Nitrous oxide emissions could double by 2050: UNEP

Nitrous oxide (N20) emissions could almost double by 2050 if more aggressive action is not taken, undermining global efforts to curb climate change, the United Nations` Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday.

Children at risk of AIDS should be tested at birth: UN

More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Worst-hit typhoon areas grow third of Philippines` rice: UN

The areas worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan grow a third of the Philippines` rice, the UN food agency said, calling for "urgent assistance" to farmers who need to sow new seeds.

UN chief `deeply concerned` over lacking climate action

United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon said today he was "deeply concerned" that countries were not doing enough to limit global warming.

Coal sector must change dramatically: UN climate chief

The United Nations` climate chief urged the coal industry on Monday to make dramatic changes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions amid protests at a coal summit held on the sidelines of global climate talks.

Under-fire Japan defends climate goal at UN talks

The UN, Europe and the world`s small island states reacted with disappointment and green groups voiced fury after Japan on Friday slashed its goal for greenhouse gas emissions.