Publication

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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Guest Article #106: Turning the 'Biggest Global Health Threat' in to our Biggest Global Health Opportunity [viewed]

Late March of this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the second part of its Fifth Assessment Report, AR5 Working Group II (WGII). The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) has recently released its briefing, outlining the implications of the IPCC report for public health and health professionals.

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IEA Calls for Radical Action for Clean Energy Transformation [viewed]

IEA12 May 2014: Global progress towards a clean energy transformation has stalled or even declined in recent years, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Agency's 'Energy Technology Perspectives 2014' (ETP 2014) report finds that the growth rate in the deployment of solar photovoltaics, onshore wind, and electric vehicles has slowed, and nuclear power generation has stagnated, while growth in coal is greater than the combined total of all clean energy technologies combined.

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UNFCCC Reports on Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge for Adaptation [viewed]

UNFCCC8 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a meeting report on available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.11), which includes a summary of recommendations identified by participants for further consideration.

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US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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Air Pollution in Most Cities Exceeds WHO Guidelines [viewed]

WHO7 May 2014: The 2014 Ambient Air Pollution in Cities Database released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that air quality in most cities around the globe is much higher than recommended by WHO's Guidelines on Air Quality, with many cities showing a declining trend.

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UNFCCC Publishes Draft Guidelines on GHG Inventories Review [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report summarizing discussions held during a technical workshop on draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.9).

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