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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.

Books Motivate Progress Toward a Redefined Sustainable Future

Two books recently published by the Yale Press call for major change and motivate thinking about what is meant by “sustainability,” The Bridge at the Edge of the World and Sustainability by Design.

Tens of Thousands of Afghan School Children to Benefit from a $24 Million Donation from Japan

Tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Kabul are set to benefit from a $24 million donation from Japan, under an agreement signed today with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to construct around 1,000 classrooms.

Japan and the Republic of Korea Announce They Will Invest Billions of Dollars in Environmentally Smart Projects

Japan and the Republic of Korea announcement that they will invest billions of dollars in environmentally smart projects to create jobs and spur economic growth is the latest sign that the Green New Deal advocated by the United Nations is gaining momentum, the head of the UN Environment Programme said on January 9, 2009.

United Nations Launches E-Learning Initiative in over 160 Developing Countries

A new United Nations (UN) e-Learning initiative, launched in Berlin on December 6, 2008 will offer developing countries opportunities to draw upon a rich array of training and capacity-building resources.

OpenmindProjects of Southeast Asia: "Learning for Life, Nature and Future"

OpenmindProjects (OMP ) conceived in 2001 from an idea to bring Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to where it was most needed advances its objectives with the help of new technology.

World Food Programme, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Howard G. Buffett Foundation Join Forces

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation on September 24th unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to help poor farmers across the developing world significantly increase their incomes.

Netherlands Inaugurate New Mobile Laboratory to Support United Nations

An innovative mobile laboratory developed by the Netherlands to support international response to environmental emergencies was officially inaugurated by the Ministers of Environment and Development Cooperation in The Hague on 18 August 2008.

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