environmental pollution

Emerging pollutants poisoning our environment

According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. A growing number of infections—such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonellosis—are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective. Antibiotic resistance leads to longer hospital stays, higher…

climate change ocean

Choices made now critical for future of ocean and cryosphere

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere. The report reveals the benefits of ambitious and effective adaptation for sustainable development and, conversely, the escalating costs and risks of delayed action. The…

The Climate Pledge

Amazon Co-founds The Climate Pledge

Commits to net zero carbon by 2040 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 Orders 100,000 fully-electric delivery vehicles, the largest order ever for electric delivery vehicles Invests $100 million in reforestation projects around the world to begin removing carbon from the atmosphere now Launches new sustainability website to report progress on commitments   Amazon and…

Clean Air Initiative

United Nations announces 2019 Climate Action Summit ‘Clean Air Initiative’

Ahead of the upcoming 2019 Climate Action Summit, the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and Climate and Clean Air Coalition announced today the “Clean Air Initiative”, calling on governments at all levels to join the Initiative. The “Clean Air Initiative” calls on national and subnational governments…

UN Sustainability Report

Scientists call for action to avoid reversing the development gains of recent decades

Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number eight and a half billion by 2030—is still possible, but only if there is a fundamental—and urgent—change in the relationship between people and nature, and a significant reduction in social and gender inequalities between and inside countries, according to a new…

plastic bottle waste

WHO calls for research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking-water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure.…