Getting ready for asteroids

With a mandate from the UN, ESA and other space agencies from around the world are about to establish a high-level group to help coordinate global response should a threatening asteroid ever be found heading towards Earth.

Two dozen primate species on brink of extinction

Twenty-five species of primate are now close to extinction, according to a report released at the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity.

Extreme weather set to push food prices much higher

Oxfam is warning that climate change represents a far greater threat to the world's poor than previously believed, because of the effects of extreme weather on harvests and food prices.

Earth-shaped city adapts to nature’s smart design

The year 2008 marked the first time in history that more than half of the world’s human population live in towns and cities rather than rural areas. 

UN email details published by hackers

The Teampoison group of hackers has claimed responsibility for hacking a UN agency, and has posted more than 100 email addresses and login details on Pastebin.

Pentagon opposes UN regulation of the Internet

The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command says he opposes allowing the United Nations (UN) to regulate the Internet.

'Explosive' population growth threatens developing nations, says UN

By the end of this year, there'll be seven billion people on the planet, a whole billion more than in 1999, according to new UN figures.

Does biofuel endanger developing nations?

The controversy over the use of biofuel as an alternative and renewable energy source may soon get even more heated.  

Google and UN to monitor Sudan referendum via satellite

A pressure group founded by George Clooney has teamed up with the UN, Harvard University and Google to use satellite images to try and monitor next month's referendum in Sudan.

Biodiversity isn't priceless at all, says UN

Presumably recognising that most people are motivated more by money than by beauty, a UN report has attempted to put a price on biodiversity. 

Ozone layer is recovering, says UN

The ozone layer is regenerating, and could be back up to strength by the middle of the century, according to a UN report.

Tomorrow is World Environment Day: BP vomits

United Nations' WED 2010 promises activities around the globe. Fish drink crude oil aperitifs at party.

Loss of biodiversity could damage world economy, says UN

It's always worth appealing to peoples' pockets if appealing to their better nature doesn't work, and a new UN report warns that the world's loss of biodiversity is threatening national economies.

E-waste set to rocket, says UN

Developing countries are in danger of disappearing under a mountain of e-waste, according to UN experts.