Publication

Military Advisory Board Identifies Climate Change as Security Threat [viewed]

accelerating-risks-climate-change13 May 2014: The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has published a report, titled ‘National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,' which provides an update to a 2007 CNA report that described climate change as a “threat multiplier.” The 2014 report reexamines climate change impacts on US national security within a more complex and integrated world and, looking at new vulnerabilities and tensions, identifies climate change as a “catalyst for instability and conflict.”

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Guest Article #107: Desperately Seeking a Rapid-Onset Response to a Slow-Onset Event – The Case of Ocean Acidification [viewed]

I last wrote an article for this bulletin in July 2009 (Guest article #17). On that occasion, I reflected on the immense expectations surrounding the climate negotiations in Copenhagen and the need to ‘Seal the Deal.' I can see many of you holding back a wry smile as you remember that ambitious campaign so soon forgotten.

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Status of UNFCCC Submissions Published [viewed]

UNFCCC16 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note detailing the status of reporting by Parties contained in Annex I of the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.5). All 44 Annex I Parties have submitted their sixth National Communications (NC6s).

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UNFCCC Releases ADP 2-4 Report [viewed]

UNFCCC15 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-4), held in Bonn, Germany, from 10-14 March 2014. The meeting aimed to: make progress on elaborating the content of the 2015 agreement, with a view to determining elements for a draft negotiating text by COP 20; initiate discussions that facilitate domestic preparations for nationally determined contributions (NDCs); and unlock practical and realizable opportunities for raising pre-2020 ambition.

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ECREEE Outlines Regional SE4ALL Priorities [viewed]

ECREEE9 May 2014: The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has released the eighth edition of its newsletter, highlighting ECOWAS' adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, a campaign for gender awareness, and regional priorities for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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EBRD Annual Meeting Highlights 25 Years of Environmental Transition [viewed]

EBRD15 May 2014: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced the winners of its annual Sustainability Awards and launched its Sustainability Report 2013 at its 2014 Annual Meeting and Business Forum. A panel focusing on environmental change during economies' transition process was held in conjunction with the awards announcement and report launch.

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EU ETS Emissions Fall, Allowance Surplus Grows in 2013 [viewed]

European Union 14 May 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions capped under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by an estimated 3% in 2013, to slightly under 1.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the European Commission. During the same period, the cumulative surplus in emission allowances grew to over 2.1 billion tons CO2e, from 2.0 billions tons CO2e at the end of 2012.

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UNFCCC Publishes GEF Report on Technology Transfer [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC9 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a Global Environment Facility (GEF) report on progress made in implementing the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer and on consultations with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.3), in preparation for the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40).

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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Carbon Tracker Initiative Identifies Oil Assets' Climate Risks [viewed]

carbon.tracker.initiative8 May 2014: A report released by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) identifies the most likely assets in the oil sector to become stranded due to climate risks. Titled ‘Carbon Cost Supply Curves: Evaluating Financial Risk to Oil Capital Expenditures,' the report is the first in a series of reports identifying the riskiest and most expensive projects in the oil, gas and coal sectors.

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