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UN / OZONE DEPLETION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

A new UNEP report says that the world avoided a major problem by getting rid of ozone depleting substances by the Montreal Protocol, but Executive Director Achim Steiner said, "what was not foreseen" is that if the use of the substance that replaced them, Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), continues to increase, there could be "a major negative [...]

10 Sep 2014 | Read More »

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / TOURISM

The Dominican Republic  is home to a vibrant and distinct culture and heritage as well as to a rich ecosystem, biodiversity and dazzling landscapes. Nevertheless, this small island state faces many challenges, including climate change, degradation of natural resources, loss of marine biodiversity and a rapid uncontrolled growth of the tourist sector which exerts pressure [...]

1 Sep 2014 | Read More »

ST LUCIA / SEA WATER SEWAGE

Marigot Bay is visited by thousands of tourists every year and many businesses have been set up to take advantage of this boom. Many of these have had problems maintaining their septic systems because the water table in the bay is high, which means there is an incidence of leeching of sewage from the soak-aways [...]

29 Aug 2014 | Read More »

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / LION FISH

Over the past 20 years, lionfish, an invasive species, has spread out of control in the Caribbean and seriously impacted local marine biodiversity. The fishermen of La Caleta, in the Dominican Republic, who have voluntarily given up fishing in the area and instead turned to tourism as an alternative sustainable lifestyle, have seen the threat [...]

27 Aug 2014 | Read More »

ST LUCIA / RECYCLING

The Island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean is home to a vibrant and distinct culture and heritage as well as to a rich ecosystem, biodiversity and dazzling landscapes. Nevertheless, this small island state faces many challenges, including climate change, degradation of natural resources, and waste management. Recycle It, funded in 2001 by Josephat Small, [...]

22 Aug 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / BAN CUB

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, concluding his visit to Kenya in the wake of the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), looked forward to the swift agreement on the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate deal. UNEP

29 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UNEA CLOSER

On the last day of the United Nations Environment Assembly, over 130 Environment Ministers exchanged views on the current poaching crisis facing African elephants and rhinos. They also discussed other threats such as illegal harvesting and trafficking of timber, fish and myriad other species. UNEP

27 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UNEA WRAP

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) opened its high-level segment in Nairobi with the participation of Prince Albert II of Monaco and president Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya among others, as the first session of the world environment body entered its fourth day. UNEP

26 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UNEA ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME CRISIS

A new report from UNEP and INTERPOL says that global environmental crime, worth up to (USD) 213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations. UNEP/ RECENT / FILE

24 Jun 2014 | Read More »

KENYA / UN ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY OPENER

The first UN Environment Assembly, UNEA, was launched in Nairobi, Kenya, where hundreds of high profile delegates convened for this historic event. UNEA is a newly constituted world body for decision-making on the environment tasked with looking at new ways in which the international community addresses environmental sustainability issues. UNEP

23 Jun 2014 | Read More »

 

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