New York: Although soils are essential for human well-being and the sustainability of life on the planet, they are threatened on all continents by natural erosion, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on World Soil Day, calling for their protection. more
Green economy ‘not to be feared, but an opportunity to be embraced’ says UN chief as COP25 gets underway

New York: A green economy is “not one to be feared but an opportunity to be embraced”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, in a keynote speech to dele ...

Iceland to ban ships powered by heavy fuel oil from entering territorial waters: Reports

Moscow,/Sputnik: Iceland will impose a ban on vessels powered by heavy fuel oil (HFO) from entering its territorial waters beginning on January 1, 2020, media reported on Tuesday.

When reefs decline, parrotfish thrive: Study

New York: In contrast to most other species, reef-dwelling parrotfish populations boom in the wake of severe coral bleaching.

Deadly life at sea: UN partners spotlight depths of danger in fishing industry

New York: There is a clear link between the seedy underbelly of the seafood industry, and fishers’ safety, now ranked as the second deadliest profession in the world; and more must ...

Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to brain changes associated with behavioural problems in children: Study

Barcelona: Over the past few decades, various studies have investigated the impact of air pollution on cognitive capacities in children.

Earthquake in northwestern Iran leaves 4 people dead, 70 wounded - Reports

Moscow/Sputnik/UNI: The number of people killed by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in northwestern Iran grew to four, while 70 people sustained injuries, Press TV reported, citing officials, o ...

Natural hazards don’t always spell disaster: UN risk reduction chief

New York: Tsunamis are rare, but when they strike, they are the deadliest and most costly of natural hazards. With half of the world’s population expected to live in coastal areas m ...

Microplastics, microbeads and single-use plastics poisoning sea life and affecting humans

New York: Each year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean – equivalent to a full garbage truck dumped into the sea every minute - the United Nations Envi ...

Greenpeace activists protesting deforestation block entry to total's refinery in France

Moscow/ Sputnik/UNI: Greenpeace activists blocked the entry to a processing plant belonging to French multinational oil and gas company Total in southeastern France on Tuesday as part of ...