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Policy Update #21: Cracking the Climate Code in Time for the Paris Agreement[viewed]

In the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC, it is important to understand what has come before, in order to put the future climate agreement and efforts by others into context.

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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down[viewed]

The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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CIFOR Reports: Mangroves Essential for Mitigating Climate Change[viewed]

Scientists from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and its partners have determined that Indonesia could significantly reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by halting the practice of clearing mangroves, which emits 190 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-eq) each year. Their findings, which highlight mangroves as globally-significant carbon sinks, are published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge[viewed]

The White House has launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, supported by 13 of the largest American companies, whose pledges represent more than US$1.3 trillion in revenue in 2014 and a combined market capitalization of at least US$2.5 trillion. The Pledge recognizes those countries that have already put forward climate targets, and voices support for a strong outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris in December 2015.

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UNISDR Spearheads Training for Local Governments on Sendai Framework for DRR[viewed]

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has begun training programmes for local governments, focusing on developing strategies based on action priorities outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), agreed in March 2015, which emphasizes the role of local governments in achieving DRR and a reduction in the loss of lives, livelihoods and health over the next 15 years.

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WMO Calls for Comments on Draft 2015 GCOS Status Report[viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the draft 2015 Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Status Report, which assesses the adequacy of the global observing systems for climate, is open for public review. The report will be submitted to GCOS's sponsoring organizations, as well as Parties to the UNFCCC, who in November 2012 invited the GCOS Secretariat to prepare such an assessment.

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Researchers Report Increased Arctic Sea Ice Volume[viewed]

In an article titled 'Increased Arctic Sea Ice Volume after Anomalously Low Melting in 2013,' researchers report that the volume of Arctic sea ice increased by around a third after an unusually cool summer in 2013, which, they say, suggests that Arctic sea ice might be more resilient than previously thought.

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UNECE Calls for Comments on Draft CCS Specifications[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that the draft 'Specifications for the Application of the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage' are open for public review. UNECE describes storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) as the "initial and main focus" of the specifications, though they could potentially be applied to other projects, such as storing natural gas.

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ADP Co-Chairs Issue Streamlined Geneva Negotiating Text[viewed]

The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) issued a scenario note for the tenth part of the second session of ADP (ADP 2-10) that includes a consolidated version of the formal Geneva negotiating text. The Co-Chairs also released a document containing elements for a draft decision on ADP workstream 2.

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Stakeholders Assess SLCPs' Impacts on Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), and the World Bank co-sponsored a side event focused on how fast mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) could contribute to the post-2015 development agenda and the fulfillment of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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