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How community effort has become 'Tide Turner' for Plastic Waste

Half a century ago plastic entered our lives in medical miracle substance it is now ubiquitous so Is plastic waste; Carry bags, toys, straws, wrappers and now COVID-19 protective gear.Humanity has produced about 9 billion tons in its lifetime and most of it has ended up clogging our drainage or in landfills or is polluting the natural environment. Every year about 13 million tonne plastic ends up in oceans ,most of it is single use plastic that is labeled as disposable because it's not recyclable.Thin single use plastic is so light that it is hard to catch and it is carried around with ocean currents, it is projected that by 2050 the weight of plastic will exceed the weight of all the fishies in the sea. With ocean currents and change in temperature the plastic gets broken down into tiny pieces which the marine animals then confuse for microplankton, birds feed on them and some of it eventually ends up in human food.

Global warming and land use change to drive more extreme wildfires

A study conducted by the United Nations Environmental Programme(UNEP) says that there will be a global increase in extreme fires of up to 14% by 2030, compared to the number recorded in 2010-2020. The increase could reach 30% by 2050 and 50% by the end of the century.

UN passes agreement to end plastic pollution

In the historic move to tackle with the global issue of plastic wastes, 175 nations across the world adopted a resolution at the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi to forge an international “legally binding agreement” by 2024 to end plastic pollution.

UN passes agreement to end plastic pollution

In the historic move to tackle with the global issue of plastic wastes, 175 nations across the world adopted a resolution at the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi to form an international “legally binding agreement” by the year 2024 to resolve plastic pollution.

Cairo: Host of COP27 is Struggling with Poor Air Quality

Egypt is set to host this year’s UN climate conference COP27, in November. Cairo– the capital of Egypt has constantly ranked low in air quality rankings. The PM 2.5 concentration in the air according to the WHO should not be more than 5 mg per meter cube, in Cairo it’s 72mg per meter cube according to Global Ambient Air Database.

Study Proves Mumbai Areas With Less Green Cover are Warmer

A Green Cover Map Study by World Resources Institute (India) proves that areas in Mumbai with lesser tree cover tend to be hotter.

World Environment Day 2022

It is the 50th year of Environment Day. It started in 1972, in Stockholm at the United Nations on Human Environment, it was the first conference with the environment at its center. It was also the conference where the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was conceived.

UN partnership aims to combat microplastics in cigarettes

The UN Environment Programme and the Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are launching a campaign for spreading awareness about the plastic contents of cigarettes. Cigarette butts and filters are made up of a kind of plastic which, if not properly disposed ends up breaking into microplastics and releasing toxic heavy metals that are increasingly becoming an environmental and healthcare concern

Healthcare waste from COVID threatens environment: WHO

The COVID19 pandemic has unleashed cracks in the waste disposal and management system of various countries. Especially in poor countries where its disposal was not proper, many countries were not very equipped to handle the sudden surge in plastic waste

Extreme Weather Phenomenon in India (Himalayan Region)

Recent years, especially the last decade has been marked with extreme weather phenomenon. This is more frequent in the Himalayan regions of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and some parts of northeast India. While most of these events are a result of changing climate, some of them are attributed to local weather phenomenon and other human factors like tunneling, unplanned road cutting, stone mining, deforestation, and construction.

Global Climate Strike, Movements Sparking Across The World

In the first worldwide climate action since the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Climate Strike saw participation from over 99 countries as thousands of people supported the rally demanding government action on the climate crisis. This comes right before the COP26, scheduled in Glasgow within a month.

COP27 101: A Guide for the Uninitiated

You’re aware of climate change, of course. After all, you read and watch the news. And lately, there has been a lot of fuss about it in the media, ain’t it? Melting glaciers, scorching temperatures, the wildfires, the heatwaves, the flooding, the droughts – all fallouts of climate change, so the scientists claim.

Bonn Climate Conference to Set The Tone For COP27

The climate change conference hosted by Germany in Bonn starting next week will set the tone for the upcoming COP27 to be held in Cairo, Egypt. The Bonn conference will focus on climate change, emission reductions and adaptation strategies in changing climate.

Cairo Roundtable held on ‘UN Global Early Warning Initiative: Developing the Global Architecture for Delivery on Early Warnings for All’

A Cairo Roundtable was organized on the 5th and 6th of September 2022 on the ‘UN Global Early Warning Initiative: Developing the Global Architecture for Delivery on Early Warnings for All’ and hosted by the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Cairo, Egypt.

$6.2 million project signed to support COP27 by the Egyptian Government, UNDP, and supporting partners in Cairo

On the 27th of September 2022 in Cairo, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU), the Embassy of Denmark, the Embassy of Switzerland and the African Climate Foundation signed a new $6.2 million project to support Egypt’s presidency of the 27th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 7–18 November this year.

UN: Climate adaptation needs 10 to 18 times more funds

A recent United Nations report highlighted the obvious lack of finances available for climate adaptation, despite the rising problems faced by climate change around the world.

UN Chief Says: Close Climate Ambition Gap Ahead Of COP28

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has made a strong call to action ahead of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai to address climate ambition gap as soon as possible.

Can COP28 Bridge Climate Commitments, Financial Challenges, and Global Cooperation?

The COP28 Presidency hopes that the G20's pledge to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030 will have an impact on the COP28 outcome. However, the COP28 Director General, Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi, is hesitant about verifying the delivery of the promised $100 billion each year beginning in 2020, highlighting the need of developed nations fulfilling this commitment.

E-waste Management Market in 2023

In 2012, the globe produced a remarkable 50 million tonnes of E-Waste, with substantial contributions from the United Kingdom (1.3 million tonnes), China (11.1 million tonnes), and the United States (10 million tonnes). Now, the question remains to be answered, has e-waste management been taken control of.

UN India partnership celebrating one year of partnership

Looking back on a year that changed a lot of things, the UN office in India is celebrating a year of big steps forward in its development goals with India.