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UNFCCC Informs on COP 20 Observer Organization Applications [viewed]

UNFCCC15 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a note on the admission of observers ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 20). The note (FCCC/CP/2014/4) contains a list of applicant organizations for admission as observers at COP 20, and information on the rules regarding the admission of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as observers at sessions of the COP.

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Guest Article #110: Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? [viewed]

Are biofuels a smart technology that can help solve the looming energy crisis or are they a threat to an already compromised global food and water security? Some thoughts on the climate change, food security and biofuels nexus. Two visions, who is right?

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Climate Economy Report Urges Decoupling Economic and Emissions Growth [viewed]

the-new-climate-economy16 September 2014: The New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, has released a report that finds that competitive markets and consistent government policy signals are critical for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. The report, titled 'Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report,' was launched at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and presented to governments, as well as to business and finance leaders.

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IEA Measures Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA9 September 2014: A book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies and quantifies a broad range of positive impacts of energy efficiency, repositioning it as a mainstream tool for economic and social development. Noting that the traditional focus on energy efficiency as a tool for energy savings has prevented appreciation of its full value, the study argues that energy efficiency is a “hidden fuel” that can enhance the sustainability of the energy system, support strategic economic and social development objectives, and promote environmental goals and prosperity.

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UNEP Stresses Urgency of Climate Finance for Cities [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2014: A handbook published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on climate finance for mitigation in cities and buildings underscores the urgency of developing methods to help all cities gain access to climate finance while maximizing related social, environmental and economic co-benefits. Given that cities account for over 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the publication calls for the 2015 climate agreement to inspire cities into action. Cities, in turn, will need to support leaders and scale up mitigation projects based on best practice and sharing of lessons learned.

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UNFCCC Reports on Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee Meetings [viewed]

UNFCCC12 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports on the 15th meeting of the plenary of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee, the 16th meeting of the Facilitative Branch and the 25th meeting of the Enforcement Branch of the Compliance Committee.

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WMO Reports Record High Atmospheric GHG Levels [viewed]

WMO9 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Bulletin indicates that the concentration of GHG in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 due to a surge in carbon dioxide levels, making international action on climate change all the more urgent.

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ADB Highlights Wind and PV Potential in Developing Asia [viewed]

ADBAugust 2014: A total investment of US$2.3 trillion will be required for wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) to supply 10% of developing Asia's electricity in 2035, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The study, titled ‘Diversification of Energy Supply: Prospects for Emerging Energy Sources,' examines the status and future prospects of wind energy, PV and unconventional gas in the region.

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UNEP, WMO Assessment Finds Ozone Layer Could Recover to 1980 Levels [viewed]

unep-wmo10 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have released the ‘Assessment for Decision-Makers,' a summary of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, which was prepared and reviewed by 282 scientists from 36 countries. The Assessment finds that, as a result of the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 benchmark levels.

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NGOs Outline Position on Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris.20158 September 2014: Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) have published a report outlining what needs to be agreed at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris, France, in December 2015, what has changed since 1992 on the road from Rio to Paris, the prospects for an agreement and why a global agreement is needed.

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