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    THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE NEWS

    Monday, 12 January 2009

     UNEP and the Executive Director in the News

? UN News Centre: ‗Green‘ stimulus plans by Japan and Republic of Korea hailed by UN

    environment chief

    ? The Hindu (India): Japan, S Korea to invest in UN's 'Green New Deal'

    ? States News Service (Belgium): Japan and Republic of Korea Launch Green New Deals

     ? States News Service (Belgium): Prince Albert II Visits Antarctica to Assess Effects of

     Global Warming

     ? The Guardian (UK): Get the message

     ? The Tripoli Post: ISESCO to hold workshop in Damascus on fostering environmental

     tourism in the Arab world

     ? Guelph Mercury (Canada): Youth action in; Severn Cullis-Suzuki speaks with local high school students ? Afrol News Norway: África Austral apuesta por la energía geotérmica ? Periódico Mediterráneo - Castellón,Valencia, Spain: Fuente que se abre paso ? AgroInformación (Comunicado de prensa) Spain: La caída del precio del petróleo, obstáculo para la energía alternativa

    Other Environment News

    ? The Guardian: International Energy Agency 'blocking global switch to

    renewables'

    ? Reuters: How "green" are your gadgets?

    ? Reuters: "Green" billboard ready to light up Times Square ? The Guardian (UK): Disney film spotlights threat to spectacular flamingo lake

    ? BBC: Carbon cost of Googling revealed

    ? Reuters: Protecting Seychelles environment tough challenge

    Environmental News from the UNEP Regions

? ROAP

    ? RONA

    ? ROWA

    Other UN News

    ? Environment News from the UN Daily News of 9 January 2009

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? Environment News from the S.G.‘s Spokesman Daily Press Briefing of

9 January 2009 (None)

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    UNEP and the Executive Director in the News

    UN News Centre: ‘Green’ stimulus plans by Japan and Republic of Korea hailed by

    UN environment chief

    9 January 2009 The announcement that Japan and the Republic of Korea will invest billions of dollars in environmentally smart projects to create jobs and spur economic

    growth is the latest sign that the Green New Deal advocated by the United Nations is

    gaining momentum, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

    ―UNEP‘s Global Green New Deal and Green Economy initiative are clearly two ideas

    whose time has come, as evidenced by the Republic of Korea and Japan‘s stimulus

    package announcements alongside those of other key economies and leaders from

    China to the President-elect of thUNEP‘s Global Green New Deal and Green Economy

    initiative are clearly two ideas whose time has comee United States,‖ Executive Director

    Achim Steiner said.

    UNEP launched the Global Green New Deal and Green Economy Initiative as an

    antidote to current economic woes and as a springboard to a low-carbon, low-impact,

    high-job and better-managed global economy.

    Japan has announced that it aims to expand the ‗green business‘ market and create up

    to one million new jobs, through measures that include zero-interest rate loans for

    environmentally-friendly companies.

    The Republic of Korea, meanwhile, will invest $38 billion over the next four years in a

    series of eco-friendly projects to create 960,000 new jobs and lay the groundwork for

    future economic growth.

    The 36 projects include the creation of green transport networks, the provision of two

    million energy-saving homes and the clean-up of the country‘s four main rivers.

    ―Investments in clean-tech and renewable energy; infrastructure such as railways and cycle tracks and nature-based services like river systems and forests, can not only

    counter recession and unemployment but can also set the stage for more sustainable

    economic recovery and growth in the 21st century,‖ Mr. Steiner said.

    In other news, UNEP announced today that Prince Albert II of Monaco has begun a

    month-long expedition to Antarctica to asses the impact of global warming on the South

    Pole.

    The Prince, who is a UNEP Champion of the Earth and a patron of the Billion Tree

    Campaign, will visit scientific outposts and meet with climate change experts from 18

    countries to get an overview of the latest research.

    UNEP hopes that the trip will also raise worldwide public awareness of the effect of

    global warming and other environmental change on the Poles.

    ―The growing environmental efforts of prominent state leaders, like that of Prince Albert II,

    are very important in raising the understanding in society and among politicians, of the

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huge risks we are facing with climate change,‖ said Christian Nellemann, senior officer

    for UNEP‘s GLOBIO Programme to map human effects on the environment.

    UNEP‘s Polar Programme, based at the Grid-Arendal research centre in Norway, works

    on early warning assessment of the polar environment and focuses on communicating

    the key role of the polar regions for the global climate.

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    The Hindu (India): Japan, S Korea to invest in UN's 'Green New Deal'

    Saturday, January 10, 2009

    New York (PTI): Japan and South Korea will invest billions of dollars in environmentally smart projects like 'Green New Deal' to create jobs and spur growth in recession infested global economy, a UN agency said.

    "UNEP's Global Green New Deal and Green Economy initiative are clearly two ideas

    whose time has come, as evidenced by the Republic of Korea and Japan's stimulus

    package announcements alongside those of other key economies and leaders from

    China to the President-elect of the United States," United Nations Environment

    Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said.

    UNEP launched the Global Green New Deal and Green Economy Initiative as an

    antidote to current economic woes and as a springboard to a low-carbon, low-impact,

    high-job and better-managed global economy.

    Japan has announced that it aims to expand the 'green business 'market and create up

    to one million new jobs, through measures that include zero-interest rate loans for

    environmentally-friendly companies.

    South Korea, meanwhile, will invest USD 38 billion over the next four years in a series of eco-friendly projects to create 960,000 new jobs and lay the groundwork for future

    economic growth.

    The 36 projects include the creation of green transport networks, the provision of two

    million energy-saving homes and the clean-up of the country's four main rivers.

    "Investments in clean-tech and renewable energy; infrastructure such as railways and

    cycle tracks and nature-based services like river systems and forests, can not only

    counter recession and unemployment but can also set the stage for more sustainable

    economic recovery and growth in the 21st century," Steiner said.

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    States News Service (Belgium): Japan and Republic of Korea Launch Green New

    Deals

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    Green Stimulus Packages Gaining Momentum as a Key Solution to Economic Crisis BRUSSELS, Belgium

    The following information was released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):

    Japan and the Republic of Korea have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in green projects to create jobs and spur economic growth, in the latest sign that the Green New Deal advocated by the United Nations is gaining momentum.

    Japan has announced that it aims to expand the green business market and create up to 1 million new jobs, with measures including zero-interest rate loans for environmentally-friendly companies.

    South Korea, meanwhile, will invest 38 billion dollars over the next four years in a series of eco-friendly projects to create 960,000 new jobs and lay the groundwork for economic growth. The 36 projects include the creation of green transport networks, the provision of two million energy-saving green homes and the clean-up of the countrys four main rivers. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: Investments in clean-tech and renewable energy; infrastructure such as railways and cycle tracks and nature-based services like river systems and forests, can not only counter recession and unemployment but can also set the stage for more sustainable economic recovery and growth in the 21st century.

    UNEPs Global Green New Deal and Green Economy initiative are clearly two ideas whose time has come, as evidenced by the Republic of Korea and Japans stimulus package announcements alongside those of other key economies and leaders from China to the President-elect of the United States, he added.

    Mr Steiner said the announcements also echoed the call by the UN Secretary-General in Poznan last month where he outlined a Global Green New Deal as the best chance for securing a sound and solid climate agreement in Copenhagen in late 2009.