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On International Day, UN spotlights threatened coastal mangrove ecosystems

Coastal mangroves are among the most imperiled ecosystems on earth, with current estimates indicating that up to 67 per cent have been lost to date – according to the United Nations science wing. »
27 July 2017, 00:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

Eleven global banks partner with UN to make financial markets more climate transparent

Representing over $7 trillion, eleven major financial institutions around the globe have joined forces with the United Nations to promote climate transparency in financial markets, the Organization’s environment wing said today. »
12 July 2017, 03:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

Amid rising temperatures, UN agency launches video ‘forecasts’ on impact of climate change

In a year already marked by heatwaves and new daily temperature records, the United Nations weather agency and television weather anchors have joined forces to create video forecasts that explore how climate change would make future summers even hotter in major cities of the world. »
6 July 2017, 00:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

UN marks Day of the Tropics with focus on region’s vulnerability

The majority of the world’s most vulnerable communities are in the Tropics, and will be most affected by environmental threats, according to the United Nations, which today marked the International Day of the Tropics. »
29 June 2017, 20:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

Help preserve land – our 'home and future' – UN urges on World Day to Combat Desertification

With hundreds of millions of people around the globe directly affected by desertification – the degradation of land ecosystems due to unsustainable farming or mining practices, or climate change – United Nations agencies have called for better management of land so that it can provide a place where individuals and communities “can build a future.”. »
17 June 2017, 12:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

At EXPO 2017, UN agencies highlight benefits of clean energy for all

Showcasing the centrality of the energy sector to address global sustainable development challenges, United Nations agencies in Kazakhstan at EXPO 2017 have urged the global community for new momentum to ongoing efforts towards transition to clean energy. »
14 June 2017, 04:30 - UN - Search similar - Email

Catastrophe of Aral Sea shows 'men can destroy the planet', warns UN chief Guterres

Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated. »
11 June 2017, 02:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

Record 'green' energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges – UN-backed report

The world is now adding more renewable green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed today, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and that those who ignore this will be left behind. »
8 June 2017, 00:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

Climate change and the world’s oceans

The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from 5 to 9 June. »
5 June 2017, 23:20 - UN - Search similar - Email

Get outside, connect with the planet that sustains us, urges UN on World Environment Day

With the theme of this year's World Environment Day – 'Connecting People to Nature' – aimed at highlighting the well-documented physical and mental health benefits of being in nature, the United Nations is today flagging the vast benefits of such engagement, from food security and improved health to reliable water supply and climatic stability. »
5 June 2017, 17:10 - UN - Search similar - Email

Green economy is 'the economy of the future,' says UN chief, urging countries to stay the course on climate action

Underscoring the threats posed by climate change – those already apparent, as well as those sure to impact the future of the planet – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged Governments worldwide to “stay the course” and remain committed to climate action. »
2 June 2017, 21:30 - UN - Search similar - Email

US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a 'major disappointment' – UN

The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General today said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security. »
2 June 2017, 03:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

Climate action 'a necessity and an opportunity,' says UN chief, urging world to rally behind Paris accord

Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all. »
31 May 2017, 01:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

UN resilience ‘scorecard’ to help cities curb disaster losses from climate change, other risk drivers

As world leaders and civil society representatives gather today in Cancun, Mexico, for a biennial United Nations forum on preventing and mitigating disaster impacts, the UN today launched an updated plan to increase the number of cities and towns with the capacity to reduce their disaster losses by 2020. »
24 May 2017, 03:10 - UN - Search similar - Email

Climate-vulnerable islands in spotlight ahead of UN disaster risk reduction forum in Mexico

Hurricanes, cyclones and tsunamis are increasingly common threats to the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations, whose representatives are meeting today in Cancun, Mexico, ahead of a major United Nations conference on risk reduction. »
22 May 2017, 20:20 - UN - Search similar - Email

Amid ‘dramatic’ climate changes, UN launches plan to step-up polar weather and sea-ice monitoring

With relatively little data available about the Earth’s Polar Regions – posing risks for people and the environment – the United Nations weather agency has kicked off of a two-year international effort to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity and to improve future environmental safety at the farthest reaches of the planet. »
15 May 2017, 21:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

UN agricultural agency links food security and climate change in new guidelines

The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore. »
12 May 2017, 19:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

UN report assesses ‘huge benefits’ and challenges of green energy revolution

The latest United Nations report on energy-efficiency technologies shows that low-carbon technologies apparently aid clean air, save water and cut land use, and could reduce 25 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 17 million tonnes of particulates a year. »
12 May 2017, 19:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

Weather, climate and water challenges in spotlight at annual session of UN weather agency council

Strengthening weather and climate services to protect lives, property and the economy from increasingly extreme and unusual weather is among the pressing issues being discussed at the annual session of the United Nations weather agency's coordinating body, which kicked off today in Geneva. »
11 May 2017, 00:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

Next month's ocean conference eyes cutting $35 billion in fisheries subsidies – UN trade officials

Harmful fishing subsidies that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as $35 billion, fisheries experts from the United Nations trade and development agency today said, highlighting one of the key issues that will be debated at next month's Ocean Conference. »
11 May 2017, 00:40 - UN - Search similar - Email