environment

Turn toxic e-waste into a source of ‘decent work’, UN labour agency urges 


A “toxic flood of electric and electronic waste” that is growing by the day across the world, should be urgently converted into a source of decent work, that can also protect populations from its harmful effects, the United Nations labour agency said on Wednesday. 

News in Brief 14 March 2019

  • More violence in Idlib frames Brussels Syria pledging conference
  • Build sustainable societies, by switching to Green initiatives
  • Amend drug laws to eliminate racial discrimination, UN experts say
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News in Brief 4 March 2019

  • Air pollution: Seven million die each year from ‘silent’ killer
  • Growing global commitment to tackle climate issues: UN environment chief
  • UN housing rights expert urges States to own up to homelessness scourge
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Trees in ‘green’ Cameroon refugee camp, bring shade and relief from ‘helter-skelter’ of life

The land is sandy, dry and scorched by the searing sun of the African Sahel, but that has not stopped the planting of some 50,000 trees at a camp for Nigerian refugees in the far north-east corner of Cameroon.

Environment and health at increasing risk from growing weight of ‘e-waste’

Around 50 million tonnes of electronic waste, or e-waste, is being thrown away each year, according to a new joint United Nations report – which exceeds the combined weight of all the commercial airliners ever made, or alternatively, enough Eiffel Towers to fill the whole of Manhattan.

FROM THE FIELD: Liberia boosts efforts to guard against rising seas

With rising sea levels due to climate change already affecting coastal communities in Liberia, there are fears that densely populated parts of the capital Monrovia could be submerged, unless action is taken.

‘The longer we wait to reduce emissions, the more challenging will be’, warns climate expert

“The longer we wait for the substantial reduction of emissions, the more carbon dioxide we need to remove from the atmosphere, said Jonas Pasztor, Executive Director for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2). Yasmina Guerda sat down with Mr. Pasztor to talk about the technology that can be used to help with this global problem. 

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News in Brief 5 November 2018

  • Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action: UN report
  • Saudi Arabia expresses Khashoggi killing ‘regret and pain’ at UN rights review
  • ‘Rare but devastating’ tsunamis underscore need for better preparation, UN chief urges on World Day
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Plastic-busting fungi may help tackle pollution, climate change: UN Environment

When it comes to helping green our world, organic mushrooms from the local market may be just the tip of the iceberg. A new United Nations-backed report reveals that fungi could help ween the world off its plastic addiction, by degrading polyurethane in just a matter of weeks.

Curb throw-away culture, says UN-Habitat chief, highlighting world day

Marking World Habitat Day on Monday, UN-Habitat – the agency mandated with promoting sustainable cities – has called for greater imagination and innovation in tackling the world’s waste management challenges, in particular at the municipal level.