International Agencies

Pacific Island States Pushed Aside in Race for UN funds: Kiribati

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Tiny Pacific island nations, among those hardest hit by climate change, are being outmuscled by larger states in the race to get U.N. funds earmarked for climate change adaptation, Kiribati’s agriculture minister said on Wednesday. At a meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator where land-locked developing countries and small island states debated

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Food System That Fails Poor Countries Needs Urgent Reform: UN Expert

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to

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Mar 10th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – The world must increase its food production by 60 percent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. Demand for food will rise rapidly over the next few decades as the world population surpasses 9 billion

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Global Green Economy Partnership Calls for Shift in Investment to Green Jobs, Industry and Trade

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Countries that have begun to embrace a green economy approach say that they realize a fundamental change in national planning and investment is required to reach their sustainable development and poverty eradication ambitions. More than 450 participants from 66 countries – including 27 ministers – presented their national perspectives at the first global

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Extreme Weather is ‘Silver Lining’ for Climate Action: Christiana Figueres

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Devastating extreme weather including recent flooding in England,Australia’s hottest year on record and the US being hit by a polar vortex have a “silver lining” of boosting climate change to the highest level of politics and reminding politicians that climate change is not a partisan issue, according to the UN’s climate chief. Christiana Figueres said that it was amoral

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New UN-led Global Partnership to Help Green 30 National Economies by 2020

Mar 5th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Countries such as Burkina Faso, Peru, Mauritius, Mongolia, and Senegal are set to boost their economies through a shift of investment and policies towards a new generation of assets that include clean technologies and resource efficient infrastructure, green skilled labour, well-functioning ecosystems, and good governance. Such a transformation, supported by the UN-led Partnership for

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Take S&T to Disaster-risk Mitigation Agenda: UN Expert

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By
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Business Mirror: The United Nations (UN) has called on the popularization of science and technology (S&T), particularly in dealing with the climate change and disaster preparedness. “Let us take S&T back to disaster-risk mitigation efforts,” said Margareta Wahlstrom, UN special representative of the secretary-general for disaster-risk reduction, in a news briefing on Friday. The briefing was

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Geo-engineering No Holy Grail – Study

Feb 26th, 2014 | By
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Far from offering a simple fix, sci-fi solutions to global warming may in fact make the problem worse, a probe of “geo-engineering” options said on Tuesday. Once mocked as unscientific, geo-engineering proposals are gaining traction as carbon emissions soar, placing Earth on track for warming of maybe four degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.

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Green Climate Fund Board Hails Success Despite Slow Progress

Feb 24th, 2014 | By
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The Green Climate Fund board says last week’s planning meeting made progress, despite only agreeing two of the eight requirements essential for the fund to become operational. A three day gathering in Bali ended with a decision to split funding equally between mitigation and adaptation efforts, devoting 50% of adaptation monies to climate vulnerable regions.

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Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for Small Island States

Feb 24th, 2014 | By
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UNEP News Center: Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living. The transition will offer opportunities for SIDS to

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Tackling Water, Sanitation, Energy Nexus Key to Sustainable Future – UN Officials

Feb 19th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: The water, sanitation and sustainable energy crises are the among the world’s pre-eminent development challenges, senior United Nations officials warned today, urging Member States to adopt coherent integrated policies and innovative strategies to tackle these issues, which take a tragic toll on the lives of millions of poor people, especially women and young

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New Global Coalitions for Green Tech Solutions

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: The global community needs three kinds of new ‘coalitions’ of countries that can spur innovations and cut down costs in green technologies, and deliver affordable energy to all people, says Kandeh Yumkella, chief executive officer of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Yumkella told the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit last week (6—8 February), that the proposed

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Nations Will Face Big Political Question in Lima: Marcin Korolec

Feb 10th, 2014 | By
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Times News Network: President of the Warsaw climate conference (COP19) and Poland’s secretary of state, Marcin Korolec, has said the “nature of contributions” from countries to deal with menace of global warming would be the “main political questions” in Peruvian capital Lima where leaders\negotiators from across the globe assemble for the next marathon meeting in December.

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Fight Against Climate Change: Real Action Missing

Feb 7th, 2014 | By
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The Himalayan Times: Climate change and global warming is not a recent topic of mass interest. The consequences of this have already started affecting planet earth and its residents. The magnitude of the impact and level of loss of biodiversity, increase in pollution and so on led to the major Conference on Development and the Environment,

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Denying Climate Change isn’t Scepticism – it’s ‘Motivated Reasoning’

Feb 6th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The grim findings of the IPCC last year reiterated what climatologists have long been telling us: the climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and we’re to blame. Despite the clear scientific consensus, a veritable brigade of self-proclaimed, underinformed armchair experts lurk on comment threads the world over, eager to pour scorn on climate

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New Business Model Needed to Deal With Future Growth

Feb 6th, 2014 | By




The Hindu: The tug of war between economic growth and sustainability needs to stop and the two need to be thought of together, said Yvo de Boer, Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and KPMG Global Chairman, Climate Change and Sustainability Service. A new business model is needed to deal with

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Global Warming is ‘Almost Definitely’ Caused by Humans, UN Report Claims

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By
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Global warming is unequivocal and human influence has been the dominant cause since the mid-20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC’s full and final findings on the state of the planet’s climate have been published and the report, which was put together for the UN, says that limiting climate

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China Unhappy with ‘Carbon Budget’ Reference in IPCC Review

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
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Documents released yesterday show that China wanted references to a global “carbon budget” to be excluded from the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Government officials told the UN’s top climate scientists last year that countries should not be told there is a fixed volume of carbon dioxide that can be burnt before the world

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Securing Crop Biodiversity is Key to Feeding World’s Growing Population – UN study

Feb 1st, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Seeking to ensure that the world can feed a fast growing population, expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the United Nations today published voluntary international standards to improve conservation of the crops that are crucial to food security by preserving biodiversity in gene banks and in the field. “As the world’s population

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Forests Feature in Final UN Meeting for Framing Sustainable Development Goals

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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How should we define forestry for sustainable development? On 3-7 February 2014, this will be debated in the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. We are proud that CIFOR scientist Dr. Daju Resosudarmo has been invited to make a presentation and be on the expert panel at this important meeting. The

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Pakistan Urges UN’s Body to Cooperate With SAARC for Boosting Development

Jan 29th, 2014 | By
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Pakistan has urged the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to work closely with regional organizations, including South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), as the UN body helps shape the post-2015 development agenda that will step up efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom and peace. “This year is an important year, a

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EU Plans a ‘Positive Signal’ for Climate Deal

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By




UN climate chief Christiana Figueres hailed the European Commission’s 2030 plans for carbon cuts on Wednesday as “a positive signal” for a “meaningful” global deal on climate. “EU on track by recommending Europe-wide 40% emissions cut target by 2030,” Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said on Twitter. “Positive signal

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EU Outlines 2030 Climate Goals

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By
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BBC News: The European Commission has outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030. The Commissioners want a binding target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels. Renewables will need to provide 27% of EU energy by 2030, but while the target will be binding at EU level there will be no

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Policymakers Aren’t Aware of Threat to Farming from Climate Change, World Bank Says

Jan 21st, 2014 | By




The Sydney Morning Herald: Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policy makers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance on food supply, according to the World Bank. Earth will warm by 2 degrees celsius “in your lifetime,” Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vice-president for climate change, said at a meeting of agriculture ministers

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CO2 Emissions are Being ‘Outsourced’ by Rich Countries to Rising Economies

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The world’s richest countries are increasingly outsourcing their carbon pollution to China and other rising economies, according to a draft UN report. Outsourcing of emissions comes in the form of electronic devices such as smartphones, cheap clothes and other goods manufactured in China and other rising economies but consumed in the US and Europe. A draft

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UN Climate Report Urges Quicker Switch to Low-Carbon Global Economy

Jan 17th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: Delaying action on global warming will only increase the costs and reduce the options for dealing with its worst effects, according to a draft report by UN experts. The final draft of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says global warming will continue to increase unless countries shift quickly to clean

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World May Have to Suck Gases: UN

Jan 16th, 2014 | By
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(Reuters) – Governments may have to extract vast amounts of greenhouse gases from the air by 2100 to achieve a target for limiting global warming, backed by trillion-dollar shifts towards clean energy, a draft U.N. report showed on Wednesday. A 29-page summary for policymakers, seen by Reuters, says most scenarios show that rising world emissions

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Regulating Biodiversity in India and Nepal

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
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In a world marked by climate change, biodiversity is important for food security. Several international treaties regulate adaptation, access to and sharing of plant genetic resources. However, the treaties must be implemented in the laws of individual countries if they are to have an effect ‘The diversity of plant varieties is under threat. For several

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OECD States Cut Emissions Too Slowly

Jan 14th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The world’s richest countries have made some progress since the 1990s in limiting environmental damage. But they have not done enough to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Scientists say that carbon dioxide emissions need to start going down in the next decade to

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IMPRESSIONS: Advancing Understanding of the Consequences of High-end Climate Change

Jan 14th, 2014 | By
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The large-scale European Union FP7 funded project IMPRESSIONS (Impacts and Risks from High-End Scenarios: Strategies for Innovative Solutions) is holding its official Kick-off Meeting from 13 to 15 January 2014 in Oxford, United Kingdom. An international team of 27 research institutions from 18 countries will join forces to answer one of the hottest questions of

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India May Oppose Issues Outside Doha Mandate

Jan 13th, 2014 | By
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India is preparing to oppose any move by developed countries to include so-called “21st century issues” such as services, competition, investment and climate change in the post-Bali work programme of the World Trade Organization (WTO). India sees a scheduled discussion on the topic at the World Economic Forum (EF) meeting in Davos later this month

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Study Finds Geoengineering Research ‘Free for All’

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
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The ‘plan B’ of using geoengineering to rescue humanity from the impact of climate change exists in a ‘vacuum’ of international regulations, according to a recent review. Proposals to counteract the effects of global warming by engineering the planet, with methods such as spraying chemicals into the atmosphere to block solar radiation, are largely theoretical

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Sidelining Science is Undermining Emission Cuts

Jan 11th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: Mitigation targets used to be dictated by science. Research would define the limits of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations beyond which it was not safe to stray, and countries would then peg their commitments to this evidence. But agreements coming from the COP15 (Conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) meeting

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UN Urged to Recognize Benefits Derived from Mountain Regions as Essential for Sustainable Development

Jan 10th, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: As United Nations-led talks on outlining the future global development agenda continue to progress, UN agency officials joined representatives of mountain countries and organizations today at Headquarters to encourage mountain-specific policies in sustainable development strategies, with a particular focus on plans for adaptation and mitigation of climate change. In connection with 7th

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Health, Climate Change to Get Special Focus at Davos: WEF

Jan 10th, 2014 | By




Press Trust of India: World Economic Forum (WEF) today said health and environment will figure prominently in its upcoming Davos Annual Meeting, which is expected to be attended by a large Indian delegation along with top business and political leaders from across the world. Those expected at this annual congregation of rich and powerful from across

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Is Nepal GMO Ready?

Jan 5th, 2014 | By




In 2011, the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) had established a partnership with Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture) and the US chemical making infamous company Monsanto to conduct pilot project on maize production in different parts of Nepal. The logic forwarded by the USAID was to “improve food production” and “increase food

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World Went on Warming in 2013

Jan 4th, 2014 | By
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Climate News Network: The global average temperature in 2014 is expected to make it one of the warmest years on record, according to the UK Met Office. It says in its annual global temperature forecast that 2014 will probably be between 0.43°C and 0.71°C warmer than the long-term (1961-1990) average of 14.0°C, with a central

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Climate Change: State Department Submits Climate Action Report to United Nations

Jan 4th, 2014 | By
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The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2014 U.S. Climate Action Report on Thursday to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “Climate change is one of the most urgent and profoundly complex challenges we face,” Secretary of State John Kerry wrote in the report. “That’s why, everywhere I travel as Secretary of

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Climate Change and Gender Movement Gains Momentum

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By
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An in-session workshop held on gender, climate change and the United Nations Framework Convention   on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provided insight into the status of efforts to enhance the role of women and laid the foundation for next steps.   The workshop prompted proposals to, among other things: Establish a framework, with a time frame,

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CCD Starts Finalising Prerequisites to Receive RF From FCPF

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By




The Climate Change Division (CCD) has started finalising the pre-requisites to receive $3.8 million Readiness Fund from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to combat climate change and tropical deforestation. Environmental and climate change experts, however, suggest some specific measures to ensure transparency and fairness in utilisation and disbursement of the funds. The FCPF is the

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Famine and Malnutrition Stalk Strife-Torn Central African Republic, UN Agencies Warn

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: United Nations agencies today warned of possible famine and severe malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on donors to provide urgent funding to mitigate the crisis in the impoverished country where a year of conflict has already killed thousands of people and driven 750,000 others from their homes. “We urgently

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Public Awareness is Key to Climate Governance

Jan 1st, 2014 | By
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Lisa Elges, program manager of Transparency International’s Climate Governance Program, expressed concern about the public money that Korea is investing in the Green Climate Fund (GCF). GCF was established under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to transfer money from developed nations to developing countries to help with adaptation and mitigation processes in

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Tony Abbott’s Top Business Adviser Accuses IPCC of ‘Dishonesty and Deceit’

Dec 31st, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Tony Abbott’s top business adviser has accused the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of “dishonesty and deceit” as it focuses on “exploiting the masses and extracting more money” in a climate crusade. Maurice Newman, chairman of the prime minister’s new Business Advisory Council, used an interview with the Australian newspaper to launch a strongly worded attack on the

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How is Global Warming Affecting Precipitation? New Satellite to Help Explain

Dec 31st, 2013 | By
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The United States and Japan are getting set to launch a 4.3-ton satellite designed to monitor rain and snowfall in unprecedented detail. The spacecraft, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite, has been designed as the centerpiece of an international squadron of nine satellites that are already on orbit. The data the new satellite will gather not only

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2013 Will Mark Continued Rise of CO2′

Dec 30th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Global carbon dioxide emissions are likely to hit 36 billion tonnes in 2013, according to new research from the University of East Anglia in the UK. This is a small rise – an estimated 2.1% – on 2012, but it will be 61% above the levels in 1990, which is the baseline

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Carbon Market Looks a Little Livelier

Dec 27th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Don’t put any bets on it – but at long last the world-wide trade in carbon looks set to improve, if only just a little. In mid-December the European Union adopted an emergency law designed to  firm up prices in its Emissions Trading System (ETS). Many people see carbon trading as a key weapon in

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UN General Assembly Proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day

Dec 27th, 2013 | By
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UNEP News Center: On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and

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ADB Boosts Development Funding

Dec 26th, 2013 | By




In its 2013 Sustainability Report, the ADB said it approved $43 billion worth of development projects in 2011 and 2012, a 10% increase from the previous two-year period. “Each approval takes into account economic, social and environmental impacts… ADB investments contributed to providing and improving access to basic services, including funding for education, health, energy,

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Climate Imperils Peru’s Poverty Drive

Dec 26th, 2013 | By
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Climate News Network: Peru is the country chosen to host the 2014 UN climate conference, a key meeting for trying to advance an ambitious plan to rein in greenhouse emissions which is planned for agreement in 2015. But the country has recently earned a rather more dubious distinction. In 2012, for the first time, the

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Food for Thought on Waste over Festive Season

Dec 24th, 2013 | By
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UNEP News Center: Christmas for many around the world is a time of plenty: stomachs full to bursting and gifts spilling out from beneath the tree as we indulge those we love. But in the days that follow, who hasn’t felt a slight twinge of guilt at the food we scrape into the bin or

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Asia Pacific Bucks World Trend in Forest Cover

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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UNEP News Center: While global forest cover is moving on a downward spiral with a loss of nearly 130 million hectares of forest worldwide, Asia Pacific’s forest cover has grown by some 24 million hectares over 20 years. Seven million of Asia’s forests have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, according a new UNEP report

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Civil Society Meeting Report

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By




On November 4, 2013, the WGC hosted a closed-door meeting on geoengineering for Washington, DC-based civil society actors. More than 40 individuals registered to attend, from 30 different organizations. The day was based around an opening panel discussion, followed by two breakout discussion sessions. During the first breakout session, participants were invited to look at

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Tax Meat to Cut Methane Emissions, Say Scientists

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: Meat should be taxed to encourage people to eat less of it, so reducing the production of global warming gases from sheep, cattle and goats, according to a group of scientists. Several high-profile figures, from the chief of the UN’s climate science panel to the economist Lord Stern, have previously advocated eating less meat to tackle global

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Time to ‘Connect The Dots’ Among Gender, Forests, REDD+, Experts Say

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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Despite the large quantity of climate-change research focused on adaptation, mitigation and gender, not much of it is leading to transformative action on the ground, said a top forestry expert at the recent U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. Improving technology, generating political will, crafting gender sensitive policies and promoting strong women’s networks could help

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2013 Climate Year in Review: ‘The Heat is On. Now We Must Act’

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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The Guardian: On 10 May 2013, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. The last time so much greenhouse gas was in the air was several million years ago, when the Arctic was ice-free, savannah spread across the Sahara desert

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Most companies Still Releasing Unsustainable Amounts of CO2

Dec 19th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: The majority of large global corporations that have reported their annual greenhouse gas emissions for several years now are still releasing more carbon dioxide than they should, a new study published on Wednesday showed. And most companies scrutinized in the study are still not using science-based thresholds to set emissions targets and to drive actions

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Lack of Greenhouse Emissions Data ‘Demands Action’

Dec 19th, 2013 | By
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Sci Dev Net: African countries are lagging behind in creating credible and up-to-date greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories as nearly all of them lack accurate data on the emissions that they produce, say scientists during a field tour of western Kenya last month (8 November). Most African countries have failed to meet the requirements on collecting and submitting

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Funding Boost for Forests and Climate Protection

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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In a boost for global efforts to combat climate change and tropical deforestation, Norway has pledged $100 million to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the World Bank administered facility that was set up to compensate developing countries for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by preserving their forests. The FCPF consists of two funds:

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UN Outlines Plans for 2015 Global Disaster Risk Reduction Deal

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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The UN hopes to seal a global agreement on reducing the risks from extreme weather events, earthquakes and tsunamis at a 2015 summit in the Japanese city of Sendai. The new deal – set to be brokered by the UN’s office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR) – is likely to focus heavily on climate change

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Govt Launches New Initiative for Climate Change Adaptation

Dec 17th, 2013 | By




Republica: The government has undertaken a new initiative to integrate climate change adaptation into local development plans. As part of Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development Project, initiated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE) and administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with financing from the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), the government

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