Tag Archive for 'United Nations Environment Programme'

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 […]

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 […]

World Migratory Bird Day celebrated on 12 and 13 May 2012

May 13th, 2012 by United Nations Environment Programme

Migratory birds undertake some of the most daring journeys in the animal kingdom, often covering thousands of kilometers to migrate. And the growing fan base of these winged adventurers is now presenting economic opportunities through sustainable tourism. On 12-13 May 2012, the economic benefits of supporting the world’s migratory bird species will be one of […]

The film ‘Plastic Shores’ examines the marine plastic debris problem

March 15th, 2012 by La Mode Verte

La Mode Verte Productions announces a new documentary ‘Plastic Shores‘, about the growing problem of plastic debris in the world’s oceans. ‘Plastic Shores’ investigates the irrevocable harm that single-use plastics do to the marine ecosystem and human health. The film interviews well-known figures and experts including Roz Savage, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Congressman Sam Farr. The […]

Global Partnership for Oceans set up to coordinate effort to save seas

February 25th, 2012 by World Bank

A coalition of governments, international organisations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss. In a keynote speech delivered on 24 February 2012 at The Economist’s World Oceans Summit in Singapore, World Bank […]

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 […]

KPMG’s Global summit urges reduction in short term focus in favour of long term sustainability

February 17th, 2012 by KPMG

According to recommendations released from KPMG’s “Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20” global summit, policymakers and the business community should ramp up collaboration and demonstrate renewed leadership in order to achieve sustainable and equitable growth objectives. Summit attendees agreed to the recommendations as part of the meeting’s goal of providing business input to […]

Keeping global warming increase to below 2°C will be challenging

November 24th, 2011 by Nature

The internationally agreed goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2 °C is still achievable, but may be slipping out of reach, according to research published online in Nature Climate Change. At the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, countries recognized that global average temperature rise should be limited to 2 °C above […]

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 […]