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  • Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face prison, says UN boss

    12/21/2016 9:02:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Dec 20, 2016 (updated: 1:51) | James Crisp
    Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face tough punishments, including prison sentences, for cheating air pollution rules, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme said today (20 December). Erik Solheim told reporters in Brussels, “Deliberate cheating needs punishment”. “You need to come down hard economically on companies,” Solheim said, adding there needs to be a “personal” consequence for such scams. Asked if that should include custodial sentences, Solheim said, “We need to speak up for those companies that do well and shame those who do not perform and, in the very worst cases, sentence or punish.” …
  • At the United Nations, the Curious Career of Maurice Strong

    02/07/2007 7:12:44 PM PST · by RKV · 29 replies · 1,384+ views
    Fox News ^ | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — Before the United Nations can save the planet, it needs to clean up its own house. And as scandal after scandal has unfolded over the past decade, from Oil for Food to procurement fraud to peacekeeper rape, the size of that job has become stunningly clear. But any understanding of the real efforts that job entails should begin with a look at the long and murky career of Maurice Strong, the man who may have had the most to do with what the U.N. has become today, and still sparks controversy even after he claims to have...
  • UN says Maurice Strong is gone—we just don’t know where or when

    11/30/2015 9:32:13 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/30/15 | Judi McLeod
    Maurice Strong may have left Mother Earth but his ghost has taken up permanent residence at the UN The ghost of Maurice Strong will haunt the UN’s COP21, where the ultimate lottery win for UN bureaucrats is being pushed. A desperate lib-left, determined to force on a public—97% of which doesn’t believe that global warming trumps Islamic terrorism as the world’s biggest threat—will see to it. Incredibly, the man who hurled the biggest rock at humanity’s progress; the one who forbad refrigeration and air conditioning for the masses, passed through this life in the same manner as his final obit:...
  • $100B/Yr Climate Finance Challenging, But Possible (global taxes!) - UN Panel (Soros)

    11/06/2010 11:28:07 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Selina Williams
    Raising $100 billion a year of climate finance by 2020 is challenging, but possible through mechanisms including carbon markets, domestic carbon taxes and a variety of international transportation taxes, a United Nations advisory group said in a report Friday. Earlier this year, the UN's Ban established the panel, which includes U.S. National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, billionaire financier George Soros and Deutsche Bank vice-chairman Caio Koch-Weser. The financing will be used to support mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries--in particular, for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
  • Climate Refugees, Not Found [U.N. wrongly predicted 50 million climate refugees by 2010]

    04/20/2011 10:04:25 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | APRIL 21, 2011
    Discredited by reality, the U.N.'s prophecies go missing. In 2005, the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) published a color-coded map under the headline "Fifty million climate refugees by 2010." The primary source for the prediction was a 2005 paper by environmental scientist Norman Myers. Six years later, this flood of refugees is nowhere to be found, global average temperatures are about where they were when the prediction was made—and the U.N. has done a vanishing act of its own, wiping the inconvenient map from its servers. The map, which can still be found elsewhere on the Web, disappeared from the program's...
  • More consumption not necessary for human well-being, says UN report

    01/25/2014 2:05:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 January 2014
    Greater food system efficiency and curbs to the expansion of cropland are necessary to prevent the collapse of global ecosystems, says a report presented today (24 January) by the UN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The report, by the UN Environment Program’s science think tank the International Resource Panel (IRP), says that policymakers must break the link between greater resource consumption and human well-being. The authors say that rising demand for food could lead to a 320 to 850 million hectare expansion of global cropland, putting greater strain of the environment’s capacity for regeneration. …
  • Nitrous oxide emissions could double by 2050: UNEP

    11/22/2013 9:01:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:16am EST | Nina Chestney
    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 Program (UNEP) said on Thursday. Commonly known as the “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide exists naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. However, it is the third most potent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide and methane due to human activities such as agriculture, fossil fuel combustion, wastewater management and industrial processes. …
  • Arctic sea ice thaw may be accelerated by oil, shipping

    09/18/2012 4:56:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    OSLO, Sep. 18, 2012 (Reuters) — Local pollution in the Arctic from shipping and oil and gas industries, which have expanded in the region due to a thawing of sea ice caused by global warming, could further accelerate that thaw, experts say. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said there was an urgent need to calculate risks of local pollutants such as soot, or "black carbon", in the Arctic. Soot darkens ice, making it soak up more of the sun's heat and quickening a melt. Companies such as Shell, which this week gave up a push to find oil this...
  • The UN Plan For Human Settlements (Obama Plan)

    05/15/2010 7:56:54 PM PDT · by bronxville · 71 replies · 1,030+ views
    Berit Kjos ^ | ,June 1996 | Berit Kjos
    Bicycles instead of cars? Dense apartment clusters instead of single homes? Community rituals instead of churches? "Human rights" instead of religious freedom? The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met June 3-14 [1996]in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN "laws", bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN. And politically correct "tolerance"-meaning "the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism"...
  • Consumption driving 'unprecedented' environment damage: UN ('revving up' the climate for Rio Summit)

    06/06/2012 7:47:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/6/12 | AFP
    Population growth and unsustainable consumption are driving Earth towards "unprecedented" environmental destruction, the UN said in a report Wednesday ahead of the Rio Summit. Of 90 key goals to protect the environment, only four have seen good progress, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a planetary assessment issued only every five years. "If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and 'decoupled,' then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation," said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The phonebook-sized report, the fifth edition of the...
  • The Climate Refugee Hoax

    04/13/2011 6:22:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 13, 2011 | Staff
    Junk Science: Five years ago, the U.N. predicted that by 2010 some 50 million people would be fleeing climate change, rising seas, mega-hurricanes and so on. Instead, no islands have sunk and their populations are booming. It's been said that when you make a prediction and provide a date, never give a number, and if you give a number, never provide a date. That way you can always claim to be right, even when you are wrong, and that it just hasn't happened yet. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) made that mistake in 2005 when it produced a map...
  • What happened to the climate refugees?

    04/10/2011 9:51:04 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 35 replies
    Asian Correspondent ^ | April 11, 2011 | Gavin Atkins
    n 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production. The UNEP even provided a handy map. The map shows us the places most at risk including the very sensitive low lying islands of the Pacific and Caribbean. It so happens that just a few of these islands and other places most at risk have since had censuses, so it should be possible...
  • UN warns of glacier meltdown

    12/07/2010 10:50:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/10 | AFP
    CANCUN, Mexico (AFP) – Glaciers are melting faster in southern South America and Alaska than in Europe and communities need to adapt their living habits to the meltdown, said a UN report released in Mexico Tuesday. Many low-lying glaciers may disappear over the coming decades, with the northwest United States, southwest Canada and the Arctic also affected, according to the report compiled by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and scientists, presented at a UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico. Changes in rain patterns and shrinking rivers will reduce water as well as food supplies to many communities, the report...
  • Oceans' fish could disappear in 40 years: UN

    05/17/2010 10:50:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 107 replies · 1,629+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/10 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry, UN experts said Monday. "If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are out of fish," Pavan Sukhdev, head of the UN Environment Program's green economy initiative, told journalists in New York. A Green Economy report due later this year by UNEP and outside experts argues this disaster can be avoided if subsidies to fishing fleets are slashed and fish are given protected...
  • Oceans are new front in fight against global warming: UN

    02/25/2010 1:47:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 296+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/10 | Jerome Rivet
    NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) – UN environmental experts Thursday issued an urgent call to study the crucial role the oceans -- as massive carbon stores -- can play in the fight against global warming. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the "Blue Carbon" initiative together with the Indonesian government Thursday on the resort island of Bali. "A global scientific study of the role of marine and coastal ecosystems in meeting the climate change challenges is urgently needed in order to improve understanding," UNEP director Achim Steiner said on the sidelines of the gathering of climate experts and environment ministers....
  • UN sounds warning after Antarctica ice shelf rips (UNEP - UN Environment Programm)

    04/07/2009 10:38:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,068+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/7/09 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said the breakway of a Jamaica-sized ice shelf from the Antarctic peninsula could accelerate global warming in this already vulnerable region. Satellite pictures show a 40-kilometre (25-mile) ice bridge that was the Wilkins Ice Shelf's last link to the coast had now shattered at its narrowest point, about 500 metres (yards) wide, UNEP said. The Wilkins Ice Shelf once covered around 16,000 square kilometres (6,000 square miles) before it began to retreat in the 1990s, and by last May the ice bridge was all that connected it to Charcot and Latady islands....
  • UN calls for spending 750 billion dollars in Global Green New Deal

    03/19/2009 3:22:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 12 replies · 322+ views
    Monsters and Critics ^ | 3/19/09 | staff
    New York - The world's 20 most advanced economies should discuss investment of 1 per cent of global gross domestic product - about 750 billion dollars - into five sectors to build an environmentally sustainable global economy, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Thursday. Such an amount could finance a 'Global Green New Deal,' drawing on the idea of the New Deal launched by US president Franklin D Roosevelt to help put an end to the Great Depression in the 1930s.
  • UN urges G20 leaders to back "Green New Deal"

    02/16/2009 2:45:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 307+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 16, 2009 | Daniel Wallis
    NAIROBI (Reuters) - World leaders meeting in London in April should kick-start a "Green New Deal" to fight climate change and revive the crippled global economy on a sustainable basis, a major U.N. environment meeting was told on Monday. High on the agenda for more than 100 environment ministers gathered in Kenya this week will be how to draw attention to "green" issues amid job losses and worldwide financial turmoil. The U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) says political efforts to curb pollution, protect forests and avert global warming have failed, and the world needs to learn from U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's...
  • US calls for treaty on mercury reduction

    02/16/2009 12:30:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/09 | Tom Maliti - ap
    NAIROBI, Kenya – The new U.S. government abruptly reversed years of Bush administration policy Monday by calling for a legally binding international treaty to reduce mercury pollution, which a senior American diplomat called the most important chemical problem in the world today. Some 6,000 tons of mercury enter the environment each year, about a third generated by power stations and coal fires. Much settles into the oceans where it enters the food chain and is concentrated in predatory fish like tuna. Children and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to poisoning by the toxic metal, which can cause birth defects, brain damage...
  • G20 Leaders Urged to Support Global Green New Deal

    11/12/2008 1:46:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 638+ views
    WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2008 (ENS) - When the leaders of the G20 countries gather in Washington this weekend for a special summit on the global financial crisis, pressure will be on to seek solutions in the growth of a new green economy. Today in Washington, Gary Gardner and Michael Renner, senior researchers with the environmental research organization Worldwatch Institute, issued a detailed proposal that they hope will focus the attention of the G20 leaders on what they are calling a "Global Green Deal." "The challenge for global political leadership, including U.S. President-elect [Barack] Obama, is not merely to kickstart...