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International Polar Year Reports Widespread Global Warming

Article: International Polar Year Reports Widespread Global Warming

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 25, 2009 (ENS) – New evidence of the far-reaching effects of global warming in the polar regions has emerged from the scientific explorations of International Polar Year 2007-2008. Snow and ice are declining in both polar regions, affecting human livelihoods as well as local plant and animal life in the Arctic, as…

Worldwide Weather Information Standards in the Works

Article: Worldwide Weather Information Standards in the Works

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 17, 2008 (ENS) – The UN World Meteorological Organization and the International Organization for Standardization, ISO, have agreed to cooperate in setting international standards for weather, climate and water data, products and services. The new procedures will “clarify the authority of WMO documents and enhance their international recognition and dissemination,” said WMO…

Four African Countries to Sell Ivory, China Permitted to Buy

Article: Four African Countries to Sell Ivory, China Permitted to Buy

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 15, 2008 (ENS) – Four southern African countries have been approved to sell a total of 108 metric tonnes of government owned elephant ivory as a one-time exception to the international moratorium on ivory sales that has been in place since 1989 to protect these endangered animals from poachers. The decision was…

UN: Plan to Fix World Food Crisis in Place By June

Article: UN: Plan to Fix World Food Crisis in Place By June

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 30, 2008 (ENS) – The United Nations aims to have a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis in place by the beginning of June, “around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce,” a top UN official said at a news conference here today. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs…