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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:...

2010-12-13 08:34:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While an FDA panel re-examines risks of amalgam over the next two days, the World Health Department is expected to release a key report soon recommending that amalgam use be "phased down" globally, consistent with its earlier recommendations.(i) "We welcome WHO's support for "phasing down" amalgam, and urge FDA to do the same," said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. On Dec. 14-15, 2010, an FDA panel will discuss...

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2010-12-08 06:45:00

Glaciers are melting faster in southern South America and Alaska than in Europe, and communities need to adapt to the meltdown, warned a report compiled by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and scientists, and presented Tuesday at the U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. Many low-lying glaciers could disappear entirely in the coming decades, with the northwest U.S., southwest Canada and the Arctic also affected, the report said. While most glaciers began decreasing in size around...

2010-11-22 08:00:00

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced Imagine Cup Solve This, a new program to provide inspiration for students looking to help solve the world's toughest problems. In the spirit of "crowdsourcing," intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits now will be able to seek the help of the brilliant and passionate students competing in Microsoft's Imagine Cup, the world's premier student technology...

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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...

2010-09-07 16:12:00

The UNEP Finance Initiative launches Issue 2 of the Chief Liquidity Series at World Water Week in Stockholm STOCKHOLM, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) launched Issue 2 of The Chief Liquidity Series focused on the Power Sector at an event entitled 'Seeking Liquidity: Integrating Corporate Water Performance into the Core of Financial Services and Capital Markets', during World Water Week. In an effort to encourage new...

2010-06-24 10:54:00

CHICAGO, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Nations has invited hosting and IT firm SingleHop to participate in this year's UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010. Every three years, the U.N. Secretary-General convenes this meeting, which brings together a wide industry mix of CEOs and leaders of civil society to "accelerate" the practice of corporate sustainability. SingleHop is part of the UN Global Compact, which is the overarching government body organizing the summit. The UNGC is a...

2010-06-03 17:30:00

Bayer-Sponsored Exhibition Displays 77 Paintings at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh as Part of World Environment Day Activities PITTSBURGH, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sylvia Gong, an eighth grader at Hopkins Junior High School in Fremont, Calif., received the top North American prize in the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) 19th annual International Children's Painting Competition (ICPC). Her painting addresses the theme, "Biodiversity - Connecting with Nature."...

2010-06-03 09:35:00

NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In recognition of UN World Environment Day, Avon Products Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today announced that it will plant two million trees to restore the Atlantic Rainforest in South America, one of the most critically endangered ecosystems in the world. This commitment is part of the company's Hello Green Tomorrow Campaign, announced in mid-March, to unleash the power of its woman-to-woman network of 6.2 million Avon Representatives and 300 million...

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2010-05-23 10:00:00

A key UN report on biodiversity will recommend major changes such as company fines to help save the planet's species and protect the natural world. The report also argues that global action on biodiversity is more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change. "ËœThe Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity' (TEEB) report was launched in 2007 with the support of the UN Environment Program, after G8 and major emerging economies called for a global study. The report,...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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