International Agencies

Climate Negotiations Reveal New Alliances in the Global South

Jan 30th, 2015 | By
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The economic divides between developing countries are widening. In order to defend their interests at the climate negotiations, large emerging economies, small island states and the less advanced countries are forming alliances based on common concerns. EurActiv France reports. The previously clear demarcation between North and South used in past climate negotiations is becoming blurred. The

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We Should Not Surrender to Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
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This month a team of scientists reported that melting ice caps and glaciers due to climate change are causing oceans to rise more drastically than previously calculated. The news is particularly troubling for my country, the Maldives — the world’s lowest lying island chain — and for other coastal and island nations that sit just

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Japanese Technology to Boost Flood Warnings in South Asia

Jan 25th, 2015 | By




IANS: A sophisticated flood forecast model developed by Japanese scientists will enhance early warnings and help mitigate the impact of climate change in the flood-ravaged trans-boundary river basins of India, Pakistan and even China. Rainfall and snowfall data from the three countries located in the Indus and Mekong river basins will be fed into a

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UN Climate Chief: Carbon Bubble is Now a Reality

Jan 21st, 2015 | By
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Green groups have warned that huge reserves of oil, gas and coal are overvalued and could lead to a “carbon bubble”. This is because increasingly stringent climate policies will require around half of known fossil fuels to stay in the ground, instead of returning a profit to investors. Many, including oil giant Exxon Mobil, have

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Pakistan, Trade, Emissions Issues Could Frustrate Closer Indian-US Ties

Jan 20th, 2015 | By




In a few days, Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit India twice while in office. The two countries are undoubtedly getting closer, but, it might be not as wonderful as it appears, because they both build their ties by taking advantage of each other. The US, frankly speaking, has never

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Call For Nation To Be Forceful On Climate Change

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
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THE College of the Bahamas’ Climate Change Initiative group is calling on The Bahamas to forcefully put forward its position on protecting the country’s rights and interest in global climate change negotiation meetings. CCI members Lisa Benjamin and Dr Adelle Thomas made the plea following reports that 2014 was recorded as the hottest year since

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Montreal Protocol Averts Threat of Large Increases in Skin Cancers

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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The threat of large increases in skin cancers has been avoided due to the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in controlling ozone depletion, according to the newly published “Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2014 Assessment” report, produced by the Environmental Effects Assessment

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Last Year Was Earth’s Hottest on Record, U.S. Scientists Say

Jan 18th, 2015 | By
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(Reuters) – Last year was Earth’s hottest on record in a new sign that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases to the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday. The White House said the studies, by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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South Korea Launches Asia’s First National Carbon Market

Jan 13th, 2015 | By
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Asia’s first national carbon market began trading in South Korea this week. Second in size only to Europe’s, the carbon market forms part of South Korea’s strategy to cut emissions 30% in 2020, compared to business as usual. The first permits changed hands on the Korea Exchange at US$7-8 a tonne on Monday, similar to

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We Are the Last Generation That Can Fight Climate Change. We Have a Duty to Act

Jan 12th, 2015 | By




This year the UN marks its 70th anniversary. Sadly, there is little time for reflection or celebration. More pressing are the competing demands and challenges fuelled by an upsurge in conflict, disease and human suffering. These compel the international community to step up and provide the leadership needed to tackle them. Ebola continues to plague

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All Leaders Must Rise to the Challenge for December 2015, Warns Outgoing EU Climate Chief

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By




Climate change talks next year will be make or break for international efforts to curb global warming, with the credibility of the UN-backed process at stake, the outgoing EU climate chief, Connie Hedegaard, has warned. World leaders are expected to sign an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 onwards at a Paris conference

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Interconnected World: Banuri Links Growth With Social Justice, Climate Issues

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
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The idea of sustainable development remains to be incomplete without addressing growth, social justice and environmental issues simultaneously as they all are interlinked and can’t be taken in isolation, Professor Dr Tariq Banuri, a pioneer development expert and academic says. “Other issues will not be resolved if we simply focus on growth as we did

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Fast-Tracking Elimination of Production of Remaining Ozone-Depleting Substances Could Speed Up Ozone Layer Recovery by 11 Years

Dec 22nd, 2014 | By
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The recovery of the ozone layer – the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet rays – would come sooner if we were to fast-track the elimination of the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS)hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and manage otherODSs that remain in equipment, building walls and chemical stockpiles, according to the

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UN’s Technology Mechanism Launches First Project in Chile

Dec 14th, 2014 | By
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The first research project to be funded under the UN’s Technology Mechanism, a process that supports the development of technologies that can help mitigate climate change, has kicked off. The project, which involves designing a network to monitor Chile’s biodiversity in the context of climate change, began the week before the UN’s COP 20 climate

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Lima Climate Summit: Saarc Stands Up to be Counted as One

Dec 12th, 2014 | By




The Saarc bloc has finally emerged as a united force at the ongoing climate talks with ministers and key representatives of all eight member countries formally sealing the existence of south Asia as a common entity here as far as putting across their stand at the UN forum is concerned. TOI had last week suggested

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UN Lima Climate Talks Hit by Rift Over Funding and Adaptation Commitments

Dec 8th, 2014 | By
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Negotiators at the UN climate talks in Lima have encountered yet another stumbling block with nations divided over including finance and adaptation commitments in national action plans. The European Union and Japan want national offers to be focused only on mitigation actions to reduce planet-warming emissions. Brazil, on the other hand, wants countries to be able

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COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

Dec 5th, 2014 | By
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Today, the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20) begins in Lima (Peru) and is widely seen – as Elias Ntungwe Ngalame in an article for Deutsche Welle (DW) rightly notes – by environmental experts “as a crucial springboard to COP 21 in Paris” next year. Naturally, the large

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Development and Climate Days at UN Climate Talks to Highlight ‘Historic Opportunity’ to Reduce Poverty and Emissions to Zero

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By
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Extreme poverty and the impacts of climate change, which already affect many millions of people worldwide, can be overcome by far-sighted, joined-up action on both at once, the Development and Climate Days event at UN climate talks in Peru will hear. The heads of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for

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Climate Change Adaptation Comes of Age in U.N. Talks: TRFN

Dec 1st, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Peru, where two weeks of U.N. climate talks begin Monday, melting glaciers and more extreme weather such as hot spells and flash frosts are already harming crops and incomes, and keeping people in poverty, aid workers say. “From the Andes to the jungles, communities are doing what they can, but

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Progress Towards Ogoniland Clean-up following Geneva Talks

Nov 30th, 2014 | By
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Two-day stakeholder meetings held in Geneva on 24-25 November 2014 have carved a clear path forward for the implementation of environmental remediation measures proposed by UNEP in the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. Convened by Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, and facilitated by UNEP, the meetings mark a pivotal moment for the large-scale

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Rajendra Pachauri: Science Offers Clear Rationale for Climate Action

Nov 28th, 2014 | By
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On the basis of observations the AR5 has found that warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen. Yet, despite a growing

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Common View on Climate Change, Disaster Mitigation

Nov 28th, 2014 | By




The leaders of Saarc member nations have called for cross-border information sharing and regional cooperation mechanism to fight climate change and to minimise the risks of natural disasters like floods and landslides in the region. Addressing the inaugural session of the 18th Saarc Summit at the City Hall in Kathmandu on Wednesday, the leaders highlighted

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Full Text of the Kathmandu Declaration

Nov 28th, 2014 | By
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1. (Regional Cooperation): The Heads of State or Government expressed their strong determination to deepen regional integration for peace, stability and prosperity in South Asia by intensifying cooperation, inter alia, in trade, investment, finance, energy, security, infrastructure, connectivity and culture; and implementing projects, programmes and activities in a prioritised, result-oriented and time-bound manner. 2. (South

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Prospects Rise for a 2015 U.N. Climate Deal, But Likely to be Weak

Nov 27th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures. Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Lima, Peru, from Dec. 1-12 to work on

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PC Recommends Bringing Down SAARC Centres From 11 to 5

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By




The process of the 18th Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation started today with the 49th Programming Committee meeting of the regional bloc in Kathmandu. The PC discussion recommended reduction of the number of SAARC regional centres from the existing 11 to five. Joint-secretaries from the Ministry of Foreign/External Affairs of all eight

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UN: Cut CO2 Emissions to Zero by 2070, or Experience a ‘Global Catastrophe’

Nov 21st, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe, the UN warns. By 2100, all greenhouse gas emissions – including methane, nitrous oxide and ozone, as well as CO2 – must fall to zero, the United Nationals

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The Path to Climate Neutrality: UNEP Gap Report

Nov 20th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s top climate official today welcomed a report that underlines how the world can keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. The report, released today by the UN Environment programme (UNEP) in advance of the UN’s next climate conference in Lima, Peru sets out the pathways required to avoid dangerous climate change.

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South Asian Experts’ Top Ten Recommendations for a Stronger Post-2015 Disasters Agreement

Nov 18th, 2014 | By
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The pre-zero and zero drafts of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) have now been released and the process to forge this global agreement in March 2015 is fast gaining momentum. It is therefore, increasingly important to ensure that the views of policy-makers and practitioners from countries at great risk of disaster losses

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World on Track to Meet 2020 Goal for Protected Land, Sea, More Work Urgently Needed – UN

Nov 14th, 2014 | By
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While the world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, more work is needed to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection under equitably managed conditions, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released today. “Protected areas not only

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Push for Biodiversity to Have Deeper Role in SDGs

Nov 13th, 2014 | By
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Biodiversity is moving up the global development agenda, following a major meeting of policymakers at the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea. With countries working on setting the next targets after the Millennium Development Goals, biodiversity is already included as one of the proposed

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Intl Meet Calls for Setting up EWS Stations Across Himalayas

Nov 13th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: An international conference on climate change, attended by experts from countries including India, today underlined the need to install more stations across Himalayas so as to receive benefits from the early warning system in case of climate-change induced disasters. “Mountains have not received due recognition in global and national development agenda,” Executive

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Peru: COP20 Must Succeed

Nov 12th, 2014 | By
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The international community “cannot allow” the major 2014 UN climate change conference – scheduled for December in Lima – to end in failure, according to a key adviser to the Peruvian government. The twentieth conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held from 1 to

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UNEP signs Landmark Agreement to Strengthen Partnership on Environment and Sustainable Development

Nov 11th, 2014 | By
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Efforts to address environmental challenges across the 22 countries of the Arab region were today enhanced with the signing of a new agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States (LAS). UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw and the Head of Department of Environment, Housing and Water Ressources and

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SAARC Workshop Begins

Nov 11th, 2014 | By




A two-day workshop has begun here from today to hold discussions on common problems to be raised by the 18 the SAARC Summit. The Summit is going to be held in Kathmandu from November 26 and 27. Different issues including natural disaster, climate change, agriculture, land and food security, to be addressed by the SAARC

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Amplifying Women’s Voices in Climate Change Solutions Focus of UN Conference

Nov 6th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Aiming to develop more gender-sensitive services, a United Nations-led conference kicking off in Geneva today is spearheading a drive to ensure that weather and climate services reduce women’s vulnerability to disasters and climate change, and help them realize their potential as champions of community resilience. Hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO),

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IPCC Urged Again to Fill Regional Research Gaps

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should do practical research that can help mitigate global warming effects and advance knowledge in regions such as Africa where climate systems are little understood, a UN official has said. “We have to get much better at reshaping the research so that it doesn’t stay in a high

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IPCC’s Report on Climate Change Brings an Opportunity and Challenge for India

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
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India’s quest for high growth and efforts to ensure development and access to energy for its people has found recognition in the latest report of the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. The synthesis report of IPCC’s fifth assessment report (AR5) released on Sunday stresses that every effort to ensure that global

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Climate Change Fight Affordable: United Nations

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By




Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit fast-worsening risks, a UN report showed today. The 40-page synthesis, summing up 5,000 pages of work by 800 scientists already published since September 2013, said global warming was now causing more

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UN Climate Report Offers Stark Warnings‚ Hope

Nov 3rd, 2014 | By
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Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.’s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s giant climate assessment didn’t offer any surprises, nor was it expected to

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Ban Ki-moon: World Leaders are Ready to Sign Climate Deal

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By
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World leaders are ready to sign an international agreement to combat climate change, says UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. In contrast to their failed efforts five years ago in Copenhagen, politicians will head to Paris in 2015 prepared to sign a meaningful climate deal, said Ban, speaking at the launch of the UN’s latest climate

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Climate Change Threatens Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts, But Options Exist to Limit its Effects

Nov 2nd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. However, options are available to adapt to climate change and implementing stringent mitigations activities can ensure that the

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On First-ever World Cities Day, UN Spotlights Need for Sustainable Urban Planning

Oct 31st, 2014 | By
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As the world’s urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today. Marking the inaugural edition of World Cities Day, a global event aimed at promoting sustainable urban development in

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IPCC Preparing ‘Most Important’ Document on Climate Change

Oct 30th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: The IPCC Synthesis Report will summarise the causes and impacts of – and solutions to – rising temperatures. It will be the bedrock of talks on a new global climate deal. But there are concerns that political battles could neuter the final summary. Over the past 13 months, the IPCC has released three

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World Has Decided Not to do More to Fight Climate Change Till 2020

Oct 29th, 2014 | By
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Do not expect any country to up its fight against climate change between now and 2020. That is the plain reading of the diplomatic gobbledygook produced at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s recently concluded negotiations. The EU was once a leader on climate change. It is now trying hard to come down to the

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No Concrete Result Reached in UN Climate Talks in Bonn

Oct 26th, 2014 | By




(Xinhua) — The third round of United Nations’ 2014 climate talks wrapped up in Bonn, Germany, on Saturday, reaching no concrete result and leaving heavy workload to climate conference in Lima, Peru, in December. In the past six days, nearly 1,200 negotiators from 176 countries and organizations gathered in the city which hosts the secretariat

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EU Reaches Consensus on Climate Change Targets

Oct 24th, 2014 | By




PTI: European Union leaders have reached a deal on a comprehensive package of climate targets, including a binding 40 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the level of 1990 by 2030. They also agreed at a summit in Brussels yesterday to increase the share of renewable energy consumed in the EU to at least

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Eradicating Poverty Goes ‘Hand in Hand’ With Biodiversity Protection – UN Officials

Oct 19th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: The protection of biodiversity is directly related to the eradication of poverty and stimulation of economic growth, senior United Nations officials stressed today at a meeting in Republic of Korea, calling on countries to take an integrated approach when it comes to development. “Maintaining biodiversity is related not only to direct conservation

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U.N. Meeting Emphasizes Border Area Biodiversity

Oct 19th, 2014 | By




Environment-related officials from 124 countries agreed to widen the scope of global coordination on preserving biodiversity worldwide during the 12th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which closed on Friday in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. Reaching a consensus through senior-level gatherings, participants said they adopted the “Gangwon Declaration” and “Pyeongchang Road Map,” both

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Environment Ministers Discuss Ways to Conserve Biodiversity

Oct 15th, 2014 | By
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A global meeting of environment ministers and heads of related international organizations began in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Wednesday to discuss ways to conserve biodiversity for sustainable development. The high-level meeting was organized as part of the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which is underway in the city, 182 kilometers

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Poor Nations Urged to Leapfrog Harmful HFC Refrigerants

Oct 13th, 2014 | By
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SciDev.Net: Efforts to rid the world of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of powerful greenhouse gases mainly used as refrigerants, may depend on developing nations being able to leapfrog these chemicals to less harmful alternatives, an environmental group has warned. HFCs were introduced following the 1989 Montreal Protocol as a replacement for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which deplete the ozone

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BASIC Meet: Efforts to Adapt to Climate Change High on Agenda

Oct 12th, 2014 | By




With the increasing frequency of extreme climate events, efforts to adapt to climate change was high on the agenda of the BASIC meet in Sun City, South Africa. The quartet comprising the four emerging developing economies of Brazil, South Africa, India and China, emphasized that the need to focus on adapting to climate change was

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Proposed SDGs Won’t Capture the Imagination

Oct 10th, 2014 | By
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Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, non government organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disease, and protecting our natural resources and environment. However, the current draft SDGs

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UNEP COP20 Report to Include Ministers From Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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The annual Climate Action report, supported by UNEP, will be launched at COP20 in Lima in December with ministers of environment, heads of key UN bodies and leaders of the world’s top NGO’s confirmed to participate. The publication was first launched in Bali for the UN Climate Change Conference in December 2007 (COP13) as a platform

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Nagoya Protocol Revisited

Oct 7th, 2014 | By




Now is the time to turn our gaze toward Pyeongchang. While largely overshadowed by the just completed Asian Games, Korea has been hosting an important international conference in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. The Twelfth Conference of the Parties (called “COP 12”) to the Convention on Biological Diversity has been underway since Sept. 29. COP 12 runs

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World Falling Behind 2020 Plan for Nature Protection: U.N. Report

Oct 7th, 2014 | By




Guardian Newspapers Limited: International efforts to meet targets to stem the loss of wildlife and habitats are failing miserably, according to a United Nations report. The Global Biodiversity Outlook 4, published as nearly 200 countries meet on Monday in South Korea in a bid to tackle biodiversity loss, paints a damning picture of governments’ efforts

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U.N. Biodiversity Convention Opens in Pyeongchang

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




The Korea Herald: A United Nations convention on biodiversity kicked off in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday, bringing together government officials, environmentalists and business people from around the world. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, also called the COP 12, will run until Oct.

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More Nations Commit to Fight Climate Change by Restoring Forests

Oct 6th, 2014 | By




World leaders announced new pledges to restore over 30 million hectares of degraded forest lands today at the UN Climate Summit in New York. The commitments come from Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Uganda, among others, and more than doubled the number of hectares contributing to achieving the Bonn Challenge—a global goal

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Destruction of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Mangroves are being destroyed at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the average rates of forest loss, costing billions in economic damages and denying millions of people the ecosystem services they need to survive, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Importance of

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Could the 2C Climate Target be Completely Wrong?

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: In a nondescript conference centre five years ago, as temperatures fell to freezing outside in the streets of Copenhagen and protesters gathered, world leaders did something remarkable: they put a limit on how high temperatures should be allowed to rise as man-made global warming takes hold. It was the first time the nearly

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