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Record ‘green’ energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges – UN-backed report


The world is now adding more renewable green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed today, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and that those who ignore this will be left behind. Last year, renewable power instalments increased […]

US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a ‘major disappointment’ – UN

Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric for the UN Secretary-General, reads a statement on the United States decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General today said the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security. “The Paris Agreement was adopted by all the world’s nations in 2015 because they recognize […]

UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack on Manchester concert

The Security Council observes a moment of silence for the victims of the 22 May terrorist attack in Manchester, United Kingdom. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack targeting crowd gathering for a concert in Manchester, the United Kingdom, while the United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence to honor the victims. According to media reports, a suicide bombing killed at least 22 people and injured many at Manchester Arena, at the […]

On Day for Biological Diversity, UN says tourists must protect nature that draws them

Mammoth Hot Springs, in Yellowstone National Park, host thermophilic bacteria which colour the travertine terraces (Wyoming, USA - 2007). UN Photo/EFP

Tourism must not undermine the nature that attracts tourists in the first place, said the head of the United Nations-backed treaty on biological diversity, marking International Day for Biological Diversity. “Tourism grows, so does the risk of harming the environment […] It will be important therefore such developments do not undermine the very natural beauty […]

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