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China Closes Five of its Six Depleting Chemical Plants

China, the world's largest producer of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and halons, shut down five of its six remaining plants on July 1, 2007.  This action puts the country two and a half years ahead of the Montreal Protocol's 2010 deadline for phase-out of the two ozone-depleting chemicals.


Planting a Billion Trees Campaign is Launched by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The vital importance of voluntary collective action in the fight against climate change is spotlighted with the launch of a new campaign to plant a billion trees.


Ozone Action Education Pack Provides Guidance on Simple Solutions to Protect the Ozone Layer and to Safely Enjoy the Sun

The "OzonAction Education Pack," launched globally on September 15, 2006, in English, French and Spanish, contains an entire teaching and learning programme, based on basic knowledge, practical skills and participation, to enable children to learn about simple solutions to protect the ozone layer and safely enjoy the sun.


Cutting Air Pollution Delivers "Big Bang for Your Buck"

Countries and cities that adopt air pollution busting measures can make significant economic savings, the latest GEO Year Book by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says.


Global Finance Community Joins United Nations to Tackle Climate Change

Faced with growing evidence of the negative economic consequences of climate change this powerful alliance of institutional investors managing some $3.22 trillion (see below) are pressing for capital market regulators to demand more rigorous corporate disclosure of climate risks.


Sweden and UNEP Team Up to Help Developing Countries Phase Out of Ozone-Depleting HCFCS

On 16th of November 2007, a new chapter was opened in the work of Governments and international organizations to help rid the world of a group of chemicals which, besides depleting the ozone layer, are also powerful greenhouse gases.


Using carbon emission credits to promote environmentally sensitive agriculture

Forests and tree plantations are seen as part of the solution since they store carbon at a rate 20 to 100 times more per acre than pastures and croplands. The substitution of composting and other organic techniques for fertilizers and pesticides on tree plantations also allows for increased carbon storage.


Research, Development and Commercialization of the Kenya Ceramic Jiko and other Improved Biomass Stoves in Africa

There has been a combination of local input and international agency involvement, along with many others, who participated in developing The Kenya Ceramic Jiko (KCJ).

The stove is a portable improved charcoal burning stove consisting of an hour-glass shaped metal cladding with an interior ceramic liner that is perforated to permit the ash to fall to the collection box at the base. A thin layer of vermiculite or cement is placed between the cladding and the liner. A single pot is placed on the rests at the top of the stove.


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