UN Environment Programme

Here’s what you need to know about the new Emissions Gap Report

If we told you that greenhouse gas emissions are measured in gigatonnes, how many of them do you think we need to stop producing, if we’re to keep the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the

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Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns

Human activity is damaging the planet so badly, exacerbated by climate change, that it will increasingly put our health at risk, warns a major report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released on Wednesday at the UN Environment Assembly, currently taking place in Nairobi.

More action needed to combat climate change: environment chief

Recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, monsoon flooding in Asia and other weather-related disasters around the globe are an indication that the world needs to do more to address the impact of climate change.

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All SDGs contain an “environmental component”: UNEP deputy chief

Understanding the link between fighting poverty and preserving natural resources is key to achieving development that benefits both people and the planet.

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News in Brief 28 June 2017 (PM)

UN rights chief worried about civilians in Raqqa

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UNEP launches #CleanSeas campaign to reduce plastic use

Unless people stop dumping plastic items such as bottles, bags and cups after using them just once, there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.

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News in Brief 23 February 2017 (PM)

UN launches global campaign to rid oceans of plastic

A global campaign has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to rid the world’s oceans and seas of plastic.

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Protecting the rainforests is critical for climate change

The protection of the rainforests needs to be one of the top priorities for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in the year ahead, according to its executive director.

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News in Brief 5 January 2017 (AM)

Climate change threatening coral reefs

One of the planet’s most important ecosystems, coral reefs, is under threat from climate change.

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All our lives “absolutely dependent” on biodiversity: UNEP chief

Human existence is “absolutely dependent” on healthy biodiversity, from the food we eat, to the viability of the global economy.

That’s the passionate view of Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, UNEP.

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