We Must Raise our Voices to Save the Pangolin

Ian Somerhalder, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador What is a pangolin? You probably have no idea, and I can understand why. This small mammal...

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UN Environment launches 2016 Annual Report online

UN Environment today launched its combined Annual Report and Programme Performance Report for 2016. The report describes the organization’s...

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Running low on bushmeat and timber

Picture yourself in a densely populated part of sub-Saharan Africa and imagine a development agency is implementing a project that is bringing...

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Saiga antelopes on the brink of extinction

Efforts to protect the critically endangered saiga antelope have taken another set-back after a goat plague epidemic has killed more than 3,000 of...

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Protect our children, ban lead in paint

A new killer has been agonizing society, robbing it of vibrant children and often leaving families devastated and desperate for help. The killer...

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We Must Raise our Voices to Save the Pangolin

Monday, February 20, 2017 - UN Environment

Ian Somerhalder, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

What is a pangolin? You probably have no idea, and I can understand why. This small mammal is shy and only moves around at night. Hardly a zoo has been able to keep one alive. And yet it sits above the elephant and rhino as the most illegally trafficked animal in the world.

UN Environment launches 2016 Annual Report online

Friday, February 17, 2017 - UN Environment

UN Environment today launched its combined Annual Report and Programme Performance Report for 2016. The report describes the organization’s accomplishments for the year, highlighting successes and detailing performance against targets.

Running low on bushmeat and timber

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - UN Environment

Picture yourself in a densely populated part of sub-Saharan Africa and imagine a development agency is implementing a project that is bringing people together to develop and conserve the land and its biodiversity in a sustainable way.

Here’s Josephat’s story:

Josephat has a problem. He’s having difficulty paying school fees for his seven children. And his mother needs treatment for diabetes. That will mean more expenses.

Saiga antelopes on the brink of extinction

Friday, February 10, 2017 - UN Environment

Efforts to protect the critically endangered saiga antelope have taken another set-back after a goat plague epidemic has killed more than 3,000 of the Mongolia species in the past five months, with researchers fearing the disease could wipe out 80 per cent of the remaining population if it continues to spread at the current rate.

Protect our children, ban lead in paint

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - UN Environment

A new killer has been agonizing society, robbing it of vibrant children and often leaving families devastated and desperate for help. The killer is Lead. Chemicals and waste play critical roles in today’s society and economies; hence their contribution to regional and global trade in the overall economic growth of countries cannot be under-estimated.

Designed by nature

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - UN Environment

In the Spanish region of Andalucía there are several concentrated solar plants that, from the air, look amazingly like the floral heads of sunflowers. This is no artistic or random arrangement, but a highly practical one. The hundreds of heliostats, or mirrors, rotate with the sun to reflect concentrated sunlight towards a central tower, where water is heated to steam, which drives a turbine that produces electricity. However, having this many heliostats takes up a lot of space unless they...

Wetlands limit impact of floods, drought, cyclones

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - UN Environment

Wetlands, as defined by the Ramsar Convention, include all lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peat lands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves and other coastal areas, coral reefs, and all human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs and salt pans.

Renewables set to energize Africa's growth

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - UN Environement

John Magiro Wangari was just 16 when he saved up 2,000 Kenyan shillings (about 20 US dollars today) to buy a generator, thinking to start an electricity generation project.

The nearest electricity pole from his village was 15 kilometres away and there was no kerosene oil supplier nearby, so members of his community would spend 80 shillings on a return ride to the nearest town of Kangema, where they paid 80 shillings per litre of oil to run their generators.

Innovation abounds in plastic substitutes, but it’s behaviour change that will save our seas

Friday, January 27, 2017 - UN Environment

It might have been the ubiquitous image of Peanut the turtle with a six-pack ring wrapped around its middle that did it: its shell bent horribly out of shape as it grew to accommodate the plastic belt in which the creature had the misfortune of getting caught.

Seven hot environment stories to look out for in 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - UN Environment

Welcome to 2017. Pollution is going to be a big topic this year, particularly of the air and sea. Air pollution is the world's biggest environmental health risk, costing the lives of 7 million people every year. On sea pollution, more countries are taking action against marine litter that is clogging ecosystems and endangering food chains. To keep these urgent issues high on national agendas, pollution is the focus of this year’s UN Environment Assembly in December.

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