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CBD: Brazilian State of Parana Offsets Carbon Emissions of the CBD's Secretariat Operations [viewed]

State of Parana Delivers on Its Commitment to Offset Carbon Emissions of the Operations of the CBD Secretariat 1 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced, in a notification, that the state

government of Parana in Brazil has delivered on its commitment to offset all

carbon emissions arising out of the CBD Secretariat's operations between the

ninth and the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP), including the travel of

funded party representatives to attend official CBD meetings, estimated at

around 10,200 tons of carbon equivalent.

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ESCAP Joins “Cool UN” Programme [viewed]

ESCAP Joins 'Cool UN' Programme 1 August 2008: UN Secretary-General wore a casual outfit to kick off the “Cool UN” scheme, which seeks to curb the organization's greenhouse gas emissions, limit the use of air conditioning and save money for the UN. The UN Economic Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand, which houses over a dozen of the Organization's entities, also joined the “Cool UN” scheme.

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UNDP Promotes Clean Energy Transport at Olympics [viewed]

UN agency helps Chinese authorities promote clean energy transport at Olympics

31 July 2008: As part of the efforts to make the Beijing

Olympics environmentally friendly, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is

providing four electric buses for use during the Games.

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UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint [viewed]

UPU and PostEurop Agree to Jointly Manage their Carbon Footprint. Photo Credit, UPU

24 July 2008: PostEurop, a

Restricted Union representing 48 European public postal operators, has agreed

to form a joint technical committee with the Universal Postal Union's (UPU)

Sustainable Development Project Group, which will establish measures to reduce the

sector's carbon dioxide emissions.

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CBD Notification: Review of the Work Programme on Mountain Biodiversity [viewed]

Review of implementation of the CBD programme of work on mountain biological diversity 23 July 2008: In a 23 July 2008 Notification, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting parties

and relevant organizations to provide information on the status and trends of,

and threats to, mountain biological diversity, and progress made in the

implementation of the Programme of Work on Mountain Biological Diversity for

consideration by the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific,

Technical and Technological Advice, tentatively scheduled to be held in

May/June 2010 in Bonn, Germany.

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World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

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IAEA to Compare Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with Nuclear Waste Storage [viewed]

Researching ways of securing radioactive waste. Experiments to find solutions to dispose of high-level radioactive waste are conducted at the Grimsel Underground Rock Laboratory in Switzerland (Photo: Comet)16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a

multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste

and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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UNDESA: Solar Energy Viable Option for Timor-Leste [viewed]

Solar energy viable option for Timor-Leste, says UN. Photo credit, UN 15 July

2008: A UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) three-year pilot

project aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of solar energy

recently concluded in Timor-Leste.

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UNU Launches New Website on Climate, Oil and Food [viewed]

United Nations University

July

2008: The UN University (UNU) has launched a new website on the challenges of

climate change, peak oil and the food crisis.

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UNIDO Opens First Zero Emission Community Power Center in Rural Kenya [viewed]

Hon Esther Murungi Mathenge, Ministry of Gender and Children Affairs along with Alexander Varghese UNIDO Representative for Kenya and Eritrea

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July 2008: The first environmentally-friendly hydro and solar power-generating

center has been inaugurated by the UN Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO) in a rural community in Kenya.

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