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Wildlife meet mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during a meeting of conservationists and policymakers in Geneva

ELEPHANT IVORY. A girl holds up an elephant's ivory tusk during a ceremony by authorities to destroy confiscated ivory and wildlife parts in Yangon on March 3, 2019. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

Humanity's next test: Feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Stephen Cornelius, WWF's chief advisor on climate change, says the world needs 'an urgent transformation in how we use land in the future'

Global warming outpaces efforts to slow it – U.N.

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

To cap global warming at 2ºC, national carbon-cutting pledges annexed to the 2015 Paris Agreement must collectively triple by 2030

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

World's nations adopt plan 'towards a pollution-free planet'

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Changing the behavior of producers and buyers will be key to achieving the vision of a 'pollution-free planet' outlined in a political declaration adopted at the third UN Environment Assembly

AWASH IN TRASH. In this file photo, a man picks up garbage washed ashore at Manila Bay on July 29, 2017 after Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines. Eloisa Lopez/AFP

Climate pact goes live, turning up heat at UN talks

Nov 04, 2016 - 8:29 AM

After the dramatic breakthrough in Paris last December diplomats and experts are lowering expectations a year later

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. In this file photo, smoke from the chimneys billow over St. Petersburg, March 3, 2005.  File photo by Sergey Kulikov/Interpress/AFP

Failure of Paris climate summit would be 'catastrophic' – pope

Nov 27, 2015 - 12:25 AM

The 78 year old Pope Francis has taken on a vocal role in the fight against climate change

ENVIRONMENT. Pope Francis has pointed the finger at big industry and blamed first-world countries for failing to act to curb global warming. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Carbon plans deeply inadequate, climate study warns

May 04, 2015 - 8:30 PM

United States European Union and China are responsible for nearly half the world s emissions

CLIMATE CHAOS. The combustion of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal by energy companies is largely responsible for climate change.

UN climate panel head resigns amid sex claims

Feb 24, 2015 - 7:14 PM

UPDATED IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri steps down amid claims that he sexually harassed a subordinate

PACHAURI. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), holds a press conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 04 November 2014. Photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking – UN

Nov 13, 2014 - 11:24 AM

More needed to be done to ensure protected areas are appropriately located in areas important for biodiversity and ecosystem services are effectively and equitably managed and are well connected

View of two blacknecked storks at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, in Cano Negro, Costa Rica, on 27 March 2012. Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Ozone problem on course for fix by mid-century – UN

Sep 11, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Although it said the news for the ozone layer was generally good the 110 page report authored by 300 scientists also warned of potential pitfalls

The Antarctic ozone hole in 2011 and 2012. Images courtesy NASA/Ozone Watch

Fast Facts: Helena Zoila Benitez is 100 years old

Jun 27, 2014 - 11:08 AM

In 100 years she has been senator educator founder of the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company and head of significant UN organizations

Plastic tide 'causing $13B in damage', UN says

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:47 AM

UNEP chief: Plastics have come to play a crucial role in modern life but the environmental impacts of the way we use them cannot be ignored

FLOATING TRASH. Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

Many questions as Rio Summit seeks to help sick planet

Jun 11, 2012 - 1:51 PM

Leaders gather once more in Rio from June 20 22 for the 20 year followup to the UN s 1992 Earth Summit But how very different the world is today and how much darker the mood

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