Climate and Environment

Reducing methane emissions vital for climate action, but not ‘get out of jail free card’

A new reporting hub to reduce methane emissions – a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for at least a quarter of global warming – was launched on Sunday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as the UN Climate Conference (COP26) kicked off in Glasgow.

World Heritage forests releasing more carbon than they absorb: UNESCO 

Forests in at least 10 World Heritage sites have become net sources of carbon, due to pressure from human activity and climate change, according to a new report released on Thursday, by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

No Denying It episode 10: The Try Guys Introduce Chibeze Ezekiel

In the tenth and final episode of the UN climate action podcast No Denying It, YouTube stars The Try Guys introduce Chibeze Ezekiel, a Ghanaian community organizer who began a community campaign to resist, when a new local coal project was announced. Following the campaign,Ghana went on to commit to renewable energy for all future projects.

‘No time to lose’ curbing greenhouse gases: WMO

Last year, heat-trapping greenhouse gases reached a new record, surging above the planet's 2011-2020 average, and has continued in 2021, according to a new report published on Monday by the UN weather agency.

'Landmark decision’ gives legal teeth to protect environmental defenders

A 46-strong group of countries across the wider European region has agreed to establish a new legally binding mechanism that would protect environmental defenders, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said on Friday.

Madagascar: Severe drought could spur world’s first climate change famine

More than one million people in southern Madagascar are struggling to get enough to eat, due to what could become the first famine caused by climate change, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). 

No Denying It episode 9: Erin McGoff Introduces Lefteris Arapakis

In episode nine of the UN climate action podcast No Denying It, award-winning documentary director Erin McGoff introduces Lefteris Arapakis, the self-proclaimed “worst fisherman in Greece”. Lefteris hauls in a bountiful catch every day - of plastic pollution. He is the co-founder of Enaleia, Greece’s first fishing school, with a program to train and incentivise fishermen to collect plastic from the sea. 

UNESCO ‘eDNA’ initiative to ‘unlock' knowledge for biodiversity protection  

To understand the richness of biodiversity across World Heritage marine sites, the UN scientific organization launched on Monday a project to protect and preserve biodiversity, based on the study of environmental DNA - cellular material released from living things into their surroundings. 

Portuguese beaches lead the way during UN, EU clean-up campaign 

In recent months, some 260 different clean-up operations have been undertaken across, aimed at protecting life under the sea, with the UN and European Union’s #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, managing to remove some 50 tons of trash from some of the EU’s finest shorelines.

Sustainable transport key to green energy shift: UN Secretary-General

With global transport at a crossroads, government leaders, industry experts, and civil society groups are meeting in Beijing, China, for a UN conference to chart the way forward to a more sustainable future for the sector, and greater climate action overall.