Tag Archive for 'Achim Steiner'

Is Green Growth possible?

December 4th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Economic growth not only leads to rising turnovers and incomes but also increases greenhouse-gas emissions. Can “Green Growth” be a way out of this dilemma? Is it “a fairytale or a strategy”? Issues like this are being debated at the international climate summit in Doha. British growth critic Professor Tim Jackson; and Ottmar Edenhofer, chief […]

Green economy provides way out of economic and environmental debt

November 22nd, 2012 by United Nations Environment Programme

Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2° Celsius this century. The Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation, and involving 55 scientists from more […]

UNEP produces comprehensive assessment of global environment

June 7th, 2012 by United Nations Environment Programme

The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, assessed 90 of the most-important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four. These are: eliminating the production and use of substances that deplete the ozone layer, removal of lead from […]

UNEP 2012 Year Book highlights loss of soil and nuclear power plant decommissioning as key issues

February 19th, 2012 by United Nations Environment Programme

Unsustainable landuse Dramatic improvements in the way the world manages its precious soils will be key to food, water and climate security in the 21st century. According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Year Book 2012, 24% of the global land area has already suffered declines in health and productivity over the past quarter […]

Cutting black carbon, methane and ground level ozone boosts food security and saves millions of lives

December 2nd, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

A package of 16 measures, if fully implemented across the globe, could save close to 2.4 million lives annually, avoid crop losses amounting to 32 million tonnes annually and deliver near-term climate protection of about 0.5° C by 2040. Implementing these measures could help keep global temperature rise below the 2° C target, at least […]

UN reports global shift towards a low-carbon resource-efficient and socially inclusive green future

November 20th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

A UN report, Towards a Green Economy: Pathways for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, demonstrates that governments and businesses alike are taking steps to accelerate a global shift towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green future. From China to Barbados, Brazil to South Africa, countries are developing Green Economy strategies and activities to spur […]

Taking steps toward marine and coastal ecosystem-based management

June 14th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

Declines in marine and coastal ecosystems due to human activities such as overfishing and pollution could be reversed if organisations, communities and other stakeholders adopt a more integrated approach to managing coastal environments. Closer partnerships between different marine users – such as fishing communities, the tourism industry and conservationists – can also help coastal communities […]

UNEP report finds that metal recycling rates need to improve to support growth in clean technologies

May 27th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, recycling rates of metals are in many cases far lower than their potential. Less than one-third of some 60 metals studied have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 per cent and 34 elements are below 1 per cent recycling, yet many of them are crucial to clean technologies […]

Human resource consumption is far beyond what is sustainable

May 15th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

By 2050, humanity could consume an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year – three times its current appetite – unless the economic growth rate is “decoupled” from the rate of natural resource consumption, warns a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Two percent of global GDP can trigger greener, smarter growth while fighting poverty

February 21st, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

A United Nations Environment Programme report “Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication” states that investing two percent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy. The sum, currently amounting to an average of around $1.3 trillion a year and […]