After working with SWITCH-Africa Green, Champion Shoes of Kenya boasts consistent surge in profits, quality of products and sustainability
The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to focus on the ecosystem approach and systems thinking, which ran for several months at the end of 2016, was a great success, according to UN Environment’s final evaluation report.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.