United Nations
‘Stay the course together to emerge stronger’ from COVID-19 crisis: UN chief’s message to major sustainability forum
Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:00:07 -0400
As a major United Nations forum prepares to assess progress towards a fairer future for people and the planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that each of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:03:00 -0400
At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much.
First Person: Looking to the skies to understand the climate crisis
Mon, 29 Jun 2020 00:15:06 -0400
Could studying the cosmos help us to fight the climate crisis? Two astronomers at the University of Hawaii think that knowledge of the solar system may help to slow down the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.
UN highlights urgent need to tackle impact of likely electric car battery production boom
Sun, 28 Jun 2020 00:15:05 -0400
Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD, to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be urgently addressed.
What will power the post-pandemic global economic recovery?
Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:15:05 -0400
As governments try to kick-start their economies, the UN is calling for recovery plans to be built around low-carbon technologies, to avoid a return to fossil fuel-based "business as usual".
Extraordinary ‘megaflash’ lightning strikes cover several hundred kilometres, smashing records
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 16:59:51 -0400
New records for extreme lightning bursts, or ‘megaflashes’, during 2019, have been made official, more than doubling the size and duration of the previous record flashes, the UN’s weather agency, WMO, announced on Thursday.
First Person: Innovation brewing at Hawaii coffee farm
Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:09 -0400
Innovation and experimentation are helping a coffee farm in the US state of Hawaii to prosper in a competitive market, an approach which has helped the company to get through the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO
Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:57:17 -0400
Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in the Arctic Circle likely reached a record 38C (100.4F), last weekend, have been approved by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pending final verification, it said on Tuesday.
FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to Lesotho’s changing climate
Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:40:08 -0400
Living in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho comes with its fair share of challenges, including land degradation and climate change, which are upending traditional farming practices. 
‘New contract’ needed with nature to keep drought and deserts at bay
Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:39:06 -0400
The UN Secretary-General has called for “a new contract for nature” to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change.
Throughout COVID-19 recovery, 'plummeting’ clean energy costs can help climate action
Wed, 10 Jun 2020 17:35:07 -0400
As COVID-19 hits the fossil fuel industry, a new UN report published on Wednesday shows that renewable energy is more cost-effective than ever – providing an opportunity to prioritize clean energy in national economic recovery packages and bring the world closer to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.  
COVID-19: ‘Unparalleled economic shock’ threatens development hopes and gains
Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:57:52 -0400
As the diverse and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world, an “unparalleled economic shock” is putting development gains at risk, the UN chief told a meeting of high-powered business leaders on Wednesday.
Solidarity is the world’s ‘best line of defence’: UN General Assembly president
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 17:39:08 -0400
Back in September, the world committed to a landmark political declaration on universal health coverage. Now, in the throes of the COVID-19 crisis, the President of the UN General Assembly has reiterated the importance of investing in health as “an investment in human capital, social and economic development and the empowerment of all people”.
World Oceans Day: Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 12:39:45 -0400
The COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the UN chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day.
FROM THE FIELD: Pacific islanders confront twin threats of climate change and coronavirus
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:44:33 -0400
People living on an isolated island community in the Pacific Ocean are finding ways to reduce their dependence on expensive imported food while promoting climate resilient farming techniques, thanks to a programme supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
Bringing the coral reefs back to life
Sun, 07 Jun 2020 00:40:05 -0400
Coral reefs are being killed by the climate crisis, which is leading to rising sea temperatures. “Cryopreservation”, a pioneering scientific technique, could be one way to help save them.
First Person: Collecting the ‘Book of Life’ for coral reefs
Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:10:09 -0400
With the climate crisis threatening coral reefs around the world, a researcher in Hawaii is part of a team pioneering new techniques to preserve living coral sperm and larvae, and ultimately save the biodiversity and genetic diversity of coral reefs not just in Hawaii but across the world.
World Environment Day: COVID-19 crisis demands fundamental rethink
Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:32:12 -0400
The COVID-19 health crisis should be seen as a clarion call to “fundamentally rethink our relationship” with natural ecosystems and shrinking biodiversity, the UN cultural agency chief said on Friday, World Environment Day.
May confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdown
Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:06:45 -0400
Last month was the warmest May on record and carbon dioxide levels also hit a new high despite the economic slowdown from COVID-19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, in an urgent appeal for Member States to renew their efforts to tackle climate threats.
Protect the environment, prevent pandemics, ‘nature is sending us a clear message’
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 17:33:37 -0400
On this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, the UN is drawing links between the health of the planet, and human health, and highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity, the system that supports life.