UN on Climate Change

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

2 hours 34 min ago
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

15 hours 10 min ago
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.

Warming earth threatens to release huge amounts of carbon – UN agency

21 March 2017 - 1:00am
Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth&#39s soil, the United Nations agricultural agency today reported, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response efforts.

Smarter use of natural resources can inject $2 trillion into global economy by 2015 – UN

17 March 2017 - 2:28pm
The United Nations has found that smarter and more efficient use of the world’s natural resources today can yield an “environmental win-win’ by injecting $2 trillion into the global economy by 2050 while also offsetting the costs of ambitious climate change action.

Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting global risk reduction targets – senior UN Official

7 March 2017 - 1:34pm
Disasters in the Americas over the past year such as Hurricane Matthew show the challenge the world faces meeting the risk reduction targets established by the UN’s Sendai Framework.

UN global aviation body adopts new carbon emissions standards for aircraft

6 March 2017 - 5:16pm
The United Nations aviation body today adopted new aircraft emissions to curb the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate.

UN-backed forum in Montreal set to agree region-wide disaster risk reduction plan

6 March 2017 - 12:27pm
More than 1,000 delegates from across the Americas will meet this week at a United Nations-backed conference in the Canadian city of Montreal to agree a Regional Action Plan designed to reduce the loss of life due to disasters, both natural and man-made.

On Wildlife Day, UN spotlights youth&#39s role as today&#39s change-makers, tomorrow&#39s custodians

3 March 2017 - 12:00am
With the fate of the world&#39s wildlife soon to be in the hands of the next generation, the United Nations is observing this year&#39s World Wildlife Day with a call to harness the power of young people&#39s voices in conservation efforts.

‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy

23 February 2017 - 12:49pm
Launching an unprecedented global campaign, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is urging everyone to eliminate the use of microplastics and stop the excessive, wasteful use of single-use plastic, to save the world’s seas and oceans from irreversible damage before it’s too late.

Global heat melts Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to record lows &#8211 UN agency

17 February 2017 - 12:00am
It should be winter on the Arctic pole &#8211 the northern most point in the world &#8211 but the equivalent of heatwaves have passed over the region this season melting the sea ice volume to a record low in January, the United Nations meteorological agency said.

UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

15 February 2017 - 4:49pm
The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard today at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June&#39s Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet&#39s oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems.

Make food systems climate resilient now or future production will be compromised – UN warns

13 February 2017 - 12:44pm
Failure to act now to make food systems more resilient to climate change will seriously compromise food production in many regions, which in turn could fail international efforts to end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030, the United Nations agricultural agency warned today.

International collaboration on wheat rust can can curb threat to global supplies &#8211 UN agency

3 February 2017 - 12:00am
As new data shows that wheat in Africa, Asia and Europe is increasingly threatened by fresh groups of wheat rust, the United Nations agricultural agency is highlighting the need for early detection and rapid action to keep the fungus under control.

UN agency creates tool box of new technologies, good practices to help keep food safe

1 February 2017 - 12:00am
From avian flu to locusts and E. coli bacteria, food is contaminated every day by diseases and pests, leading the United Nations agricultural agency to create a set of emergency prevention tools to save lives and improve food safety and security.

Banks, UN set standards on channelling investments for sustainable development

31 January 2017 - 11:34am
Nearly 20 leading global banks and investors, totalling $6.6 trillion in assets, have launched a United Nations-backed global framework aimed at channelling the money they manage towards clean, low carbon and inclusive projects.

Ground-breaking UN-supported digital tool to enhance green finance

20 January 2017 - 4:49pm
The United Nations environment agency and a the leading Chinese online financial service provider today rolled out an innovative programme at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, aiming to stimulate the advancement of digital technologies in green finance.