World Energy Supplies on an ‘Unsustainable Path’ says UNEP

Green (Living) Review

In an attempt to refocus attention onto the world’s dwindling supply of fossil fuels, the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) has published a dramatic fifth edition of its Global Environmental Outlook. UNEP calls for a greater focus on the policies that target the factors that drive environmental change, such as reliance on fossil fuels for energy production. UNEP is right in that we are on an unsustainable path,” he comments.

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Our Planet - UNEP’s magazine

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UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative

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The call was made today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and leading economists as they launched the Green Economy Initiative aimed at seizing an historic opportunity to bring about tomorrow's economy today. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "The financial, fuel and food crises of 2008 are in part a result of speculation and a failure of governments to intelligently manage and focus markets".

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New Report: UNEP Links Economic Growth to Sustainability

The Green Changemakers

Image from UNEP report, "Towards A Green Economy." UNEP makes the case for capital resources and development directed at low emissions projects. Graph from the UNEP report, "Towards a Green Economy." Submitted by Jonna McKone on February 22, 2011 City growth patterns.

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UNEP Case Study Booklet- ‘Seeds of Knowledge: Contributing to Climate Change Solutions’

The Green Changemakers

The United Nations Environment Programme has published ‘Seeds of Knowledge’, a booklet of 24 case studies from 17 countries on grassroots solutions to the impacts of climate change. The publication has a focus on developing and emerging economies and aims to show that grassroots, community-led responses are already playing an essential role in building resilience to climate change across all regions of the world.

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Mediterranean Surveillance Crew Eyes Oil Spills from the Sky

Green Prophet

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) were also involved. EMSA provided satellite images from the CleanSeaNet service, while Blue Plan , the UNEP/MAP’s Regional Activity Center on environment and sustainable development, coordinated a meeting designed to establish a network of law enforcement officials that can hold polluters accountable.

COP18 and Four Degrees: Have We Passed The Point Of No Return?

Green Prophet

” The recently released UNEP Emissions Gap Report echoed many of these findings. Climate 2 degrees warming 4 degrees warming Climate Change climate change solutions COP18 heatwave Qatar Climate Talks UNEP world bankMore and more studies highlight the truly drastic action we need to take at Doha to avoid four degree warming – but is it too late?

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E-waste Causing Problems for Countries

Green Life Smart Life

A report was recently released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) about the rising problem of E-waste in countries like China and India. The UN Under-Secretary-General Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP says this can happen by setting up large, efficient facilities in China to collect and manage the e-waste. Tagged: e-waste , e-waste guide , eCycling , EPA , Recycling , UNEP. Tags: Green e-waste e-waste guide eCycling EPA Recycling UNEP

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Drinking water in Nigeria polluted with benzene at levels 900 times above the limit

Green Blog

The UN Environment Program (UNEP) launched on the end of November 2009, an assessment of the impact of contamination from oil across the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. UNEP has emphasised that the study, which began in late 2009, is independent and its funding by the Shell Petroleum Development Company is in keeping with the polluter-pays principle.

The Black Mambas, a Mostly Female Anti-Poaching Unit, Wins Top U.N. Award

Eccorazzi

A mostly-female South African ranger group named the “Black Mambas,” has been honored by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) with its highest environmental prize Read More The post The Black Mambas, a Mostly Female Anti-Poaching Unit, Wins Top U.N. Talk about some serious girl power.

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WATCH: Don Cheadle and Other Celebs Fight to Save the Planet

Eccorazzi

That’s the question the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is asking people for World Read More The post WATCH: Don Cheadle and Other Celebs Fight to Save the Planet appeared first on Ecorazzi. Don Cheadle, Gisele Bundchen, Yaya Toure and Ian Somerhalder are fighting. Whose team will you join?

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Sorry Greta, World to produce 120% more fossil fuels by 2030 – drastically at odds with warming limit

Green Prophet

The Production Gap Report complements the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report, which shows that country pledges fall short of the emission reductions needed to meet global temperature limits. In the report preface, UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen notes that carbon emissions have remained exactly at the levels projected a decade ago, under the business-as-usual scenarios used in Emissions Gap Reports.

A 1,700 Gigaton Carbon Bomb is Thawing in the Permafrost

Green Prophet

Negotiators working on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol in Qatar ought to know that 1,700 gigatonnes of carbon lie buried in the permafrost, which is double the amount that currently wreaks so much havoc here on earth, reports UNEP – in much finer words. “The International Permafrost Association should continue to coordinate development and the national networks should remain part of the Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost,” UNEP urges.

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Environmental damage highlighted by Google Earth

Eco Friendly Daily

Under the scheme, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday, before-and-after satellite images of 100 global environmental hotspots have been integrated into Google’s popular mapping program, Google Earth. “These satellite pictures are a wake-up call to all of us to look at the sometimes devastating changes we are wreaking on our planet,” UNEP chief Achim Steiner said in a statement.

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Ocean “dead zones” on the rise

Eco Friendly Daily

The number of “dead zones” in the ocean – sites of massive marine life die-offs due to low dissolved oxygen – has increased by 33% since 2004, according to Nick Nutall of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The growth of dead zones could accelerate dramatically over the next 50 years as the world’s coastal populations rise, said Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP.

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Environmental damage highlighted by Google Earth

Eco Friendly Daily

Under the scheme, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday, before-and-after satellite images of 100 global environmental hotspots have been integrated into Google’s popular mapping program, Google Earth. “These satellite pictures are a wake-up call to all of us to look at the sometimes devastating changes we are wreaking on our planet,” UNEP chief Achim Steiner said in a statement.

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Himalayan Glaciers Melting at Alarming Rates; Reducing Soot and Other Non-CO2 Forcers Key to Survival

Green (Living) Review

Cancun, Mexico , December 7, 2010 – Concern for high-mountain regions of the world is rising, according to a new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today, which states that the Himalayas and many other glaciers are melting quickly, threatening lives by flooding, and by reducing the region’s freshwater supply.

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Eat Less Meat and Save The Planet

Green Prophet

The UN Environmental Program (Unep) is asking us to cut our meat consumption in half. As reported by the Unep, the huge expansion of industrial beef-farming methods in the Europe and the US causes “a web of water and air pollution.” Professor Mark Sutton, author of the Unep study, says, “Eat meat, but less often – make it special. The Unep study forewarns of dark scenario for the planet.

Ocean “dead zones” on the rise

Eco Friendly Daily

The number of “dead zones” in the ocean – sites of massive marine life die-offs due to low dissolved oxygen – has increased by 33% since 2004, according to Nick Nutall of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The growth of dead zones could accelerate dramatically over the next 50 years as the world’s coastal populations rise, said Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP.

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For Some Iranians Meatless Monday Isn’t a Choice

Green Prophet

Chicken is considered by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to be a more environmentally and health-friendly alternative to beef and pork, but even that is too expensive for some Iranians, who are turning to Aubergine instead. Also, though this is a worthwhile campaign that comes complete with useful recipes, and answers to frequently asked nutrition questions, UNEP says that Meatless Mondays won’t save the planet.

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Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4)

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Index >> SUMMARY FOR DECISION MAKERS Arabic English French Russian Spanish Chinese (available soon) >> BRUNDTLAND +20 SEMINAR BACKGROUND PAPER English >> UNEP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REMARKS English >> UNEP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PODCAST >> USER SURVEY Have a minute? MB) © UNEP.

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US, China, and Others Launch Coordinated Study of Soot’s Impact on Arctic Melting

Green (Living) Review

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) highlighted the multiple benefits from cutting black carbon and another local air pollutant, tropospheric ozone, in its February “Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone: Summary for Decision Makers”.

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Permafrost Thawing May Cause Major Increase in Global Warming Feedback Loop

Celsias

Should permafrost thawing accelerate as expected, resulting carbon dioxide and methane emissions will significantly amplify global warming, according to a report published today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) titled Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost.

Investing in carbon capture and storage Nature's way

Green (Living) Review

Stopping deforestation, greening agriculture better than carbon capture and storage, says UNEP Report by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It does, does it? Boosting investments in the conservation, rehabilitation and management of the Earth's forests, peatlands, soils and other key ecosystems could deliver significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and avoid even more being released to the atmosphere, a 2009 report by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) says.

Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners

The Green Changemakers

The Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Published: May 30, 2011 File Guide Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation 2011.pdf Link [link] Abstract Climate change adaptation is an area of growing concern and engagement for many developing countries. Publisher UNDP-UNEP.

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Actor Ian Somerhalder Unveiled as Winner

Green (Living) Review

Ian Somerhalder has also supported the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by promoting World Environment Day– the biggest global day dedicated to positive action on the environment – which is organized every year by UNEP on 5 June. Ian joined UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle and Rahul Bose to film video spots to advertise World Environment Day across the globe. “We

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Turning the Tide on Plastic Litter

Nature Conservancy - Science

UNEP – Marine Litter Vital Graphics. I can’t remember the last time I walked along the shore and didn’t see plastic debris. This debris has nasty implications for seabirds , fish , sea turtles , and poses a risk to human health. Plastic waste is an immense problem. One study estimated that about 4 to 12 million metric tons of plastic washed offshore in 2010 alone. It takes more than 400 years for each piece of plastic to degrade.

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Global Temperatures Rising on a Trajectory That is Devastating

Celsias

CAT’s analysis of current policies show that, in reality, the ‘gap’ in 2020 could be even larger than discussed in the UNEP Bridging the Emissions Gap Report (2011), as that report assumed that governments would meet their Many governments do not appear to be implementing policies to meet their 2020 emission reduction pledges, and could increase – not shrink, the gap between real emissions and what’s needed to keep global temperature rise to 1.5

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Environmental Crime: Who is Offending? Who is Watching?

Green Home Blog

Needless to say, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) are a small example of the many organizations at the forefront of dealing with environmental crime. Environmental Crime: Who is Offending? Who is Watching? It seems as though every few years an environmental crime makes the headlines. From oil spills to chemical plant mishaps the enormity of such an event can be staggering.

Pachamama: Our Earth, Our Future

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Named after a word meaning Mother Earth in the Inca culture, it is a special youth edition of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook 2000. ‘Children are often the driving force behind eco-friendly living’, says a new publication which gives them an international voice.

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Environment and Trade: A Handbook - Second Edition

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MB) UNEP, IISD, IISD, 2005. Get the Book English (PDF - 2.5 MB) Español (PDF - 4.5 MB) Russian (PDF - 1.1

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Financial Short-Termism A Major Obstacle to Sustainable Change in Business - Expert Poll

Celsias

Photo: UNEP/GRID-Arendal. The latest wave of The Sustainability Survey - GlobeScan and SustainAbility's regular survey of attitudes across businesses, NGOs, academia and government - reveals that a very large majority (88%) of the 642 experts polled see pressure for short-term financial results as a barrier to businesses becoming more sustainable.

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U.N Report Fears That Recycling Industry’s Inefficiency Could Hamper Green Tech

Eco Friendly Daily

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stated – “Many metal recycling rates are discouragingly low, and a recycling society appears no more than a distant hope. The UNEP report, which covered all metals, showed one of the highest global recycling rates for lead, mainly from batteries, at around 80 percent, while estimates of iron and steel recycling range from 70 to 90 percent. The recycling industry is not in a great state as we would like it to be.

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$210 Billion Invested in Renewables Last Year- China in the Lead- Bloomberg New Energy Report

Celsias

These are the findings of a report Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011, which has been prepared for UNEP by London-based Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year, investors pumped a record $211 billion into renewables -- about one-third more than the $160 billion invested in 2009, and a 540% rise since 2004.

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10 Reasons Why Should We Ban Plastic Bags

Greentumble

However, in 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) supported the first project to calculate the “real” cost of plastic, including adverse environmental impacts of its production, use and disposal. Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry. our purchased goods when we go shopping. They are a part of our modern lives, and we don’t tend to think much about them. In fact, it is estimated that up to 10 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world [1].

Human waste could be fertiliser and power source

The Green Changemakers

The world's two billion tons of wastewater could supply much of the nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium required for crop fertilisation, says a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Cancun Climate Talks Conclude on Positive Note

Green (Living) Review

This makes the other 50% of climate pollutants, the non-CO2 pollutants, critical to control, according to Dr. Molina, who spoke at an official side event organized jointly by FSM and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Quick wins against non-CO2 pollutants can buy back time that’s been lost struggling to cut carbon dioxide, said UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner.

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Goodall, Clinton and Cousteau at Eye Earth Summit Abu Dhabi

Green Prophet

The four day summit was organized by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Jane Goodall, Bill Clinton and Philippe Cousteau are all speaking in Abu Dhabi this week as part of the “Eye on Earth” Summit.

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Help the Environment by Avoiding These Single-Use Plastics

Greentumble

A study done by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has quoted, “79% of the plastic waste ever produced now sits in landfills, dumps or in the environment, while about 12% has been incinerated and only 9% has been recycled [4].”. Convenience is easy, but easy doesn’t necessarily mean good. Due to our tendency of taking the easy way out, our beloved planet is taking a massive hit.

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Serious Effects of Plastic Pollution on Human Health

Greentumble

A more reliable assessment of the state of science of endocrine disruptors is probably that prepared by a group of experts for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) published in 2013. Most of us grew up in an age where.

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Forests: A Rising Global Climate Superpower?

Nature Conservancy - Science

A recent UNEP report estimates that, based on least-cost scenarios, forests offer about 1/5 of the global opportunities for reaching our goal of limiting climate change to 2?C C (UNEP 2012). Forests can provide about 20-30% of global climate mitigation under least-cost scenarios (UNEP 2012, Sohngen & Mendelsohn, 2003). UNEP 2012. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi.

Bio-Powered Green Bus Fitted With Recycled Materials Cruises Dubai

Green Prophet

Supported by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Green Bus project is a collaborative effort between the RTA and SS Lootah International , one of the fiercest proponents of bio-fuels in the United Arab Emirates. It’s easy to poke fun at Dubai for all of its insane excesses , but because we’re big-hearted greenies, we also want to give the Emirate a giant high-five when it does something worthwhile. And the Green Bus is certainly that.

MENA Is Changing Drastically & NASA Has The Pictures To Prove It

Green Prophet

Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Taken from the Africa Water Atlas (2010); Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya. Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From Africa Atlas of our Changing Environment (2008); Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya.

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