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Mangroves need carbon finance mechanisms, UN says


Rate of loss of coastal wetlands is raising risk of flooding and damaging food and water supplies, new report finds

10 Dec 2014

UN: Poor countries face annual $500bn climate change bill


New study finds cost of adapting to climate change likely to be two to three times higher than previous estimates as risks increase

05 Dec 2014

UN: World must achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2100

Emissions trading

Report warns global CO2 emissions may have to hit zero soon after the middle of the century if world is to stay within 2C temperature rise

19 Nov 2014

UN: more efficient equipment could save $350bn a year

New Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership launched to promote worldwide shift to energy efficient devices

24 Sep 2014

Islands need 'blue-green' economy to tackle climate change

UNEP report outlines pressing need for island strategy focused on clean tech, resource efficiency, and sustainable consumption

03 Sep 2014

DNV GL and UNEP team up to advance green energy in developing countries

Organisations join forces to support work of Climate Technology Centre and Network

18 Aug 2014

UN: Climate adaptation investment will ensure Africa's growth

New report highlights how protecting continent's economy against droughts, heat waves, and floods, will enhance economic development

12 Aug 2014

China boosts solar exports to developing countries as trade tension with US mounts

United Nations report finds China accounts for around 30 per cent of renewable energy trade to developing nations as market expands

27 Jun 2014

Report: Companies’ plastic use costs environment $75bn each year

Food sector contributes the largest chunk of the financial cost to natural capital, with the oceans facing acute threats, UN study finds

23 Jun 2014

UNEP renewable energy trends report - At a glance

The United Nations Environment Programme has today unveiled a major report on global green energy investment for 2013 - BusinessGreen highlights its key findings

07 Apr 2014

UK defies slowdown in global renewables investment

New UNEP report shows worldwide investment in green energy fell 14 per cent last year as a result of political uncertainty and falling technology costs

07 Apr 2014

UN eyes trillion dollar global green procurement programme

Initiative aims to help governments channel public procurement funds towards more sustainable goods and services

02 Apr 2014

World leaders warned time is running out to close widening emissions gap

United Nations Environment Programme calls on governments to step up action to prevent catastrophic climate change

05 Nov 2013

When will paint makers agree to ban lead?

AkzoNobel calls on coatings industry to form voluntary agreement to phase out harmful chemical from the supply chain

21 Oct 2013

Investors demand clearer sustainability reporting

Industry survey finds investors are using sustainability reports but want more transparent and comparable data

23 Jul 2013

UNEP's business risk report - at a glance

The United Nations Environment Programme today issued a major report analysing the economic risks and opportunities caused by climate change

21 Jun 2013

UN: Businesses must prepare for a changing climate

Achim Steiner: "Companies that face up to these realities are likely to be the ones that thrive and remain competitive in a rapidly changing world"

21 Jun 2013

UN: Greening trade can spur sustainable development

Report identifies opportunities for developing nations to benefit from growing global demand for green goods and services

08 May 2013

Doha deal must include permafrost action, says UN

Frozen soils could account for 39 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions as temperatures rise, report warns

27 Nov 2012

UN: World "actively moving in the wrong direction" on climate change

Even meeting emissions commitment will leave the planet far beyond internationally agreed limits, report finds

21 Nov 2012

Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded

UN warns vulnerability to commodity price spikes can damage nations' balance of payments

20 Nov 2012

Countries pledge to double biodiversity funding by 2015

UN summit in Hyderabad ends with renewed commitment to conservation efforts, but levels of finance pledged remain unclear

22 Oct 2012

Solar boom pushes global renewables investment to $257bn in 2011

Enormous 75 per cent annual increase in global solar capacity takes sector financing to record levels

11 Jun 2012

Global environment deteriorating despite international targets

UN report finds just four of 90 climate goals are showing 'significant progress', pushing the planet beyond its limits

07 Jun 2012

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