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16.9% of US electricity from renewables in first half of 2016

  16.9% of US electricity from renewables in first half of 2016
11:46am - 26 August 2016

According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), renewable energy accounted for 16.9 per cent of electricity generation in the US for the first half of 2016

North America, Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Energy

Japan to make 2020 Olympic medals from e-waste

  Japan to make 2020 Olympic medals from e-waste
4:57pm - 25 August 2016

For the 2020 Olympic Games, Japan is planning to make medals out of electronic waste and home appliances

Asia, Worldwide, Sports

Plastics firm to generate new revenue from recycling efforts

  Plastics firm to generate new revenue from recycling efforts
11:50am - 25 August 2016

SPI’s new Zero Net Waste programme recognizes companies that have taken steps to eliminate waste throughout the plastics manufacturing life cycle

North America, Carbon Reduction, Finance, Tech. & Innovation
🎤CLIMATE INTERVIEWS
  Interview with Mark Campanale: Founder of Carbon Tracker Initiative

Interview with Mark Campanale: Founder of Carbon Tracker Initiative

Carbon Reduction, Finance

Climate Action spoke with Mark Campanale, the Founder and Executive Director of Carbon Tracker – a not for profit financial think tank aimed at aligning capital market actions with climate reality.

🎤PRESS RELEASES
  Incoming President of UN General Assembly puts financing for sustainable development centre stage

Incoming President of UN General Assembly puts financing for sustainable development centre stage

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, COP 22, Finance, Policy

Ambassador Peter Thomson, President-elect of the United National General Assembly, signalled that unlocking finance for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a key challenge of our times

🎤CLIMATE LEADER PAPERS
  Bertrand Piccard

Clean energy: the change is happening

by Bertrand Piccard
Solar Impulse
  David Pitt-Watson

Finding the Clean Trillion

by David Pitt-Watson
UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)
EDITOR'S PICKS
  Electric motorcycle to depart on world tour

Electric motorcycle to depart on world tour

Europe, Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, Tech. & Innovation, Transport

Netherlands-based Storm Eindhoven are preparing to depart on an 80-day world tour with their zero-emission electric motorcycle, the STORM Wave.

  Interview with Courtney Geduldig, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, S&P Global

Interview with Courtney Geduldig, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, S&P Global

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, Finance, Sustainable Energy, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action spoke with Courtney Geduldig of S&P Global - a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide.

  Clean energy: the change is happening

Clean energy: the change is happening

Worldwide, Sustainable Energy, Tech. & Innovation, Transport

Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot, Solar Impulse

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  • From chemical pollution to submerged explosives - major threats to European whales and dolphins...

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    UN Environment Head Visits Ethiopia...

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    Incoming President of UN General Assembly puts financing for sustainable development center stage...

    - US$5-7 trillion a year needed to implement the Sustainable Development Goals...

    Remarks by Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director at Luc Hoffman's Memorial...

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    Clean air takes centre stage at Sarajevo Film Festival...

    - Festival's Enviro Day to showcase UN Environment initiatives boosting air quality and protecting human health
    - 44,000 years of life, one-fifth of GDP are lost in Bosnia and Herzegovina annually...

  • No peace without freedom from want

    Food security and agriculture have an essential role to play in preventing conflicts and crises on the African continent, blunting their impacts and acting as engines for post-crisis recovery.

    Once upon a time in the future of food and agriculture

    The World Food Day poster and video contest aims to give children an opportunity to explore this theme and express their ideas about the relationship between climate change, the food we eat, and the causes of hunger - and share them with others.

    Sizing up livestock farming’s carbon footprint

    A new and interactive tool released by FAO allows farmers, policy makers and scientists to calculate meat, milk and eggs production as well as greenhouse-gas emissions from livestock to make the sector more productive and more climate-friendly.

    When it comes to its humanitarian work, FAO is in it for the long haul

    On World Humanitarian Day 2016, we reflect on FAO's activities in humanitarian situations and profile some of our team who are working in the field to build a world free from hunger.

    A floating threat: sea containers spread pests and diseases

    Globally, around 527 million sea container trips are made each year - China alone deals with over 133 million sea containers annually. It is not only their cargo, but the steel contraptions themselves, that can serve as vectors for the spread of exotic species capable of wreaking ecological and agricultural havoc.

  • Lima Call for Climate Action Puts World on Track to Paris 2015

    A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries.

    New Portal Highlights City and Private Sector Climate Action

    A way to increase the visibility of the wealth of climate action by cities, regions, companies and investors was launched today by the government of Peru.

    New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs

    A new documentary released on 11 December 2014 highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate change around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima.

    Winners of United Nations Climate Change Awards Honoured in Lima

    Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, were treated to an evening of hope and optimism as the winners of the 2014 Momentum for Change Awards were feted tonight at a gala event.

    Forest Announcements Pave Way for Climate Action

    At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, a group of five countries has taken steps towards improved national and global forest action.

  • TICAD side event stresses integration

    Nairobi, 27 August 2016—A side event at the ongoing TICAD VI meeting saw the importance of integration getting top priority. Officials from Japan’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Lands and Tourism- the organizers of the side event said the integration of land planning and infrastructure especially with transport system, was the way to go if optimum results […]

    TICAD VI opens in Nairobi with heightened optimism for African continent

    Nairobi 27 August 2016 —The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) opened in Nairobi on Saturday with heightened optimism that it will help unlock Africa’s full development potential. This optimism was not misplaced considering that the government of Japan pledged to give some USD 10 billion towards infrastructure development in the African […]

    UN-Habitat and partners in urban regeneration in Mexico City

    Mexico City, 25 August 2016—Studies have showed that complex urban dynamics that respond to high land prices and lack of affordable housing in the center of the cities are forcing residents of large metropolis to relocate sometimes even 2 hours away from their jobs. According to the same studies, this state of affairs is having […]

    Call for expression of interest to host the UN-Habitat Urban Center of Excellence

    The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), is seeking development partners and a host city to become the home of UN-Habitat Urban Center of Excellence and be the seat of an international knowledge, practice and innovation center with the mission to enhance global capacity to design, plan and manage sustainable cities, promote urban prosperity and […]

    Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularisation

    UN-Habitat collaborates with the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies-IHS and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in the international training program focusing on slums, informal settlements and policies and approaches to upgrade existing settlements and prevent informal urbanization in cities in the Developing World. The course takes place from 10 to 28 July […]

  • Helping farmers reach Zero Hunger in Sierra Leone

    Usman Kanu is a rice farmer from the Masimera chiefdom in Sierra Leone. Thanks to his participation in WFP's rice farming project he has doubled his yields in the last two harvests and has been able to build himself a house from the profits. The project – funded by the Government of Japan – provides rural families with the tools and techniques to better cultivate the land around their villages. Rice production in the whole area has shot up by 186 percent, making Usman's experience just one of many success stories. As harvest season approaches this year, farmers are hoping for even better results. 

    Sharing Humanity: Abeer’s Story

    As a programme associate  in Yemen for the World Food Programme, Abeer Noman has survived airstrikes, evacuated staff and made sure her own family is safe. In the lead up to this year’s World Humanitarian Day, we’re sharing stories that celebrate the spirit of humanitarianism. This is Abeer’s story.

    10 Facts About Food and Nutrition in Brazil

    Over the past decades, Brazil has made sustained efforts to reduce malnutrition, and its commitment has paid off. While all eyes are on the country for the Rio 2016 Summer Games, we look at ten things to know about food and nutrition. 

    Sharing Humanity: Besher’s Story

    Besher, a driver for the World Food Programme in Syria, shares his story of working behind the wheel. It’s part of a series of local staff stories to mark World Humanitarian Day 2016.

    Sharing Humanity: Hafiza’s Story

    Hafiza Khan knows first-hand what it’s like to experience the aftermath of a super cyclone. To mark World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, Hafiza and other World Food Programme team members are sharing their stories about working in their own countries to help end hunger.