Publication

FAO Discussion Paper Addresses Role of Biotechnologies in Coping with Water Scarcity [viewed]

 FAO Discussion Paper Addresses Role of Biotechnologies in Coping with Water Scarcity

February 2009: A discussion paper titled “Coping with Water Scarcity: What Role for Biotechnologies?” has been published in FAO's Land and Water Discussion Paper Series. 

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FAO Highlights Importance of Planted Forests [viewed]

Industrial roundwood production from planted forests, Brazil

27 February 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a study titled “Wood from Planted Forests.” The study underscores the critical role that planted forests play in securing future wood supply and in providing other ecosystem services. The report underscores that the importance of planted forests will increase in the future, given their ability to sequester carbon and contribute other services, such as soil and water conservation.

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WMO Releases “State of Polar Research” [viewed]

25 February 2009: During a special ceremony at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Council for Science released a report titled “State of Polar Research,” which summarizes the results from the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

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CDM EB Calls for Public Input on Draft Tool on Baseline for Efficiency of Thermal or Electrical Energy Generation Systems [viewed]

18 February 2009: The Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), at its 45th meeting, held from 11-13 February 2009, agreed to launch a call for public inputs on the various aspects of the draft “Tool to determine the baseline efficiency of thermal or electrical energy generation systems.” The draft describes various procedures to determine the baseline efficiency of an energy generation system, for the purpose of estimating baseline emissions.

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UNFF to Consider Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

February 2009: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat has posted additional documents in preparation for its eighth session, which will convene from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US. These include discussion papers submitted by the Major Groups, and advance unedited reports on, inter alia: forests and climate change; forest degradation and desertification; and recommendations for forests in a changing environment.

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New UNIDO Report Addresses Climate Change, Industrialization and the Bottom Billion [viewed]

Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries

23 February 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization has launched its annual Industrial Development Report, titled “Breaking in and moving up: New industrial challenges for the bottom billion and the middle-income countries.” Although climate change is not the main focus of report, reference is made to how countries can help address the environmental consequences of industrial growth.

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UNEP Report Finds Climate Change Could Generate New Conflicts [viewed]

Over Forty Per cent of Intrastate Conflicts Linked to Natural Resources, Says UNEP Report

20 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment.”

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UNECE Releases Translations of Coloring Book on Environmental Issues [viewed]

Daddy you can save the planet! Now in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish

20 February 2009: Ján Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), presented the Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish versions of the coloring book “Daddy you can save the planet!” 

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Documents for AWG-KP7 [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

18 February 2009: In preparation for the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7), scheduled to take place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda and annotations for the meeting (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/1).

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UNEP Report Highlights Environmental Degradation in Amazon [viewed]

 A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model18 February 2009: The findings of a report supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), entitled “Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia,” reveal the variety of environmental degradation occurring in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The publication is part of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series and highlights population growth, urbanization and expanded economic activity, and the resulting deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change impacts in the region.

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