Economist Kenneth Arrow still influences UN Environment’s work

Prof Kenneth Joseph Arrow, who died on 21 February at the age of 95, was a well-known economist and polymath. He was the youngest economist to win...

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“Now we are empowered, we can produce eco-friendly shoes with the quality we want”

After working with SWITCH-Africa Green, Champion Shoes of Kenya boasts consistent surge in profits, quality of products and sustainability On...

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Top marks for ecosystems course

The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to focus on the ecosystem approach and systems thinking, which ran for several months at the end...

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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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Economist Kenneth Arrow still influences UN Environment’s work

Monday, February 27, 2017 - UN Environment

Prof Kenneth Joseph Arrow, who died on 21 February at the age of 95, was a well-known economist and polymath. He was the youngest economist to win the Nobel Prize in 1972, together with John Hicks.

Arrow‘s doctoral thesis published in 1951 changed the character and outlook of economics.

His work on voting behaviour, social choice theory, information economics, risk and uncertainty greatly influenced thinking on climate change and natural capital  measurement.

“Now we are empowered, we can produce eco-friendly shoes with the quality we want”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - UN Environment

After working with SWITCH-Africa Green, Champion Shoes of Kenya boasts consistent surge in profits, quality of products and sustainability

Top marks for ecosystems course

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - UN Environment

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.

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.

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.

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