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2009-12-17 14:28:42

An agreement in Copenhagen to fund reduced emissions from deforestation may generate multiple environmental and economic benefits if investments simultaneously target sites that are both carbon and biodiversity-rich. But the new report, published today in the journal Conservation Letters, also warns of challenges in countries such as Brazil and parts of East Africa unless safeguards are followed. This is because funding Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) might...

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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,...

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2009-09-03 12:30:00

Climate change is likely to result in the "imminent loss" of the world's coral reef systems, according to a new report on Wednesday. The study, backed by the UN's Environment Program and sponsored by the European Commission, Germany and Britain, found that current efforts to reduce climate change are not extensive enough to save the world's reef systems, which researchers have estimated may be worth more than $100 billion annually. "We face the imminent loss of coral reefs due to climate...

2009-06-08 07:00:00

- The Natural Resources Defense Council, Ocean Conservancy, Oceana and the United Nations Environment Programme join the effort - - World premiere of Acid Test: The Challenge of Ocean Acidification with Sigourney Weaver - SILVER SPRING, Md., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, Planet Green presents Blue August, a robust month of on-air and on-line programming that brings to life the wonders and mysteries of the aquatic -- from the majesty of our oceans to the critical issue of clean...

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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...

2009-06-01 07:15:00

Mokugift fosters global environmental solidarity by making it easy and rewarding to join celebrities in planting trees, for $1 apiece, through online 'gifting.' SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired in part by pop culture heroes from an earlier era who used music and mass media to spawn social and political activism, mokugift, through its Artists and Athletes Program, is leveraging the latest Internet technology to rally support for an issue of the utmost urgency: combating climate...

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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.,...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin