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New UNEP Report Underlines Sustainable Public Policy and Investment Path on the Road to Rio+20

United Nations Environment Programme
February 21, 2011

Nairobi/World - Investing two per cent of global GDP into ten key sectors can kick-start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy a new report launched today says.

February 20, 2011
Press Release

Hindus have commended the Global Climate Change policy statement of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) which says, “Policies addressing global climate change should enhance rather than diminish the economic situation of people in poverty”.

February 16, 2011
By Madeleine Lee and Jay Ruskin
United for Peace of Pierce County

February 6, 2011
By Bishop Greg Rickel and the Rev. Hunt Priest
The Columbian 

The state of Washington is at a crossroads. Last year, the U.S. Senate failed to consider a national climate and energy bill, and there are now congressional attempts to repeal the Clean Air Act and curtail the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to protect our environment and public health...

February 1, 2011
By Andrew Restuccia
The Hill

More than a dozen scientists took aim at climate skeptics in a letter to members of Congress late last week, calling on lawmakers to put aside politics and focus on the science behind climate change.

In the Jan. 28 letter, 18 scientists from various universities and research centers called on lawmakers to take a “fresh look...

Statement by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director

United Nations Environment Programme
February 2, 2011

2011 is the International Year of Forests (IYF) and celebrations will officially be launched today during the 9th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York.

This Year, which comes in the wake of the...

January 24, 2011
By Gregory M. Lamb
The Christian Science Monitor

Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement, says spiritual values are the key to healing ourselves and our environment.

New York — On a visit to Japan, Wangari Maathai learned the story of the hummingbird and the forest fire. While the other animals run in fear or...

Longstanding Chinese ideals, which seek balance between man and nature, could help humans find a better way of living, writes Pan Yue, China’s vice minister for environmental protection.

By Pan Yue
January 11, 2011 

Traditional Chinese thought not only calls for the unity of man and nature, but provides the tools that allowed China to...

January 5, 2011
Yale Daily Bulletin

A pledge of $3 million will endow a joint senior faculty appointment between Yale Divinity School/Berkeley Divinity School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) in honor of H. Boone Porter, a graduate of Yale College, Berkeley and FES, and his wife, Violet M. Porter.

January 5, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney is reportedly urging India to declare a National Vegetarian Day and Hindus have thrown their weight behind his call to celebrate meat-free living and compassion toward animals.

Well known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that vegetarianism, besides reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was good for...