Philippine coconut farmers count cost after loss of 33 million trees

Coconut farmers in the Philippines are counting the cost caused by Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the country three months ago flattening millions of trees.

The country’s second largest coconut-producing region, Eastern Visayas, was one of the areas most affected.

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New UNEP report warns about unsustainable land use

Unsustainable use of land around the world is threatening to degrade millions of hectares of natural land, nearly the size of Brazil, according to a new United Nations report.

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Growing demand for cropland threatens environment, UN agency reports

If demand for new land on which to grow food continues at the current rate, by 2050, high-end estimates are that area nearly the size of Brazil could be ruined, with vital forests, savannahs and grassland lost, the United Nations today warned in a new report.

New resistant wheat varieties halt spread of deadly disease

Kenya has made a major breakthrough in finding new varieties of wheat that are resistant to a devastating fungal disease.

Black Stem Rust affects cereals, especially wheat and can cause complete crop failure if fungicides are not sprayed on time.

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UN partnership wants mountains included in sustainable development goals

An alliance that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society and the private sector, wants to see more global action to improve the lives of mountain communities and protect mountain environments.

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UN urged to recognize benefits derived from mountain regions as essential for sustainable development

As United Nations-led talks on outlining the future global development agenda continue to progress, UN agency officials joined representatives of mountain countries and organizations today at Headquarters to encourage mountain-specific policies in sustainable development strategies, with a particular focus on plans for adaptation and mitigation of climate change.