On World Environment Day, UN launches global effort to assess ecosystems

Marking World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve the planet's resources, the United Nations today launched the first comprehensive global effort to evaluate the world's major ecosystems.

One of world's top wetlands ruined by drainage: UN environment agency

Close to 90 per cent of the Mesopotamian marshlands - better known as "the Fertile Crescent" - have been lost mainly as a result of drainage and damming, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

Environment dominates debates at UN population commission, chairman says

The relationship between demographic factors and environmental degradation -- now under discussion at the United Nations Commission on Population and Development -- remains a divisive issue, that body's chairman said today.