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By ROE News on 9/22/2016 11:28 PM
Green spaces are a natural cure for stress – altering the chemical balance in your brain, making you calm and at ease. A UK study found that the stress hormone cortisol was higher for people living near less green space.

With 80 per cent of the European population living in cities by 2030, we suggest that urban areas increase the amount of such spaces available - green roofs and “living walls”. This will improve people’s well-being and move towards a future of more tranquil cities.  

If this interests you, find out more on p.133 and p.284 in GEO-6 for the Pan-European Region.

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By ROE News on 9/20/2016 12:13 AM
Rich in biodiversity and wildlife, the Carpathian Mountains support the most precious natural forests in Europe. Not only do their old-growth forests harbour a large diversity of species, they also sequester great amounts of carbon – minimising the impacts of climate change and making their protection incredibly valuable.

Romania – known for its abundance of old-growth forests, which support the biggest populations of Brown Bear, Gray Wolf and Lynx in the Europe – experienced a 1.3% reduction of forest cover over the years 2000 to 2010. Remarkably, in 2007 it was recorded that 72% of Romania’s old-forest disturbances were in protected areas, highlighting the need for more effective management strategies in the region.

Determined to change this, the Carpathian Convention’s meeting on Sustainable Forest Management will take place...
By ROE News on 9/15/2016 11:04 PM
As a result of global warming, Europe’s pollen season has lengthened by approximately  10-11 days in the last 30 years – alongside an increase in the frequency of respiratory allergies, particularly in urban areas. For this reason, Lithuania has paid specific attention to pollen allergies in their climate change management strategies for 2013-2015.

If this interests you, find out more on p.32 and p.190 in GEO-6 for the Pan-European Region.

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By ROE News on 9/15/2016 4:15 AM
Global Environment Outlook findings for the pan-European region form basis for common action Up to 44,000 Poles die prematurely due to poor air quality, according to European Environment Agency Better use of available resources could earn the region 1.8 trillion Euro and create up to 3 million jobs in EU alone  

Warsaw, Poland – 15 September 2016: Major Polish businesses, scientists and environmentalists pledged to boost cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – a set of objectives for environmentally friendly and socially inclusive development, adopted last year in New York.

 

At an event held by UN Environment and Grid-Warsaw centre today, participants called for concrete public-private partnerships, to make the environment-related goals a reality for the Polish citizens.

 

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By ROE News on 9/14/2016 5:38 AM
In an awards ceremony at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) yesterday, Chalmers University of Technology was announced the winner of the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) Green Gown Award for the European region.

The theme across Europe this year was Student Engagement – promoting staff and student partnerships in environmental and sustainable initiatives. In this field, Chalmers University of Technology stood out because of the development of its Challenge Lab – an area where masters students can work with industry, the public sector and the university to design and create sustainable strategies, aimed to resolve the challenges facing the 21st century.

“In the Challenge Lab we take on society's grandest challenges”, stated Chalmers University of Technology. So far the Challenge Lab has focused on: innovative storm water handling techniques, introducing a climate rating...
By ROE News on 9/14/2016 3:32 AM
Brussels, 12 September 2016 - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim today signed a new deal to work together on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



They also discussed Belgium’s foreign environmental priorities, including the impact of conflicts on the environment in the African Great Lakes Region, the role of the private sector, digital innovation and the progress of international cooperation in more fragile countries – a topic of great interest for Belgium. The Minister also discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Charter, which was drawn up at his initiative and should be finalized by mid-October. The charter describes the role of the private and public sector, and that of civil society, in the implementation of the...
By ROE News on 9/9/2016 2:38 AM
9 September 2016 – Endurance swimmer and UN Environment Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh, and the Russian Federation are joining forces to protect Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world, and home to species found nowhere else on earth.



“Lake Baikal is suffering from industrial pollution and is one of the areas on the globe experiencing the most rapid climate change,” Lewis told media on the shore of the lake before commencing an awareness-raising swim on the annual Lake Baikal Day. “We must redouble our efforts to protect it.”



The lake, situated in Russia, is a World Heritage Site and requires a global commitment for its protection.



Erik Solheim, UN Environment Chief said, “This lake has existed for 25 million years. We cannot let a few decades of increasing human activity damage such a reservoir of...
By ROE News on 9/9/2016 2:19 AM
Boost your knowledge on topical environmental issues and how they affect our daily lives!

Every week, UN Environment in Europe brings you a #Friday Fact from the sixth Global Environmental Outlook report for the pan-European region.

The first ever #Friday Fact is on bicycle traffic in Moscow.

Moscow City government’s Transport Department has developed a special programme to connect all districts in the inner city by cycle paths. According to this programme, about 150 kilometres of bicycle paths will be built in Moscow by 2016. In parallel, 10 000 bicycle parking places are to be built and the number of bicycle rental hubs/stations, currently more than 50, is increasing rapidly.

Find more information on p.226 in http://www.unep.org/geo/Regionalsummaries.asp....
By ROE News on 9/7/2016 5:08 AM
Belgrade, 7 September 2016 – The first ever nationwide survey to identify and map sites where soils have been potentially contaminated by dangerous industrial chemicals gets underway in Serbia today.

Experts from Italy are joining counterparts from Serbia to conduct a field survey and set up a soil sampling programme at two sites near the towns of Sabac and Loznica. The threat posed by potential chemical contamination at these two sites is multiplied by their proximity to urban areas and major rivers – Drina and Sava – as well as frequent accidents at the abandoned industrial sites.

The factories near Sabac and Loznica are just two of the 359 potentially contaminated sites across Serbia. This UN Environment project, expected to run until 2018, will be followed on the ground by a major European broadcaster – Euronews.

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By ROE News on 9/6/2016 6:37 AM
The beginning of a new partnership between UN Environment and Euronews starts today with a Euronews journalist landing in the Republic of Serbia, to document the work of UN Environment.

Euronews, Europe’s most-viewed news station, plans to film selected UN Environment projects across Europe from now on, with the aim of revealing the work of UN Environment in the field. The news channel will use 360 degree camera footage to develop short documentaries about initiatives run by UN Environment in the region. These will then be broadcasted in 13 languages across all Euronews platforms, reaching up to 155 countries worldwide.

The project taking place today, in the Republic of Serbia, marks the first assignment in the new partnership and will present a picture of how industry affects soil pollution near Sabac and Loznica – two towns known for...

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