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The COVID-19 crisis is a reminder of the intimate relationship between humans, animals and the environment.
“The global coronavirus pandemic, which has already caused unimaginable devastation and hardship, has brought our way of life to an almost complete halt.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Press Release
Bangkok, 25 May 2020 – Japan and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a new cooperative effort to tackle plastic pollution across Asia and support post-conflict environmental recovery in Iraq and South Sudan. Japan will contribute US$6.9 million to four UNEP-led projects.

Categorized Under: Asia and the Pacific

With the world in waves of COVID-19, the issue of health has dominated public attention.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

In the lead up to World Environment Day, UNEP welcomes bold commitments for a sustainable future. Here’s what some leaders said at the recent virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Story Climate change
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stands with those suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. UNEP is responding in a number of ways, including by supporting global efforts to protect biodiversity, to put an end to the illegal trade in wildlife, to safeguard the handling of chemicals and waste and to promote economic recovery plans that take nature and the climate emergency into account.

Categorized Under: Climate change

Story Transport
The need for providing safe infrastructure for walking and cycling cannot be over-stated.  Walking and cycling are efficient modes of transport both for health and climate benefits.

Categorized Under: Transport Asia and the Pacific

Story Climate change
As large parts of the world hunker down and social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more research is being released and studied suggesting that we can build back better to create a healthy, resilient, prosperous, just, and decarbonized world after the current crisis dies down.

Categorized Under: Climate change

Story Climate change
If the world has seen a scary future with the emergence of COVID-19, the future of our planet in a 3-4° C scenario takes us to an entirely different level of uncertainty, including in terms of health.

Categorized Under: Climate change

Story Climate change
Global renewable power growth outpaced fossil fuel growth by a factor of 2.6 in 2019, says new report

Categorized Under: Climate change

Story Climate change
Fiscal stimulus packages in Europe to “build back better” after the coronavirus pandemic provide an opportunity for initiating a transformational and green recovery with the creation of green jobs. One such investment opportunity is in sector coupling.

Categorized Under: Climate change

The plight of Iraq’s 1.4 million displaced people just got worse. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, displaced persons are particularly vulnerable.

Categorized Under: Disasters and conflicts West Asia

Interview with Keith Alverson, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre in Osaka, Japan.

Categorized Under: Chemicals and waste

Did you know that 60 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, in other words they come to us via animals? Zoonoses that emerged or re-emerged recently are Ebola, bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), the Nipah virus, Rift Valley fever, sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), West Nile virus, Zika virus disease, and, now, the coronavirus. They are all linked to human activity.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Did you know that around 60 per cent of all infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, as are 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases, in other words they come to us via animals?

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Story Climate change
Interview with Pushpam Kumar, United Nations Environment Programme, Chief Environmental Economist.

Categorized Under: Climate change

Story Oceans and seas
Schools and gatherings are being cancelled around the world as a result of the Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak. It can be difficult to occupy your children with exciting activities for hours on end, especially when you may also be working from home.

Categorized Under: Oceans and seas

Story Water
The world demands and produces more and more plastic every year, much of which eventually finds its way into rivers, lakes and the ocean.

Categorized Under: Water

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology teamed up to undertake a microplastics research and Ocean Literacy project linked to the Japan-Palau Goodwill Yacht Race—celebrating 25 years of Palau’s independence.

Categorized Under: Chemicals and waste

Story Transport
World Car Free Day is celebrated annually on 22 September. Around the world, car-free days encourage people to give up their vehicles and use non-motorized transport, like biking, skating or walking, instead. African countries such as Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda have adopted monthly car-free days, an initiative launched by their governments to encourage non-motorized transportation and fight air pollution.

Categorized Under: Transport Africa

Story Air
Indoor and outdoor air pollution results in over 7 million deaths worldwide each year.

Categorized Under: Air North America

For hundreds of millions of years, the web of life on land has been dependent on, and determined by, day and night, light and dark. Photosynthesis, the process by which plants grow, depends on light and dark. And all animals depend on plants for their survival.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Story Oceans and seas
On 26 July 2019, 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib asked the crowd of friends, supporters and media gathered around him, to take two deep breaths as a reminder of the importance that the oceans have in giving life.

Categorized Under: Oceans and seas North America

Story Green economy
Young people on parts of the African continent sometimes turn to waste management as an ad hoc or extra job to make small money when they are struggling with unemployment, but often opportunities are scarce to learn how to grow in this sector and turn it into real business. Here’s an example from South African where supporting an entrepreneur pays off.

Categorized Under: Green economy Africa

NOTE: This story was originally posted in March 2019. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all dates below have been changed or are subject to change. Scientists and most governments agree that the world is facing an unprecedented environmental crisis with huge numbers of species on the brink of extinction and global temperatures continuing to rise.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

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