U.N.: Thawing permafrost is climate threat

U.N.: Thawing permafrost is climate threat

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Northern Hemisphere permafrost contains twice as much carbon as the atmosphere and could significantly amplify global warming, a U.N. report says.

U.N. urges action on Kenya deforestation

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The top United Nations environment official has called on Kenya to act on a roadmap for reversing deforestation in the East African country.

U.N.: Wetlands a vital global resource

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Governments must recognize the vital economic and environmental role wetlands play in supporting human life and biodiversity, a U.N.-backed report says.

UNEP calls for better chemical management

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A U.N. agency called on world leaders to incorporate sustainable management of the chemicals industry into their economic and environmental policies.
U.N.: Earth near 'biophysical limits'

U.N.: Earth near 'biophysical limits'

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 7 (UPI) -- Earth's environmental systems are nearly at "their biophysical limits," portending irreversible and possibly cataclysmic world changes, a U.N. report warns.

U.N.: World failing in sustainability

UNITED NATIONS, June 6 (UPI) -- The world is on an unsustainable track despite internationally agreed upon goals and objectives on the environment and human well-being, a U.N. report says.

Report: Green growth good for economy

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 1 (UPI) -- At least 1.5 billion members of the global work force could be affected by a transition to a greener economy, a top U.N. environmental official said.

U.N. highlights pressing green issues

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A U.N. report identifies soil depletion and the rising number of end-of-life nuclear power reactors as pressing environmental issues, officials in New York say.

UNEP urges green initiatives for islands

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Green investments in marine and coastal resources can provide a boost to countries that depend on the maritime sector, the United Nations said.

Green revolution is here, UNIDO says

VIENNA, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- An era where the global industrial sector is based on green energy is approaching but work is needed to make the revolution sustainable, UNIDO said from Vienna.
U.K. researcher honored for beehive fence

U.K. researcher honored for beehive fence

BERGEN, Norway, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A British biologist was honored by the United Nations for research that led to the development of a beehive fence to keep elephants from raiding crops.

'Ozone-friendly' chemicals worry experts

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A rise in the use of "ozone-friendly" hydrofluorocarbons has raised concerns the potent greenhouse gases could be a problem in the future, a U.N. report says.
U.N. urges greening of Asia, Pacific

U.N. urges greening of Asia, Pacific

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A U.N. report calls on Asian and Pacific countries to transition to a green economy that takes advantage of resource efficiency so they can prosper.

U.N. warns on climate change

UNITED NATIONS, July 21 (UPI) -- Global climate change constitutes a major threat for future world peace and security, a United Nations official says.

U.N.: Climate change a global threat

UNITED NATIONS, July 21 (UPI) -- Volatile weather events brought on by climate change create "an unholy brew" that can threaten international security, the U.N. secretary-general said.
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Achim Steiner
Susan Solomon (3L), speaks to journalists during a press conference at UNESCO in Paris, February 2, 2007, as from L to R: IPCC WGI co-chair Dahe Qin; IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri; the secretary general of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Michel Jarraud and the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, look on. The UN climate panel issued its strongest warning yet that human activities are heating the planet, adding pressure on governments to do more to combat accelerating global warming. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

Achim Steiner (born 1961 in Brazil) is a German expert in environmental politics. From 2001 to 2006 he was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Since June 2006 he has been Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Acting on the nomination of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN General Assembly unanimously elected Steiner as the Executive Director of UNEP on 16 March 2006 for a four-year term, effective 15 June 2006. In this office he succeeded Klaus Töpfer. He became the fifth Executive Director in UNEP's history. Effective as of 1 March 2009, Achim was also appointed Director-General of the UN Offices at Nairobi (UNON).

At its 83rd plenary meeting, on 22 April 2010, the General Assembly, on the proposal of the Secretary-General, re-elected Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for another four-year term of office beginning on 15 June 2010 and ending on 14 June 2014.

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