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IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.

First UN Environment Assembly Marks Environmental Coming of Age

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is taking on a higher profile in multilateral efforts to spur ecosystems-based approaches to governance and development. This includes broad-based, far reaching efforts to craft and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.

Initial IPCC Predictions on Global Temperature Rise Remarkably Accurate

Researchers investigating the accuracy of UN IPCC scientists’ initial consensus prediction of mean global temperature 1990-2030 found it to be nearly right on the money as of 2010.

Global Greenhouse Gas Levels Hit New Record

On Tuesday the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its Greenhouse Gas Bulletin that the volume of atmospheric greenhouse gases hit a new record in 2011. Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, reached a level of 390.9 parts per million (ppm) in 2011, or 140 percent of pre-industrial levels. The WMO estimates that since 1750 about 413 billion…

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World Governments Meet in Latest Effort to Stem the Tide of Biodiversity Loss

Representatives from 193 UN member nations party to the Convention on Biological Diversity are meeting in Hyderabad, India in an effort to build on historic agreements to protect biodiversity, including the 10 Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed to in Nagoya, Japan in 2010.

Glacier in Uttrakhand Himalayas is receding fast due to global warming

Himalayan Glaciers and Water Security: UNEP Calls for Better Monitoring, Information Access and Policy Coordination

The UN Environment Program’s calling for greater scientific monitoring of Hindu Kush-Himalayan glaciers, as well as more informed, inclusive and concerted policy making. Some 1.3 billion people in the vast region are to varying degrees dependent on freshwater from Himalayan glaciers for water, food security and ecosystem services.

Kenneth Flats Offshore wind farm is an example of investment dollars used to build a sustainable green economy

Green Investing Guidance

Responsible investing is a critically important way of driving social change and advancing environmental sustainability. Investing in environmentally and socially conscious businesses provide jobs and help the green economy to grow. A judicious allocation of financial resources is essential in the face of environmental degradation, widespread scarcity, population expansion, accelerating consumption, climate change and unprecedented price volatility. Investors have succeeded in…

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