Tag Archives: United Nations Environment Programme

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.

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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.

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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 tons – or 375 …

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

Glacier in Uttrakhand Himalayas is receding fast due to global warming

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.

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Green Investing Guidance

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

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 pushing many companies to …

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