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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

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

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

Story Energy
With a population of close to 400 million people, the West African region has one of the fastest growing vehicle fleets in the world. As in most African countries, the bulk of vehicle imports into the region consists mainly of used vehicles. Regulation to restrict the quality of cars being imported into the region is weak.

Categorized Under: Energy Africa

Joshua Wowo discovered and secured 1,400 boxes of DDT in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Province. Now he waits for the day when his township’s toxic timebomb will finally be defused.
Story Air
19 February 2019, New Delhi:  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WHO Country Office for India organized a stakeholder consultation to deliberate on way forward for ‘The Environment and Health Initiative.’ The initiative proposed by UNEP and WHO aims to build capacity, facilitate knowledge exchange and evidence generation on environment and health issues.

Categorized Under: Air Asia and the Pacific

Paper cones, called “cucuruchos”, have been traditionally used by shoppers in Mexico City for carrying spices and grains. Now these plastic-free alternatives are making a comeback, along with straw baskets and reusable cloth bags, after a ban on plastic bags entered into effect in the megalopolis on 1 January 2020.
If cities like Delhi, Lagos, Sao Paolo and Tokyo seem populated today, think what they’ll be like by 2050. The United Nations predicts that by then, 2.5 billion more people will be living in urban centres, making two out of every three people city dwellers.

Categorized Under: Cities and lifestyles

From whale sharks to Monarch butterflies, many animals are hardwired to migrate along set routes in search of food or a breeding area—and in some cases they’ve been doing this for tens of millions of years. The Arctic tern migrates the longest distances of any animal, flying over 25,000 km each year.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Story Air
Globally, over 4,2 million premature deaths per year can be attributed to outdoor air pollution, with the majority occurring in lower- and middle-income countries.

Categorized Under: Air

Press Release Air
Abu Dhabi, 10 February 2020 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with UN-Habitat and IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, today launched the world’s largest air quality data platform, bringing together real-time air pollution data from over 4,000 contributors, including citizens, communities, governments and the private sector to work towards healthier, more sustainable cities.

Categorized Under: Air Global

In mid-February, government representatives from across the African continent will come together in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo to work towards a safe chemicals and waste future. Read on for more about the process and what it means. What is the Bamako Convention?

Categorized Under: Chemicals and waste Africa

Story Energy
In the two years since Mariama Mamane won the Young Champions of the Earth prize back in 2017, she has taken great strides in her mission to provide people in Burkina Faso with energy.

Categorized Under: Energy Africa

“The smell alone when you cross the bridge tells you something’s wrong,” says Renison Ruwa, deputy director of the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute. The bridge in question is Mtwapa bridge, which straddles Mtwapa Creek in Mombasa, Kenya. And the smell to which Ruwa is referring stems from this very creek, into which waste from the nearby Shimo la Tewa prison—and indeed many other places—is directly dumped.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity Africa

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is considered to be among the worst in the world. In 2019, 80 per cent of Yemen’s people were in need—an estimated 24 million people.

Categorized Under: Disasters and conflicts West Asia

A new global study sheds light on how interactions between specific characteristics of catchments, such as carbon and pollution, affect aquatic plant diversity and function in freshwater environments. Photosynthesis in many aquatic plants relies on bicarbonate (HCO3−) in addition to carbon dioxide (CO2). The study investigates the link between the two and their impact on  plant distribution.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The 2020 theme for World Wetlands Day is an opportunity to highlight wetland biodiversity, its status, why it matters and to promote actions to reverse its loss.

Categorized Under: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Story Oceans and seas
At the beginning of this decade, millions of people around the world made new year’s resolutions, with the hope of bettering themselves.  Whether you pledged to exercise more, to save money, or to take up a hobby, the reality is that many pledges are likely to have been broken.

Categorized Under: Oceans and seas

Every year, billions of people go on holiday to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Eight out of ten tourists travel to coastal areas, hoping to relax under blue skies, clear waters and white sandy beaches.

Categorized Under: Resource efficiency

Story Climate change
What does it take to get the world’s attention on climate change? Lewis Pugh thinks swimming across a supra-glacial lake in East Antarctica might. The pioneer swimmer—and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Patron of the Oceans—embarked on a gutsy 1-kilometre swim across a river, which has formed as a result of melting ice caused by climate change.

Categorized Under: Climate change Europe

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