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United Nations International Day of Peace

United Nations International Day of Peace

Posted Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The message for world Peace Day 2012 is 'Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable World'. A sustainable future for the world is dependent on sustainable peace and sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development.

United Nations International Day of Peace

EU judges wrong-footed as GM worries grow

EU judges wrong-footed as GM worries grow

Posted Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:58:54 GMT by Martin Leggett

The EU's Court of Justice dealt a blow against Europe's continued resistance to GM foods last week, saying that member nations could no longer ban approved crops. But while that is opening the continent up the the controversial crop technology, evidence is mounting the GM crops are both dangerous – and increasingly ineffective.

EU judges wrong-footed as GM worries grow

Facebook gets the vote out

Facebook gets the vote out

Posted Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:00:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The influence of Friends on social networking site Facebook and peer pressure can encourage millions more people to vote, says a new study.

Facebook gets the vote out

International Literacy Day - 8th September

International Literacy Day - 8th September

Posted Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:31:39 GMT by Michael Evans

Literacy and Peace is the theme of International Literacy Day 2012. Literacy is a means of personal liberation that provides individuals with a method of developing faculties to improve their economic status and general well-being. One is five of the world's adults is illiterate and two-thirds of these are women.

International Literacy Day - 8th September

Remembering the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Remembering the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:25:51 GMT by Michael Evans

A day to remember the 12 to 15 million Africans who were forcibly transported to the Americas to work as slaves between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, those who died without even reaching their destination and the growth of opposition that resulted in the slave trade's abolition.

Remembering the Slave Trade and its Abolition

International Youth Day 2012

International Youth Day 2012

Posted Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:23:19 GMT by Michael Evans

Half the world's population is under 25 and in the words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, ''Investments made in young people will pay better dividends for all.''

International Youth Day 2012

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Posted Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples on August 9th. The 2012 theme is to make use of the media to give a voice to the indigenous peoples of the world in order that their cultures and values might be celebrated.

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Nelson Mandela International Day 2012

Nelson Mandela International Day 2012

Posted Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his lifeto the service of humanity. He was a human rights lawyer, an international peacemaker and a prisoner for 27 years. He went on to become the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. Each year 18th July, his birthday, is celebrated as Nelson Mandela International Day.

Nelson Mandela International Day 2012

World Population Day 2012

World Population Day 2012

Posted Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The population of the world is rising and has now reached 7 billion. Within 34 years it is expected to reach 9 billion. There are fears that the world's resources will be insufficient to feed this number of people. There is a need for the major players in the world to agree on a united policy to deal with this growing problem, but agreement seems to be impossible to achieve.

World Population Day 2012

Atlantic whale sanctuary hopes dashed at IWC

Atlantic whale sanctuary hopes dashed at IWC

Posted Fri, 06 Jul 2012 10:19:40 GMT by Martin Leggett

The ritual conflict between pro-whale and anti-whale factions at the International Whaling Commission came to Panama this week, with plans for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary dismissed by the minority whaling club. While South Korea threatens to join Japan in conducting 'scientific whaling', the efforts to save the whale now seem to be happening well away from the IWC spats.

Atlantic whale sanctuary hopes dashed at IWC

Mixed data in latest UK Environmental Accounts

Mixed data in latest UK Environmental Accounts

Posted Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:27:57 GMT by Adrian Bishop

The UK Environmental Accounts for 2012 have just been published. The latest UK environment data shows a mixed picture, with greenhouse gas and energy consumption rising and use of renewable energy and spending on environmental protection rising.

Mixed data in latest UK Environmental Accounts

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Posted Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:00:00 GMT by Michael Evans

64 Years after the UN Declaration that no one should be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Amnisty International reports that torture and severe beatings still take place in more than half of the world's states.

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Rio+20: Searching for silver in the dismal cloud

Rio+20: Searching for silver in the dismal cloud

Posted Sat, 23 Jun 2012 14:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

With a fog of despair descending for many after the lacklustre Rio+20 summit on sustainable development this week, is there silver lining to be found from a week of all talk and no action?

Rio+20: Searching for silver in the dismal cloud

Bianca Jagger praises 18 million hectare forest restoration pledge

Bianca Jagger praises 18 million hectare forest restoration pledge

Posted Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:48:21 GMT by Linden Volsun

Environmental campaigner Bianca Jagger welcomed pledges to restore 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of deforested land, as part of the Bonn Challenge target. The USA forest service, Rwandan Government and a coalition of indigenous peoples in Brazil will all restore areas of forest.

Bianca Jagger praises 18 million hectare forest restoration pledge

World Refugee Day - 20th June 2012

World Refugee Day - 20th June 2012

Posted Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Every minute of every day, war, persecution, terror or famine causes eight people leave their homes and become refugees. It is estimated that there are now in excess of 43.7 million refugees in the world. Everyone in the world has a human right to a safe and sucure home, but all too often the only home of a refugee is a camp or a detention centre.

World Refugee Day - 20th June 2012

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Posted Sun, 17 Jun 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The fertile soils of the world feed 7 million people, but by 2050 this will be expected to provide food for 9 billion people. Currently an area about four times the size of Europe, is threatened by desertification - 2012's World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought has the theme: "Healthy soil sustains your life: Let's go land-degradation neutral.

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

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J’aime la belle Paris, mais sacre bleu!

Posted Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:14:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December.

Posted Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:55:00 GMT by JW Dowey

South American problems/climate change in Lima today

Posted Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 10th November

Posted Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

A future for the Aral Sea is hopefully assured.

Posted Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:20:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Climate: what does the UN want?

Posted Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:15:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

United Nations Day, October 24th 2014

Posted Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:35:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

International World Food Day, 2014

Posted Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:52:56 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Biodiversity Summit

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:54:03 GMT by JW Dowey

The Law of the Jungle (review)

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:34:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Posted Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:22:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Wi-fi technology faces disruption from climate change

Posted Tue, 10 May 2011 15:50:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Water-wise?

Posted Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:55:01 GMT by JW Dowey

The Sixth World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Posted Sat, 27 Oct 2012 13:00:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Water infrastructure spending takes big hit

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:53:00 GMT by Michael Clark

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation - 4th March

Posted Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:02:49 GMT by Michael Evans

Orangs threatened again in Sumatra

Posted Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:45:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sewage 'Right to Know' Groundbreaking Legislation

Posted Tue, 08 May 2012 15:11:00 GMT by Michelle Simon

US Navy prepares for opening of Arctic sea lanes and rising waters

Posted Sat, 12 Mar 2011 13:37:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Funding to help European carbon capture and storage

Posted Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:24:00 GMT by David Hewitt