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UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends


From UNEP L’Aquila (Italy), 10 July 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agreement in Copenhagen Summit in December. Mr. Ban called for more […]

The future of the forest


From The Economist THE tiny village, where naked Ticuna Indians live in wooden houses raised on stilts, looks out over one of the rivers that becomes the Amazon. No place seems farther removed from the ups and downs of the world economy. But this is misleading. The Ticuna, who now have a large reservation at […]

Scientists find whales more endangered in Exxon, BP and Rosneft oil areas


From WWF Gland, Switzerland – Oil and gas exploration by energy giants Exxon, BP and Rosneft is seriously threatening one of the world’s most critically endangered whales, according to a panel of top scientists in a new report. The Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), composed of 11 scientists and representatives from Shell and Sakahlin […]

How to measure vulnerability to climate change?


From IRINNEWS JOHANNESBURG, 10 June 2009 (IRIN) – A complex but critical issue is being raised at the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany: finding a scale that determines how vulnerable developing countries are to climate change, which will help allocating funds to adapt fairly. Jan Kowalzig, of the UK-based development agency, Oxfam, told […]

Giant Jellyfish Swarms Off The Coast Of Japan


From io9 Just when you thought it was safe. Overfishing and human activities have led to jellyfish growth all over the world. And not just in population; this jellyfish, found off of the coast of Japan, is almost 5 feet across. Not only that, but scientists have found jellyfish weighing up to 440 pounds. Human […]

Green Olympics?


From UNEP Sochi (Russia), 9 June 2009 – In an effort to green the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Russian Olympic organizers to help and advise them on making the Games environmentally friendly. At the signing ceremony on 5 June, Theodore Oben, […]

A Global Ban on Plastic Bags


From UN dispatch Here’s a bold idea: Single-use plastic bags, a staple of American life, have got to go, the United Nations’ top environmental official said Monday. Although recycling bags is on the rise in the United States, an estimated 90 billion thin bags a year, most used to handle produce and groceries, go unrecycled. […]

International community calls for action against illegal logging in Madagascar


From WWF The international community and major conservation groups in Madagscar have issued a joint statement calling for action against dramatic increase in illegal logging on the island which is putting at risk one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots. Some protected  areas are being invaded by organized criminals cutting down valuable rosewood trees and […]

Report Brings to the Surface the Growing Global Problem of Marine Litter


From UNEP UNEP Head Calls for World-Wide Ban on Pointless Thin Film Plastic Bags Washington DC/Nairobi, 8 June 2009 – From discarded fishing gear to plastic bags to cigarette butts, a growing tide of marine litter is harming oceans and beaches worldwide, says a new report. The report, the first-ever attempt to take stock of […]

Peter Custers: green means zero growth


From Le Monde Diplomatique Break with all history since the industrial revolution With the world economy in disarray and military expenditure spiralling, what hopes are there of a genuinely Green New Deal? In this month’s podcast, George Miller talks to Peter Custers, an expert on the international arms trade, about his article “Towards zero growth […]