UN Environment will support environmental recovery and peacebuilding for post-conflict development in Colombia

21 March 2017

By: UN Environmental Programmme (UNEP)

Photo: Extensive environmental damage from illegal mining on the Quito River, Chocó region; 9 March 2017

Extensive environmental damage from illegal mining on the Quito River, Chocó regionUN Environment will assist Colombia with overcoming the environmental degradation legacy of the internal conflict which lasted for more than 50 years, especially in remote rural areas.

By invitation of the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a UN Environment multi-disciplinary team of experts concluded last Friday 17 March a 12-day mission. The mission aimed to identify priority actions towards mitigating the health and livelihood risks from the environmental damage in priority areas for post-conflict development.

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Stephen Hawking Plans Trip to Space, Says Trump Should Replace Pruitt as EPA Head

20 March, 2017

By: Lorraine Chow

Professor Stephen Hawking could one day realize his dream of space travel thanks to Virgin founder and space-enthusiast Richard Branson.

"I have already completed a zero gravity flight which allowed me to float weightless, but my ultimate ambition is to fly into space," Hawking told host Piers Morgan of "Good Morning Britain" on Monday. "I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic and I said yes immediately."

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Trump’s Cabinet Will Throw Us Into Environmental Catastrophe

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Trump’s Cabinet Will Throw Us Into Environmental Catastrophe

14 December, 2016

By: Marc Yaggi

Trumps Environmental Cabinet CatastropheThe facts are clear. President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees represent a targeted and well-thought out assault on America’s environmental protections. The President-Elect is stacking his leadership with not only the fossil fuel industry’s closest allies, but the actual CEO of ExxonMobil. At least two of his nominees have publicly commented on the overreach of the very agencies they have been selected to run, and all of them have, at some point in their careers, undermined efforts to address climate change, put public health at risk, and attempted to weaken United States’ clean air and water regulations. Indeed, the nominations of Rick Perry, Scott Pruitt, Rex Tillerson, and Ryan Zinke mark the transformation of our democracy to corporate oligarchy, and put the entire planet at risk of climate catastrophe.

Here are a few of their worst offenses:

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Recuperan morichales afectados por la ganadería en las sabanas inundables de Casanare

13 de diciembre de 2016

Por: Fundación Natura

BOGOTÁ, DICIEMBRE 12 DE 2016. La finca Acapulco es de propiedad de Elsa Ruiz y su esposo Luis María Abril, y está en la vereda Centro Gaitán, de Paz de Ariporo. Es un terreno ganadero y tradicional de la región, ubicado dentro de una sabana inundable.

Y además, integra un grupo de 11 beneficiarios del paisaje de sabana que se han comprometido a restaurar ciertas zonas de sus tierras.

En Acapulco hay un morichal, un ecosistema típico de sabana inundable y de la Orinoquia, dominado por la palma de moriche (Mauritia flexuosa), especie muy apetecida por aves y mamíferos.

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