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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...

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2008-11-13 16:00:00

Thick smog clouds that loom over Asia threaten the livelihood of crops and contain particles that actually reflect the sun's rays away from the earth, the United Nations reported on Thursday. "One of the impacts of this atmospheric brown cloud has been to mask the true nature of global warming on our planet," United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) head Achim Steiner said at the launch in Beijing of a new report on the phenomenon. Caused by the burning of fossil fuels, wood and plants,...

2008-10-30 12:00:35

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help raise environmental awareness and foster science literacy among elementary- and middle-school students, Bayer Corporation and the United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) have kicked off the second year of their partnership in the United States to bring the International Children's Painting Competition (ICPC) to schoolchildren nationwide. With this year's theme, Climate Change - Our...

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...