Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014
April 08, 2014
According to a new report – and not surprisingly – renewable energy’s share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year. 2013 was, however, the second year in a row that global investment in renewables fell, declining 14 percent to USD214.4 billion from 2012, which itself was 12 percent below the 2011 investment peak of USD279 billion. Given the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent and very sobering report, that cumulative USD64.6 billion, 23 percent decline in annual investment is worrying.
UNEP Forest Watch
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with Google, World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 40 environmentalists to launch a “near real-time” forest monitoring system to track deforestation worldwide. The new on-line forest monitoring and alert system, dubbed Global Forest Watch (GFW), will show tree losses around the world in high resolution and with frequent updates, UNEP said in a statement.
China is facing significant environmental and social challenges that must be addressed if it is to achieve its sustainable development goals, according to a joint report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese government.
Nitrous oxide (N20) emissions could almost double by 2050 if more aggressive action is not taken, undermining global efforts to curb climate change, the United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday.
Illegal logging is the biggest sector of evironmental crime
November 08, 2013
Environmental crime is on the rise and has now become one of the most profitable forms of organized crime, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned. From the illegal trade in wildlife and timber to the smuggling of ozone depleting substances and the illicit trade in hazardous waste and illegal fishing, environmental crime is a serious and growing international problem, whose impacts transcend national borders.
UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013
November 06, 2013
Should the global community not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2°C this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges, according to a new UN report. The Emissions Gap Report 2013 — involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries and co-ordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — released ahead of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw next week.
Business, environment, balance
Adapting to a changing environment and seizing green economy opportunities will give companies competitive advantage The future of existing private sector companies will increasingly hinge on the ability of businesses to adapt to the world’s rapidly changing environment, according to a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). To stay ahead of competitors, it says, they need to develop goods and services that reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, emissions of harmful chemicals, and other environmental concerns.
Greening global trade is a vital step to achieving sustainable development, and developing countries are well positioned to help catalyze this transition, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Worldwide material consumption 1970-2008
April 25, 2013
Asia Pacific has surpassed the rest of the world in its consumption of materials and will continue to dominate world material flows, according to a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today. The region’s trade balance indicates that the current rate of exploitation of its resource base is no longer sufficient to support the region’s fast-growing economies and changing lifestyles. From 1970-2008, consumption of construction minerals increased 13.4 times, metal ores and industrial minerals consumption 8.6, fossil fuels 5.4, and biomass 2.7 times.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Chinese enterprise to be its strategic partner for its flagship awards for the first time.