News by topic: Climate Change, Environment


Country-level action 'new frontier' for tackling soil pollution – UN agriculture agency

23 June – Nitrogen and metals, like lead and mercury, can strain farmable land by polluting soil, and damaging plants, and ultimately, posing risks to food security, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.


Record high temperatures grip much of the globe, more hot weather to come – UN agency

20 June – Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the United Nations weather agency reported today, warning of more heatwaves to come.


UN urges 'reboot' of drought responses to focus more on preparedness

19 June – Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to cope with extreme drought, because responding to such situations when they hit might be too late, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency said today.


Help preserve land – our 'home and future' – UN urges on World Day to Combat Desertification

17 June – With hundreds of millions of people around the globe directly affected by desertification – the degradation of land ecosystems due to unsustainable farming or mining practices, or climate change – United Nations agencies have called for better management of land so that it can provide a place where individuals and communities “can build a future.”


At EXPO 2017, UN agencies highlight benefits of clean energy for all

13 June – Showcasing the centrality of the energy sector to address global sustainable development challenges, United Nations agencies in Kazakhstan at EXPO 2017 have urged the global community for new momentum to ongoing efforts towards transition to clean energy.


Catastrophe of Aral Sea shows 'men can destroy the planet,' warns UN chief Guterres

10 June – Continuing his visit to Central Asia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today visited the Aral Sea – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – where he urged the world to take lesson from the catastrophe and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.


UN chief Guterres highlights importance of sustainable energy in message to EXPO 2017

10 June – Underlining the importance of energy, in particular for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to ensure that everyone has access to clean, affordable and efficient energy so that they can rise to their full potential.


UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life

9 June – The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans today wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean's health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.


Working together, ‘we can ensure that our oceans remain healthy as our blue home’ – UN chief

8 June – The future of the planet’s oceans is burdened by threats such as climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices – and the lack of capacities to address these threats – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling for joint global action to ensure “that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.”


Musician Cody Simpson to be named 'Ocean Advocate' for UN development agency

7 June – To mark World Oceans Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will name Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.