths - and environmental damage - linked to emissions from inefficient cook stoves.

UNEP Report : Green Economy can reduce poverty and help meet Millennium Development Goals
Investing in clean energy, sustainable transport, forests and environmentally-friendly agriculture is essential if internationally-agreed goals to reduce poverty are to be achieved.

UNEP unveils masterplan to cut in-house emissions
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is today publishing an ambitious new strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and pave the way towards a zero emissions future

World table tennis champion plays for the planet
Proving her table tennis swing remains top-class, 18-time Chinese Olympian Deng Yaping played for the health of the planet when she recorded a UNEP public service announcement, at the UN Office in Nairobi

Frozen Heat: Methane Gas Hydrates , Society and the Environment
As global demand for energy grows and continues to outpace supply for the foreseeable future, so does pressure to explore the use of methane hydrates as an economically-viable energy source.

Young Olympic athletes carry the torch for the environment
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.