United Nations
Wasting food just feeds climate change, new UN environment report warns 
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:09:58 -0500
More than 930 million tonnes of food sold in 2019 landed in waste bins, according to new UN research, released on Thursday, in support of global efforts to halve food waste by 2030. 
UN report calls for scaling-up carbon capture, use and storage
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:50:34 -0500
Trapping and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil power generation and industry is needed urgently to achieve carbon neutrality, the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said in a report published on Wednesday.
Protect forests for ‘people, planet and prosperity’, Guterres urges on World Wildlife Day
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 05:57:57 -0500
Under increasing threat from the  unsustainable use of forest resources and wildlife trafficking, the UN chief called on Wednesday for people and governments everywhere to step up efforts to protect forests and support forest communities. 
Secretary-General urges countries to end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:35:19 -0500
The world still has a “fighting chance” to limit global warming by ending dependence on coal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told representatives from governments, local authorities and the private sector, meeting online on Tuesday. 
Environmental racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’, must end, say UN human rights experts
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:07:34 -0500
The further industrialization of so-called “Cancer Alley” in the southern United States, known for its pollution-emitting chemical plants, should be halted according to a large group of independent UN human rights experts, who on Tuesday branded it a form of “environmental racism”. 
FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to survive and thrive in Ghana
Sun, 28 Feb 2021 05:05:05 -0500
In the West African country of Ghana, many people from farming backgrounds are forced to find new ways to survive, as droughts, floods and erratic weather patterns upend age-old agricultural practices.
UN climate report a ‘red alert’ for the planet: Guterres
Fri, 26 Feb 2021 08:35:05 -0500
Nations are “nowhere close” to the level of action needed to fight global warming, a UN climate action report said on Friday, urging countries to adopt stronger and more ambitious plans to reach the Paris Agreement goals, and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century. 
Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 15:46:12 -0500
Reporting that hunger has increased almost fourfold in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that 1.7 million people are in the ‘emergency’ category of food insecurity, calling for $47.3 million now, to provide urgent food assistance.
World risks ‘collapse of everything’ without strong climate action, Attenborough warns Security Council
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:56:13 -0500
More collective action is needed to address the risks climate change poses to global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told a high-level Security Council debate on Tuesday, as renowned natural historian David Attenborough warned countries that the planet faces total ‘collapse’. 
FROM THE FIELD: Poor and vulnerable bear brunt of climate change
Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:30:05 -0500
People living in low-income countries are at least four times more likely to be displaced by extreme weather compared to people in rich countries, despite being the least responsible for climate change, that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian office, OCHA.
2021: Critical year to ‘reset our relationship with nature’ – UN chief 
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:41:49 -0500
During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. 
UN hails ‘day of hope’ as US officially rejoins Paris climate accord
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:39:59 -0500
The official return of the United States to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change represents good news for the country and the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday during a virtual event to mark the occasion. 
UN chief to security meeting: ‘2021 must be the year to get back on track’
Fri, 19 Feb 2021 12:39:09 -0500
By exposing deep fissures and fragilities, “COVID-19 has x-rayed the world”, the UN chief told the Munich Security Conference on Friday, while acknowledging that today’s vulnerabilities go “well beyond” pandemics and public health. 
UN offers science-based blueprint to tackle climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:31:00 -0500
Without nature’s help, “we will not thrive or even survive”, the UN chief said on Thursday, launching a major report on the environment. 
First Person: ‘The world is in your hands and begins at your door’.
Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:58:45 -0500
British celebrity gardener Monty Don, a UN advocate for plant health, is raising awareness of the links between human health, plant health and the well-being of the planet.
UN talks ‘honestly’ about the environment and avoids ‘scaremongering’
Wed, 10 Feb 2021 14:28:35 -0500
The challenge of tackling climate change is one that the UN needs to talk about “honestly, without scaremongering” and by focusing on scientific fact, according to Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). 
Cooling La Niña is on the wane, but temperatures set to rise: UN weather agency
Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:08:15 -0500
Temperatures in almost all parts of the world will likely rise between now and April despite the cooling influence of the latest La Niña weather phenomenon, which has passed its peak, UN climate experts said on Tuesday. “Impacts on temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns continue”, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in a statement.
2021 a ‘crucial year’ for climate change, UN chief tells Member States
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 11:50:25 -0500
The world is far from achieving agreed goals to reduce global warming in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the UN Secretary-General warned on Monday in his ongoing bid to secure greater commitment to averting climate catastrophe. 
First Person: Digging for victory in the Philippines
Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:04:34 -0500
Some farming techniques can have a devastating and negative effect on the environment, as farmers seek to harvest the maximum amount of produce from their land, but the efforts of a Filipino chef and activist are demonstrating that, with the right approach, agriculture can help to regenerate land, offer protection from the effects of climate change and extreme weather, and improve livelihoods.
FROM THE FIELD: Celebrating the power of centuries-old farming techniques
Sun, 31 Jan 2021 08:05:07 -0500
Sustainability is not new: communities have been living in harmony with their surroundings for hundreds, if not thousands of years. As the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration begins, the UN is celebrating some of the most remarkable agricultural systems found around the world.