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Youth can influence switch to sustainable lifestyles, says UNEP survey
Young people want to be a force for change and create their own vision of sustainable development, according to survey of more than 8000 young adults from 20 countries conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme

Humanity Can and Must  Do More with Less: UNEP Report
By 2050, humanity could consume an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year - three times its current appetite - unless the economic growth rate is "decoupled" from the rate of natural resource consumption.

UN Announces Winners of Flagship Environment Award
From using green technology to cut air pollution in China, to tackling the impact of toxic chemicals in Eastern Europe or crossing the globe to fly the flag for solar power, this year's Champions of the Earth represent green innovation in action.

Gisele Bundchen and Don Cheadle go head-to-head for the WED Challenge
It's not every day you see an international supermodel squaring up to a Hollywood actor. But as the countdown to World Environment Day (WED) on June 5th begins, Gisele Bundchen and Don Cheadle are taking off the gloves to do battle.

Media Advisory: UNEP Report on "Decoupling" natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth
A new report from UNEP's International Resource Panel has sought to apply the concept of decoupling economic growth and human well-being from negative environmental impacts and escalating resource use to address this challenge

World's Least Developed Countries Set to Jump Start Transition to a Green Economy
The world's 48 least developed countries are well-positioned to jump start the transition to a green economy, according to a new UN report released today.

World Environment Day blogging competition - enter now!
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and TreeHugger have joined forces to launch a blogging competition for World Environment Day 2011

UN targets widely-used pesticide endosulfan for phase out
Representatives from 127 governments have agreed to add endosulfan to the United Nations' list of persistent organic pollutants to be eliminated worldwide.

Media Advisory: UN to Announce Flagship Environment Awards
What do a head of state, adventurer, chemicals campaigner, green entrepreneur and a world-famous performer have in common? All five will receive the UN's flagship environmental award later in New York today.

Calls to better manage natural resources on 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone's independence
Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone's independence resonated with strong calls to protect, conserve and manage the country's precious natural resources.

Celebrating Earth Day
On April 22nd we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Earth Day created in 1970, a landmark for the environmental movement