Monthly Archives: November 2011

New UN satellite survey of forests charts extent of global deforestation


30 November 2011 – The rate of global deforestation, mainly the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land, averaged 14.5 million hectares a year between 1990 and 2005, according to a satellite-based survey released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The findings of […]

30 November 2011|

UN urges food sector to reduce fossil fuel use and shift to ‘energy-smart’ agriculture


30 November 2011 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged the global food industry to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, saying that excessive reliance on that form of energy is likely to undermine efforts to produce enough food for the world’s […]

30 November 2011|

This year will be world’s tenth warmest on record, UN report finds

29 November 2011 – Temperatures this year are the tenth highest on record since 1850, and the highest ever in a year which experienced a La Niña event, a meteorological phenomenon which is supposed to have a cooling influence on Earth’s atmosphere, a United Nations agency […]

29 November 2011|

Decision on the host of COP 18/CMP 8


29 November 2011 – The State of Qatar and the Republic of Korea have agreed to closely cooperate to make the next major UN Climate Change Conference at the end of 2012 a success.

The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, COP 18/CMP 8 (the 18th Conference of […]

29 November 2011|

UN Climate Change Conference in Durban kicks off with South African President calling on governments to “save tomorrow today”


28 November 2011 – Against a background of record greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, more frequent and intense extreme weather events, but also growing momentum for action to fight climate change, the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban (28 November to 9 December) kicked off […]

28 November 2011|

UN climate change conference kicks off in Durban with call to action

28 November 2011 – Thousands of representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gathered today in Durban, South Africa for the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution.

The stakes at the two-week […]

28 November 2011|

UNEP Report Outlines Measures and costs of Reducing black Carbon and Non-CO2 Gases to Slow Climate Change

25 November 2011 – A new UNEP report outlines a package of 16 measures which could reduce global warming, avoid millions of premature deaths and reduce global crop yield losses by tackling black carbon, methane and ground-level ozone – substances known as short-term climate forcers. Download the […]

25 November 2011|

UN telecoms agency urges use of technology to tackle climate change

25 November 2011 – The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said today that it will, with partners, urge delegates at the UN climate change conference in South Africa next week to harness the power of information and communication technology to promote measures to mitigate and adapt […]

25 November 2011|

UN study provides guidelines to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2020

23 November 2011 – A new United Nations study released today provides policy-makers with technical and economically feasible guidelines on how to cut down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions so governments can meet their environmental targets by 2020.

Bridging the Emissions Gap , released by the […]

23 November 2011|

Greenhouse gases reach new high, says UN meteorological report

21 November 2011 – The presence of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere last year reached its highest levels since pre-industrial times, a report released by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns today.

The latest edition of WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which places special focus […]

21 November 2011|