Environmental destruction during war exacerbates instability, UN official says

The head of the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today called on warring parties everywhere to stop destroying natural resources - a move which potentially worsens conflicts.

UN survey finds most companies not reporting on social, environmental risks

The United Nations environment agency today released a new survey that finds most of the world's top-ranking corporations failing to inform investors about the impact of environmental and social issues on their business opportunities.

Women call for studies of health impact of environmental degradation

Leading women environmentalists today called for research into the affect of toxic chemicals on the health of women and girls and they urged governments to make funds available to associations of poor women for such environmental projects as water, sanitation and poverty alleviation schemes and ecosystem management.

UN applauds awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to Kenyan environmental activist

Praising her "pioneering struggle" against deforestation and for women's rights and democracy, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he was delighted by the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Experts urge stronger action against wildlife poachers

Law enforcement experts are urging stronger action against poachers or smugglers of endangered species, but warn that many countries lack the ability to fight wildlife crimes, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

New oil operations in Barents Sea could compound pollution problems, UN warns

Despite existing regulations and controls, the Arctic region's Barents Sea is being over-fished and endangered by massive nuclear waste storage, while expanded oil and gas operations could further pollute the area, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

New Vienna office of UN environment agency to focus on Carpathian Mountains

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that it has opened a new office in Vienna that will focus on protecting the Carpathian mountain range, one of Europe's largest, while promoting environmental cooperation in Central and southeastern Europe.

UN environment agency teams up with Bayer AG to help young people

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a €1 million (euro) yearly partnership with German-based chemicals and healthcare company Bayer AG to support the agency’s global strategy to involve young people in environmental issues.

UN says Europe must do more to halt species loss by shielding nature-rich farmlands

With funding erratic and countermeasures seemingly random the European Union (EU) will miss its goal of halting species loss by 2010 unless it does more to prevent the decline of its most nature-rich areas of farmland, the United Nations environmental agency warned today.

UN agency warns oxygen-starved ‘dead zones’ in seas threaten marine stocks

Nearly 150 oxygen-starved “dead zones” in the world’s oceans and seas, linked to an excess of nutrients, mainly nitrogen, from synthetic agricultural fertilizers, vehicle and factory emissions and wastes, threaten the survival of marine animals and plants, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says in a new report.