'YouTubers’ putting a stop to intolerance on International Day

Ending intolerance means eliminating one of humanity’s “dark spots,” Sukhdeep Singh Bhogal, better known as YouTube hip-hop artist and musician, L-FRESH THE LION, told UN News on Friday, marking the International Day for Tolerance.

 He spoke with Natalie Hutchison of UN News about how is striving to take down cultural  barriers by drawing from his multinational background. 

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UN drive turns to Internet to reach goal of 7 billion new trees

Ahead of World Environment Day, celebrated globally on 5 June, the United Nations today announced an ambitious tree-planting target in a bid to push governments into reaching agreement on a climate change pact in Copenhagen this December.

Maldives joins UN emissions scheme in drive to be first carbon neutral country

The Maldives, one of the countries most affected by climate change, has joined a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative which promotes the global transition to low-carbon economies and societies.

Latest round of UN talks on pact to combat global warming wraps up in Bonn

The latest round of United Nations talks aimed at reaching an ambitious new treaty on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions wrapped up today in Bonn, Germany, having achieved what the world body’s top climate change official called “important” progress.

Billion tree campaign grows past 3 billion mark, says UN agency

An effort to fight climate change through reforestation, seeded at the grassroots level, has now blossomed into a woodland of over 3 billion trees, with the confirmation that over 300 million were planted in Turkey in 2008, the United Nations announced today.

Leading scientists at UN forum call for action to halt rising acidity in world’s oceans

Greenhouse gases are putting the world’s oceans at risk of becoming too acidic to support coral reefs and marine life, warned over 150 scientists who today called on governments to take immediate action to sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions in a declaration drafted as a result of a United Nations conference.

‘Green’ stimulus plans by Japan and Republic of Korea hailed by UN environment chief

The announcement that Japan and the Republic of Korea will invest billions of dollars in environmentally smart projects to create jobs and spur economic growth is the latest sign that the Green New Deal advocated by the United Nations is gaining momentum, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

Greenhouse gases from industrialized countries rise after 1990s drop, UN reports

Greenhouse gas emissions of 40 industrialized countries rose by 2.3 per cent between 2000 and 2006, while still about 5 per cent below the 1990 level, according to United Nations figures released today, two weeks before a major review conference on the issue.

New UN initiative to help governments tackle climate change problems

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a new initiative to help both national governments and local regions strengthen their capacity to deal with the challenges posed by climate change.

Carbon financing scheme can boost farming, reduce global warming – UN expert

Agricultural experts met today to discuss how the sector can tap into the billions of dollars available every year under the United Nations-sponsored Kyoto Protocol – aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – to improve the lives of poor farmers from around the world.