Plastic Bag Bans ‘Can Slash Air Pollution’

Plastic bag bans can not only cut down on marine waste and reduce damage to valuable ecosystems – they can also slash air pollution. That’s according to a new study published by UN Environment, which highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of air pollution, especially in …

Prominent Environment Experts Die in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, was among the first to confirm that a United Nations consultant working with her government’s Ministry of Environment and Forests died aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on Sunday.  From the UK, it was British aquaculture expert Joanna Toole who was lost, according to the …

Can Norway Help Us Solve the Plastic Crisis, One Bottle at a Time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo. As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It …

Against All Odds, Mountain Gorilla Numbers Are on the Rise

The news coming out of East Africa’s Virunga Mountains these days would have made the late (and legendary) conservationist Dian Fossey very happy. According to the most recent census, the mountain gorillas introduced to the world in Gorillas in the Mist, Fossey’s book and the film about her work, have …

Deputy Secretary-General, at General Assembly Event on World Wildlife Day

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the General Assembly event on World Wildlife Day, in New York on Friday: I am pleased to be with you for this fourth observance of United Nations World Wildlife Day.  The focus this year is to engage young people to protect …

100 Countries Push to Phase out Potentially Disastrous Greenhouse Gas

A loose coalition of more than 100 countries, including the US and European nations, is pushing for an early phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a powerful greenhouse gas that if left unchecked is set to add a potentially disastrous 0.5C to global temperatures by the end of the century. At a …

Up to 340 Million Tons of CO2-equivalent per year Avoided Thanks to UNIDO Activities

Between 1990 and 2015, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) helped avoid the use and potential emission of 340 million tons of CO2-equivalent per year. This is equivalent of 71 million passenger vehicles driven for a year. These figures were announced by UNIDO, an implementing agency of the Montreal …