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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'

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London are emptied as ambitious organizers of the student strike hope to stage 1,000 demos in more than 100 countries

'NO PLANET B.' Youths demonstrate with banners and placards and a figure depicting young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holding two representatives of her parents' generation and reading 'Do something against the climate disaster!' during the 'Fridays For Future' movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Nations agree 'significant' plastic cuts

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) The final ministerial statement – issued on a day of youth protests against climate change – makes only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it

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Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas

U.N. environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Maimunah Sharif, head of UN Habitat, says at least 22 UN employees were among those who died when the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed early Sunday, March 10

SILENCE. People have a moment of silence for the victims, including UN workers, of Ethiopia Airline's crash before the 4th UN Environment Assembly at the UN headquaters in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/

15 U.N. Climate Action awardees honored at COP24

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:43 PM

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa says the winning climate projects are 'activities [that] shine a light on scalable climate action around the world'

WOMEN FOR RESULTS. Syria's 'Yalla Let's Bike' (Come on Let's Bike), one of UN Climate Action winners in Women for Results category, is an initiative that aims to defy traditional gender roles, combat overcrowded streets, and promote bicycling as a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of UNFCCC.

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

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

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

Deeper carbon cuts needed to avoid climate tragedy – UN

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:01 PM

If we don t start taking additional action now beginning with the upcoming climate meeting in Marrakesh we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy says UNEP head Erik Solheim

ERIK SOLHEIM. Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), speaks during the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. File photo by Cyril Ndegeya/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

National pledges 'far from enough' to halt global warming – UN

Nov 06, 2015 - 5:22 PM

This year s report is the first to take into account greenhouse gas reduction promises made ahead of the November 30 December 11 summit tasked with delivering the first ever universal climate pact

DARK CLOUDS. A file photo dated March 2, 2012 shows steam and fumes emerging from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany. File Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

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

Developing world may need annual $500B for climate by 2050 – UN

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The projected amount is as much as 5 times higher than previous estimates and significantly more than today s spending on climate adaptation

United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw (2-R), and his collaborators, present the first study on Breach Adaptation Adjustment of the UN's UNEP program at the Climate Change Summit of Lima (COP20) in Lima, Peru, 05 December 2014. EPA/Paolo Aguilar

Current pledges not enough to stop global warming – UN report

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:54 PM

The report by the UN Environment Program and the World Resources Institute says the planet must aim for global carbon neutrality by mid to late century to head off the worst effects of climate change

POLLUTED AIR. A man cycles past cooling towers in Beijing, China, 05 August 2013. EPA/Diego Azubel

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

UN biodiversity meet warns of unmet targets

Oct 06, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Governments meet in South Korea to analyze progress since they agreed four years ago on 20 targets for stemming the tide of biodiversity loss

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/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

Planet of the dying apes: experts sound alarm over shrinking habitats

Jun 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Experts predict that at the current rate human development will have impacted 90 of the apes habitat in Africa and 99 in Asia by 2030

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

Expect increasingly violent cyclones, weather experts warn

Nov 12, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Oceans have the tendency to warm up and an increase in the intensity of cyclones is part of the risks says French climatologist Herve Le Treut

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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