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2008-10-07 15:00:20

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From climate change to deforestation to water scarcity, environmental degradation can not only lead to conflict, but can also offer a pathway to peace, said experts at the World Conservation Congress on October 7, 2008. An international panel sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presented evidence that managing the environment and natural resources is key to improving...

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2008-09-25 12:15:00

A U.N. report released on Wednesday suggests development of alternative energy should create more than 20 million jobs around the world in coming decades as governments adopt policies to address the depletion of resources.The report, "Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World" said some 2.3 million people around the world already work in alternative energy jobs with half of them in biofuels.According to the report, speedy creation of the jobs will depend on countries...

2008-08-11 09:00:55

UN official praises Beijing's environmental monitoring system BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- An official with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) on Saturday praised Beijing's advanced environmental monitoring system and its efforts of improving air quality. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said at a press conference in Beijing that the environmental monitoring system here is modern and verifiable. Achim spent two days going around the public transport system in...

2008-07-23 21:00:30

Two music festivals in Norway linked with the United Nations to become a climate-friendly music venues, the U.N. Environmental Program says. The rock-oriented Hove Festival, and the blues-and-jazz fest Canal Street signed on to the agency's Climate Neutral Network, the United Nations said in a news release. The Climate Neutral Network -- which includes countries, cities and companies -- aims to create a low-pollution world. The greening of live musical events represents an opportunity to...

2008-07-07 18:00:13

Russia Monday agreed to relocate the sites for the bobsled and luge tracks for the 2014 Winter Olympics, U.N. environmental officials said Monday. The U.N. Environment Program had recommended the relocation because the proposed sites for the two sports at the Sochi games were on the edge of a fragile nature preserve. The decision to move the Sochi Olympic venues away from the Caucasus reserve is a significant step forward on the road to green the Games in 2014, UNEP Executive Director...

2008-07-02 09:00:55

By John Heilprin Associated Press UNITED NATIONS -- Global investors plowed $148 billion into new wind, solar and other alternative energy assets last year, in what the United Nations describes as a "green energy gold rush" gaining speed the last several years. The spike in investment -- 60 percent above the $92.6 billion spent on such projects in 2006 -- reflects sharply rising concerns over climate change and energy prices, U.N. officials said in a report Tuesday. In 2005, alternative...

2008-06-30 15:02:34

WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Africa's rapidly changing environmental landscape, from the disappearance of glaciers in Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains to the loss of Cape Town's unique vegetation, is graphically documented by more than 300 satellite images in Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, a new publication from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The "before" and "after" photographs, some of which span a 35-year period, offer striking snapshots of environmental...

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2007-10-26 05:40:08

LONDON -- The international community must respond more quickly to climate change, species extinction, dwindling supplies of fresh water and other threats to the planet, the U.N. Environment Program warned Thursday. The U.N. agency said in a report that nations still fail to recognize the seriousness of environmental threats to the planet. Prepared by 390 experts over five years, the report reviews progress made since a similar one in 1987. The global response in the two decades since "has in...

2006-03-15 21:24:00

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan chose a German conservationist to head the U.N. Environment Program for a four-year term, a U.N. spokesman announced on Wednesday. Achim Steiner, now director-general of the World Conservation Union, will replace another German, Klaus Toepfer, as head of UNEP, based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Steiner, 44, is expected to assume his post on June 15 after ratification by the U.N. General Assembly, U.N. spokesman Stephane...

2006-01-16 09:53:46

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - A Pakistani, a South African and a Norwegian are among tips to take over the UN's top environmental job in 2006, battling for UN schemes to slow global warming and curb pollution, diplomatic sources said. UN Environment Programme (UNEP) executive director Klaus Toepfer, a German who has traveled the world tirelessly in the last eight years from UNEP's Nairobi headquarters, is due to retire at the end of March. Toepfer, 67,...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'