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“Evergreen Agriculture” Wins for Climate and Hunger

In Zambia's Central Province, a dirt track marks a line between hope and despair. On one side is farmer Collens Mwinga's lush maize crop, a full three metres high, swaying in the breeze.


Major Donors to UN Crisis Relief Fund Commit to Multi-year Funding

Several major donors have made multi-year commitments to provide significant funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which aims to save scores of thousands of lives by providing virtually immediate financing in sudden-onset crises, like earthquakes or hurricanes, or for ongoing but neglected emergencies.


UN-REDD Programme welcomes five new countries, Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka

Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka join the UN-REDD Programme, Denmark becomes a new donor and Panama gets approval of its UN-REDD national programme 


Deep-Sea Microbes May Answer Long-Standing Question About Earth's Nitrogen Cycle

Scientists have identified an unexpected metabolic ability in a symbiotic community of deep-sea microorganisms that may help solve a lingering mystery about the world's nitrogen cycle.


National Science Foundation Advisory Committee Offers New Vision for the Geosciences in Report "GEO Vision: Unraveling Earth's Complexities through the Geosciences"

Society stands at a crossroads. With growing problems such as resource depletion, energy sustainability, environmental degradation and climate change, can we protect the health of the planet while achieving widespread economic prosperity?


Stream of Sand Behaves Like Water: Research opens up new experimental territory

University of Chicago researchers recently showed that dry granular materials such as sands, seeds and grains have properties similar to liquid, forming water-like droplets when poured from a given source.


Africa Weather Information Network Launched by the United Nations

An innovative UN, public-private partnership is launched the “Weather Info for All” initiative to improve Africa’s weather monitoring network in the face of the growing impact of climate change.


First Green Star Awards Given by UNEP, GCI and OCHA Honour Individuals, Organizations and Governments

The Green Star Awards honour individuals, organizations and Governments who demonstrate outstanding dedication to preventing, preparing for, and responding to the environmental impacts of man-made and natural disasters.


Scientists Make First Direct Observations of Biological Particles in High-Altitude Clouds

A team of atmospheric chemists has moved closer to what's considered the "holy grail" of climate change science: the first-ever direct detections of biological particles within ice clouds.


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Announces the 2009 Champions of the Earth

This year's winners are: Norwegian Environment Minister Erik Solheim; tropical forest and climate campaigner Kevin Conrad; photographic and public awareness pioneer Yann Arthus-Bertrand; wind power entrepreneur Tulsi Tanti; biomimicry specialist Janine Benyus; recycling innovator Ron Gonen; and the youth-empowering Ethiopian organization Tena Kebena.


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