UN on Climate Change

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.

UN agriculture chief calls for stronger water management, improved access for small farmers

20 January 2017 - 2:07pm
The head of the United Nations agricultural agency today urged the international community to promote more efficient use of water and to take steps to secure water access, especially for poor family farmers.

UN agency eyes recycling wastewater for large-scale farming

19 January 2017 - 12:00am
With agricultural land thirsty and water increasingly scarce, the United Nations agricultural agency is today hosting an international event to discuss the use of municipal liquid waste for farming.

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded – UN weather agency

18 January 2017 - 2:37pm
The world has just witnessed the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, the United Nations weather agency reported today, highlighting new records in indicators of human-caused climate change, as well as loss of Artic sea ice.

Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching, UN-supported study predicts

5 January 2017 - 12:00am
If current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world&#39s coral reefs will suffer severe bleaching &#8211 the gravest threat to one of the Earth&#39s most important ecosystems &#8211 on annual basis, the United Nations environment agency today reported.