Ozone layer begins to recover

The protective layer of the world’s atmosphere is “well on track to recovery” in the next few decades, the UN’s environment agency said on Wednesday. Research by 300 scientists put the ozone layer’s healing down to international efforts to emit fewer ozone-depleting gases. UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said: “There are positive […]

Africa’s green economy “already underway” says UN man

The move towards a green economy is “already underway” across Africa but it needs to be spurred on by public spending and policy change, the Executive Director of the UN’s Environment Programme said over the weekend. In a speech at the African Ministerial Conference in Algeria on Saturday, Achim Steiner said a green economy can […]

China tops global usage of materials such as fossil fuels

China has outpaced the rest of the world as the largest consumer of primary materials such as fossil fuels, biomass and construction minerals. That has created intense pressure on the country’s environment, however, China also remains among the most successful in improving resource efficiency, a new report claims. According to the United Nations Environment Programme […]

Sustainable solar lighting for developing countries

Replacing millions of kerosene lamps and flashlights in developing countries with sustainable off-grid lighting could cut global energy usage and save more than $110 billion (£72bn). That’s according to new studies from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which found 5% of global energy use could be cut every year – equivalent to closing more […]