News by topic: Climate Change, Environment


Earth Hour 2017: UN joins iconic landmarks 'going dark' to support protecting the planet

25 March – The United Nations this evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual 'Earth Hour,' global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably.


Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia – UN agency

24 March – Concluding a mission to Colombia, a multi-disciplinary team of United Nations environment experts have highlighted that the country has a unique opportunity to promote sustainable and resilient livelihoods in which the nature serves as the foundation for long-lasting peace.


Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel

23 March – Speaking today at a United Nations forum to invigorate political momentum on climate change, the head of a major UN panel on climate change underlined that human influence on the climate system cannot be disputed.


Faced with ‘clear science, real threats,’ countries must remain committed to Paris climate deal – UN

23 March – Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for Governments and business, senior United Nations officials said today.


World Meteorological Day celebrates importance of clouds for weather, climate and water

23 March – Clouds inspire art and thought, but few natural phenomena are as important to weather, climate or water, the United Nations meteorological agency today said, launching a digital cloud atlas to celebrate World Meteorological Day.


FEATURE: Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

22 March – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.


Wastewater should be recognized as a valuable resource, UN says on World Water Day

22 March – In a world where the demand for water continues to grow and the resource is finite, a new United Nations report argues that wastewater, discarded into the environment every day, once treated, can help meet the needs for freshwater as well as for raw materials for energy and agriculture.


Record-breaking weather in 2016 pushes world into ‘truly uncharted territory’– UN agency

21 March – Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017.


Greener energy for a third of the world bodes well for all, says UN on International Forest Day

21 March – Cautioning the impact of human activity such as practices use of woodfuel on world’s forests, the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for better wood-energy conversions technologies and more sustainable management of forests so that everyone benefits.


Warming earth threatens to release huge amounts of carbon – UN agency

21 March – Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth's soil, the United Nations agricultural agency today reported, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response efforts.