Climate and Environment

Champions of the Earth: Kyrgystan’s environmental entrepreneur

A picture of the Krygyz capital Bishkek, covered in a thick blanket of polluted air, spurred Maria Kolesnikova to start an environmental movement. Her efforts have been rewarded, as she’s now 2021 Champion of the Earth for Entrepreneurial Vision.

The UN belongs to young people, deputy chief tells young Costa Rican activists

The United Nations “belongs” to the younger generation, and countries must ensure they participate in decisions on environmental protection and climate action, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said during her visit to Costa Rica this week. 

Champions of the Earth: The Ugandan vet protecting people and wildlife

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka this year’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation, has spent three decades helping to safeguard some of the world’s rarest primates, including endangered mountain gorillas. 

UN humanitarians aid Philippines response to Super Typhoon Rai

Reports of “utter devastation” caused by Super Typhoon Rai have continued to come in from the Philippines, where the UN is helping respond to urgent needs.

From the Field: Interweaving ecosystems in Indonesia

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with local communities in Indonesia’s Kalimantan forests to protect biodiversity and generate sustainable livelihoods.

Can recycling cut unsafe migration from Haiti?

The unsafe migration of people from Haiti could be reduced by a recycling initiative which is aimed at tackling environmental degradation. 

38℃ record Arctic temperature confirmed, others likely to follow: WMO

A new and disturbing high temperature record for the Arctic of 38 degrees Celsius, or just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, was confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday.

Mountain Day: 'Peak ambition must be to keep our summits clean', declares veteran climber

“The mountain for me is like the ocean, a space of liberty where you go where you want. We must respect these beautiful and magical places.”  

Climate change fuels violence and mass displacement in Cameroon 

A flare-up in intercommunal fighting in northern Cameroon has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and brought a halt to aid operations there, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. 

Climate change ‘aggravating factor for terrorism’: UN chief

Environmental degradation enables armed groups to extend their influence and manipulate resources to their advantage, the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, highlighting that conflict-prevention initiatives need to factor in climate risks.