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Plastics in soil threaten food security, health, and environment: FAO

Plastic pollution has become pervasive in agricultural soils, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the UN agriculture agency, posing a threat to food security, people’s health, and the environment.

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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2021 Champions of the Earth.
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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2021 Champions of the Earth.

Women sweep UN’s 2021 ‘Champions of the Earth’ awards 

Climate and EnvironmentA Caribbean-based prime minister, a scientist, a group of indigenous women, and an entrepreneur were announced on Tuesday as this year’s winners of the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth awards.

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The Glasgow Climate Conference officially opened on 31 October, with some 50,000 delegates, NGOs and press registered.
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Photo Story: Beyond the negotiations, COP26 in pictures

The eyes of the world turned to Glasgow, Scotland, as the United Nations climate summit known as COP26 opened on 31 October, with UN diplomats and politicians seeking new commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of a warming planet.

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A young migrant from Niger is being accommodated in a UN-supported camp in Burkina Faso.
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35.8 million face lean season food crisis in West Africa and Sahel

Humanitarian Aid Growing food insecurity that is already affecting tens of millions of people across West Africa and the Sahel, must not be ignored by the international community, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

UNHCR staff assess the needs of people impacted by inter-communal violence in Jebel Moon, West Darfur.
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Clashes displace thousands in Darfur, where 6.2 million will need assistance next year 

Human Rights With escalating violence displacing thousands of people since November, the humanitarian situation in Sudan’s Darfur is getting worse and around 6.2 million people will need humanitarian assistance next year, UN agencies reported on Tuesday.