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.

UN Legal Counsel calls for more focus on state of environment

United Nations Legal Counsel Hans Corell appealed today for more attention to be paid to the condition of the world's environment as he reflected on related conventions that have been ratified and have entered into force during his 10 years of UN service.