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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 […]

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 […]

Less green than he promised


From Le Monde Diplomatique by Peter Custers Break with all history since the industrial revolution Just how far do the choices President Obama has made so far represent a shift towards a Green New Deal? There is no doubt that some of the measures he champions do reflect an important change of thought. George Bush, […]

Road particles pose ‘higher risk’


From BBC Children may be at greater risk from the microscopic particles in traffic pollution than was previously thought. Early findings from a major study in London seen by the BBC show that the lung capacity of 8- and 9-year-olds is 5% lower than the national average. And 7% of the children – surveyed in […]

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 […]

Aid agencies call for strong agreement to address ‘humanitarian shocks’ of climate change


From ReliefWeb Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); International Organization for Migration (IOM); Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); United Nations World Food Programme (WFP); World Health Organization (WHO) (Bonn, […]

It is time…


:: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: From UNEP Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains New […]

Chevron Faces Largest Damage Claim Ever Against the Industry


:: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: From Alternet By Sara Miller Llana, Christian Science Monitor. Posted June 3, 2009. San Carlos, Ecuador For over a decade, Judid Angamarca lived in a wooden shack on stilts next to an old waste pit, where for years oil sludge from drilling was dumped. […]