How to Overcome Water Challenges in Agriculture

More than three billion people live in agricultural areas with high to very high levels of water shortages and scarcity, and almost half of them face severe constraints. Furthermore, available freshwater resources per person have declined by more than 20 percent over the past two decades globally, underscoring the importance …

What Are the Biggest Risks to Business? New Data Shows Climate Concerns Are Rising

An overly simplistic view of global economics has fuelled climate denial and skepticism for decades. Some opponents of climate change mitigation policies argue that achieving any progress would require an impossible retrofitting of our economy and result in lower profits and fewer jobs. In reality, in many ways, climate action …

Renewable Energy Can Support Resilient and Equitable Recovery

Advancing the renewables-based energy transformation is an opportunity to meet international climate goals while boosting economic growth, creating millions of jobs and improving human welfare by 2050, finds the first Global Renewables Outlook released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently. While a pathway to deeper decarbonisation requires total …

Study: Children Have Better Nutrition When They Live Near Forests

Spending time in nature is known to boost mental and emotional health. Now, a new global study has found that children in 27 developing nations tend to have more diverse diets and better nutrition when they live near forests. The paper, published Wednesday in Science Advances, provides evidence that forest …

Major Renewable Energy Projects in Africa and Asia

Five new partners joined UN Environment’s Seed Assistance Facility today, committing to invest $50 million in clean power projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In a region like sub-Saharan Africa where, 600 million people lack access to electricity, clean energy has the potential to greatly improve quality of life, economic …