Publication

GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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Guest Article #123: The Challenge of Africa's Transformation: Issues of Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

Two years ago, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a very important milestone for agriculture and food security on the continent, the African Union (AU) declared 2014 the year of agriculture. Today, African economies continue to grow at an average rate of 5.3%. Despite this growth, the current wealth generated has not spread to the poor majority whose livelihoods depend mainly on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and fishing.

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UNEP, WMO Assessment: Fast-Track ODS Elimination to Accelerate Ozone Recovery [viewed]

unep-wmo19 December 2014: A report by nearly 300 scientists from 36 countries has concluded that ozone layer recovery will occur more rapidly if eliminating the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and managing other remaining ODSs, are fast-tracked. ‘Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014' finds that phasing out the small remaining uses of ODSs, which are currently exempted from phase-outs, would hasten ozone recovery by about 11 years.

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UK Recommends Full Support for 17 SDGs, Noting “Historic and Powerful” International Consensus [viewed]

UK Parliament15 December 2014: The UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published a report of its review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), outlining recommended actions and urging full support for the 17 SDGs proposed in the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) in view of the “historic and powerful” international consensus around the goals.

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REN21 Publishes 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

REN21November 2014: The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has published its 2014 Annual Report, which describes highlights from the year and notes that a decade has passed since the meeting of the first international conference dedicated exclusively to renewable energy, whose steering committee evolved into REN21.

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December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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IEA Reviews US Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA18 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries: The United States 2014 Review.' The report reviews the oil and gas boom in the US, developments in the national energy policy framework and efforts toward sustainability in the energy system and stability in the electricity sector.

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EEA: Focus Energy Policies to Spur Innovation [viewed]

EEA15 December 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report compiling the 582 energy support measures of member States that were in place in 2012 and their probable effects on energy innovation. The report, titled 'Energy Support Measures and Their Impact on Innovation in the Renewable Energy Sector in Europe,' finds that 41% of these measures are associated with renewable energy, while 53% are associated with fossil fuels. The findings of the report suggest support policies could be better focused to drive innovation in renewables.

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UNEP FI Report Reviews How Public Interventions Can Unlock Private Climate Finance [viewed]

Unepfin5 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Finance Initiative has published a report, titled ‘Demystifying Private Climate Finance,' which discusses the concept of private finance, how it links with climate change mitigation and adaptation, and how public actors can mobilize it. The report aims to increase policymakers' understanding of private finance and introduce an approach that climate policy makers can follow when designing public interventions for unlocking private climate finance.

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SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG [viewed]

SE4ALLDecember 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

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