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The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution to extend the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014.
Launching the UN decade for fight against desertification, the UN's top drylands official says people must be paid via global carbon markets for preserving the soil.
After the disappointing lack of progress at last year's Copenhagan climate change conference, the deal reached at the UN's international climate change negotiations, which ended last Saturday in Mexico, was enough to save the UN process itself from burning out, but remains far short of saving the planet.
Ministers are continuing talks at the UN climate summit in Cancun amid warnings that time is running out to curb climate change and save the UN process.
New Megacities on the Move report says authorities must start planning their transport infrastructure now for a future when two thirds of the world's population will live in cities.
The first species to go extinct in an ecosystem tend to be those that reduce disease transmission, new research suggests, providing yet more evidence of the detrimental impacts of worldwide loss in biodiversity.
Climate change could lead to shortages and 130% price rises in staple foods within our lifetime, increasing riots and civil unrest, a new study warned today.
The world warmed more rapidly than previously thought over the past decade, according to a Met Office report published today, which finds the evidence for man-made climate change has grown even stronger over the last year. The report also reveals that 2010 could be the hottest year on record.
The population of African cities is set to triple over the next 40 years, and by 2050 60% of Africans will be city dwellers, warns a new UN-Habitat report.
Pope Benedict XVI says that condom use is acceptable "in certain cases", notably to reduce the risk of HIV infection, in a book due out Tuesday, apparently softening his once hardline stance.