News by topic: Climate Change, Environment


FEATURE: UN’s mission to keep plastics out of oceans and marine life

27 April – There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.


Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences, says UN

26 April – The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.


UN agency and Chinese bike-share firm team up to raise awareness about climate change

25 April – The United Nations development agency is teaming up with ofo, a China-based bike sharing platform, to raise public awareness about climate change, it was announced today.


Mother Earth Day: Environmental and climate literacy vital for a cleaner, greener planet, says UN

22 April – Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs, the United Nations is emphasizing on Mother Earth Day.


UN agency uses satellite data to aid farmers in Africa, Middle East boost water efficiency

20 April – The United Nations agricultural agency created an online database that uses satellite data and Google Earth images to figure out how much water is being used to irrigate crops, focusing on parts of Africa and the Middle East that are facing water scarcity.


Iraq: UN assessment reveals extensive destruction in western Mosul

13 April – Using satellite imagery and local researches, the most recent evaluation confirms that western Mosul has undergone extensive destruction, “far greater than in the east,” according to a senior United Nations aid official in the country.


UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

11 April – With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans.


Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy – UN

6 April – The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today reported.


Weather, existing socio-economic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency

4 April – Very heavy rainfall triggered the landslides that hit Colombia over the weekend, but “exceptional” level of rains were not the sole cause, the United Nations weather agency said today, noting that many other factors, such as loss of forest cover, added to the devastation.


Mali ratifies amendment to Montreal Protocol, first country vowing to slash HFCs – UN

4 April – Mali has become the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations environment agency today announced.