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UN Reports Man Is Destroying The Earth Quicker Than Expected
2011-11-02 05:31:37

The United Nations has released a new report that states man is destroying the Earth at a quicker than expected pace. The report tracks the environmental changes the planet has undergone during the last 20 years. The changes the report discusses includes statistical data on population, climate change, energy and food security. The Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Achim Steiner, is urging world leaders to take heed to the areas that the report suggests need urgent...

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2011-05-13 06:30:00

By the year 2050, global resource consumption could approach an average 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year -- three times the current levels -- unless the economic growth rate is somehow disconnected from the rate of natural resource consumption, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) warns in a new report released Thursday. A UN environmental panel said the world cannot sustain the current rapid rate of resource consumption. It called on...

2011-02-16 07:00:00

QINGDAO, China, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and representatives from Hisense Group officially signed a cooperative agreement at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 15. Under the agreement, Hisense becomes the world's first corporate partner of the UNEP's SEED Award over the next three years, representing the first time a Chinese company has committed to being a part of the UNEP's SEED Initiative. (Photo:...

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2010-02-23 13:30:00

New modeling released on Tuesday by the United Nations says emission cuts pledges made by 60 countries will not be enough to keep the average global temperature rise at 2 degrees Celsius or less, Reuters reported. For devastating climate change to be avoided, scientists say temperatures should be limited to a rise of no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) above pre-industrial times. The new modeling from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) suggests that yearly greenhouse gas...

2009-03-23 09:34:00

Executive Director Achim Steiner To Discuss From Conflict to Peacebuilding at Wilson Center WASHINGTON, March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Civil wars are likely to escalate without a stronger focus on the environment during the peacebuilding process, says a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment. http://postconflict.unep.ch/publications/pcdmb_policy_01.pdf On Tuesday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m.,...

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2009-03-19 14:04:18

The head of the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) said Thursday that $750 billion in investments and a possible oil tax could be used as a "Green New Deal" to rescue the global economy and protect the environment. Achim Steiner listed five sectors in which the funding should be focused: improved energy efficiency for buildings, job creation in the solar and wind sectors, curbing poverty and combating global climate change. "The opportunity must not be lost," Steiner said in an interview with...

2009-02-21 16:08:27

A proposed treaty to be negotiated by more than 140 countries will focus on measures to reduce the use of mercury worldwide, a U.S. official says. Nancy Sutley, head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement that the proposed treaty will be created in such a way that signing countries will be legally bound to limit the use of the toxic metal, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The United States will play a leading role in working with other nations to craft...

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2009-02-16 07:15:00

On Sunday the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) urged environmental leaders to curb the use of mercury, a highly toxic metal. "The world's environment ministers meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week can take a landmark decision to lift a global health threat from the lives of hundreds of millions of people," said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP. "Inaction on the global mercury challenge is no longer an option." More than 100 environmental ministers from across the globe will...

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2008-11-13 16:00:00

Thick smog clouds that loom over Asia threaten the livelihood of crops and contain particles that actually reflect the sun's rays away from the earth, the United Nations reported on Thursday. "One of the impacts of this atmospheric brown cloud has been to mask the true nature of global warming on our planet," United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) head Achim Steiner said at the launch in Beijing of a new report on the phenomenon. Caused by the burning of fossil fuels, wood and plants,...

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2008-10-08 07:10:00

One hundred new "biomimic" ideas were unveiled on Tuesday by the U.N. Environment Program.  "A more fascinating horizon is opening up for the green economy," said Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Program.  The recent "biomimicry" project conducted by UNEP identified 100 new ideas from nature. The project showed that businesses are borrowing from nature for products ranging from sun creams derived from studying the edelweiss flower, to dirt-resistant surfaces inspired by...