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 online 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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American Youth to bring US Federal Government to Trial in Ground-breaking Climate Change Lawsuit

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Niamh Brannigan

16 November 2016: In 2015 youth between the ages of 8 and 19 filed a constitutional climate change case against the Federal Government of the United States of America at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. In Juliana v United States of America the youth are challenging the Federal Government of the USA for failure to take action against the burning of fossil fuels, which destabilizes the climate system and puts its future at risk.

The Fog of War

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - UN Environment

Battle for Mosul triggers environmental disaster as Islamic State fighters use the environment as a weapon of war, setting fire to oil wells as part of scorched earth policy

Qayyarah, Iraq

In the fight to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State, the “fog of war” has become more than a metaphor for the chaos of battle. For months, oil wells set on fire by ISIL fighters have belched thick clouds of black smoke into the skies above Iraq’s second largest city...

Progress on protecting the environment from conflict is long-overdue

Friday, November 4, 2016 - UN Environment

The streets are flowing with oil and a lot of it is on fire, so the air is dark with smoke. All you can smell is smoke. Your lungs itch. There’s one hospital in the town, but we couldn’t get in because it’s been mined. The primary health clinic is surrounded by a river of oil, so it’s not accessible either. Crude oil is flowing into the Tigris River.

People serve forests; forests serve people

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - UN Environment

Nairobi, 31 October 2016: Some villagers in Nepal are to receive payments for their stewardship of community forests, an important step towards replicating this elsewhere in the country and beyond. The payments are based on new tools under development by the Forest Stewardship...

Planting Healthy Air: A Natural Solution to Address Pollution and Heat in Cities

Monday, October 31, 2016 - UN Environment

By Robert McDonald

Can nature help cities address the twin problems of air that is too dirty or too hot? Based on a new report released by The Nature Conservancy – in collaboration with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group - the answer appears to be a qualified “yes.”

Swedish textile city Borås fashions itself and Viskan River anew

Monday, October 31, 2016 - UN Environment

The Swedish city of Borås that almost lost all its primary trade— textile production— to lower-cost markets in the mid-20th century, has now become a global example of cleaner textile production and water stewardship.

Recently, Borås hosted a high-level delegation from the People’s Republic of China, which was looking for ways to make textile production in China more sustainable as part of the country’s push to prioritize environmental health.

Sometimes 'Crazy' Gets the Job Done

Friday, October 28, 2016 - UN Environment

Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy.

“Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he gets taken off the case,” the paper said. Adding, “His idea is so crazy it might just work.”