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Olympic Champion Usain Bolt Lends Support to Sustainable Tourism Initiative
Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt took a break from the track on Friday to launch the Zeitz Foundation's Long Run Initiative, which aims to create and support ecotourism projects around the world.

Combating Climate Change and Realizing Low Carbon Growth in Developing Economies
Ways of triggering multi-billion dollar, low carbon technology investments in developing economies are outlined in a new report today. Experts indicate that investments of around US$500 billion a year will be needed to assist developing countries adapt to climate change while powering low carbon g... See full story

Disney Fairy Declared Honorary Ambassador of Green
She is one of Disney's most popular cartoon characters. Created by J.M. Barrie, the Scottish author best remembered for creating Peter Pan, Tinker Bell the well-loved fairy is reaching new heights with her new designation of "Honorary Ambassador of Green" to help promote environmental awareness in ... See full story

World Insurers Unite to Cover a Green Economy
Global insurers controlling assets worth trillions of US dollars have joined with the world's leading academics in a United Nations-backed survey putting the industry's approach to sustainability and climate risks under forensic examination.

Biofuels - New Report Brings Greater Clarity to Burning Issue
A far more sophisticated approach needs to be taken when developing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly energy option a new report concludes.

UNEP Promotes Sports and Environment Initiative in Kenya
This event brings together hundreds of children from schools and communities to engage in sport and environmental activities, such as clean ups, environmental awareness seminars and tree planting.

Global Phase Out of Old Bulbs Announced by UN, GEF, and Industry
A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

UN Climate Neutral Network Announces New Partnerships for a Low-Carbon Future
From cities to cooperatives and from railways to postal services, industry and civil society associations have pledged to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and promote greener living by joining the Climate Neutral Network led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen becomes UN Environmental Ambassador
Nairobi/New York, 20 September 2009 - The face of some of the world's most exclusive products is to become the new face of global environmental action. Brazil-born Gisele Bündchen, among the most recognized top models of all time, has been designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations ... See full story

Call for record participation on 2009 Clean Up the World Weekend
On the countdown to the17th Clean Up the World Weekend, 18-20 September, communities across the globe are looking to break all records by mobilising tens of millions of volunteers in support of the environment.

UNOG's new green project to use lake water to cool offices
The Geneve-Lac-Nations (GLN) grid will be used to supply renewable energy, using water from the Lake to heat pumps, which will supply heating for the new buildings in the United Nations area.