ResourceDescriptionPublication DateCategory
Zeleni razmislek [SI]Zeleni razmislek. Priročnik za trajnostno poučevanje15/10/2022Waste
Od odpada do zaklada [SI]Ustvarjalno-izobraževalni primeri nalog "Od odpada do zaklada"15/10/2022Waste
Sustainable Textile Industry [HU]Sustainable Textile Industry. Presentation of the 4th Thematic Workshop by Nóra Mezőfi.18/10/2021Green Economy, Waste
Eco-labels in Europe [HU]Eco-labels in Europe. Presentation of 4th Thematic Workshop by Dr. Éri Vilma.18/10/2021Green Economy
Sustainable Consumption [HU]Sustainable Consumption. Presentation of 4th Thematic Workshop by Dr. Emese Gulyás. 18/10/2021Green Economy, Waste
Strategy of Local Products in Zala County [HU]Strategy of Local Products in Zala County. Presentation of 4th Thematic Workshop by Kovács Károly.18/10/2021Green Economy
European Green Office HandbookA handbook of the European green office.17/06/2021Climate change, Green economy, Waste
Guide to create sustainable commuting [HU]A guide on how to create sustainable commuting plans.17/06/2021Climate change, Green economy, Health
Nagypáli: An exemplary village for sustainable energy management in Zala countyA presentation describing an exemplary village for sustainable energy management in Zala county.17/06/2021Climate change, Green economy
Green Office Pocketbook [HU]A pocketbook on how to make your office green.17/06/2021Climate change, Green economy
Green Office in PracticeGreen Office in Practice - Renata Karba's Presentation in the Thematic Worskhop.17/06/2021Climate change, Green economy
REC Mobility Plan – a feasibility studyCurrent behaviors and potential improvements towards more sustainable modes of daily transport.17/06/2021Climate change, Health
From climate friendly households to climate friendly communities [HU]A guide helping you to expand climate friendly households into climate friendly communities.17/06/2021Climate change
Sustainable commuting in Szentendre [HU]Preparation and implementation of sustainable commuting in Szentendre - Best practice presentation by Gábor Heves.17/06/2021Climate change, Health
Presentation of the GreenReg project [SI]Aleš Skalič presents the GreenReg project.17/06/2021Climate change, Biodiversity, Waste, Land use
SASMob project Szeged [HU]SASMob project Szeged - Best practice presentation by Péter Pázmány.17/06/2021Climate change, Health
Energy Conscious Lifestyle [HU]A trifold pamphlet on an energy conscious lifestyle.17/06/2021Climate change, Green economy
GreenReg 2nd Thematic Workshop - presentation [HU]Presentation from the 2nd Greenreg thematic workshop by Kristóf Vadovics from the Greendependent Institute.10/03/2021Climate change, Green economy, Waste
GreenReg 2nd Thematic Workshop [HU]Presentation from the 2nd GreenReg Project Thematic Workshop about the Green Office.10/03/2021Climate change, Green economy, Waste
GreenReg 1st Thematic Workshop [HU]Presentation from the 1st GreenReg Project Thematic Workshop.24/11/2020Climate change
Strengthening dietary guidelines to feed a nature-positive futureMost dietary recommendations provided by national governments are not compatible with global environmental and health targets such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.11/08/2020Food, Climate change
Cities - where the fight for a green recovery will be won or lostCities are home to 55 per cent of the world’s population, all jammed together cheek-by-jowl. Little wonder, then, that cities are being hit hardest by COVID-19: an estimated 90 per cent of all reported cases have occurred in urban areas.06/08/2020Climate change, Green economy
Global Tailings ReviewMining waste can cause devastating harm to humans and the planet. With an ambition of zero harm, the first-ever Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management provides a framework for the safe management of tailings facilities.05/08/2020Waste
A new report looks at the illegal trade of plants and animalsThe World Wildlife Crime Report found that along with threatening endangered species, wildlife crimes and exploitation of nature can promote climate change as well as negatively impact public health because of zoonotic disease transmissions.10/07/2020Biodiversity, Health
Record temperature trajectory threatens to breach 1.5°C global heating thresholdNew climate data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicts that the annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1.0°C above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20 per cent chance that it will exceed 1.5°C in at least one year.10/07/2020Climate change
How monitoring sewage could prevent a return of the coronavirusIn their efforts to stave off a second wave of COVID-19, scientists from around the world have turned to a new ally: sewage.07/07/2020Waste, Health
Preventing the next pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmissionTragically, two million people in low- and middle-income countries die each year from neglected endemic zoonotic diseases – such as anthrax, bovine tuberculosis and rabies. These are often communities with complex development problems, high dependence on livestock and proximity to wildlife.06/07/2020Health, Biodiversity
As daily COVID-19 cases reach a new high, new report examines how to prevent future pandemicsEbola, SARS, Zika, HIV/AIDS, West Nile fever and now COVID-19. These are some of the highest-profile diseases to emerge in the last several decades. And while they emerged in different parts of the world, they have one thing in common. They are what scientists call “zoonotic diseases,” infections that jump between animals and humans, some of which leave illness and death in their wake.06/07/2020Health
The next wave - How to beat future pandemicsA new report by UNEP and The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) considers the root causes of the emergence and spread of COVID-19 and other zoonoses. Zoonoses are diseases that originate in animals and are transferred to humans.06/07/2020Health
Greening the entertainment industryHow were you planning to spend summer this year? Seeing your favourite band under a moonlit sky? Dancing at your beloved bar? Going to a festival with friends? Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made all those impossible. Like with other industries, the live music sector has been hard hit, as concerts and festivals are postponed because of social distancing measures and artists forced to take their gigs online.01/07/2020Green economy, Waste, Climate change
Experience your carbon footprint in VRBush fires in Australia, typhoons in the Pacific, droughts in Africa, melting glaciers in the Arctic. Climate change continues to make headlines across the globe yet many people still find it hard to understand it as many of these events are remote from their daily lives.25/06/2020Climate change
Six ways nature can protect us from climate changeUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a brand-new animation to explain the increasingly popular concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA).24/06/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
From Islam to Buddhism, faiths have long encouraged stewardship of natureIn most major religions there is scripture encouraging the protection and care of nature. From Buddhism to Christianity, Hinduism to Islam, faiths recognize the need for environmental stewardship and urge followers to be caretakers of the planet and its biodiversity.22/06/2020Biodiversity
Hungry for change: the global food systemIn this interview, James Lomax, a programme manager with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), discusses the transformation required to meet the demands of a growing world population with diminishing resources.18/06/2020Food, Biodiversity, Land use
COVID19: Urgent Call to Protect People and NatureHumanity's broken relationship with nature comes with a cost. That cost has revealed itself in terrible ways. Loss of lives, loss of jobs, and a shock to our global economy. This pandemic joins a long list of emerging diseases that will continue to undermine global stability unless we fix our relationship with nature. Together we can ensure the response to this global emergency makes our planet and our communities stronger.17/06/2020Green economy, Health
Action For Nature on World Environment DayFrom countries taking action on policy issues to people raising their voices #fornature, World Environment Day was a major 2020 milestone featuring how biodiversity provides critical services for all of use.16/06/2020Biodiversity, Climate change
Gucci’s CEO on going greenFashion is one of the most visible industries on our planet. What we wear marks who we are. The novelty has come with a price. Today, the fashion industry accounts for 10 per cent of the planet’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply.16/06/2020Green economy
On trend: sustainable fashion in the wake of COVID-19For the global fashion industry, worth an estimated US$2.5 trillion annually, being smarter and more sustainable might just be the way to recover from staggering losses caused by COVID-19.16/06/2020Green economy, Health
Natura 2000 data - the European network of protected sitesNatura 2000 is the key instrument to protect biodiversity in the European Union. It is an ecological network of protected areas, set up to ensure the survival of Europe's most valuable species and habitats. The green infrastructure it provides safeguards numerous ecosystem services and ensures that Europe's natural systems remain healthy and resilient.15/06/2020Biodiversity
Transparent 2020: Mapping corporate action on plastic wasteWWF has established a vision of No Plastic in Nature by 2030 and imagines a world where our resources are never wasted. ReSource: Plastic leverages the power of business to achieve this vision. In its inaugural year, ReSource: Plastic worked with five Principal Members (Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald's Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, and The Coca-Cola Company) as well as Thought Partners (The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Ocean Conservancy) to establish a baseline of plastic use. This report presents key findings related to the ReSource Principal Members' global plastic footprints in 2018.09/06/2020Waste
World Environment Day: a look backThis year was a World Environment Day unlike any other; government leaders, scientists, celebrities and more came together for a virtual celebration and discussion, organized by the Government of Colombia) highlighting the complex environmental issues our planet faces. Looking at the world around us, it's apparent that now, more than ever, we need to act #ForNature.08/06/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Young people help turn the tide against plasticSince the 1950s, the world has generated 9 billion tonnes of plastic, only nine per cent of which has been recycled. The majority of plastic waste ends up in landfills, dumps or in the environment. Some plastics take thousands of years to decompose, contaminating soil, clogging sewers, harming marine life, polluting the air, and entering the food system.08/06/2020Waste, Health
It is the time for nature: World Environment Day 2020World Environment Day is a day of celebration. It is a day upon which, for over forty years, people the world over have advocated and acted for a healthy environment. From beach clean-ups to mass tree-planting to marches, individuals, communities and governments have come out to stand shoulder-to-shoulder for our planet.05/06/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Moving on from COVID-19 on the right trackCOVID-19 has unravelled our way of life. The recovery ask is daunting, ambitious and calls on us to invest far smarter than in the past. And we need to do so through the lens of climate change, which remains the existential threat facing the planet.05/06/2020Climate change, Health
Preventing pandemics: new report on zoonotics to be released in JulyIn the last century, a combination of population growth and reduction in ecosystems and biodiversity has created unprecedented opportunities for zoonotic diseases - where pathogens pass between animals and people. In 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) flagged a worldwide increase in zoonotic epidemics.05/06/2020Biodiversity, Health
Why international cooperation is key to preserving the world’s oceansOur ocean is connected. Distant areas are linked by currents that transport heat, food, and nutrients essential to life. The smallest microbes and ocean giants, such as whales and sharks, traverse ocean basins on their migratory routes. These movements connect all parts of the ocean, from the deep seas to shallow waters, and from coast to coast.04/06/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
The art of nature’s revivalArtwork from the competition is being showcased on UNEP’s social media accounts in Europe as a call to action. Whether depicting the treasures of the natural world or pressing environmental issues, the artists use their talents and creativity to inspire positive change #ForNature.04/06/2020Biodiversity
Act #ForNature ForumEvery two years, decision makers from around the globe come together at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), pushing for action on the most critical environmental challenges.04/06/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversityFrom the smallest parasitic bacterium living in the bladder of a primate to the blue whale - biodiversity refers to the vast variety of life on this planet.03/06/2020Biodiversity, Green economy
Cooling industry supports fight against COVID-19, steps up climate actionThe cooling industry is one of the sectors with a vital behind-the-scenes role in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It provides everything from the right temperature conditions to safely transport and store medicines, and keep patients and care givers safe and comfortable in both traditional healthcare facilities as well as emergency hospitals assembled in halls, car-parks, and other municipal spaces.02/06/2020Climate change, Health
COVID-19 updates from UNEPFeatured here are selected updates showing examples of United Nations Environment Programme work supporting global efforts to protect biodiversity, to put an end to the illegal trade in wildlife, to safeguard the handling of chemicals and waste and to promote economic recovery plans that take nature and the climate emergency into account.01/06/2020Biodiversity, Health
VIDEO: It's Time for NatureFor World Environment Day 2020, everyone is invited to share why it’s time for nature. Nature is on the verge of a breakdown. One million animal and plant species are likely to disappear - soon. Be a part of the solution and join us in the global call #ForNature.29/05/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Good health is an environmental rightThere are several human rights related to the environment- these are our environmental rights. Without clean, safe, healthy and sustainable ecosystems, numerous human rights cannot be fulfilled. The right to health; in addition to being a universally recognized human right, is intertwined with ecosystem health. Good health is a human and environmental right.27/05/2020Health, Biodiversity
Four Sustainable Development Goals that help future-proof global recoveryThe pandemic has exposed that gains made to address poverty, hunger, good health and well-being may face serious setbacks, unless the global community also urgently addresses the global environmental threats that have similar capacity to gravely undermine the systems that enable humanity and the planet to survive and thrive.26/05/2020Health, Biodiversity
Building Back Better with Natural ResourcesThe paper –launched by the IRP - calls for rethinking the way we generate wealth, the way we move and live, through a natural resource lens. Based on a decade’s worth of research, it provides scientific facts and policy recommendations to help us better protect the planet and human health.26/05/2020Biodiversity, Green economy
Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions through Protected AreasNationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2015 Paris Agreement underscore the role protected areas and other conserved areas play in reaching global mitigation and adaptation targets. This is a review of 151 currently available NDCs to determine how Parties intend to utilize protected areas to contribute to their adaptation and mitigation commitments.23/05/2020Climate change
Restoring ecosystems in the MediterraneanAs the Mediterranean region grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to continue working on sealing the pathways through which pathogens can jump from animal hosts to humans. This can be achieved by restoring the health of strained ecosystems and by halting the relentless encroachment on nature.21/05/2020Biodiversity, Waste, Health
Biodiversity: our solutions are in natureNature-based solutions offer ways to promote human well-being, tackle climate change and protect our living planet. 21/05/2020Biodiversity, Climate change
Seven ways we are making ourselves sick (and how we can stop)Of all the issues exposed by this pandemic, perhaps the most poignant is the fact that having neglected the elements that surround us for much of the last century, we have inadvertently made our world a less healthy place to live. Evidence indicates that our lifestyles and behaviours have affected our living environment; and consequently, undermined our health. 19/05/2020Health, Biodiversity
Red Lists: Gauging the force of nature in North MacedoniaMaintaining healthy ecosystems are important to help protect against the spread of disease. A large mixture of species means that some act as ‘dead end’ hosts, preventing diseases from spreading. As countries plan their economic recovery for after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that the role biodiversity plays in underpinning the health of people and planet is taken into account. Here’s one example from North Macedonia.15/05/2020Health, Biodiversity
Building back better - Leadership #ForNatureIn the lead up to World Environment Day, UNEP welcomes bold commitments for a sustainable future. Here’s what some leaders said at the recent virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue.14/05/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Indoor Soilless Farming: Phase I: Examining the industry and impacts of controlled environment agricultureThis Innovation Analysis from The Markets Institute at WWF examines the environmental impact of various systems of indoor soilless farming. These systems include hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics in greenhouse and vertical settings14/05/2020Land use, Food
COVID-19 is disrupting a food industry already thrown into turmoil by climate changeToday’s COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the critical role of rice in ensuring global food security while combating climate change.14/05/2020Health, Food, Climate change, Land use
Harnessing tech to employ last-mile tree planters in a COVID-19 worldIn recent years there has been much technological development in terms of restoring degraded land—from big satellite data and complex carbon measuring systems, to tree tracking and tree-based currencies. Investments in land restoration can create much needed jobs and income in rural areas of developing countries. 12/05/2020Biodiversity, Land use
Record global carbon dioxide concentrations despite COVID-19 crisisIn April 2020 the average concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was416.21 parts per million (ppm), the highest since measurements began in Hawaii in 1958.11/05/2020Climate change
Homing in on methane emissions from the oil and gas industryAccording to The Climate and Clean Air Coalition, methane’s global warming potential is 84 times that of carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20 year timeframe. Methane has a big impact on climate change in the near-term which means that targeting it is an important tool in fighting a warming planet.08/05/2020Climate change
Building Back Better: Why we must think of the next generationCOVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of global systems to protect the environment, health and economy, demonstrating that there are no individual solutions to a global crisis. But the pandemic has allowed us to revisit our relationship with nature and provided the opportunity to build back better on a planetary scale. Central to this effort will be the principle that we should all have the right to a healthy environment. In particular, we must uphold this right for children who are often not able to exercise their rights.08/05/2020Biodiversity, Climate change, Green economy, Health
Birds connect our worldMigratory birds are part of our shared natural heritage and they depend on a network of sites along their migration routes for breeding, feeding, resting and overwintering.07/05/2020Biodiversity, Land use
Coral reef resilience key to support the underwater cities threatened by climate changeUnderstanding the different responses of coral reefs to bleaching events is critical for managing coral reefs in a changing climate. Coral reefs are naturally resilient ecosystems, and have been observed to recover well after mortality events if they are given the chance to and other stressors are reduced.05/05/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
There are no winners in the illegal trade in wildlifeIllegal wildlife trade has many negative consequences for human well-being and species conservation. When criminal actors trade in endangered species, they weaken entire ecosystems and they threaten essential links of the world's biological diversity. Biodiversity loss is one of the greatest global threats in our time, and it also means a narrower genetic pool and therefore less resilience to resist diseases of any kind. 05/05/2020Biodiversity
Faith-based organizations can help the transition to a more sustainable post-COVID-19 worldThe United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is partnering with others, within and outside the United Nations, to get people, including adherents of the world’s religions, to revisit our relationship with nature and rebuild a more environmentally responsible world.04/05/2020Biodiversity, Health
VIDEO: Wildlife crime - a threat to our healthIllegal wildlife trade has many negative consequences for human well being and species conservation, when criminal actors trade in endangered species they weaken entire ecosystems and they threaten essential links of the world's biological diversity.04/05/2020Biodiversity, Health
Management of natural assets is key to sustainable development: Inclusive wealth provides the way forwardSovereign nations typically measure economic success in terms of GDP (income) but this approach is risky as it fails to track and measure the impact of this on nature. Inclusive wealth, on the other hand captures financial and produced capital, but also the skills in our workforce (human capital), the cohesion in our society (social capital) and the value of our environment (natural capital).30/04/2020Biodiversity, Green economy
Transforming the energy system—a post-COVID-19 win-win for people and planetEmployment opportunities are a key consideration in planning for low-carbon economic growth. The widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies creates employment opportunities up and down the supply chain. Worldwide, the sector employed 11 million people at the end of 2018, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).29/04/2020Climate change, Green economy
Global public tells the United Nations: Take action on climate change and the environmentIn January 2020, the UN75 initiative launched a global conversation, inviting people around the world to discuss their priorities for the future, obstacles to achieving them, and the role of global cooperation in overcoming these challenges.27/04/2020Climate change
Incorporating human rights into the world’s biodiversity agendaParties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) shall adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. This framework will be a stepping stone towards the United Nations’ 2050 Vision of "Living in harmony with nature" where "By 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people”.27/04/2020Biodiversity
COVID-19 does not mean climate action is on holdIf the world has seen a scary future with the emergence of COVID-19, the future of our planet in a 3-4° C scenario takes us to an entirely different level of uncertainty, including in terms of health.24/04/2020Climate change, Health
How nature can protect us from pandemicsIn this video, Bernard Bett discusses the delicate relationship between humans, wildlife and the pathogens that circulate among them in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.24/04/2020Biodiversity, Health
Global public tells the United Nations: Take action on climate change and the environmentZoonotic diseases are increasing. A review of the global trends of emerging infectious diseases since 1940 confirms that their outbreaks have been increasing with time. About 60 per cent of these diseases are zoonotic and slightly over 70 per cent of the zoonotic infections are caused by pathogens that originate in wildlife.23/04/2020Biodiversity, Health
Responding to the needs of environmental defenders and civil societyAll around the world, environmental defenders are fighting for healthy environments - not just for their communities but for everyone. Despite, their valiant and valuable work, environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) remain highly vulnerable and under increasing attack across the globe.22/04/2020Climate change, Health, Biodiversity
Take the oceans video challenge now from homeThis new challenge is designed to help participants gain skills to plan, sequence and craft an informative and persuasive video, while at the same time developing knowledge about oceans, coral reefs and the impacts of climate change.21/04/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Uptick for renewable electricity Renewable energy is the fastest growing source of electricity supply, but it’s important to bear in mind that electricity accounts for only about 20 per cent of energy used—the rest is mainly fossil fuels: coal, oil and gas.20/04/2020Climate change, Green economy
Towards a greener economy in Europe through “sector coupling”Fiscal stimulus packages in Europe to “build back better” after the coronavirus pandemic provide an opportunity for initiating a transformational and green recovery with the creation of green jobs. One such investment opportunity is in sector coupling.17/04/2020Green economy, Climate change
Promoting the engagement of MEAs in the negotiation process of the zero draft of the Post 2020 global biodiversity frameworkThe importance of the engagement of other multilateral environmental agreements is reflected in the overarching principles of the consultation process.16/04/2020Biodiversity
How to change the world (and five sources of inspiration)As the Earth Day is observed again this April and as plans are being put in plan to move forward, you’re invited to draw inspiration from people and projects already working to make the world a better place.15/04/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
No Food Left Behind, Part 3: Second Helping: Can the Gig Economy Rescue Surplus Food from FarmsThrough an iterative human-centered design and research process, the research team asks the question of whether the agricultural industry could leverage technology and the gig-economy workforce to tackle the challenge of getting surplus produce to market. 15/04/2020Land use, Food
Statement from the Partnership for Action on Green Economy: The Choices We Make Now Will Shape the FutureIn the midst of our global response to COVID-19, the world is in need of an economic transformation, one that promotes both the sustainable wellbeing of individuals as well as the environment in tandem. We have arrived at a turning point. The challenges we face now, together, are tremendous. But in the face of current adversity, and the near halt of our global economy, we have a collective opportunity to join together for a brighter, more sustainable future. 14/04/2020Green economy
Healthcare waste: what to do with it?Improper treatment and disposal of healthcare waste poses serious hazards of secondary disease transmission due to exposures to infectious agents among waste pickers, waste workers, health workers, patients, and the community in general where waste is improperly disposed.09/04/2020Waste, Health
Six nature facts related to coronavirusesZoonoses that emerged or re-emerged recently are Ebola, bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), the Nipah virus, Rift Valley fever, sudden acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), West Nile virus, Zika virus disease, and, now, the coronavirus. They are all linked to human activity.08/04/2020Biodiversity, Health
Food for thought: Instagram cooking show targets food waste during Italy lockdownItalians have shown fortitude, patience and creativity to get through this dark period. Massimo—Chef patron of the three-Michelin-star restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, and co-founder of Food for Soul, an organization that fights food waste through social inclusion, with his wife Lara Gilmore—is no different.07/04/2020Food, Waste
UNEP Statement on COVID-19Human activity has altered virtually every corner of our planet, from land to ocean. And as we continue to relentlessly encroach on nature and degrade ecosystems, we endanger human health. In fact, seventy-five percent of all emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, i.e. viruses originating from the transfer from animals, whether domesticated or wild, to humans.06/04/2020Biodiversity, Health, Waste
Change-making in the time of COVID-19Crises like COVID-19 show the urgency to promote necessary transformations for our society to survive in the 21st century. It can be a good reminder that in any breakdown, there is always a chance for breakthrough.06/04/2020Biodiversity, Climate change, Health
Coronaviruses: are they here to stay?In 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) flagged a worldwide increase in zoonotic epidemics as an issue of concern. Specifically, it pointed out that 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic and that these zoonotic diseases are closely interlinked with the health of ecosystems.03/04/2020Health, Climate change
A message from nature: coronavirusTo help prevent further outbreaks of zoonotic viruses like COVID-19, the illegal wildlife trade and the destruction of habitats must stop. We cannot go back to business as usual. And we will need to rebuild by working with nature, not against it.03/04/2020Biodiversity, Health
Coronavirus, faith leaders and sustainable developmentThe coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Countries, societies, families and individuals are affected in so many ways. In the midst of this global crisis we believe that this is also a time for innovation, for finding new and better ways to tackle our global challenges.02/04/2020Biodiversity, Health, Climate change
Stuck inside? Here are ideas to bring nature inAre you stuck in self isolation to help flatten the coronavirus curve? On official quarantine or lockdown? Are you taking on a new role as "home school teacher due to school closures? Here are a few ways to bring the outside in -- enjoyable for learners of all ages.01/04/2020Health
COVID-19 and the nature trade-off paradigmWithin weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, which has since spread around the globe. In addition to loss of lives, the virus has disrupted society and demobilized the global economy.31/03/2020Climate change, Health
Stuck inside? Here are ideas to bring nature inSchools, events and activities in so much of the world have come to a standstill in the wake of COVID-19, with little or no movement recommended. But that does not mean we cannot still enjoy the world and mysteries that abound below and above its surface.27/03/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Enhancing NDCs through Nature-Based SolutionsNature-based Solutions are varied approaches to address a wide range of challenges for society, while also benefiting people and nature. Recently, Nature-based Solutions have emerged as essential tools to support broader efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.25/03/2020Climate change
Virus which causes COVID-19 threatens great ape conservationJohannes Refisch is a United Nations Programme Manager and Coordinator who oversees the Great Apes Survival Partnership. In this interview, he explains why disease prevention is critical, and what specific measures are being taken.25/03/2020Biodiversity
Five fun activities to teach your children about plastic pollutionEncourage your children to use (clean) plastic rubbish to make their own instruments. They can even put on a concert for you or for social media. 23/03/2020Waste
On the frontline: farmersLiving Lands is working with farmers in South Africa’s Baviaanskloof to rehabilitate and restore landscapes. These farmers are on the front lines of the climate crisis and environmental degradation. Together, they are exploring new income streams, building resilience to the shifts of a changing world and taking action to fight climate change.22/03/2020Land use, Climate change
The wonder trees that nurture marine biodiversityThis 2020 theme for the International Day of Forests on 21 March is Forests and Biodiversity. It's an often-quoted fact that forests are home to 80 per cent of terrestrial biodiversity, but did you know that one type of tree also supports marine biodiversity—the mangrove tree?22/03/2020Land use
Microplastics in wastewater: towards solutionsThe world demands and produces more and more plastic every year, much of which eventually finds its way into rivers, lakes and the ocean. Analysis of water and sediment worldwide indicates that microplastics are ubiquitous in freshwater, marine ecosystems and soils.20/03/2020Waste, Climate change
Sailing towards a plastic-free oceanThrough the scientific microplastics research, the researchers—Sanae Chiba, Holly Griffin and Yurie Seki—were able to help to fill a gap in knowledge about the status of marine plastic pollution in the western North Pacific.19/03/2020Waste
Global light pollution is affecting ecosystems—what can we do?One of the less frequently reported impacts of human activity on the environment is the presence of artificial light. Lighting disrupts photosynthesis and the activities of insects, birds and other animals.13/03/2020Biodiversity, Health
Changes in building and construction have great potential to slow global warmingOne way to reduce greenhouse gases is the use of recycled and more environmentally friendly building materials.12/03/2020Green economy, Climate change
Ten biodiversity-related publications to look out for in 2020Nature-based solutions offer the best way to achieve human well-being, address climate change and protect the planet. Yet nature is in crisis, as we are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history.10/03/2020Biodiversity
Creating a safer future for girlsIn many countries, women may be asked to handle the management and disposal of household waste, which could expose them to highly toxic substances that may significantly impact their health and that of their families.06/03/2020Waste, Health
Climate leadership for inspiration on Women’s Day and every dayInternational Women’s Day is a time to reflect, take stock of achievements and challenges and to find ways to work to move the needle forward in achieving gender equality. Supporting women who are stepping up today and every day will encourage more to lead on climate action tomorrow.06/03/2020Climate change
Data for study Conventional land-use intensification reduces species richness and increases production: A global meta-analysisThe dataset consists of 449 cases that cover a variety of areas used for agricultural (crops, fodder) and silvicultural (wood) production.03/06/2020Land Use, Biodiversity
Solving Plastic Pollution Through AccountabilityThe global plastics pollution crisis will only worsen unless all actors across the plastics value chain are made more accountable for the true cost of plastics to nature and people. The new study, Solving Plastic Pollution Through Accountability, finds that too much responsibility for reducing plastics pollution is currently focused on consumers and waste management and efforts will remain insufficient unless action is taken across the entire value chain.05/03/2020Waste, Health, Green economy
Underwater architectsDid you know that coral reefs provide a home that supports more than a quarter of all marine life? Corals are much more than just beautiful to watch. They provide important ecosystem services to people and planet. Yet they are under threat of near extinction if we don’t act now.04/03/2020Biodiversity
Children on precipice of existential threat from lack of climate actionClimate change and ecological degradation are threatening the health and future of children in every country, and every country in the world is failing to shield children from these threats, according to the findings of a recent landmark report released by a Lancet Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world.04/03/2020Climate change, Health
Coronavirus outbreak highlights need to address threats to ecosystems and wildlifeDiseases passed from animals to humans are on the rise, as the world continues to see unprecedented destruction of wild habitats by human activity. Scientists suggest that degraded habitats may encourage more rapid evolutionary processes and diversification of diseases, as pathogens spread easily to livestock and humans.03/03/2020Biodiversity, Health
The road to the strategy on the UN Decade on Ecosystem RestorationThe UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021–2030 is expected to be a global call to action, drawing together political support, scientific research and financial muscle to massively scale up restoration. Everyone is invited to help shape the Decade.03/03/2020Biodiversity
How climate change is making record-breaking floods the new normal"Floods are made more likely by the more extreme weather patterns caused by long-term global climate change. Change in land cover—such as removal of vegetation—and climate change increase flood risk.03/03/2020Climate change, Land use
Faith for Earth: Shifting the needle on environmental actionFaith leaders are particularly well placed to communicate meaningful, pro-environment messages. The principle of environmental stewardship is a common thread among almost all religions, and we need to better exploit that fact.02/03/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
UNEP launches Glowing Glowing Gone campaign on loss of coral due to climate changeThrough Glowing Glowing Gone, The Ocean Agency hopes to garner public support to inspire policy and funding to conserve coral reefs and save an ecosystem on which our entire planet depends.28/02/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Seven ways you’re connected to coral reefsAmong the most valuable elements of nature is the coral reef. Coral reefs are home to the largest variety of species in the ocean. You might think of them as underwater rainforests—full of living and nonliving components that, together, create one of the world’s most unique and important ecosystems.28/02/2020Climate change, Biodiversity, Food
Why Transition to Deforestation-Free Agriculture?Forests and agriculture hold more than 30% of the solution to the climate crisis, but currently receive less than 3% of climate finance.25/02/2020Land use, Climate change
The new neighborhood: creating new community around sustainability and social well-beingCities today are responsible for some 75 per cent of global energy and resource use, and some 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Rapid urbanization and unsustainable practices in all sectors from transport to buildings and construction to waste management to energy will amplify the environmental impacts of cities.25/02/2020Green economy, Climate change, Health
No Plastic in Nature: A Practical Guide for Business EngagementIn “No Plastic in Nature: A Practical Guide for Business Engagement,” World Wildlife Fund provides an evidence-based guide for companies seeking to employ effective strategies for mitigating plastic waste within their business. Based on interviews with seven leading companies from consumer-oriented sectors, independent research, and analysis of best practices, the report outlines four distinct strategies businesses are currently undertaking and draws lessons from them and the progress achieved25/02/2020Waste, Health, Green economy
Belgium, on its way towards a circular economyThe concept of circular economy is at the forefront of global discussions. The International Resource Panel argues that a transformation from a linear economy—where products, once used, are discarded—to a circular one—where products and materials continue in the system for as long as possible—will contribute to a more sustainable future.25/02/2020Green economy
What does the UN Environment Programme bring to the table in the zero-budget natural farming debate?Climate change impacts—including crop losses due to global heating—unregulated use of fertilizers and pesticides leading that degrade the soils, deplete groundwater and cause health hazards; costly seeds, inputs and high interest rates on loans are among the challenges facing India’s agricultural sector. The latter are leading to chronic farmer indebtedness and are causing great distress to farming families.24/02/2020Land use, Climate change, Green economy
Religious leaders launch historic commitment to end tropical deforestation in IndonesiaOver 250 religious leaders gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia to make an historic commitment to protect the third largest tropical rainforest area in the world.21/02/2020Land use, Climate change, Biodiversity
New toolkit to help countries switch to climate-smart urbanizationGlobal heating has been described as the “defining issue of our time”. An effective response to climate change requires deliberate and sustained action from both state and non-state actors that is anchored in nationally determined contributions. Implementing these contributions requires supportive regulatory and institutional frameworks and a regular assessment of their adequacy and effectiveness.19/02/2020Climate change, Green economy
How minerals and metals companies can help achieve Agenda 2030Despite enormous efforts to decouple economies from resource use, the extraction of mineral resources has increased markedly in recent decades and, over the last decade, at a faster rate than economic growth.19/02/2020Climate change, Biodiversity, Green economy
Three ways the United Nations Environment Programme works to address illegal trade in wildlifeIllegal wildlife trade continues to pose a real danger to biodiversity, ecosystems and human health, as a number of emerging diseases stem from animal products, both domestic and wild.17/02/2020Biodiversity, Health
Safe transport modes for women can only mean better connectivityWomen’s access to safe public transportation is key to sustainable development. In some parts of the world, a significant number of women and girls use low-carbon transport modes, particularly walking and cycling to travel to work.17/02/2020Climate change
Dive tourism: how to minimize your environmental impactWhile irresponsible tourism can pose a threat to corals, well-managed tourism can provide many benefits, including economic opportunities for local communities that rely on coral reefs.13/02/2020Climate change, Biodiversity, Green economy
Pangolin news roundup on World Pangolin DayPangolins, nocturnal animals that feast on ants, are highly sought after for their supposed, but unproven, medicinal benefits, and as a culinary delicacy. They are said to be the most trafficked wild animal in the world.13/02/2020Biodiversity
Global forum on cities highlights need for sustainable developmentCities are hubs for cultural, scientific and economic development, but they can also be stark reminders of the environmental and socio-economic challenges we face. Today, cities are responsible for some 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and consume 75 per cent of the world’s energy and resources. As the human population continues to grow and the planet faces unprecedented threats from climate change, there is a critical need for sustainable urban planning.12/02/2020Climate change, Green economy, Land use
Need for Nature - A call for biodiversityFacing the extinction of 1 million plant and animal species, countries are working on a plan to stop biodiversity loss. A draft plan being developed under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity calls for urgent action to stop biodiversity decline.12/02/2020Biodiversity
Double challenge: the decline of biodiversity is no less a problem than climate changeEven though climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing human history, the alarming decline of biodiversity is no less a problem. We are in a hurry, and yet we still do not take these challenges with the seriousness they require.12/02/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Big international gathering will home in on migratory speciesIn the last 150 years or so, human activity and associated pollution, and human-induced climate change, have been reducing and altering habitats that had previously changed only very slowly over millennia. Many migratory species rely on wetlands as stepping stones en route to their final destination, but these ecosystems, like many others, are coming under increasing pressure.12/02/2020Biodiversity
What’s in the air? World Urban Forum 2020 launches world’s largest real-time air quality databankThe exposure to polluted air seems almost impossible to escape. According to the World Health Organization 9 out of 10 people—92 per cent—breathe air that exceed safe limits. The most affected by toxic air are those living in cities in low- to middle-income countries.11/02/2020Climate change, Health
Global Futures: Assessing the global economic impacts of environmental change to support policy-makingWorld Wildlife Fund report reveals for the first time the countries whose economies would be worst affected over the next 30 years if the world doesn’t act urgently to address the global environmental crisis.11/02/2020Green economy, Biodiversity, Climate change
2020 is a super year for nature and biodiversityNature-based solutions offer the best way to achieve human well-being, tackle climate change and protect our living planet. Yet nature is in crisis, as we are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history and one million species face extinction. In addition to important moments for decision makers, including the COP 15 on Biodiversity, the 2020 “super year” is a major opportunity to bring nature back from the brink.10/02/2020Biodiversity, Climate change
Taking pulses to a higher levelIn celebration of World Pulses Day (10 February), read on to learn about the value and benefits of pulses—or legumes—to human health, and how consuming them can help achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.07/02/2020Food, Health, Land use
New insights into how global change is impacting freshwater environmentsA new global study sheds light on how interactions between specific characteristics of catchments, such as carbon and pollution, affect aquatic plant diversity and function in freshwater environments.31/01/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
2020 resolutions for natureA new set of goals for biodiversity will be decided by government leaders this October at the Convention of Biological Diversity conference. The agreements, if ambitious enough, will set a new course for the next decade to put nature at the heart of all decision making, for governments and businesses.31/01/2020Climate change, Biodiversity, Green economy
“Wetlands and Biodiversity” is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2020The UN Decade on Ecosystems Restoration 2021–2030 will help drive the conservation and restoration of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and wetlands will be very much part of the picture.31/01/2020Biodiversity, Land use
Eco-conscious resolutions for Clean Seas—it’s never too lateIt’s never too late to make a new resolution for the environment. If you’re looking for inspiration for actions that will not only benefit you but will help to turn the tide on plastic pollution, here are some extra incentives.29/01/2020Waste
Tourism to tackle plastic pollution with new commitmentAlongside the 8 million tonnes of plastic that enter the ocean every year, 300 million tonnes of new plastic is created annually, utilizing non-renewable resources such as oil, gas and coal, and contributing to climate change. If growth in plastic production and incineration continue, cumulative emissions by 2050 will make up between 10 and 13 per cent of the total remaining global carbon budget. As a result, the implications of plastic overconsumption extend even further than the litter that is visible in the ocean. 29/01/2020Waste, Climate change, Biodiversity
Biodiversity in grave danger: what can be done in 2020?While all the data is telling us that the planet is heating up at an unsustainable rate, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the acting executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, warns that “humanity will have given up on planet Earth if world leaders cannot reach an agreement this year to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and destruction of life-supporting ecosystems.”28/01/2020Biodiversity
Swimming on the edge: endurance swimmer takes on melting glaciersMarine protected areas offer one of the best options to maintain our oceans’ health and avoid further degradation. These “nature-based solutions” can be particularly effective when developed as part of a wider management solution.28/01/2020Climate change
The effect of wildfires on sustainable developmentClimate change and global heating however, are increasing the likelihood and intensity of wildfires, which could have a growing impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.23/01/2020Climate change
Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals is under wayThe Sustainable Development Goals are known as the world’s blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The 17 goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that they are all achieved by 2030.22/01/2020Climate change, Biodiversity, Food, Health, Land use, Green economy
Who turned up the temperature? Climate change, heatwaves and wildfiresThe cautionary tale of the boiling frog describes how a frog that jumps into boiling water will save itself by jumping straight out, but the frog that sits in the water while it gradually gets hotter and hotter will boil to death. The global warming crisis surrounds us today and we must act now to protect ourselves.17/01/2020Climate change
Perfect storm: when climate change stokes wildfires, marine heatwaves and biodiversity lossWhile wildfires can be part of some ecosystems, human-induced climate change is making them more frequent, larger and more widespread. The increase of forest fires has a dual impact on biodiversity and climate16/01/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
Are “megafires” the new normal?The global average temperature is now 1.1°C higher than at the beginning of last century. Higher temperatures create, in some parts of the world, drier conditions, increasing the likelihood and intensity of wildfires, and megafires.10/01/2020Climate change, Biodiversity
What did the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative achieve in 2019?“We recognize that outdated and unsustainable patterns of development, production and consumption are driving deforestation and that a major, fundamental shift in values, lifestyles and public policies is needed to protect rainforests. Agriculture is now the primary driver of deforestation—an unnecessary trade-off, as we can feed a growing population with the land we already have.”09/01/2020Land use, Biodiversity
Governments, smart data and wildfires: where are we at?Did you know that wildfires occur naturally or can be started deliberately or by accident by humans? In some parts of the world, such as Indonesia and Brazil, forest fires have been started deliberately to make way for oil palm and soy bean plantations, or pasture for cattle—all in the name of alleviating poverty, creating economic wealth, and jobs or, mistakenly, food security.03/01/2020Land use, Biodiversity, Climate change
Visioning Futures: Improving Infrastructure Planning to Harness Nature’s Benefits in a Warming WorldThis report, with support from GIZ, outlines a new planning approach integrating considerations of natural capital and ecosystem services, climate risks and resilience, and sustainable development needs to support social-ecological system scale planning. It provides key recommendations for global and local institutions influential in infrastructure development, from multilateral development banks and other funders to NGOs and the private sector, to address these gaps and facilitate an improved planning approach.31/12/2019Climate change, Green economy
2020 is International Year of Plant HealthPlants are the source of the air we breathe and most of the food we eat, yet how to keep them healthy is often ignored. This can have devastating results: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that up to 40 per cent of food crops are lost due to plant pests and diseases annually. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture—the primary source of income for rural poor communities.26/12/2019Land use, Food, Biodiversity, Climate change
2020: a crunch year for the biodiversity and climate emergenciesNature-based solutions offer the best way to achieve human well-being, address climate change and protect the planet. Yet nature is in crisis, as we are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history.23/12/2019Climate change, Biodiversity
Go green this holiday seasonThe tourism industry is estimated to contribute 8 per cent of global greenhouse gases. When factors such as construction of hotels and the energy needed to facilitate tourism are considered, this figure might go much higher.18/12/2019Climate change, Waste, Green economy
Every straw counts in the fight against climate changeActions breed reactions in the market — so if we want to be a part of designing a future that works better than today, then we need to redesign our lives to mimic the kind of future we want to live in16/12/2019Climate change, Waste, Green economy
Smart management of wildfires can help curb global heatingExtensive wildfire disasters, such as recently reported in Australia, Indonesia and the United States, adversely affect communities, economies and ecosystems. More generally, they contribute to air pollution and global warming, and indicate that existing mechanisms to deal with wildfire, centered around disaster risk management, are insufficient.16/12/2019Climate change
New report envisages 10-fold increase in global wind power by 2050The pace of development of offshore wind technologies and markets is faster than most people would have expected a few years ago. Larger wind turbines are enabling more efficient energy production and lower electricity costs, paving the way to achieve more than 1,000 gigawatts of cumulative offshore wind capacity by 2050 to meet the Paris Agreement.13/12/2019Climate change, Green economy
“Treasures of the mountains” under threat from climate change and land useCommunities in mountain regions, who often live near wildlife and are dependent on crops and livestock, are faced with great hardships. As dry seasons get longer and water for irrigation gets scarcer, conflicts over natural resources arise between local mountain communities and animals.11/12/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Rewilding London’s urban spacesRewilding is an approach to conservation that lets nature return areas of land to a wild state. The process involves allowing ecosystems to restore themselves over time, so they can recover from degradation.11/12/2019Biodiversity
Meet the youth standing up for our environmental rightsEvery day, around 93 per cent of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk, says the World Health Organization. And yet, as environmental crises unfolded across the world, it is children who have dared to step up, to defend our environmental rights.10/12/2019Climate change, Health
Clean air as a human rightMost of the global population is exposed without their consent to hazardous substances and wastes that increase their likelihood of developing diseases and disabilities throughout their lives. In some cases, it has the potential to be a human rights violation.10/12/2019Climate change, Waste
How climate change disproportionately impacts those with disabilitiesFrom powerful cyclones to extreme droughts, human-induced extreme weather events have become a daily fixture of life today. As stated in the recently published Emission Gap Report, in the 10 years of producing the report, the gap between what we should be doing to reduce the impacts of climate change and what we actually are is as wide as ever. 09/12/2019Climate change, Health
The huge potential of agriculture to slow climate changeIndustrial farming systems succeed in producing large volumes of food for the global market. However, they cause significant soil erosion, biodiversity (including pollinator) losses and pollution of freshwater bodies. They promote a high dependency on the agro-industry and its products and require huge amounts of freshwater and fertilizer. Agriculture contributes about 23 per cent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with the livestock sector representing 14.5 per cent of such emissions.04/12/2019Climate change, Land use, Biodiversity, Food
Reducing Food Waste in Schools: The Business CaseThis business case outlines the calculations and examines how reducing plate waste can save money and enable savings to be re-invested into school food programs to improve food and nutritional quality, educational programs, and local economies.04/12/2019Waste, Food
Ecosystems restoration is a grassroots response to global challengesInterview with Musonda Mumba, UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) incoming chair of the Global Partnership on Forests and Landscape Restoration.28/11/2019Climate change, Land use
Three ways to give greenThere are lots of gift ideas that don’t come at a cost to the Earth. From making things yourself to selecting gifts that cut down on waste or electricity use, think creatively about how to use fewer natural resources.27/11/2019Green economy
On the brink: Emissions Gap Report findings in 60 secondsThe newly launched Emissions Gap Report tracks the gap between where greenhouse gas emissions are heading and where they need to be.26/11/2019Climate change
10 things to know about the Emissions Gap 2019The annual United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) flagship Emissions Gap Report is now online. But what is this report really about? And why should you care?26/11/2019Climate change
Restoring and rehabilitating land a big step towards achieving the Sustainable Development GoalsWith just 10 years remaining before the world’s nations are due to realize the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030, we still have a long way to go for countries to deliver on their targets and reverse the climate, species and resource consumption crises.19/11/2019Climate change, Land use, Biodiversity
Economic and environmental benefits of crossbreeding dairy cows with beef bullsGiven the challenging conditions of today's dairy industry, dairy farmers are seeking solutions to enhance their bottom lines. Crossbreeding dairy cows with beef bulls is one such solution that has emerged with the potential to result in wins for both the dairy producer and the environment18/11/2019Green economy, Food
Thirty years on, what is the Montreal Protocol doing to protect the ozone?The Montreal Protocol to protect the Earth’s ozone layer is to date the only United Nations environmental agreement to be ratified by every country in the world. It is also one of the most successful. With the parties to the Protocol having phased out 98 per cent of their ozone-depleting substances, they saved an estimated two million people from skin cancer every year.15/11/2019Waste, Climate change, Health, Green economy
Nairobi Summit looks at solutions to climate change and environmental degradation for women and girlsA number of side and related events at what is known as the “Nairobi Summit” touched on issues related to environment such as the nexus between population, empowerment of women, youth and climate change, to accelerate action to achieve climate-resilient sustainable development. 14/11/2019Climate change, Health
Many products still contain mercury. These alternatives could replace themMercury—a toxic heavy metal that can cause serious and lasting health problems—turns up in many places that you wouldn’t expect. It has now been more than two years since the entry into force of the Minamata Convention, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. But the production of many mercury-containing products continues around the globe.14/11/2019Waste, Health
What’s in your bathroom? The hidden plastics in your beauty productsMicroplastics in personal care products can go effortlessly down the drain as you wash. Because they are so small, wastewater filtration cannot treat them, and they can easily enter rivers and seas.12/11/2019Waste, Health
Why mercury still poses important threats to human healthEveryone on the planet is exposed to mercury at some level—whether through the food we eat, the air we breathe, or the cosmetics that we use. And while there are a number of measures that individuals, companies and governments can take to guard against mercury poisoning, the toxic heavy metal will continue to endanger human and environmental health until we manage to comprehensively address mercury throughout its life cycle.12/11/2019Waste, Health
The human health benefits of conserving and restoring peatlandsThe study suggests that thousands of deaths could be prevented over the next three decades across Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore through improved land management to reduce the number and extent of peatland fires. The fires contribute to dangerous levels of particulate matter harmful to human health. Air quality near large population centres could improve significantly, saving lives, the study found.08/11/2019Health, Biodiversity, Climate change
Helping countries with biodiversity conservation targetsThe project provides technical and financial support to developing countries, small island states and countries with economies in transition to report on progress in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and their associated National Biodiversity Targets, in accordance with Article 26 of the Convention.07/11/2019Biodiversity
Rooting for the environment in times of conflict and warDespite the protection afforded by several legal instruments, the environment continues to be the silent victim of armed conflicts worldwide.06/11/2019Health, Biodiversity, Climate change, Waste
Curbing negative environmental impacts of war and armed conflictEnvironmental factors are rarely, if ever, the sole cause of violent conflict. However, the exploitation of natural resources and related environmental stresses can be implicated in all phases of the conflict cycle, from contributing to the outbreak and perpetuation of violence to undermining prospects for peace.05/11/2019Health, Biodiversity, Climate change, Waste
Why food systems need to changeEssentially current food systems are failing us in terms of livelihoods, human health and the environment. We have to look beyond the idea that more food in the world and greater productivity will solve our problems. Local and national food systems need to be strengthened to adapt to the climate crisis and become better equipped to provide diverse diets for consumers in food-insecure communities.04/11/2019Health, Biodiversity, Climate change
Strengthening UN Environment Programme important to the Nordic countriesAs UNEP is a relatively small, normative organization, the UN reform may be a huge opportunity for the organization to ensure that the environmental dimensions of sustainable development are integrated in the United Nations’ work at country level.31/10/2019Biodiversity, Climate change, Green economy
Spotlight on citiesCities have always been drivers and incubators of innovation. It is often said that the battle for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will be won or lost in cities. For this to happen, cities will have to continue to drive innovation to achieve a lasting impact in communities and to ensure that “no one and no place” is left behind.31/10/2019Biodiversity, Climate change, Green economy, Waste, Land use
The German islet putting wind into the sails of climate action and clean seasSylt is vulnerable to sea-level rise: the increasing severity and frequency of storm surges threaten to engulf villages and wash away beaches as well as the biodiversity of its dunes and tidal flats.29/10/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Three ways we can better use nitrogen in farmingWithout nitrogen, most of the world’s crops wouldn’t exist. Nitrogen is to corn, wheat and rice, what water is to fish. Yearly, more than 100 million tonnes of nitrogen are applied to crops in the form of fertilizer, helping them grow stronger and better. But issues arise when nitrogen run-off occurs, polluting air, water and land in the process. It is estimated that nitrogen discharge accounts for a third of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.24/10/2019Land use, Climate change
Saving the snow leopardBig cats are elusive, but the snow leopard especially so. Locals living alongside the leopards often refer to them as the ‘ghosts of the mountains’ as they are hardly ever seen. Due to a demand for their fur, and increasing pressures on their habitats from expanding industries, pastoralists and climate change, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature predicts that a further 10 per cent of are expected to disappear by 2040.23/10/2019Biodiversity
Why nitrogen management is key for climate change mitigationGrowing demand on the agriculture, transport, industry and energy sectors has led to a sharp growth in the levels of nitrogen pollution and related greenhouse gas emissions. Nitrous oxide (N2O) from industry and combustion, for example, is 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.22/10/2019Land use, Climate change
Changing the approach: turning nitrogen pollution into moneyWaste is money. At least that’s what Mark Sutton of the United Kindgom Centre for Ecology & Hydrology wants policymakers to understand. Sutton, who has studied nitrogen pollution for more than three decades, is convinced that there is a way to harvest emitted nitrogen to be reused by farmers as nitrogen fertilizer.22/10/2019Land use, Climate change, Waste
Analiza ogljičnega odtisa nagrobnih sveč [SI]Slovenija je na vrhu evropskih držav po porabi nagrobnih sveč. Letna poraba na pokopališčih znaša približno 16 milijonov sveč, kar pri gorenju prispeva k obremenitvam kakovosti zraka, hkrati pa povzroči približno 2.400 ton odpadkov.19/10/2019Climate change, Waste
Our Planet. Our FutureThe health of our planet and humanity’s future are inseparable. Both are in serious danger.18/10/2019Biodiversity, Climate change, Green economy, Health
UNEP and adidas Runtastic launch free running challenge that enables users to compete with a wild snow leopardThe free adidas running app, launched in Pasching, Austria, is part of an international wildlife conservation campaign dubbed Run Wild, and will run for a period of 12 days from the International Snow leopard Day on 23 October 2019.16/10/2019Biodiversity
How can we Tackle our Global Environmental Challenges?Our planet faces enormous environmental challenges. According to a report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers, entitled “International Environmental Governance – Accomplishments and Way Forward”, the Nordic countries believe that effective and efficient policies to tackle these challenges ultimately depend on the extent to which they are anchored in science, and inclusive of the voices of all beneficiaries, often represented by civil society organizations.15/10/2019Biodiversity, Climate change, Green economy, Health
The untapped potential of citizen science to track progress on the Sustainable Development GoalsData generated by citizens (citizen science) has tremendous potential for helping us monitor the goals. Engaging citizens in the data collection process improves community awareness and action.14/10/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Protecting whales to protect the planetUp until now, protecting great whales has been viewed as a human good. But the International Monetary Fund research points out that protecting whales also has a monetary incentive, as it turns out whales are an important nature-based solution to capturing carbon from human emissions.14/10/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Satellites record second lowest Arctic sea ice extent since 1979While they may be far from the world’s major population centres, changes in the polar regions have global implications: they affect the world’s climate through carbon storage and/or release, heat balance, and other environmental and ecological impacts.14/10/2019Climate change
Zelena proračunska reforma za Slovenijo: odzivanje na krizo s trajnostno vizijo [SI]Paket reform, pogosto imenovan zelena proračunska reforma, združuje okoljske izboljšave z gospodarskimi spodbudami in priložnostmi za fiskalno konsolidacijo. Zeleno proračunsko reformo za Slovenijo predstavlja poročilo »Zelena proračunska reforma 2013: odzivanje na krizo s trajnostno vizijo«, pripravljeno v okviru projekta Plan B za Slovenijo.11/10/2019Green economy, Biodiversity, Climate change
Poland takes decisive action against illegal trade of hydrofluorocarbonsInternational illegal trade in ozone depleting substances and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—powerful greenhouse gases—pose a serious threat to the environment and human health.11/10/2019Waste, Climate change, Health
Infografika: Podnebne spremembe in projekcije za Slovenijo [SI]Infografika: Podnebne spremembe in projekcije za Slovenijo je nastala v okviru projekta Klima za podnebje. S projektom smo želeli prispevati k vzpostavljanju podporne družbene klime za oblikovanje, sprejetje in izvajanje ambicioznih, stroškovno učinkovitih in pravičnih ukrepov za doseganje nacionalnih ciljev zmanjšanja emisij toplogrednih plinov do 2020 in 2030.11/10/2019Climate change
Cities can fight climate change and improve lives by finding new ways to be coolLife has always been hotter in cities. Concrete soaking up and radiating sunlight, and the concentration of people, cars and machinery crank up the temperatures, making them on average 5–9°C warmer than rural areas. This has led to fast growth of power-hungry air conditioning units delivering cooling. The problem is that this cooling has been pumping out excess heat and greenhouse gas emissions, which warm the planet and so lead to an ever-greater need for cooling.10/10/2019Climate change, Health
Caring for the environment helps to care for your mental healthThe environment can influence either positively or negatively a person’s mental well-being. A recent study showed how the idea of living in the midst of the climate crisis was affecting Greenlanders’ anxiety and depression levels. The effects of our changing climate—economic uncertainty, job insecurity, extreme and volatile weather patterns, and displacement—also influence mental health. 10/10/2019Climate change, Health
Global network of financial centres plan huge growth in sustainable finance and launches regional programme for AfricaAction on climate and other environmental challenges needs financial backing. The FC4S and its members can be a major driving force for positive change by directing finance to investments that shore up our planet’s ability to support human development rather than undermine it10/10/2019Green economy
New app allows users to sidestep Sarajevo’s smogBased on leading technologies and innovation from the London Air Quality Network, run by the Environmental Research Group of King's College London, the ‘Sarajevo Air’ app calculates the lowest pollution route between any two points in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.08/10/2019Climate change, Health
Towards resilience and risk reduction for coral reefs in Central AmericaCoral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on the planet. They provide food, livelihoods and economic opportunity for millions of people. Coral reefs also protect coastal communities from storm surge flooding and wave action during tropical cyclones as well as beach erosion.08/10/2019Climate change, Biodiversity
UNEP lays the groundwork for cleaner soil in SerbiaThe polluted sites are often located close to urban areas and rivers. Organic pollutants and metals can leach into the soil, affecting food and water and risking biodiversity loss.07/10/2019Waste, Land use, Biodiversity
Youth to power the decade on restorationYoung people came out in force at September’s Global Landscape Forum in New York City. They spoke with passion on critical landscape restoration, for a cleaner, more sustainable future with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021-2030. 03/10/2019Climate change, Biodiversity, Land use
When we protect nature, nature protects usAlready, 3.2 billion people are affected by land degradation. Every year, 10 per cent of Gross Domestic Product is lost soil erosion, pollution and biodiversity loss, mostly caused by unsustainable agriculture.03/10/2019Land use, Climate change
Climate action for peace – faith-based perspectivesAround 80 countries jointly agreed that the greatest impending threats to humanity could be triggered by climate change, not terrorism, nuclear war or the conflicts around the world.02/10/2019Climate change
Evidence rising: the emerging pollutants poisoning our environmentAntibiotics in the environment appear to be spreading. A recent global study found that concentrations of antibiotics in some of the world’s rivers exceed “safe” levels by up to 300 times.02/10/2019Waste, Health
Case Studies on Integrating Ecosystem Services and Climate Resilience in Infrastructure DevelopmentThis is a review of innovative practices across several regions of the world that integrate both ecosystem services and climate change projections in planning and design.01/10/2019Climate change
Shifting the needle on cocoa production practices worldwideDid you know that, typically, less than 7 per cent of the price of your chocolate bar goes to cocoa producers? Or that large amounts of global cocoa production are associated with illegal deforestation and biodiversity losses?30/09/2019Land use, Food, Green economy, Biodiversity
Smarter Choices - Alternatives to MercuryWhile the health risks are well-known, mercury emissions by humans continue to increase. You can make a difference, actions such as recycling electronics, responsibly using clean energy and avoiding gold mined with mercury can help people and the planet.27/09/2019Waste, Health
Honouring earth’s champions and young championsAs leaders gathered in New York to tackle the climate crisis during talks at the United Nations throughout the week, the Champions of the Earth award—the UN’s highest environmental honour—celebrated action. 27/09/2019Climate change
Celebrating bold, young innovators acting on climate changeThe seven Young Champions of the Earth gathered in New York to talk at a series of events and attend a training before celebrating their win at the inaugural gala ceremony.26/09/2019Climate change
Faiths for Forests campaign launched at Climate Action SummitThe Faiths for Forests campaign was launched on 22 September as a contribution to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, kicking off a global faith-based movement of mobilization, education and advocacy around halting and reversing tropical deforestation.24/09/2019Land use
Addressing pharmaceutical waste in AlbaniaIn Albania, dealing with pharmaceutical waste has become a serious concern. Often, this potentially hazardous refuse is burned in open areas or disposed of untreated, which can lead to the contamination of drinking, surface and ground waters, creating a serious health hazard to locals and potentially damaging the environment.24/09/2019Waste, Health
Clean air commitments made as part of UN Climate Action Summit activitiesThe critical need to reduce air pollution while accelerating climate action and improving human health was highlighted in a series of Art 2030 installations launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York.24/09/2019Climate change, Health
Global Launch of the UN Principles for Responsible BankingLeading economists call climate change the greatest market failure in human history. If unchecked, climate change could lead to a loss equal to 5-20 percent of global GDP each year.24/09/2019Climate change, Green economy
We Will: Efficient, Climate-Friendly Cooling for AllAs climate change raises global temperatures, the challenges will grow, compounded by urbanization and urban warming.24/09/2019Climate change
UNEP and German Ministry for Environment launch GO for SDGsThe initiative targets three change-agent groups: policy makers, businesses and youth. It aims to raise ambition for building inclusive and sustainable economies and societies by showcasing exemplary approaches from countries and strengthening capacity for replication across regions.24/09/2019Green economy
Marine heatwaves kill corals quicker than previously thoughtCoral bleaching is caused by global heating and leads corals to expel vital algae that live in its tissues, resulting ultimately in the death of these animals.23/09/2019Climate change, Biodiversity
Climate connects everythingClimate change was top of the agenda at the Social Good Summit. Young thought leaders from all regions of the globe, including those honoured by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), spoke out on issues central to the climate crisis at the Social Good Summit.23/09/2019Climate change
From “lost decade” of climate action, hope emergesThe UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today released a look back at ten years of its Emissions Gap Report—a hugely influential publication that compares where greenhouse gas emissions levels are headed to where they should be to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.22/09/2019Climate change
Scaling-up Nature-Based Solutions for Mitigation, Resilience and AdaptationNature provides many solutions for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development.22/09/2019Climate change, Biodiversity
Driving Transformational Change: Architecture and Ecosystems for Healthy Resilient CitiesOur great cities, and the different architectural styles in which they are built, demonstrate the ingenuity, diversity and success of our species.22/09/2019Climate change, Waste, Biodiversity, Land use
1,200 children descend on Belgian beach to fight marine litterAround 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, endangering both marine species and human health.21/09/2019Waste, Biodiversity, Health
UN flagship report urges G20 to embrace transformative climate actionGlobal emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking, pushing global temperatures ever higher. Winter in the Arctic is now 3°C warmer than in 1990.21/09/2019Climate change
The streets of New York came alive with hopeIn the biggest climate march the world has ever seen, young and old school and work strikers in 150 countries from all continents including Antarctica, took to the streets.21/09/2019Climate change
Champions of the Earth 2019 for Inspiration and ActionFridays For Future is a movement that began in August 2018, after then 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.21/09/2019Climate change
Ten years of climate neutrality for The UN Environment ProgrammeAt 47 years old, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is well into maturity. That means it’s seen its fair share of achievements—including realizing the 1987 Montreal Protocol for limiting ozone emissions, and the 2012 Minamata Convention limiting toxic mercury—as well as mistakes, notably increased air travel.20/09/2019Climate change
Paul Polman: the Dutch trailblazer on a mission to redesign business to save the planetThe former head of consumer goods giant Unilever believes the world needs to totally redesign the way growth and financial success are measured to unlock the potential of a sustainable future.19/09/2019Climate change, Green economy
World Car-Free Day: London prepares to close its city centre for what will be its biggest car-free day to dateAir pollution kills thousands of people every year and two million more live in areas where levels of air pollution are above the limit established by the World Health Organization. This is why the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has decided to hold the capital’s biggest World Car-Free celebrations to date.18/09/2019Climate change, Health
World Ozone Day 2019: 32 years and healingThanks to international cooperation the ozone layer is healing. It’s been 32 years since the global community agreed to the Montreal Protocol, which banned ozone depleting substances.16/09/2019Climate change
Bringing virtual forests to lifeLush and green ancient forest is not what most people imagine when thinking of Russia. But despite living a fast-paced city life, Marianna Muntianu knew the reality all too well.16/09/2019Land use, Biodiversity
Our everyday choices matterThe future is made up of the cumulative outcomes of our actions today. The way we move, what food we eat and how we treat our clothes are all crucial to determining the impact we have on the planet.16/09/2019Waste, Green economy
Young environmental prize winner for Europe makes virtual forest restoration in Russia a realityTwenty-nine-year-old Marianna Muntianu has won the Young Champions of the Earth Prize for making virtual trees a reality through her mobile game “Plant the Forest”.16/09/2019Land use, Biodiversity
UNEP helps launch new global coalition to combat sand and dust stormsSand and dust storms—also known as sirocco, haboob, yellow dust, white storms, and the harmattan—are a natural phenomenon linked with land and water management, and climate change.13/09/2019Climate change, Land use
Electric public transport: a Super SolutionPublic transport contributes approximately 25% of all energy related CO2 emissions worldwide. Electric public transport is a super solution that could reduce 250 million tones of carbon emissions by 2030 and it has a lot more benefits.13/09/2019Climate change, Green economy
“Business as usual” could lead to catastrophic global sea-level rise, says new studyAs hurricane season bears down on many people and communities this month, one of the key factors linked to increasing severity of a storm’s impacts—sea level rise—sees new predictions emerge for “worst-case scenarios”.11/09/2019Climate change
Boyan Slat: Dutch engineer-turned-cleaner puts faith in humanity’s ‘better angels’When 20-year-old Boyan Slat accepted the United Nations Champion of the Earth award in 2014 for his efforts to clear the ocean of plastic, he made two predictions: that the road ahead would be bumpy and that he would not give up.11/09/2019Waste
Restoring fortune to the fields of GeorgiaSometimes referred to as ‘the bread basket of Georgia’, Dedoplistskaro’s fertile soils have provided a living for generations of farmers. But today, periods of drought, compounded by strong, dry winds that erode fields and scatter seeds, are hitting local communities hard.06/09/2019Land use, Biodiversity, Climate change, Food
Combatting species loss using natureNow a major extinction event is happening before us due not to any cataclysmic event but an unprecedented and ongoing pressure on the environment by humans. There an estimated 7.7 billion people today, making us the most populous large mammal on Earth.06/09/2019Biodiversity
Freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru: step by step towards a positive environmental impactWe want to change youth behaviour and raise their environmental awareness through giving simple recommendations and instructions on how to become eco-friendly05/09/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Extreme heating: are we hot enough to act now on climate?The cautionary tale of the boiling frog describes how a frog that jumps into boiling water will save itself by jumping straight out, but the frog that sits in the water while it gradually gets hotter and hotter will boil to death. 03/09/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Leyla Acaroglu: the disruptive designer reshaping minds to change the worldLeyla Acaroglu traces her passion for disruptive design to twin epiphanies in her late teens: the realization that her survival was intrinsically linked to the health of the planet and the simultaneous conviction that she was incredibly privileged to be able to do something about that life-changing appreciation.03/09/2019Biodiversity, Climate change, Health
The transformers: UN Champions who dared to reimagine their worldsA corporate titan with an unconventional agenda; the food specialists who looked outside the (takeaway) box; the ocean explorer whose name has become synonymous with conservation: these are just some of the environmental heroes who have dedicated their lives to bringing their audacious visions of a better world to life.03/09/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Protecting Georgian forests from spaceForests worldwide provide a multitude of services, including protection against natural hazards and habitat for plants and animals, as well as contributing to carbon storage.28/08/2019Biodiversity, Land use
Golf’s championship takes a swing at single-use plasticsIn recent years, and as with most major events, The Open relied on single-use plastic bottles to provide drinking water for fans, players, staff and officials.28/08/2019Waste, Biodiversity
What would it really take to plant a trillion trees?The first rule for ecosystem restoration is to stop the further destruction of forests, wetlands, and other critical ‘green infrastructure’. Conserving natural habitats is always cheaper than restoring it later.23/08/2019Biodiversity, Land use
Introducing the Interfaith Rainforest InitiativeUN Messenger of Peace @JaneGoodallInst introduces @IRIforests, a new global effort uniting people of all faiths to end tropical deforestation.23/08/2019Biodiversity, Land use
Private sector opportunities in climate financeClimate Change presents huge financial risks to the global economy. The financial world thus needs to effectively incorporate climate change strategies into their work—already, banks from across the globe have embarked on this process.22/08/2019Climate change, Green economy
Not so rosy: time to halt trafficking of coveted tropical timberFrom Guatemala to Madagascar to Thailand to Zambia, rosewoods have been targeted by timber traffickers who seek to profit especially from its growing demand in China.22/08/2019Biodiversity, Land use
How to develop a non-motorized transport strategyImproving the convenience, comfort and safety of walking and cycling reduces the demand for travel by personal motor vehicles, helping to alleviate the critical traffic challenges facing many cities. As zero-emission modes, walking and cycling are critical efforts in reducing the harmful local pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.21/08/2019Climate change, Green economy
The drivers of species loss are multilateral in natureSustaining life on earth has taken center stage, where it belongs, helped by young activists, media, policymakers, scientists, politicians, and society at large; all of whom understand the imperative of conservation and who understand the importance of ensuring a sound regulation of trade of flora and fauna.17/08/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Making mercury historyMercury has a long environmental shelf life and a global pathway, as it cycles between the atmosphere, the ocean and land.16/08/2019Waste, Biodiversity
Mangroves: a Super SolutionMangroves are an amazing #ClimateAction Super Solution, they are effective carbon sinks, storing four times more CO2 than rainforests. And when it comes to storm protection and sea level rise, mangroves are 1000 times cheaper per kilometre than building sea walls. Check out the video!13/08/2019Biodiversity, Climate change
Below The CanopyThe importance of biodiversity below the forest canopy is often underappreciated, and yet it is a crucial component of healthy functioning forest ecosystems. Below the Canopy: Plotting Global Trends in Forest Wildlife Populations is the first-ever global assessment of forest-dwelling wildlife populations and highlights the multitude of threats forest-living species are facing.13/08/2019Climate change, Biodiversity
Prosecutors are key to progressing environmental lawIf human society is to stay within the bounds of critical ecological thresholds, it is imperative that environmental laws are widely understood, respected and enforced. This is the environmental rule of law.09/08/2019Climate change
Running plastic pollution out of town step by stepIn February 2017, the UN Environment Programme launched the Clean Seas campaign at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia. The campaign engages governments, the general public and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic pollution. 09/08/2019Waste, Green economy
Land is a Critical Resource, IPCC report saysLand is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. 08/08/2019Land use, Climate change
Nature can still heal itself, if we give it the urgent attention it needsThe increasing intensity and frequency of climate extremes impacts life on earth in many ways. Ocean and terrestrial ecosystems, which we all depend on, are equally affected, as is our planet’s capacity to sustain our growing needs.08/08/2019Climate change
Air pollution-eating moss cleans hotspots in EuropeMoss naturally filters pollutants from the air very effectively. Using remote technology, the CityTree combines this moss air purifying factor with remote technology to increase the air flow through the “trees”. 31/07/2019Climate change
Rangers—unsung heroes of wildlife conservationDid you know that population numbers of mountain gorillas have doubled in the last 30 years thanks to effective protection of their habitats by rangers?30/07/2019Biodiversity
Saving our SpeciesOn World Ranger Day 2019 we celebrate the men and women around the world who fight to protect our threatened species.30/07/2019Biodiversity
Rewilding in Argentina: the giant river otter returns to Iberá parkThe first attempt to reintroduce an extinct mammal in Argentina brings hope for restored ecosystems and increased ecotourism opportunities based on wildlife watching.24/07/2019Biodiversity
Explore: Interconnected marine systemsUN Environment Programme has created immersive digital experiences for its #WildforLife campaign. These four ecosystem-based “journeys” show the magic of interconnected natural systems and inspire people to take action to protect these distinct ecosystems.22/07/2019Biodiversity
Meet UN Environment’s new Mountain Hero Malcolm WoodAs a para-alpinist, Wood is used to organizing expeditions to some of the highest summits around the world, to attempt a paragliding or speed flight descent.22/07/2019Biodiversity
Last call for a food systems revolutionHalf of the world’s population is directly engaged in agriculture and nearly 40 per cent of land is devoted to agriculture and livestock. Food production sustains us all, but it also comes at a cost: water sources are being depleted and contaminated by food production, and unhealthy diets are burdening our health care systems.19/07/2019Food, Land use, Climate change, Biodiversity
More conservation efforts critical to save the vaquitaWhile optimism can be in short supply when it comes to wildlife conservation, the spotting of three vaquita calves in October 2019 in the Upper Gulf of California in Mexico was a particularly exciting moment.17/07/2019Biodiversity
Enhancing knowledge and capacity on legal elements for forest managementThe Forestry Department of the Food and Agricultural Organization held a technical working group meeting in May 2019 in Rome, Italy, to develop legal elements that would guide forest management, timber production and trade.17/07/2019Land use, Climate change, Biodiversity, Green economy
Addressing justice and sustainable developmentAccording to the World Justice Project’s Measuring the Justice Gap report, the justice needs of 5 billion people around the world are unmet.17/07/2019Health
Implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) through fisheries legal frameworksThe Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) organized an expert workshop in May 2019 in Rome, Italy, to explore the implementation of the Convention through fisheries legislation. The workshop brought together around 26 legal and technical experts.17/07/2019Biodiversity
Medellín shows how nature-based solutions can keep people and planet coolThis summer, as temperatures have soared across Europe, India, Egypt and many other places, the first reaction of those with access to cooling has often been to crank up the air conditioning.17/07/2019Climate change, Green economy
Smart wastewater management can help reduce air pollutionHeavily polluted urban waterways emit toxic gases such as methane and nitrous oxide which are also greenhouse gases, and a recent global study found that concentrations of antibiotics in some of the world’s rivers exceed safe levels by up to 300 times.16/07/2019Waste, Climate change
Marine litter and the challenge of sustainable consumption and productionPlastics are part of modern life. But when not properly managed, they harm our health, biodiversity and ecosystem services. The problem of plastic pollution has been growing, and the costs mounting, particularly for the marine environment.15/07/2019Waste, Biodiversity
Learning for a green recoveryOver the next 6-18 months, it is estimated that countries will invest over $20 trillion to recover from the fallout of COVID-19. The make-up of these financial decisions will define the shape of our societies and economies for decades to come, including our ability to respond to greater environmental challenges lying ahead.15/07/2019Climate change, Green Economy
Let’s invent the future this Youth Skills Day!Engaging young people in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.15/07/2019Climate change, Green economy, Biodiversity, Health
The triple planetary crisis: Forging a new relationship between people and the earthAs we stand at the crossroads of a world that has plunged into the worst recession in modern history, we carry with us, the tremendous responsibility of ensuring that our actions continue to be guided by the Rio+20 outcome document The Future we Want and Agenda 2030, to promote the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development.14/07/2019Climate change
How to feed 10 billion peopleWith a global population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, it is not unreasonable to ask: how are we going to feed all these people?13/07/2019Food
Get to know: BelgiumBelgium, a champion for the environment, is also one of UN Environment Programme's strongest partners.12/07/2019Climate change, Green economy, Biodiversity, Health, Waste, Land use
Tapping trash for goldA third of all food produced globally is wasted every year, and its disposal often contributes to air pollution, generating unnecessary emissions, in addition to representing wasteful practices.12/07/2019Waste, Food, Climate change
Bread to beer: an unlikely sandwich cast-off“Team Toast” have built Toast Ale—an award-winning beer made from surplus bread. Team member 25-year-old Michael Lawrence is taking over pubs in London to raise awareness about the dangers of food waste, and promote simple, innovative and local solutions that can help curb it.11/07/2019Waste, Food
No Food Left Behind, Part 2: A Tale of Two Markets: A Model for Working Together to Fully Utilize the SurplusThe second report in the No Food Left Behind series looks at crops grown for the processing market—frozen, canned, and pickled—and the drivers for waste in this market. The report compares losses in the processing crop market to those in the fresh market, detailed in the first report.09/07/2019Land use, Food
Countdown to ExtinctionEcological and climate breakdown share many of the same drivers: notably, the destruction of forests and other natural ecosystems by industrial agriculture. Some 80% of global deforestation is a result of agricultural production, which is also the leading cause of habitat destruction.10/06/2019Land use, Biodiversity
Letak Doseženi rezultati projekta GPP 2020 (javno naročanje za nizkoogljično gospodarstvo) [SI]V okviru evropskega projekta GPP 2020, ki je potekal v osmih državah članicah, je Umanotera sodelovala kot nacionalni podporni partner. GPP 2020 je spodbujal izvajanje zelenega oz. nizkoogljičnega javnega naročanja (ZeJN). Namen projekta je bil izvesti večje število zelenih/nizkoogljičnih javnih naročil in ob tem predstaviti ogljične in energijske prihranke ter krepiti usposobljenost javnih naročnikov pri izvajanju zelenih/nizkoogljičnih javnih naročil. 09/05/2019Green economy
Priporočila za uporabo trajnostnih zahtev v postopkih zelenega javnega naročanja stavb [SI]V okviru projekta Trajnostna gradnja (CEC5) so v Umanoteri ustvarili Priporočila za uporabo trajnostnih zahtev v postopkih zelenega javnega naročanja stavb (marec 2014)09/05/2019Climate change
Letak “Kako naj prispevam k ljudem in naravi prijaznejšim športnim dogodkom?” [SI]V okviru projekta Čista zmaga – trajnostni športni dogodki, ki so ga izvajali od marca 2012 do avgusta 2013, je nastal letak z napotki za v uporabo organizatorjem “Kako naj prispevam k ljudem in naravi prijaznejšim športnim dogodkom?”
Namen projekta je bil preko športnih dogodkov doseči spremembe v delovanju posameznikov in organizacij in tako prispevati k doseganju trajnostnega razvoja.
09/05/2019Waste, Biodiversity, Climate change
Proračun lokalne skupnosti [SI]Namen projekta Ozelenjevanje občinskega proračuna je bil opolnomočiti lokalne skupnosti za prispevanje k prehodu v zeleno, z viri gospodarno in konkurenčno nizkoogljično gospodarstvo in trajnostno družbo z zeleno reformo občinskih proračunov. V okviru projekta je nastal dokument Proračun lokalne skupnosti (april 2017).09/05/2019Green economy, Biodiversity, Climate change
Zakaj je pomembno ozelenjevanje občinskega proračuna in kakšne so koristi? [SI]Namen projekta Ozelenjevanje občinskega proračuna je bil opolnomočiti lokalne skupnosti za prispevanje k prehodu v zeleno, z viri gospodarno in konkurenčno nizkoogljično gospodarstvo in trajnostno družbo z zeleno reformo občinskih proračunov. V okviru projekta je nastal dokument Zakaj je pomembno ozelenjevanje občinskega proračuna in kakšne so koristi (junij 2017)09/05/2019Green economy, Biodiversity, Climate change
State of the Practice: Sustainability Standards for Infrastructure InvestorsThis new study by Stanford Global Projects Center—commissioned by Guggenheim Investments and World Wildlife Fund—reviews a range of multi-stakeholder infrastructure sustainability standards and project rating programs, a necessary step to transition sustainable infrastructure investing into an institutional asset class.17/01/2019Green economy
Educating Tomorrow's Food Waste WarriorsWith so much food moving through schools each day, there is a huge opportunity to work with students, teachers, food service providers, cafeteria staff, and more, to fight waste and inspire change in both institutions and young people. Schools can use their cafeterias as classrooms and help students understand the connection between what they eat and their planet, and forge lifelong stewardship habits.19/12/2018Waste, Food
Holding your Government Accountable for Climate Change: A People’s GuideAll around the world there are increasing incidents of climate-fuelled heatwaves, floods, droughts, and extreme weather events. Every person has the right to a healthy environment – to life, health, food, and an adequate standard of living. Climate change poses a threat to these rights. But we can make a difference.11/12/2018Climate change
Living Planet Report 2018The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand for natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the Earth.29/10/2018Biodiversity
A Crisis of Convenience: The corporations behind the plastics pollution pandemicThe plastic pollution crisis has become increasingly visible in recent years; shocking images of choked wildlife and piles of plastic waste in our communities and ecosystems have intensified public concern.23/10/2018Waste
A Coal Phase-Out Pathway for 1.5°CA rapid transition away from coal is technically and economically possible, but it will require aggressive retirement of coal plants coupled with equally aggressive deployment of efficiency measures and low-carbon power sources. The briefing explores the specifics of how such reductions could be implemented over the coming three decades, given the geographical distribution and age structure of the global coal plant fleet and the new coal plant pipeline.08/10/2018Climate change
WWF Education for Nature Annual Report 2018Education is one of the most powerful drivers of change. For 24 years, the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) has played a pivotal role in preserving and restoring Earth’s epicenters of biodiversity by supporting conservationists across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Through scholarships, fellowships, and small grants, EFN enables individuals to pursue degrees and attend trainings, and provides funding for local organizations to train communities in WWF priority places.01/10/2018Biodiversity
The Final Countdown: Now or never to reform the palm oil industryThe investigation exposes the total failure of Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, to break its links to rainforest destruction.19/09/2018Land use, Food, Biodiversity
WILDLABS: Annual Report 2017Since WILDLABS’ launch in late 2015 it has become a platform for 2,300 experts around the world to openly share information and collaborate on technology solutions to pressing conservation challenges28/08/2018Biodiversity
No Food Left Behind, Part 1: Underutilized Produce Ripe for Alternative MarketsThis report details research to begin to understand the magnitude of the opportunity through the collection of baseline data from farms on post-harvest losses of peaches, potatoes, tomatoes, and romaine lettuce.21/08/2018Land use, Waste, Food
Destination Zero – Seven Years of Detoxing the Clothing IndustryThis Greenpeace Germany report shows the progress of global clothing brands and suppliers in detoxing from hazardous chemicals, as well as identifying future challenges for all stakeholders.12/07/2018Green economy, Health
Moment of Truth: Forest Destruction for Palm OilImmediate action worldwide to halt deforestation and restore extensive areas of natural forest is key to limiting climate change and biodiversity loss. Halting and beginning to reverse the destruction of the world’s forests for agriculture is the cheapest, quickest and most equitable option to stabilise the climate and buy time for a just transition to a low-carbon economy.19/03/2018Land use, Food, Biodiversity
Wildlife in a Warming World: The Effects of Climate Change on BiodiversityThis report examines the impact of climate change on nearly 80,000 species in 35 of the world’s most diverse and naturally wildlife-rich areas. It models a number of different climate scenarios—from a no-emissions-cuts business-as-usual rise in global mean temperatures of 4.5°C to a 2°C global rise to keep to the upper limit of the Paris Agreement.13/03/2018Climate change, Biodiversity
Tackling Deforestation Through a Jurisdictional ApproachJurisdictional approaches seek to align interests and coordinate actions among governments, businesses, local communities, and NGOs toward shared conservation, supply chain sustainability, and green development goals07/03/2018Land use
Less Is More: Reducing Meat and Dairy for a Healthier Life and PlanetOur food system — including changes in land use linked to agriculture — is currently responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Meat and dairy production alone already releases as much greenhouse gas emissions as the transport sector.05/03/2018Food, Health, Climate change
Hotel Kitchen: Fighting Food Waste in HotelsWWF is working to transform sectors where we see potential to make the biggest impact. It’s estimated that 40% of food waste happens in customer-facing businesses like restaurants, supermarkets and hotels. Hotels, which serve $35 billion dollars in catering and banquets each year in the US, are an ideal test bed to learn, iterate, drive waste reduction, and help reshape the food service industry as leaders in food waste reduction.13/11/2017Waste, Food
Practitioner's Guide to Developing River Basin Report CardsThis guide is designed for government or non-profit employees, development officials, river basin managers, private sector representatives, community organizers, academics, journalists, or any others interested in acting to secure the health and future of a freshwater resource. It provides an overview of river basin report cards and their utility, as well as guidance on how to create a report card and leverage the process and results to drive change25/10/2017Biodiversity
Green Recovery and Reconstruction ToolkitThe GRRT is a toolkit and training program designed to increase awareness and knowledge of environmentally responsible disaster response approaches. Although disasters wreak havoc, the rebuilding efforts that follow represent a significant and important opportunity to restore communities in a more environmentally and socially responsible way.10/10/2017Green economy
Building Back Safer and Greener: A Guide to Sound Environmental Practices for Disaster RecoveryPost-disaster recovery and reconstruction can cause many adverse environmental impacts. This guide outlines ways in which they can be avoided, and good practices can be promoted, in order to reduce future disaster risk and ensure long-term livelihoods and well-being for local people05/07/2017Green economy
Air Quality Policies in SloveniaThis document describes Slovenia's national-level policies that impact air quality. It is based on research that UN Environment conducted in 2015 in response to Resolution 7 of the first UN Environment Assembly.01/07/2017Climate change, Health
Green Growth Indicators 2017Green growth policies need to be founded on a good understanding of the determinants of green growth and need to be supported with appropriate indicators to monitor progress. This book presents a selection of updated and new indicators that illustrate the progress that OECD and G20 countries have made since the 1990s. It updates the 2014 edition.
Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia set up the methodology for monitoring the amount of food waste. The statistical data published in this publication are the first data of this kind that have been collected.
20/06/2017Green economy, Biodiversity
The Environmental Risks of Neonicotinoid PesticidesThe purpose of this review is to collate and summarise scientific evidence published since 2013 that investigates the impact of neonicotinoids on non-target organisms and to bring it into one place to aid informed decision making.12/01/2017Biodiversity, Health
Food Among WasteStatistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia set up the methodology for monitoring the amount of food waste. The statistical data published in this publication are the first data of this kind that have been collected.20/12/2016Food, Waste
PFC Pollution Hotspots: How these Chemicals are Entering Our BodiesIn the USA and Europe, pollution problems have been building up since as long ago as the 1950’s, when PFC production started, dominated by the production of the PFCs PFOS and PFOA – now known to be highly persistent and toxic. The manufacture of hazardous per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) is leading to contamination of the local environment, including surface water, drinking water, groundwater as well as air and dust.14/11/2016Green economy, Health
Europe’s Pesticide Addiction:
How Industrial Agriculture Damages our Environment
Europe’s dependency on chemical pesticides is nothing short of an addiction. Crops are routinely doused with a variety of chemicals, usually applied multiple times to single crops throughout the whole growing season. Industrial agriculture, with its heavy use of chemical pesticides, pollutes our water and soil and leads to loss of habitats and biodiversity.13/10/2015Land use, Biodiversity, Health
Energy [R]evolutionDynamic change is happening in energy supply, but the change needs to happen faster. this energy [r]evolution scenario proposes a pathway to a 100% sustainable energy supply, ending CO2 emissions and phasing out nuclear energy, and making redundant new oil exploration in the arctic and deep sea waters such as off the coast of Brazil. it also demonstrates that this transformation increases employment in the energy sector.21/09/2015Climate change
Footprints in the snow – Hazardous PFCs in remote locations around the globePFCs are environmentally hazardous substances, which are persistent in the environment. Once released into the environment they break down very slowly; they can remain in the environment for many years after their release and are dispersed over the entire globe. These pollutants are found in secluded mountain lakes and snow from remote locations, they accumulate in living organisms such as the livers of polar bears in the Arctic and also in human blood.14/09/2015Waste, Health
Ecological Farming: The seven principles of a food system that has people at its heartEcological farming is a vision of sustainability, equity and food sovereignty in which safe and healthy food is grown to meet fundamental human needs, and where control over food and farming rests with local communities, rather than transnational corporations.18/05/2015Land use, Biodiversity, Health
Tied Down. Why Europe’s energy giants keep us hooked on imported fossil fuelsEurope’s biggest power companies are putting pressure on EU politicians to weaken future commitments to cut carbon emissions and boost renewables and energy efficiency. Ambitious, binding targets in these three areas would help Europe tackle the global threat of climate change, while slashing its dependence on imported fuels.09/10/2014Climate change
Powe[R] 2030This report by Greenpeace based on modelling from Energynautics illustrates the extent of this clash across Europe, and the potentially enormous cost savings if Europe chooses to shift more quickly to a system based on renewables.25/03/2014Climate change, Green economy
Bridging the Emissions Gap: A UNEP Synthesis ReportThis report explains to decision-makers and stakeholders the range of potential options available to close the emissions gap in 2020. It includes a package of ideas beginning with the big picture from the modeling community, then focusing on opportunities to reduce emissions from international sources of emissions, and finally highlighting current national efforts in important emitter countries.16/11/2011Climate change