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Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday. . »
22 May 2018, 09:21 - UN - Search similar - Email

Climate change: An 'existential threat' to humanity, UN chief warns global summit

None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity. »
15 May 2018, 23:10 - UN - Search similar - Email

Save our planet by protecting migratory birds and their ‘epic journeys,’ urges UN chief

As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance. »
12 May 2018, 08:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

UN forum to coordinate global efforts to address worsening water shortages

With extreme weather costing hundreds of billions a year and fears that by 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages, a global conference got underway on Monday convened by the United Nations meteorological agency to manage the precious resource more sustainably. »
8 May 2018, 00:10 - UN - Search similar - Email

UN experts urges Poland to ensure unrestricted ‘civic space’ during climate talks

Poland’s new law designed to address safety concerns during the United Nations climate change conference to be held there later this year could infringe on the privacy of environmentalists and curtail their rights to protest peacefully, the world body’s human rights experts said Monday.   . »
7 May 2018, 18:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

Hottest April day ever recorded - maybe: World Meteorological Organization

Deadly storms in India and record temperatures in Pakistan are an indication that more extreme weather events are happening globally owing to climate change, United Nations weather experts said on Friday. »
5 May 2018, 04:20 - UN - Search similar - Email

Nations begin drafting ‘operating manual’ for climate action at UN conference in Bonn

The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations began on Monday in Bonn, Germany, to further develop the “operating manual” for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to keep temperature rises this century, well below 2 degrees Celsius. »
1 May 2018, 01:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

Climate Action Special Envoy Bloomberg pledges $4.5 million to help UN fight climate change in line with the Paris Agreement

The UN Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, announced on Sunday a contribution of $4.5 million to the organization’s Climate Change Secretariat, the UNFCCC. »
22 April 2018, 20:30 - UN - Search similar - Email

Climate chaos to continue in 2018, UN chief warns; Will the world rise to challenge?

Climate change “is still moving much faster than we are,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Thursday, calling for the political will, innovation and financing to cut global emissions by at least 25 per cent over the next two years. »
29 March 2018, 23:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

Earth Hour: UN joins iconic landmarks ‘going dark’ globally with a call to protect environment

The United Nations this evening turned off the lights at its iconic Headquarters in New York as well as at other facilities around the world in observance of “Earth Hour” – a global event highlighting the need for climate action and sustainable energy consumption. »
25 March 2018, 08:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

As cities boom, forests key to meeting demands for water, food and energy – UN

With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, forests are critical part of the solution to the unprecedented demand for water, food and energy that these cities will face, senior United Nations officials said Wednesday, on the International Day of Forests. »
21 March 2018, 22:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

Avoid ‘mutual aggravation’ of the complex link between water scarcity, forced migration, UN agency warns

Severe lack of water affecting two-thirds of the global population for at least part of the year is manifesting into complex challenges, the United Nations food security agency has warned, calling for urgent and comprehensive adaptation efforts to address the situation. »
20 March 2018, 16:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

Disasters cost billions in agricultural losses, poor farmers bear brunt – UN report

A crowded field of threats that includes drought, floods, animal disease outbreaks and chemical spills are among the disasters costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, according to a new report from the United Nations agriculture agency. »
15 March 2018, 18:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

Near-record warm temperatures fuel deadly, costly weather events in 2017 – UN

The upward trend in global temperatures marked by record-shattering warmth in 2015 and 2016 kept pace last year, with the United Nations weather agency warning Thursday that continued pressure on the Arctic in 2017 will have “profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world.”. »
19 January 2018, 01:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

Taking on environmental health risks, UN agencies aim to protect 'foundations for life' on Earth

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year. »
10 January 2018, 19:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

Arctic forever changed by rapidly warming climate – UN weather agency

The Arctic continued in 2017 to warm at double the rate of the global temperature increase, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to the United Nations weather agency. »
21 December 2017, 00:50 - UN - Search similar - Email

‘Invest in the future, not the past;’ green business key to winning war on climate change – UN chief

Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday, calling for greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector and finance partners to help tackle the global climate challenge. »
12 December 2017, 19:40 - UN - Search similar - Email

On International Day, UN agency urges greater investment for sustainable agriculture in mountains

On International Mountain Day, the United Nations food security agency has called for greater focus on sustainable agriculture in highland regions around the globe to better respond to climate change impacts and migration challenges. »
11 December 2017, 19:00 - UN - Search similar - Email

UN designates 2021-2030 ‘Decade of Ocean Science’

The United Nations today designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks. »
7 December 2017, 04:10 - UN - Search similar - Email

Caring for the planet starts with ‘the ground we walk on;’ UN says on World Soil Day

Soil is a major carbon storage system, essential for sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation, the United Nations agriculture agency said Tuesday, launching on World Soil Day a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks contained in soil. »
5 December 2017, 21:20 - UN - Search similar - Email