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Thursday 16 Dec 2004
"Vital Waste Graphics" released today
As part of the Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention held in Geneva at the Palais des Nations from 25 to 28 October 2004, a new publication, “Vital Waste Graphics”, is launched today.
Thursday 28 Oct 2004
Transforming risks into co-operation: New Report outlines Environment and Security threats and opportunities for the Southern Caucasus region
Environmental degradation and access to natural resources could deepen contention in areas of existing conflicts in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent regions of Azerbaijan.
Thursday 21 Oct 2004
World’s top environmentalists arrive in Beijing for 20th anniversary of prestigious UNEP Sasakawa Prize
A dozen laureates of one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards – the United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Prize – will share their fears and hopes for our environmental future in Beijing on 27 and 28 September.
Friday 24 Sep 2004
UNEP and Iraqi Environment Ministry to Assess Key Polluted Sites
Environmental ‘hot spots’ in Iraq are to be investigated as part of a long term plan to clean up the country after well over a decade of instability and conflict, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.
Tuesday 14 Sep 2004
First Report on the State of the Environment in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launched at UNEP headquarters
The first assessment of the state of the environment of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and DPRK officials at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.
Friday 27 Aug 2004
Online course on the greenhouse effect and climate change launched globally
The Earth Council, Global Virtual University and GRID-Arendal recently launched an introductory course entitled The Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change.
Thursday 26 Aug 2004
New UNEP report warns of threats to unique Arctic ecosystem
Over-fishing of cod and haddock, nuclear waste storage, the invasion of the Red King crab and a projected six-fold increase in oil and gas transportation are some of the issues threatening the unique Barents Sea Arctic ecosystem scientists are warning.
Tuesday 24 Aug 2004
UK’s premier environmental news portal launched by Minister Elliot Morley
GRID-Arendal today launched what it intends to be the premier online information portal for the latest environmental news in and around the UK. The initiative, called EarthWire/UK ( gives you a snap-shot of the day’s most important environment and sustainable development stories from the United Kingdom.
Tuesday 13 Jul 2004
Environmental democracy clearing house launched to highlight progress under the Aarhus Convention
A new “environmental democracy” clearing house – – was launched by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to highlight and promote awareness of issues covered by the Aarhus Convention
Tuesday 13 Jul 2004
UNEP announces first major partner for its youth and children’s programme
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a one million Euro per annum partnership with German-based chemicals and healthcare company Bayer AG to support its global long-term strategy to involve young people in environmental issues.
Monday 21 Jun 2004
The Central Asian regional water information base project
The Central Asian Regional Water Information Base (CAREWIB) project was launched at the Conference “Water Partnership in Central Asia, held on 26-28 May in Almaty Kazakhstan.
Wednesday 09 Jun 2004
Armenia and the environment: The challenges of ecological integrity in a developing republic
Armenia has its share of environmental problems, including a nuclear power plant subject to contradicting assessments, polluted rivers, reservoirs on the verge of collapse, and the destruction of green zones as a result of infrastructure development.
Tuesday 08 Jun 2004
Focus on your world: UNEP launches international photographic competition on the environment
Professionals and amateurs alike are today being urged to unclip their dust caps and load up their cameras for the world’s biggest environmental photo competition.
Friday 04 Jun 2004
Cold-water corals highlighted as new global conservation challenge on world environment day 2004
Cold-water corals, mysterious and generally deeper living than their better known warm-water cousins in the tropics, are far more widespread and numerous than had previously been thought – and under serious threat.
Friday 04 Jun 2004
Nine environmental stories written by Albanian journalists.
Traffic pollution, industrial activities, and illegal infrastructure development in Albania are highlighted in a collection of nine environmental stories written by Albanian journalists.
Thursday 03 Jun 2004
Forest loss catastrophic for wild bamboo
Urgent action is needed to protect one of the world’s most ancient life forms and the species that depend on it. A new study estimates that as many as half of the world’s 1200 woody bamboo species may be in danger of extinction as a result of massive forest destruction.
Friday 14 May 2004
Nature-rich farmland areas need greater support to prevent species loss
The European Union will not reach the goal of halting species loss by 2010 if it does not do more to prevent the decline of its most nature-rich areas of farmland, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned today.
Thursday 29 Apr 2004
New E-Learner published
The future strategy of the GVU is the main topic of this edition of the E-Learner which can be downloaded here. New courses are also described. You can still sign up to receive the newsletter and from June it will also be available in an email version.
Monday 19 Apr 2004
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