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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.

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.

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