UN on Climate Change

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.