UN on Climate Change

Mother Earth Day: Environmental and climate literacy vital for building cleaner, greener planet, says UN

22 April 2017 - 1:00am
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is stressing Mother Earth Day.

UN agency uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency

20 April 2017 - 1:00am
The United Nations agricultural agency created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity.

Iraq: UN assessment reveals extensive destruction in western Mosul

13 April 2017 - 1:37pm
Using satellite imagery and local researches, the most recent evaluation confirms that western Mosul has undergone extensive destruction, “far greater than in the east,” according to a senior United Nations aid official in the country.

UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

11 April 2017 - 6:05pm
With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans.

Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy &#8211 UN

6 April 2017 - 1:00am
The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today reported.

Weather, existing socio-economic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency

4 April 2017 - 3:31pm
Very heavy rainfall triggered the landslides that hit Colombia over the weekend, but “exceptional” level of rains were not the sole cause, the United Nations weather agency said today, noting that many other factors, such as loss of forest cover, added to the devastation.

Mali ratifies amendment to Montreal Protocol, first country vowing to slash HFCs – UN

4 April 2017 - 1:00am
Mali has become the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations environment agency today announced.

Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN-backed report

3 April 2017 - 6:55pm
A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity.

Follow China’s example, shut down ivory factories and shops, UN agency urges countries

3 April 2017 - 12:54pm
Applauding the Chinese Government’s closure of many of its ivory factories and retail outlets, the United Nations environment wing has called on other countries and territories to follow China’s example and improve the survival prospects for elephants across the world.

INTERVIEW: 'We are in a very fortunate situation since the Paris Agreement was adopted' - UNFCCC Executive Secretary

31 March 2017 - 5:51pm
The Paris Agreement on climate change remains a momentous diplomatic success, universally supported by all countries when it was adopted in 2015 at a United Nations conference, and as of today, it has been ratified by 141 nations, surpassing the threshold for its entry into force.

In Senegal, UN General Assembly President calls for sustainable management of marine resources

28 March 2017 - 4:43pm
Visiting a traditional fishing community in Senegal, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has called on the countries in the region to prioritize conserving and sustainably managing their marine resources.

Earth Hour 2017: UN joins iconic landmarks &#39going dark&#39 to support protecting the planet

25 March 2017 - 1:00am
The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual &#39Earth Hour,&#39 global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably.

Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia – UN agency

24 March 2017 - 12:30pm
Concluding a mission to Colombia, a multi-disciplinary team of United Nations environment experts have highlighted that the country has a unique opportunity to promote sustainable and resilient livelihoods in which the nature serves as the foundation for long-lasting peace.

Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel

23 March 2017 - 6:59pm
Speaking today at a United Nations forum to invigorate political momentum on climate change, the head of a major UN panel on climate change underlined that human influence on the climate system cannot be disputed.

Faced with ‘clear science, real threats’ countries must remain committed to Paris climate deal – UN

23 March 2017 - 1:36pm
Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for Governments and business, senior United Nations officials said today.

World Meteorological Day celebrates importance of clouds for weather, climate and water

23 March 2017 - 1:00am
Clouds inspire art and thought, but few natural phenomena are as important to weather, climate or water, the United Nations meteorological agency today said, launching a digital cloud atlas to celebrate World Meteorological Day.

FEATURE: Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

22 March 2017 - 4:49pm
Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

Wastewater should be recognized as a valuable resource, UN says on World Water Day

22 March 2017 - 1:00am
In a world where the demand for water continues to grow and the resource is finite, a new United Nations report argues that wastewater, discarded into the environment every day, once treated, can help meet the needs for freshwater as well as for raw materials for energy and agriculture.

Record-breaking weather in 2016 pushes world into ‘truly uncharted territory’– UN agency

21 March 2017 - 7:34pm
Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017.

Greener energy for a third of the world bodes well for all, says UN on International Forest Day

21 March 2017 - 6:10pm
Cautioning the impact of human activity such as practices use of woodfuel on world’s forests, the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for better wood-energy conversions technologies and more sustainable management of forests so that everyone benefits.

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