N2O emissions could double by 2050 - Unep

2013-11-22 11:31

Nitrous oxide emissions could almost double by 2050 if more aggressive action is not taken, undermining global efforts to curb climate change, Unep says.

Poaching, timber theft cost world billions

2013-11-07 14:10

Officials from Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Programme are teaming up to combat environmental crime such as the killing of elephants and the theft of timber.

Yaya Toure says elephants face extinction

2013-10-29 17:21

Reigning African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure, star of Manchester City and Ivory Coast, has warned that the slaughter of elephants for their ivory was threatening their very existence.

Climate change featured in annual review

2013-02-18 17:32

Last year's record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice and a spell of catastrophic droughts, floods and storms have highlighted the risk to the planet from climate change.

Nations begin mercury treaty talks

2013-01-13 21:34

More than 130 nations have begun talks toward a global mercury treaty.

UN says chemicals damaging health

2012-09-06 18:02

A UN report says chemicals are damaging health and the environment, especially in poorer nations.

Africa sitting on groundwater reserves

2012-04-22 20:20

Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come.

Soil erosion increases global warming

2012-02-13 19:30

Global warming will get worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store.

World must learn to manage the planet

2011-12-07 22:33

The Rio+20 summit next year should focus on reshaping the world economy to better "manage the planet", the UN's top environment official says.

UN snapshot of environmental change

2011-11-01 21:11

UN has released a snapshot of environmental change over the last 20 years ahead of the Rio climate meeting.

$40bn needed for green economy

2011-06-06 07:32

Investing $40bn annually in the forest sector is needed for the world to transition into a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy the UN has said.

Africa's game parks losing animals

2010-07-13 20:03

Africa's game parks have lost well over half of their big mammals, such as the lions and buffaloes that draw millions of tourists each year, to rampant hunting.

Ocean fish stocks collapsing

2010-05-18 07:00

The world faces the nightmare possibility of oceans without fish by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry.


Dire warnings as UN climate talks resume

2013-11-08 11:02

UN climate talks will resume in Warsaw amid a slew of warnings about a potentially disastrous rise in greenhouse-gas emissions.

Environmental crime costs billions

2013-11-06 23:07

An environmental crime wave is costing the world tens of billions of dollars, say experts.

Mercury use out within 3 decades

2013-10-17 22:30

The UN environment chief sees mercury use phased-out under a new treaty within 3 decades.

Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva

2013-01-19 17:24

Delegations from about 140 countries have agreed to adopt a ground-breaking treaty limiting the use and emission of health-hazardous mercury.

Global warming curbs out of reach

2012-11-21 17:25

The goal of keeping planet warming in check has moved further out of reach, the United Nations has warned in the latest of a flurry of reports pointing to looming climate disaster ahead of key talks in Qatar.

Countries join anti-soot, methane camp

2012-07-24 22:33

A coalition of countries and agencies seeking to curb Earth-warming pollutants like soot released by wood-fired ovens and methane from oil extraction have welcomed seven new members to its fold.

Africa to generate more e-waste

2012-03-15 22:35

Better known as a dumping ground for used electronic goods from developed countries, Africa is set to outstrip Europe in the volumes of e-waste it generates within five years.

World environment agency gets backing

2012-01-31 21:29

More than a hundred countries now support a French proposal to create a "World Environment Organisation" at the upcoming 20th anniversary conference of the Rio Summit.

Africa leads climate push

2011-11-21 18:36

Africa is leading the push for clean energy policy-making as climate change turns millions of its people into food refugees.

Death by plastic bag

2011-07-10 21:38

Millions of tons of plastic debris dumped each year in the world's oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at a key international whaling forum this week.

Low metal recycling hits green economy

2011-05-26 21:18

Too much metal is being thrown away when it could be recycled, wasting an opportunity to save energy and risking shortages in materials used for new green technologies.

Cheadle named UN ambassador

2010-06-06 19:07

Actor Don Cheadle has been named a UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador.

Nature best to control gases

2009-06-06 12:59

Investing in ecosystems instead of capturing carbon emitted from power stations is a cheaper way to control greenhouse gases, a UN report has found.

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