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Nations Seal a Deal on Climate Change at UN Talks
Copenhagen, 19 December 2009 -- After a marathon all night session, talks aimed at injecting new and more wide-ranging momentum into the international effort to combat climate change ended with a positive outcome.
Saturday 19 Dec 2009
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Achieved—Challenge Now To Cut Back Emissions
Copenhagen, 15 December 09 – After one of the most wide-ranging and painstaking exercises ever undertaken across the United Nations system, the organization today announced its greenhouse gas footprint as part of a first step to manage these emissions down.
Tuesday 15 Dec 2009
Mapping the Climate Change and Biodiversity Impacts of REDD—Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation
Copenhagen, 14 December 2009 — An agreement in Copenhagen to fund reduced emissions from deforestation may generate multiple environmental and economic benefits if investments simultaneously target sites that are both carbon and biodiversity-rich.
Monday 14 Dec 2009
The view from space showing the impact of global warming in a European Atlas of Environmental Change and Climate Communities
Copenhagen 13 December - The rapidly changing environment of parts of Europe is chronicled in a new atlas of change, launched today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The significance of global warming and its alterations in Europe’s climate and economy are vividly depicted via ‘before-and-after’ satellite imagery. At the same time, the Atlas provides an important opportunity to show some positive environmental changes thanks to community initiatives on the ground, emphasising the importance of local action to combat climate change.
Sunday 13 Dec 2009
Too Much or Too Little Water in the Himalayas
Copenhagen, Nairobi, Kathmandu, 11 December 2009 – Hundreds of millions of people in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and in the river basins downstream are being forced to adapt to a new reality: climate change.
Friday 11 Dec 2009
World Cup Nations Team Up Against Climate Change
Copenhagen, 7 December 2009 – As the climate talks kick off in Copenhagen, key football nations are teaming up for the planet for the biggest sport event of 2010.
Monday 07 Dec 2009
Hundreds of passengers travel to Copenhagen climate conference on CO2-free Climate Express train
Paris/Copenhagen, 3 December 2009 – More than 400 climate change negotiators, business leaders, environmental activists and journalists will board the CO2-free Climate Express train on 5 December to the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Friday 04 Dec 2009
UN Carbon Markets Powering Green Energy Growth in Africa
Nairobi, 17 November 2009--A rising number of green energy and climate-friendly projects are up and running or being planned across Africa, new figures show.
Tuesday 17 Nov 2009
Grassroots initiatives from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe are the Gold Winners of the 2009 SEED Awards
Nairobi, 10 November 2009 – Outstanding social and environmental projects from South Africa, Colombia, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, India and Niger are the winners of the 2009 SEED Gold Awards, the SEED Initiative announced today.
Tuesday 10 Nov 2009
Laws Protecting the Environment during Wars Need Enforcing and Strengthening to Deal with New Challenges
Nairobi, 6 November 2009 – Strengthening, enforcing and clarifying existing laws protecting environment in times of conflict could go a long way towards protecting a country’s natural assets during wars, says a new report by legal experts released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Friday 06 Nov 2009
UN-REDD Programme welcomes five new countries
Nairobi, 02 November 2009 - The UN-REDD Programme’s third Policy Board welcomed five new countries. Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka are the first to officially request to participate in the UN-REDD Programme, in addition to the initial nine member countries. Nearly 20 countries have expressed interest and more are expected to join.
Tuesday 03 Nov 2009
GRID-Arendal and InterRidge to sign Letter of Collaboration
GRID-Arendal and InterRidge are pleased to announce a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to be signed with GRID-Arendal, to the establishment of a framework for cooperation on a number of marine environmental, scientific and resource issues. This will be the first LoA in which InterRidge is a signatory. LoA's are routinely used at GRID-Arendal for non-binding expressions of cooperation.
Monday 02 Nov 2009
Upgrading Ozone Layer Treaty to Assist in Combating Climate Change Key Issue at International Meeting in Egypt
Nairobi/Port Ghalib, 2 November 2009 -- Accelerating the contribution of a treaty to protect the ozone layer towards meeting the climate change challenge will take place at the 21st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in the Red Sea resort of Port Ghalib, Egypt, from 4-8 November.
Monday 02 Nov 2009
Biofuels—New Report Brings Greater Clarity to Burning Issue
Nairobi, 16 October 2009—A far more sophisticated approach needs to be taken when developing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly energy option a new report concludes.
Wednesday 21 Oct 2009
Healthy Oceans New Key to Combating Climate Change
Cape Town, Nairobi, Rome, Paris — A ‘Blue Carbon’ fund able to invest in the maintenance and rehabilitation of key marine ecosystems should be considered by governments keen to combat climate change.
Wednesday 14 Oct 2009
Lighting-Up the Climate Change Challenge
Washington DC/Nairobi, 25 September 2009 – 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).
Monday 28 Sep 2009
REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Event
Wednesday, 23 September 2009, 4:30pm- 6:00pm United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber
Thursday 17 Sep 2009
Ozone Treaty Anniversary Gifts Big Birthday Present to Human Health and Combating of Climate Change
Nairobi, 16 September 2009 -- A treaty to protect the ozone layer, which shields all life on Earth from deadly levels of ultra violet rays, has scored a first in the history of international environmental agreements.
Wednesday 16 Sep 2009
Resting and Restoring Gaza Strip’s Underground Water Supplies Emerges as Top Priority Says UNEP
Nairobi/Ramallah/Jerusalem, 14 September 2009 --The underground water supplies, upon which 1.5 million Palestinians depend for agricultural and drinking water, are in danger of collapse as a result of years of over-use and contamination that have been exacerbated by the recent conflict.
Tuesday 15 Sep 2009
Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery Launches Foodservice Recycling Pilot at Seven Starbucks Stores in Manhattan
New York City, September 10, 2009: Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery today announced the launch of its recycling program at seven Starbucks stores in Manhattan. The pilot will test the collection and recycling of coffee cups when combined with old corrugated cardboard (OCC), the most extensively recycled material in the United States. The objective of this program is to develop a cost effective mechanism to close the loop on paper packaging, reducing greenhouse gases and assisting municipalities in reaching their solid waste diversion goals.
Thursday 10 Sep 2009
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