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Major reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services to be launched at UN-backed meeting in Medellin

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:52:52 -0400

With our planet’s flora and fauna facing unprecedented threats, science and policy experts are set to gather next week in Medellin, Colombia, for a United Nations-backed meeting to consider five landmark reports aiming to inform better decisions by Governments, businesses and even individuals on biodiversity, and issues of land degradation and restoration.

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Disasters cost billions in agricultural losses, poor farmers bear brunt – UN report

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:53:47 -0400

A crowded field of threats that includes drought, floods, animal disease outbreaks and chemical spills are among the disasters costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, according to a new report from the United Nations agriculture agency.

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UN launches Environmental Rights Initiative

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:48:42 -0500

Taking a stand against ongoing threats, harassment and murder of environmental defenders, the United Nations on Tuesday launched an initiative enlisting business communities to champion a clean and healthy environment.

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UN chief appoints former New York Mayor as Special Envoy for Climate Action

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:59:15 -0500

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday appointed Michael R. Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, as his Special Envoy for Climate Action.

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Hunger rates remain high amid conflict, climate shocks, warns UN food security report

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:30:51 -0500

Increased hunger and food insecurity, fuelled by conflict and climatic challenges, continues to inflict suffering on populations in different parts of the world, forcing them to remain dependent on humanitarian assistance, a new United Nations report has warned.

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UN launches new global data collection tool to help reduce disaster, losses taking ‘a huge toll’

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:09:48 -0500

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) kick-offed on Thursday a historic new effort to collect comprehensive global data on disaster losses.

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For Valentine’s Day, UN environment wing is urging everyone to ‘break up’ with single-use plastic

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:34:21 -0500

As many countries prepare to mark Valentine’s Day, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling on people to end their “toxic relationship” with single-use plastic and find “new love,” with more environmentally sustainable options.

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Central Africa’s iconic mammals threatened by poachers, armed groups – UN environment wing

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500

Elephants, giraffes, rhinos and other magnificent mammals targeted in wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa are under threat of extinction, caught in the crosshairs of armed groups and highly-militarized poachers, the United Nations environment wing warned on Friday.

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Near-record warm temperatures fuel deadly, costly weather events in 2017 – UN

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:38:29 -0500

The upward trend in global temperatures marked by record-shattering warmth in 2015 and 2016 kept pace last year, with the United Nations weather agency warning Thursday that continued pressure on the Arctic in 2017 will have “profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world.”

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Taking on environmental health risks, UN agencies aim to protect 'foundations for life' on Earth

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year.

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