Publication

UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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IEA Bulletin Highlights Publications on Wind Energy Bottlenecks and Costs [viewed]

IEA15 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the december edition of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which highlights a study commissioned by IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) on bottlenecks in global supply chains for solar and wind power, and a series of policy briefs comparing the implementation of national energy efficiency policies published by the Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (IEA-4E).

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EU Conclusions on Water Resources Call for Improved Implementation [viewed]

17 December 2012: The Council of the EU has adopted Conclusions in response to the European Commission communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” which call for better implementation of existing water legislation, including integration of water policy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, renewable energy and integrated disaster management.

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CDM “Frequently Asked Questions” Updated [viewed]

UNFCCC14 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has updated the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to provide clarifications relating to the operation of the CDM during the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period.

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ADB Releases Second Edition of the Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment [viewed]

ADBDecember 2012: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, initiated in 1992, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the second edition of its GMS Atlas of the Environment.

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IEA Predicts Coal to Nearly Overtake Oil as Top Energy Source by 2017 [viewed]

IEA17 December 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) newly released Medium-Term Coal Market Report (MCMR) predicts that coal will come close to overtaking oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. The report expects rising coal use in every region of the world, except the United States, where cheap and abundant shale gas is displacing coal.

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GWP NewsFlow Focuses on Doha Climate Change Conference [viewed]

December 2012: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) December 2012 edition of NewsFlow addresses issues ranging from water and climate change, transboundary water management, integrated water resources management (IWRM), gender mainstreaming and food security.

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FAO Highlights Work on Adaptation and Climate Change in Mountain Environments [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two new products on climate change that document its work across the adaptation realm, as well as an animation of climate change impacts in mountain environments.

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CEC Assesses the Comparability of GHG and Black Carbon Emissions Reporting in North America [viewed]

10 December 2012: A report by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) finds challenges in using current national and subnational reporting regime data to estimate the potential impact of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures and coordinate climate change policy in North America.

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IEA Prioritizes Carbon Capture and Storage in 2013 [viewed]

IEA1 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has made policy development for the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) a priority for 2013. According to the Agency's World Energy Outlook 2012, significant deployment of CCS will be needed to limit global warming to two degrees by 2050, even under an ambitious scenario where current fossil fuel use falls by 20% from current levels.

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