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Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 20, 2009 (ENS) – Environment officials from more than 140 countries today agreed to craft the world’s first treaty to control emissions of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that poses serious risks to human health and the environment. They agreed to voluntarily limit mercury at once, even before a treaty is finalized.…

The Environmental Food Crisis: A Crisis of Waste

The Environmental Food Crisis: A Crisis of Waste

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 17, 2009 (ENS) – Over half of the food produced globally is lost, wasted or discarded as a result of inefficiency in the human-managed food chain, finds a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme released today. This staggering amount of waste plus environmental degradation is putting an end to a…

Fish Perish as Climate Change Disrupts Ocean Systems

Fish Perish as Climate Change Disrupts Ocean Systems

MONACO, February 22, 2008 (ENS) – Climate change is threatening the world’s fish populations, already stressed by pollution, alien infestations and over-exploitation, warns a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP. The worst impacts are concentrated in 10 to 15 percent of the oceans, a far greater area than previously believed. These locations…

World's Environment Ministers Meet to Mobilize Global Green Economy

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…