Carbon credits must not be a ‘free pass for inaction’

That’s the verdict from UN Environment, which suggests using carbon credits on a one-for-one basis allows certain groups and organisations to “continue on their polluting ways”

Green spending
UN and Luxembourg ink deal to boost green finance

The country is providing $500,000 to the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability

Germany pledges €2m to support peatlands and cut emissions

Peatlands are said to store twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests

South East and Southern Europe nations pledge to reduce pollution

Countries in the Western Balkans region currently rank among the worst in Europe for air pollution

Global organisations commit to eliminate plastic pollution at source

They will set targets that include eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging and move from single-use to reusable packaging models

Iraqi officials trained to assess oil-contaminated sites from ISIL conflicts

UN Environment conducted a five-day training workshop and provided portable oil contamination analysers, sampling tools and personnel protective equipment

Xiamen International Marathon runs towards plastic-free future

Organisers of the annual event have set out a plan that is expected to reduce plastic waste by 50%

UN and EU adopt new roadmap to tackle marine pollution

They aim to support the conservation of marine biodiversity and ecosystems and keep the world’s oceans healthy, cleaner and resilient

Global health, environment and climate change coalition launched

Many pollutants that damage health also harm the environment and contribute to climate change, including carbon from diesel engines and waste incineration

India on the ball to promote ‘green’ cricket

The nation has kicked off celebrations for World Environment Day on 5th June