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Buildings Role in Combating Climate Change Focus of New United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Construction and Building Initiative Report

The right mix of appropriate government regulation, greater use of energy saving technologies and behavioural change can substantially reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the building sector which accounts for 30-40% of global energy use, says a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Construction and Building Initiative (SBCI).


Evidence for human-caused global climate change is ‘unequivocal’: Prompt Action Could Substantially Blunt Warming and Harmful Consequences

The first major global assessment of climate change science in six years has concluded that changes in the atmosphere, the oceans and glaciers and ice caps show unequivocally that the world is warming.


Making Global Warming Solutions Locally Relevant and Accessible

Americans throughout the country are becoming increasingly concerned about global warming. According to a recent Zogby poll, 74% are more convinced today that global warming is a reality than two years ago.


Researchers Link Ice-Age Climate-Change Records to Ocean Salinity

Sudden decreases in temperature over Greenland and tropical rainfall patterns during the last Ice Age have been linked for the first time to rapid changes in the salinity of the north Atlantic Ocean, according to research published Oct. 5, 2006, in the journal Nature.


Environmental Action in Seattle for A Sustainable, Healthier Future

Climate Protection Initiative: Reducing global warming pollution and improving air quality


Children from Around the World Invited to Participate in UNEP’s 16th International’s Painting Competition on the Environment: The Theme is Climate Change

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and the Nikon Corporation, invite children from around the world to express their thoughts on climate change through the medium of art by participating in the16th International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment.  


The Expanding Role Of State Renewable Energy Policy in the US

A growing portion of U.S. states’ electricity is being provided by renewable energy, according to a report released on June 14 by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.


Ozone-Friendly Agricultural Products Are Goal of New Global Initiative

More than 5,000 farms and organizations joined forces with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to accelerate the phase-out of an agricultural pesticide that damages the ozone layer, the Earth’s protective shield.


Compliance Body Set Up For Kyoto Protocol On Reducing Greenhouse Gases

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that a Compliance Committee for the Kyoto Protocol, the environmental treaty aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, has begun operations, with an enforcement branch dealing with countries having difficulties meeting their commitments.


UNEP and Construction Companies Launch Green Building Initiative

A new international effort to "green" the multi-billion dollar building and construction sector was launched in Paris on February 21, 2006 with some of the biggest names in the business.


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