Climate and Environment

Fisherwomen of Lake Chad show optimism in face of multiple challenges

It’s eight o’clock in the morning and fifty-year-old Falmata Mboh Ali paddles her small dugout canoe to the shores of a tributary of Lake Chad in Bol, a small town 100 miles north of the capital of Chad, N’Djamena.

UN agencies join forces against environmental risks that cause 12.6 million deaths a year

Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday.

Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday. 

Save our planet by protecting migratory birds and their ‘epic journeys,’ urges UN chief

As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance.

Hottest April day ever recorded - maybe: UN weather watchdog

Deadly storms in India and record temperatures in Pakistan are an indication that more extreme weather events are happening globally owing to climate change, United Nations weather experts said on Friday.

Major reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services to be launched at UN-backed meeting in Medellin

With our planet’s flora and fauna facing unprecedented threats, science and policy experts are set to gather next week in Medellin, Colombia, for a United Nations-backed meeting to consider five landmark reports aiming to inform better decisions by Governments, businesses and even individuals on biodiversity, and issues of land degradation and restoration.

UN-World Bank panel calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment must be at least doubled over the next five years, a panel set up by the United Nations and the World Bank recommended on Wednesday.   

PODCAST: Saving ‘the blue heart of the planet’ with Sylvia Earle

As a little girl, Sylvia Earle, today perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean.

PODCAST: From anger to laughter, what happens when three top comedians walk into the UN?

What happens when three top comedians leave their Hollywood comfort-zone and walk into the United Nations to talk climate change and sustainability?