Reports and Books
Planet in peril: Atlas of current threats to people and the environment
United Nations Environment Programme, GRID-Arendal

This Atlas illustrates through texts and beautifully rendered maps, graphics and diagrams a holistic and well-researched analysis of today’s global issues and their impact on human population and the environment. Written by an international team of specialists, this Atlas illustrates through text and beautifully rendered maps, graphics and diagrams the interplay between population and the world’s ecosystems and natural resources both in the short and long terms. It brings together a wealth of information from the most up-to-date sources on such key issues as climate change, access to water, exploitation of ocean resources, nuclear energy and waste, renewable energy, weapons of mass destruction, causes of industrial accidents, waste, export, hunger, genetically modified organisms, urban development, access to health care and ecological change in China.


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2006
Reports and Books
Our precious coasts: marine pollution, climate change and the resilience of coastal ecosystems
United Nations Environment Programme

Scientists studying reefs that were bleached in the late 1990s by high surface sea temperatures have found a link between recovery rates and the levels of contamination entering coastal waters from developments on the land. The ability of coral reefs to survive in a globally-warming world may crucially depend on the levels of pollution to which they are exposed, new findings indicate. Scientists studying reefs that were bleached in the late 1990s by high surface sea temperatures have found a link between recovery rates and the levels of contamination entering coastal waters from developments on the land. The findings, released at an international marine pollution conference taking place in Beijing, China, have come from a team led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nature Seychelles, the environment wing of the Government of the Seychelles, and scientific and government experts from the Netherlands and Norway.


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2006

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Serials
Tore and the town on thin ice
United Nations Environment Programme

A children's environmental storybook based on the theme of climate change and on what children can do to mitigate effects of climate change. Tore and the Town on Thin Ice is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children.


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2006
Reports and Books
Design for Sustainability: A Practical Approach for Developing Economies
United Nations Environment Programme, Dutch Delft University of Technology

The package will introduce the D4S (Design for Sustainability) concept and how to apply it in a company setting in developing countries. It can be used to pursue internal D4S efforts (via the supply chain or single operation context) and by intermediaries who work with companies. Relevant examples and case studies will be included based on demonstration projects carried out in Costa Rica and Morocco.


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2006
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Global flood modeling: statistical estimation of Peak-flow magnitude
United Nations Environment Programme

The scope of the present paper is to describe an exploratory analysis on the feasibility of a global flood hazard modeling, which would enable further studies on human vulnerability. The method chosen is inspired by local peak-flow magnitude estimations realized in the U.S. After determining -by GIS-processing- for each HYDRO1klevel 4 basin a set of hydromorphometric and climatic values and the coordinates of a corresponding gauged or ungauged outlet station, peak flow magnitude for gauged stations are estimated using log-Pearson type III distribution, following the directions of Bulletin 17B from USWRCs Hydrologic Subcommittee. Estimates of peak flow magnitude for ungauged stations are then obtained by statistical means, performing several regressions on the basin variables. Peak-flow magnitude estimates enable the computation of corresponding flooded areas using Mannings equation and GIS processing. This regression method is processed on two test-zones situated in North and South America.


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2006