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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...

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2011-06-08 09:40:00

UN marks World Oceans Day with calls to preserve seas for future generations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all governments and peoples to play their part to ensure that the world's oceans are protected for future generations, warning that they face major threats in the years ahead. In a statement issued to mark World Oceans Day, which is being celebrated around the globe today, Mr. Ban outlined what he called "many severe challenges related to oceans." "These range from...

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2011-05-27 09:23:11

A U.N. report warned the green technology industry on Thursday that less than a third of metals have a recycling rate of over 50 percent. "Many metal recycling rates are discouragingly low, and a recycling society appears no more than a distant hope," said the recycling report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). "This is especially true for many specialty metals, which are crucial ingredients for key emerging technologies." The head of the European Environment Agency...

2011-05-26 15:20:06

Less than one-third of 60 metals studied have end-of-life recycling rate above 50 percent; 34 are under 1 percent Smarter product designs, support for developing country waste management schemes, and encouraging developed country households not to 'squirrel away' old electronic goods in drawers and closets could help boost recycling of metals world-wide. According to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), recycling rates of metals are in many cases far...

2011-05-12 14:36:00

MEXICO CITY, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by Marca Pais - Imagen de Mexico: President of Mexico Felipe Calderon completed a successful trip to the United States this week that focused on environmental sustainability in Mexico and the importance of bilateral relations with the United States. On Tuesday, May 10, President Calderon was honored by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for his leadership in addressing climate change at...

2011-03-10 18:59:00

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, pioneer of the Ecological Footprint research method, is among five recipients of this year's Zayed International Prize for the Environment, one of the world's most prestigious sustainability awards. Recipients will be honored Monday, March 14 by UAE Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the Dubai International Convention Center. Dr. Habib Al Habr, Regional...

2011-02-23 07:00:00

LEDBURY, England, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On-Sun Systems will present at CleanEquity Monaco 2011; the conference is on March 3rd & 4th at the Sporting d'Hiver, Monaco. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110214/CL47472LOGO ) On-Sun Systems was included, by expert selection, as one of the world's most inspiring cleantech companies, to present to industry-specific, senior financial and strategic investors, policy makers, legislators, end users and media. On-Sun Systems...

2011-02-17 21:26:48

How should a new 'IPCC for biodiversity' work? Leading world scientists offer prescription Scientific advice on the consequences of specific policy options confronting government decision makers is key to managing global biodiversity change. That's the view of leading scientists anxiously anticipating the first meeting of a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)-like mechanism for biodiversity at which its workings and work program will be defined. Writing in the journal...

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2011-02-17 13:44:55

The U.N.'s environmental watchdog warned on Thursday that tons of throw-away plastic and massive runoff from chemical fertilizer are choking the world's oceans. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said in its annual Year Book report that the two sources of pollution threaten biodiversity, harm water quality, poison fish stocks and undermine coastal tourism. The report, which was released ahead of a key meeting next week of environment ministers in Nairobi, highlights the need to...

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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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.