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The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority. UNEP sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations, and serves as an authoritative advocate on behalf of the global environment. It also oversees issues regarding the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, environmental governance and green economy.

Topics

Topic A: Methods of Radioactive Waste Disposal 

Currently, very little of existing spent nuclear fuel is properly stored. Recognizing the dangers of radioactive waste, many methods of safe storage have been developed and implemented, but there are a plethora of environmental safety concerns surrounding each of these methods.  

Topic B: The Rehabilitation of Endangered Species 

As mankind experiences the planet’s sixth mass extinction, there is an immense decline in valuable biodiversity, which allows the population of species to remain sustainable. Through many rehabilitative and preventive measures, this biodiversity can be preserved, and along with it the biological security of humanity. 

Topic C: Combating Permafrost Degradation  

Nearly double the amount of carbon dioxide that is in the atmosphere is trapped in permafrost, or frozen ground, that lies underneath 24 percent of all land on Earth. As global temperatures rise, permafrost thaws which releases this trapped carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, exacerbating the effects of erosion, habitat degradation, weakened infrastructure, and global warming. 

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