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Clean Up The World Maps Activities Online

Article: Clean Up The World Maps Activities Online

SYDNEY, Australia, September 19, 2008 (ENS) – A new online tool will track environmental protection activities across the planet as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend, the United Nations Environment Programme announced today. Clean Up the World Weekend, celebrated globally on the third weekend in September, starts today. Clean Up the World…

Basketball Star Yao Ming Is UNEP's First Environmental Champion

Article: Basketball Star Yao Ming Is UNEP's First Environmental Champion

BEIJING, China, August 9, 2008 (ENS) – Chinese and NBA basketball star Yao Ming, who carried the Chinese flag in Friday’s opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympic Games, has accepted an invitation from the UN Environment Programme to become its first Environmental Champion. “I am delighted and greatly honored to accept the UN Environment Programme’s…

Green Olympics Effort Draws UN Environment Chief to Beijing

Article: Green Olympics Effort Draws UN Environment Chief to Beijing

BEIJING, China, August 4, 2008 (ENS) – The head of the United Nations Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, will attend the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics on August 8 as part of the agency’s continuing support for the greening of the games, the UN announced today. UNEP has been working with the Beijing Olympic Committee…

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

Article: Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The UN’s campaign to plant one billion trees has been so successful that it was expanded Tuesday to become a Seven Billion Tree Campaign. In just 18 months, the original Billion Tree Campaign has inspired the planting of two billion trees, double its original target. The effort is…

Medical Miracles Slipping Away as Extinction Claims Species

Article: Medical Miracles Slipping Away as Extinction Claims Species

SINGAPORE, April 23, 2008 (ENS) – New new cancer treatments, new painkillers, a new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for HIV, thinning bones, kidney failure, and macular degeneration – even ways to regrow limbs – may all be lost unless the present alarming rate of biodiversity loss is halted, according to a new book containing…

World's Environment Ministers Meet to Mobilize Global Green Economy

Article: World's Environment Ministers Meet to Mobilize Global Green Economy

MONACO, February 20, 2008 (ENS) – A green economy is emerging worldwide as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions into clean technology and renewable energies, finds the 2008 United Nations Environment Programme Year Book. The Year Book was presented here today at the opening of the largest gathering…