Latest UN Environment Programme Stories

2011-07-07 19:03:36

China, developing countries are now biggest investors in large-scale renewables while Germany surges ahead on rooftop solar Wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe were largely responsible for last year's 32% rise in green energy investments worldwide according to the latest annual report on renewable energy investment trends issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Last year, investors pumped a record $211 billion into renewables -- about one-third more...

2010-09-23 11:50:00

The U.N. launched the "year of the bat" Wednesday, hoping that putting the mammal in the public spotlight might help people gain a better understanding of the role the animal plays in pollination and dispersal of seeds. "From insect-eating bats in Europe that provide important pest control to seed-dispersing bats in the tropics that help sustain rainforests, bats deliver vital ecosystem services across a wide range of environments," the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said. It said that bat...

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.,...

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...

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...

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,...

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