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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.

Humanitarian operations go green
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.

Eighty electric days around the world
In a modern, eco-friendly twist on Jules Verne's classic adventure, teams driving electric cars are attempting to travel across the world in eighty days. The cars will visit the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, during their trip.

Old practices, new solutions: indigenous groups sign up for conservation
Around 10% of the world's forests are controlled by indigenous groups and communities, but detailed information on their conservation practices is in short supply. A new UNEP project is bringing greater attention to the links between indigenous communities, conservation and biodiversity.