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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...

2011-06-14 08:25:00

A United Nations report released Tuesday calls for fast action on reducing emissions of black carbon, ground level ozone and methane to help limit near term global temperature rise preventing the Earth from overheating, reports AFP. Fast action could also reduce losses of mountain glaciers and reduce projected warming in the Arctic over the coming decades by as much as two thirds. Cutting out these pollutants now could also boost global food output and save millions of human lives lost to...

2011-03-10 09:20:00

New types of fungal pathogens, a drastic decline in the number of flowering plant species, the increased use of agricultural chemicals, and climate change are partially responsible for the worldwide plight of bee colonies, claims a new report released Thursday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP). The study, entitled Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Threats to Insect Pollinators, fingers more than a dozen possible factors, all of which have contributed in some way to the decline of the...

2010-10-30 08:20:00

Delegates at a UN summit on Saturday reached an agreement to sign an historic global treaty to protect the world's ecosystems within 10 years.Both rich and poor nations agreed to take "effective and urgent" action to curtail the destruction of the environment in an effort to halt the loss of the planet's biological diversity on which human survival relies on. Representatives from 193 nations committed to important goals such as curbing pollution, protecting forests and coral reefs, reserving...

2010-01-11 14:05:00

Launched by the United Nations, the International Year of Biodiversity comes with a warning that the continuing loss of species around the world is disturbing the well-being of humankind, according to BBC News. A pledge made by government leaders eight years ago to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by the year 2010 will not be met. One of the main reasons for the failure lies on expansion of cities, farming and the infrastructure of society. Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN...

2009-09-10 10:15:44

On Wednesday, Kenya appealed for $400 million to try and conserve its largest forest ecosystem, which has been dwindling down over the past 20 years. The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said in a statement that about 25 percent of the 988,000 acre Mau forest has been lost because of encroachment, illegal logging and destructive agriculture. "I wish to appeal to every Kenyan and development partners to support the government's efforts to rehabilitate the Mau," said Prime Minister Raila Odinga,...

2009-06-04 05:50:00

According to a UN report, global investments in renewable energy overtook investments in carbon-based fuels for the first time, attracting $155 billion last year. Of that amount, $36 billion was invested into creating clean energy in emerging economies like China, while $106 billion was spent developing power from wind, solar, small-hydro, biomass and geothermal sources. The 2008 number was four times greater than investments in 2004 according to a report created for the UN Environment...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.