Global Economic CrisisReduction in international will to
negotiate on carbon emissions reductions as national economies
fall but this fall results in lower GHG emissions from industry.
Copenhagen ConferfenceChina overtook the USA as the country with the largest
greenhouse gas emissions. 192 governments at the Copenhagen
UN climate summit.
Adoption of the Paris AgreementMilestone of 400 ppm carbon dioxide in atmosphere reached.
Apparent pause in warming explained as oceans have continued
5th IPCC ReportFifth IPCC report was the strongest warning yet that global
warming is happening, human activities are mostly causing it
through burning fossil fuels and increasing carbon dioxide levels
in the atmosphere.
Sustainable Development SummitThe United Nations Climate Change Conference leads to a landmark climate agreement. At the meeting in Paris, 195 countries adopt the world’s first universal and legally binding global climate deal.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference leads to a landmark climate agreement. At the meeting in Paris, 195 countries adopt the world’s first universal and legally binding global climate deal.
Solution to Air PollutionUNEP launches Wild for Life, a campaign to protect endangered wildlife species.
UNEP and partners launches the BreatheLife campaign to raise awareness of the impacts and solutions of air pollution. It works with cities and countries in a global effort to improve air quality and ensure a thriving planet, raising global awareness on the importance of air quality for health, climate, ecosystems and economic development.
Minamata Convention on MercuryThe Minamata Convention on Mercury comes into force with the objective of protecting human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury compounds. The Convention contains provisions that relate to the life cycle of mercury, including controls and reductions across a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted.