UN to help Saudi Arabia strengthen environmental protection

It will provide technical experts in the fields of environmental law, air quality management and climate change

Global goals
Ensuring energy access for all by 2030 ‘needs more sustained efforts’

A new report suggests despite more people having access to electricity than ever before, the world is falling short of meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

New guidance for global investors to assess climate change impacts

It enables them to evaluate how their investment portfolios would respond to different levels of global warming

Burning plastic bags
Plastic bag bans ‘can slash air pollution’

A new study published by UN Environment highlights that incineration of plastic waste is a major source of toxic fumes, especially in continents such as Africa

Supermarkets urged to step up to the plate and halve food waste

Every year 100,000 tonnes of ‘readily available and perfectly edible’ food – equivalent to 250m meals a year – is thrown away

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

Michael Bloomberg pledges $5.5m to fill US gap in UN climate funding

The billionaire and former New York mayor contributed $4.5m for the same purpose last year

New York Yankees play ball for a sustainable future

The team has committed to measure, reduce and offset its emissions and use sport as a unifying force to drive climate awareness and action

Drought
Extreme weather and climate events affected 62m people in 2018

A new report from the WMO says greenhouse gas concentrations are driving global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels

MPs to examine UK’s audit of domestic progress towards UN’s SDGs

The Environmental Audit Committee is inviting written evidence from stakeholders until 15th April 2019