International Agencies

A Defining Moment for Climate Change

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
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The fight for climate justice has now reached an important momentum in 2014 as the world races against time to refine and define the elements of a legally-binding climate change agreement in 2015. This makes the mid-year UN climate change talks in June a watershed event. Beginning on Wednesday, June 4, it’s an opportunity for

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First UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi Heralds New Era in Global Efforts to Address Environmental Sustainability

May 30th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 June 2014. This marks a historic milestone in UNEP’s 43-year history and is expected to be attended by high-level delegations from over 160 UN Member and Observer States. UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the President of the UN

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Prompt Global Action Can Cut the Cost of Going Carbon Neutral

May 29th, 2014 | By
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The United Nations is gearing up for a climate deal to be agreed next year, which will set ambition for emissions cuts from 2020 to 2030. Global net greenhouse gas emissions will have to fall to zero by the end of the century, to keep average surface warming below 2C, found a report by the

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Why do Next Week’s UN Climate Talks in Bonn Matter?

May 26th, 2014 | By
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Coming off the back of the Abu Dhabi Ascent, and the jubilation at the recently announced agreement in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) meeting, Bonn looks to be just another stage post en route to Paris in 2015. But the Bonn intercessional this June is more than just a normal negotiation.  Ministers have no sooner

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‘Bright Spots’ can Help Islands Navigate Towards Sustainable Future: UN Biodiversity Chief

May 23rd, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Tiny though some may be, islands play a huge role in sustaining life on the planet – making up less than 5 per cent of Earth’s landmass, they are home to 20 per cent of all bird, reptile and plant species – and protecting their fragile ecosystems from ill-considered development, polluted waters and

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Environmental Protection a Must as ASEAN Heads for Integration

May 20th, 2014 | By
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As ASEAN nations head for economic integration, environmental protection becomes an imperative. “More than 500 million ASEAN citizens are dependent for their food, livelihood and other needs on the resource base of forests, seas, rivers, lands, and other ecosystems. Their protection must therefore be reconciled with the growth rate targets of the ASEAN economic integration,

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Can Peru Deliver a Successful UN Climate Summit?

May 19th, 2014 | By
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Figueres was vocal in her comments that the Lima conference needs to secure a draft agreement before the deadline summit in Paris next year to create a new climate agreement. The chief of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change commented that government efforts to confront climate change arewoefully inadequate. She also cited recent research by

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African Climate Adaptation Projects Starved of Cash, Says UN Chief

May 19th, 2014 | By
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Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, says millions of lives will be at risk unless countries take the threat of soil erosion and desertification more seriously. In an interview with RTCC, she called on the board members of the UN-backed Green Climate Fund, which meets this week in South Korea, to ensure adequate flows of

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Green Climate Fund Could End up Financing Coal and Gas

May 16th, 2014 | By
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The UN’s Green Climate Fund could end up backing coal and oil industries unless effective safeguards are agreed at a meeting next week, says a coalition of over 250 civil society groups. A letter to the GCF board underlines their “grave concern” that lax rules could allow fossil fuel projects to receive finance, undermining the main aims

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt Won’t Stop Anytime

May 15th, 2014 | By
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Watching the West Antarctic ice sheet disappear won’t be something worth a month-long trip, but perhaps take a couple hundred years. Even watching the annual ice breakup is a few weeks, but the problem on the West Antarctic ice sheet is that it is building up less every year. Climate change, leading to warmer ocean temperatures,

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Ban Ki-moon’s UN Climate Summit: Starting to Take Shape?

May 12th, 2014 | By
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It is rare that the world of climate policy offers an opportunity for novelty. Climate change negotiations are a stage upon which the same lines, the same disputes, have been rehearsed to exhaustion since they began in 1992. But Ban Ki-moon’s request that world leaders come to him personally and deliver “bold pledges” on how they intend to

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New China-UNEP Agreement to Boost South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation

May 11th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: In a new high-level agreement – endorsed today in Nairobi by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner – UNEP and China agree to harness their “strengths, capacities and resources” to assist countries of the Global South combat climate change. Since 2008, UNEP and China have collaborated

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Glacier Tracing Goes Digital

May 11th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: Scientists have for the first time compiled a complete map of all the glaciers on Earth, providing extensive data that will help calculate sea level rise caused by global warming and the threats to communities that rely on melt water for agriculture and water supply. The data, including length and volume, is contained

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Is it Time For a Climate Change Peace and Reconciliation Process?

May 9th, 2014 | By
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Reuters: Could a peace and reconciliation process between big climate polluters and their victims be one way to move forward action on climate change? At the U.N. climate negotiations, countries like the United States that are responsible for the bulk of the climate-changing emissions have long resisted cutting them without other nations joining in, and have

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7 in 10 Cities Suffer From ‘Dangerous’ Air Pollution – WHO

May 8th, 2014 | By
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Of the 1,600 cities around the globe monitored by the World Health Organisation (WHO), air quality was only considered ‘safe’ in 30%. As larger, more populous cities have worse air quality, this means only 12% of the world’s urban population are breathing safe air, putting almost 90% of the urban world at risk of respiratory

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Climate Change Affects us All

May 7th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Three decades from now the world is going to be a very different place. How it looks will depend on actions we take today. We have big decisions to make and little time to make them if we are to provide stability and greater prosperity to the world’s growing population. Top of the priority

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UN Chief Calls for Greater Action on Climate

May 5th, 2014 | By




AP: The United Nations secretary-general is calling on world policymakers to show greater effort in addressing the threat of climate change as negotiators attempt to forge a new global warming pact next year. Ban Ki-moon told delegates at a gathering in Abu Dhabi on Sunday that efforts to improve global prosperity and security could be undone

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UN’s Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting Marks Start of Ascent to 2015

May 3rd, 2014 | By
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This weekend, ministers and advisors to leaders will come together in Abu Dhabi to discuss the preparations for the Climate Summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon.  The Summit will take place on September 23rd this year, and will be the first time that world leaders have come together to discuss climate change since Copenhagen. Those of

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Top UN Climate Official to Visit Bhutan

May 1st, 2014 | By




A top UN climate official will visit Bhutan from tomorrow to discuss the challenges faced by the Himalayan nation due to climate change. UNFCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will call on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and discuss the progress in responding to the challenges during her visit from May 1 to 3. The Second National

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Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation to Climate Change

May 1st, 2014 | By




Preamble We, representatives of a range of public, civil society, private, local, regional, international agencies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal at the 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) have come together to put forward the Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation to Climate Change. We are committed to effectively

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UN Agency Brokering Carbon Credits Spends Millions on Staff Despite Drop in Projects

Apr 29th, 2014 | By
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The United Nations body tasked with channelling hundreds of billions of dollars to cutting emissions is under growing scrutiny as its once-booming investment program dries up, leaving most of its funds unspent while other climate initiatives are short of cash. The Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has helped funnel almost $400-billion into emission-cutting projects

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REDD+ Proposals From DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal Approved by Carbon Fund

Apr 28th, 2014 | By
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Participants from 11 public and private funds will support Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) in the selected countries. The DRC is aiming to tackle deforestation in its capital, Kinshasa (pictured right), where the forest has come under increasing pressure from demand for charcoal, timber and food from a growing population. The DRC proposed a model

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UN Climate Change Head Arriving

Apr 28th, 2014 | By
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Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres is arriving here in the Capital for a three-day official visit to Nepal tomorrow afternoon. During her brief stay in Kathmandu, she will meet Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Chief Secretary Lila Mani Paudel and other government officials, according to UN Information

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Failure to meet deadline: Pakistan may lose $3.8 Million World Bank Fund

Apr 27th, 2014 | By




Pakistan has missed the deadline to sign a formal agreement with World Bank (WB) for 3.8 million dollars Readiness Fund of Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) due to bureaucratic hurdles. The FCPF is the World Bank-administered facility that has been set up to compensate developing countries for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by preserving

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Long-term Food Production Must Factor in Potential Impacts of Climate Change – UN Official

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco today, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the planet’s food production scenario. “Everything

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Operational Rules Issued for Climate Plan

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By




The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Thursday issued details of its operational framework for implementing an ecosystem-based adaptation for climate change, and will encourage its use across the country. The operational framework was developed by the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) — a research institution within MONRE –

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EU to host industry Talks Ahead of Setting 2030 Climate Goals

Apr 18th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc’s industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday. The meetings aim to gather views on rules determining if companies can continue to receive free carbon permits under the EU Emissions

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Ahead of Sendai Conference, Ban Pushes for 2015 Global Agreement on Disaster Risk

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters. “The aim is simple: to leave a more resilient world to future generations,” Mr. Ban

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The First Climate Justice Summit: a Pie in the Face for the Global North

Apr 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Today it is accepted, but 20-30 years ago campaigners were struggling to even get an acknowledgement that climate change was happening, let alone that it was manmade. It would have been hard to imagine that one day we might hold the developed nations responsible and start talking about redress for victims of climate change, as we

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City Experts Leading Project to Save Communities at Risk of Climate Change

Apr 16th, 2014 | By
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Experts in Southampton are leading a project to help save communities that could be in jeopardy because of the devastating effects of climate change. Researchers at the University of Southampton are at the forefront of an international £13m project to understand the effects of climate change on people living in deltas in South Asia and Africa. It

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‘High Speed Mitigation Train Needs to Leave the Station,UN Climate Report

Apr 14th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the findings of a long-awaited United Nations report on the mitigation of climate change released earlier today in Berlin and urged all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal [climate] agreement in 2015.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, Climate Change 2014: Mitigation

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UN Dilemma Over ‘Cinderella’ Technology

Apr 13th, 2014 | By
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BBC News: Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting here in Berlin, will shortly publish a key study on how to curb rising temperatures. One of the techniques they are considering is a little known method called Bio-Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (Beccs). But critics warn that the technology is unproven and could

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At Risk Cities Hold Solutions to Climate Change: UN report

Apr 12th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: It is already taking shape as the 21st century urban nightmare: a big storm hits a city like Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami or New York, knocking out power supply and waste treatment plants, washing out entire neighbourhoods and marooning the survivors in a toxic and foul-smelling swamp. Now the world’s leading scientists are suggesting that

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IMF, World Bank Push for Price on Carbon

Apr 12th, 2014 | By




The Sydney Morning Herald: The IMF and World Bank have urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time is running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change. The heads of the two global economic institutions convened ministers from 46 countries – including the US, China, India and European powers –

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Cars Biggest Threat to Climate Change?

Apr 10th, 2014 | By




A comprehensive UN study whose results are yet to be disclosed warn that vehicles have emerged as the biggest source of threat to global climate change. Citing a “leaked” draft of the report, Bloomberg said the huge demand of consumer goods from countries like China, Brazil and India – which have to be delivered by

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Can Our Agriculture Tackle Climate Change?

Apr 8th, 2014 | By
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India has long been regarded a ‘climate change hotspot’, and the subcontinent is at the forefront of the worst impacts in terms of human livelihood and food security. Given that 70 per cent of our arable land is estimated to be prone to drought, 12 per cent to floods and 8 per cent to cyclones,

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In Prague Address, Ban Highlights ‘Crossroads Moment’ in Shaping Better Future for All

Apr 7th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: From reducing poverty and hunger to addressing climate change, the world faces big challenges that cannot be tackled alone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting the importance of shared global responsibility in an address to students in the Czech Republic. “We face a crossroads moment. There are three issues on the global agenda for the

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CCAC Invests $10 Million in New Work to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Focuses on Human Health

Apr 6th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has agreed to expand actions in cleaner transport, alternative refrigeration, agriculture, municipal solid waste management and methane reduction in the oil and gas sector. Citing recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showing that approximately 7 million people die each year because of indoor and

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Ban Praises Small Islands’ Commitment to Address Climate Change

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the commitment by small islands in the Pacific to low-carbon development and urged them to continue their ambitious efforts to combat climate change and spur other nations to come to a binding agreement on this issue next year. “Because you are on the front lines, you know that

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UN to Showcase Initiatives Against Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2014 | By
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Communities, cities, businesses and governments that are taking the lead in tackling climate change can apply to have their game-changing initiatives recognized by the UN Climate Change secretariat. The secretariat officially opened the call for applications for its 2014 Lighthouse Activities Monday as part of wider efforts to mobilise action and ambition as national governments

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IPCC Report: Climate Change Felt ‘on all Continents and Across the Oceans’

Mar 30th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Climate change has already left its mark “on all continents and across the oceans”, damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of a blockbuster UN climate science report due out on Monday. Government officials and scientists are gathered in Yokohama this week to wrangle over every line of a summary of

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WMO Annual Climate Statement Highlights Extreme Events

Mar 28th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate. The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest

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Engagement Plan: Pakistan, EU Agree to Boost Cooperation

Mar 28th, 2014 | By




Associated Press of Pakistan: Pakistan and European Union on Wednesday agreed to further broaden and deepen co-operation under the Engagement Plan. This could include a strengthened dialogue in areas such as energy, climate change, research and higher education. It was decided during the second round of Pak-EU Strategic Dialogue held at Brussels on Wednesday. The second

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7 Million Deaths Annually Linked to Air Pollution-WHO Report

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: In new estimates released today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental

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PHL is Best Example of Need for Climate Change Adaptation – UNDP

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
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Through the devastation it experienced after super typhoon Yolanda,  the Philippines can push the world to act on climate change. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator Helen Clark said Thursday that the Philippines is the best example of what climate change can do to people and countries and how actions to prevent it should be

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Weather Extremes ‘Consistent’ With Man-made Climate Change: UN

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
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Zee News India: Extreme events of 2013 like the Philippines’ devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia were consistent with man-made climate change, the UN’s weather agency said today. Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meterological Organization (WMO), declared this as he released his agency’s annual climate report. “We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat,

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UN: We Can Save World’s Forests at a Fraction of Cost of Fossil Fuels Subsidies

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation — less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies — could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme. The report,

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13 of 14 Warmest Years on Record Occurred in 21st Century – UN

Mar 24th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: 13 of the 14 warmest years on record occurred this century, according to the UN. Publishing its annual climate report, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation said that last year continued a long-term warming trend, with the hottest year ever in Australia and floods, droughts and extreme weather elsewhere around the world. Michel Jarraud, the WMO’s secretary-general,

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Website Offers Global View of Small Hydroelectric Projects

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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It is now easier to access reliable data on small hydropower projects globally following the launch of a website designed to promote this technology, says a UN body. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP), a China-based, non-profit body that promotes this form of energy worldwide, launched the site last month (13

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Ban Hails Impact of UN Climate Change Treaty, Urges Renewed Commitment to Ideals

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Over the past 20 years, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has galvanized the world to seek multilateral solutions to the grave threat of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging stakeholders to use the occasion of its twentieth anniversary to “rediscover the commitment that brought the Convention to life.” Hailing the twentieth anniversary

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Is Ireland Throwing in the Towel on Climate Change?

Mar 21st, 2014 | By
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While climate scientists and meteorologists are usually reluctant to assign causality of any particular weather event to global climate change, the recent extreme storms and flooding in Ireland are similar to those forecast for a warming world. However, it is disturbing that the changes needed to protect against the inevitable consequences of climate change, such

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Nepal to Host CBA8 Conference

Mar 19th, 2014 | By




Nepal government is hosting an international conference to identify ways to finance projects to help local communities in developing countries adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. The 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA8) will be jointly organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies and Clean

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Needing More Food, but Biting the Hand that Feeds Us

Mar 19th, 2014 | By




Introduce their analysis of this issue by writing that “with the human population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050, demand for food is predicted to more than double over this time period.” And they go on to say that “in the establishment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ‘ensuring that

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China’s Chongming Island Recognised by UNEP as Green Economy Model

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
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Chongming Island in Shanghai, China, has been recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a recommended model of green economic development. The Island is a Chinese experiment as they seek to determine the most effective way of developing a green economy. UNEP published its evaluation report on the ecological status of Chongming Island last

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Latin American and Caribbean: Decisions to Advance Sustainable Development in Region

Mar 17th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: The high-level political dialogue of Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers and international experts produced an agreement to advance a regional cooperation framework on the global sustainable development agenda, climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, waste, Small Island Developing States (SIDS), among other crucial areas of action. Acknowledging the need and opportunities for global-scale leadership

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Chemicals, Waste, Biodiversity and Climate Change Top Agenda

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Climate change, chemicals and waste management, and biodiversity conservation are top of the agenda as ministers and high-level officials from 31 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean gather for major environmental forum aimed at strengthening regional cooperation. The 19th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and

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Post-2020 Emissions-Reduction Contribution: Which Time Frame Should We Choose?

Mar 14th, 2014 | By
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As countries negotiate a new international climate agreement for the post-2020 period—including at this week’s intersessional meeting in Bonn, Germany—the key choices for putting the world on a secure pathway to a low-carbon future should be front-of-mind. The new agreement will be essential for putting in place the policies beyond 2020 that ensure a shift

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EU Parliament Backs Law to Curb “Super” Greenhouse Gases

Mar 13th, 2014 | By




(Reuters) – The European Parliament on Wednesday backed a law to curb the use of “super” greenhouse gases used in fridges and air conditioners, which have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide. Lawmakers meeting in Strasbourg, France voted 644 to 19 in favour of a European Commission proposal to cut the use

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Value of World’s Forest Carbon Could be Undervalued by $800bn

Mar 13th, 2014 | By
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Edinburgh University’s Carbomap, an environmental survey company, has announced the completion of a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica and it reveals that the actual carbon content is 22% higher than published values using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon. Estimated using approved methodologies by the United Nations Framework Convention

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Asia-Pacific Countries Failing to Stop Forest Loss, UN Warns

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change. Forests and grasslands make up 58% of the region’s land mass, but each year 2 million hectares

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