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Developments in the United States, By UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa

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The new US administration announced this week that it will be reviewing America’s Clean Power Plan, domestic legislation brought in by the previous administration in 2015 aimed at reducing US power sector emissions and increasing renewable energy production.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 19:06

Earth Hour 2017: 'There's never been a more critical moment in the fight'

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Many parts of the world will go dark for an hour Saturday night in more than 170 countries and territories in a show of support for protecting the planet. Millions of people will participate as homes, cities, hotels, universities and businesses turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time for Earth Hour a demonstration of commitment to fight climate change now in its 11th year.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 04:21

How waste water reuse and recycling can reduce water drudgery for women

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Somewhere in a mountain village in the Himalaya, a woman folds a taro leaf into a cone, fills it with soil, and sows a seed. She waters her little cone with waste water from the kitchen, creating an enabling environment for the seed to germinate in. She hopes that in time the seed will add a bit of greenery to her kitchen. For her, water flows down in the river where it is not easy to access, and the nearby springs are all drying up as the climate changes. She has no option but to maximize the use of available water. She has to reuse and recycle. The taro leaf prevents seepage, holds water for more days, and turns into manure over time. By the simple act of planting a seed the woman is utilizing holistic knowledge and combining various resources to maximize benefit.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 04:29

Patricia Espinosa says Next Two Years Critical for Low-Carbon Pathway

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The next two years must see major progress towards the low carbon, sustainable development model which offers the only realistic path to security and well-being for all people.

The Paris Climate Change Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, universally agreed under the United Nations, stand as the international community’s momentous commitment to turn humanity back from the cliff edge of extreme climate change and environmental collapse.


Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 07:27

SPREP and UN Environment partnership launch website in the lead up to the UN Ocean Summit

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The Pacific islands will play a crucial role as the Call for Action Declaration comes into being at the UN Ocean Conference in June this year.  Home to over 10 per cent of the planet’s oceans, the Pacific islands continue to work together to help shape global ocean management, the issue at the helm of the milestone global oceans conference.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 15:26
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