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2009-05-16 14:45:00

Chemical manufacturers and governments reach an agreement on Friday to increase efforts to use more safety with chemicals, including paint containing lead to microscopic material.However, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) stated that unless the industry and governments allots more funds for the goal of the 2020 deadline, it is most likely not going to happen.The conference was housed at the governing group of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a subgroup...

2009-04-22 09:15:00

Gonen is One of Seven Environmental Leaders in the World Honored in Paris Today NEW YORK, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Ron Gonen, co-founder and CEO of RecycleBank, is the recipient of the 2009 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champion of the Earth award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category. Gonen is one of only seven honorees to earn the prestigious distinction this year and will be recognized at a special international ceremony held in conjunction with the Business for the...

2009-04-22 07:30:00

Environmental Art Exhibition to Open at Omaha Children's Museum on World Environment Day   WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alice Fuzi Wang, a sixth-grader at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif., was named first-prize winner of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) 18th annual International Children's Painting Competition (ICPC) within North America for her painting that depicts alternative energy solutions to combat global warming.  ...

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.,...

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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...

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2009-02-19 14:10:00

The Amazon continues to lose more forest due to excess strain from accelerating rates of industrialized growth in the region, according to a report issued by the United Nations on Wednesday. Supported by the UN Environment Program and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), the GEO Amazonia report shows troubling signs of deforestation due to poorly planned human settlements. As of 2005, "857,666 square kilometers of the forest had been transformed, reducing vegetation cover by...

2009-02-16 10:01:00

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Signaling an about face in U.S. international environmental policy, the Obama administration has dramatically reversed the former U.S. position on controlling mercury pollution worldwide. To a surprised audience at the UN Environment Program Governing Council meeting in Nairobi today, the U.S. delegation strongly endorsed negotiations for a new global treaty to control mercury pollution, to begin this year. Environmental groups from the U.S....

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2009-02-16 07:15:00

On Sunday the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) urged environmental leaders to curb the use of mercury, a highly toxic metal. "The world's environment ministers meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week can take a landmark decision to lift a global health threat from the lives of hundreds of millions of people," said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP. "Inaction on the global mercury challenge is no longer an option." More than 100 environmental ministers from across the globe will...

2008-12-16 07:00:00

ANSE MARCEL, St Martin, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlson Hotels Worldwide(R) today opened the 1,000th hotel in its worldwide portfolio, the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina & Spa (http://www.radisson.com/stmartin), dedicating the achievement of this growth landmark to a global initiative of environmental sustainability and responsible business. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081216/AQTU501) At opening ceremonies here today, top company officials joined with...

2008-12-08 05:36:00

POZNAN, Poland, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Representatives from three leading international solar companies and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) -- Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO, Jeremy Leggett, Executive Chairman of Solarcentury, Mike Ahearn, Chairman and CEO of First Solar, and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director -- gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland to propose the rapid implementation and expansion of policies...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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