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2009-10-16 14:33:47

Governments should adopt a more sophisticated approach to developing biofuels, and should incorporate them into wider strategies for energy, climate, land-use, water and agricultural if their deployment is to be of maximum benefit to society, said the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) in a report issued Friday. The report, entitled "Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels", is the first by UNEP's International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, and is...

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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...

2008-12-05 16:49:48

An atlas issued at the December 1-12 U.N. climate talks in Poznan, Poland, on Friday identified parts of forests from the Amazon to Madagascar where improved protection could both slow global warming and preserve rare wildlife.The atlas showed forested hotspots with a high diversity of plants and animals that were also large stores of carbon dioxide in soils and trees. The map is intended to assist governments in deciding where to protect forests by curbing logging and clearing of forests."It...

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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...

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2008-09-05 13:45:00

The United Nations initiated a plan on Friday to have an ancient wetland located in southeast Iraq listed as a World Heritage Site. This geographic location is thought by some to be biblical Garden of Eden. The U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) said the marshlands were culturally important and had been almost entirely drained during Saddam Hussein's rule in the 1990's. "Because of what Saddam did, the marshlands were in danger of completely disappearing, as was the centuries-old culture of the...

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2008-05-28 14:05:00

Some companies are starting to mimic nature to develop high-tech goods. A U.N.-backed report shows that whale hearts hold clues to making pacemakers, and lizard skins are showing how to cut friction in electrical appliances.Some of these advances could save companies hundreds of millions of dollars. The wings of desert beetles could improve water collection and the drought-resistant African "resurrection plant" indicates ways to store vaccines without refrigeration."Biomimicry is a field...

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2008-03-17 00:40:00

The U.N. Environment Program announced on Sunday that the world's glaciers are experiencing record losses.After studying almost 30 glaciers across nine mountain ranges worldwide, the UNEP said that about 1.4 meters of water was shed in 2006, compared to only half a meter lost in 2005.Regions such as the Alps and Pyrenees in Europe have seen the most notable losses.The rapid rate of loss could have large consequences for India, whose rivers stream from Himalayan glaciers. The west coast of...

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...

2006-03-01 09:50:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Future Winter Olympic organizers should follow Turin's example and stage as many events as possible in cities to help protect the environment in mountain areas, a U.N. agency said on Wednesday. The U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) also urged better recycling of sports venues, suggesting that the 2010 Games in Canada's Vancouver could re-use a bobsleigh run built for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, about 670 km (415 miles) to the east....

2006-03-01 09:51:47

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Future Winter Olympic organizers should follow Turin's example and stage as many events as possible in cities to help protect the environment in mountain areas, a U.N. agency said on Wednesday. The U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) also urged better recycling of sports venues, suggesting that the 2010 Games in Canada's Vancouver could re-use a bobsleigh run built for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, about 670 km (415 miles) to...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.