Pollution kills as many people as cancer does, UN’s new environment chief warns

The new head of the United Nations environment agency today laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration.

Water collecting a “double whammy” for women and girls

Time wasted collecting water is a “double whammy” for women and girls around the world.

That’s according to Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes at the UN Children’s Fund, (UNICEF).

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UN cultural agency hails creation of world’s largest marine protected area

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii.

Increased competition for water resources may lead to conflict

An increase in competition for global water resources may lead to more conflict, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

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Climate change “major” cause of displacement in Mexico: UN expert

Climate change is a major cause of displacement in Latin America, including in Mexico, a UN independent expert has said during a recent visit to Mexico City.

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Italy response post-earthquake “excellent”

Italian authorities are doing “excellent” work carrying out search and rescue operations as well as responding to people’s needs after strong earthquakes struck the country, a UN official has noted.

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Abidjan residents still “in the dark” 10 years after toxic waste dumping

Ten years after a cargo ship dumped 500 tonnes of toxic waste around the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, residents “remain in the dark” over its effects on their health, according to a group of independent human

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UN and Africa: focus on Ethiopia farmers, access to food and child soldiers

Farmers need extra US$45 million to ward off El Niño in Ethiopia

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Climate change is about "the wellbeing of people,” says new climate secretariat chief

Climate change is not a “vague concept” but reality, and it is having an impact on people everywhere.

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Farming reform to stop climate change: a young Ugandan’s Costa Rica mission

One young Ugandan studying agriculture in Central America has big plans to return home and help African farming become more climate-friendly.

Tom Okot, who was internally displaced from his war-torn home region of Northern Uganda, is a student at Earth University, in Costa Rica.

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