Publication

IAEA Director General Calls for a Global Energy Agency [viewed]

IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei Calls for a Global Energy Agency. Photo credit, IAEA 23 July 2008: In an editorial published in the Financial Times, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), calls for the creation of an international organization on energy. In the article, which he indicates represents his personal views, ElBaradei describes the current energy crisis, stressing the need for environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels and coordinated action on energy and

related issues, including climate change.

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IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change and Water [viewed]

June

2008: This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Technical Paper is the sixth paper in the IPCC Technical Paper series and was

produced in response to a proposal by the Secretariat of the World Climate

Programme – Water and the International Steering Committee of the Dialogue on

Water and Climate at the 19th Plenary Session of the IPCC, which took place in

Geneva, Switzerland in April 2002.

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FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

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July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum Pledges to Work Towards Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

17 July 2008: Ministers at the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum, which took place in London, UK, from 14-16 July 2008, highlighted the threat posed by climate change to security and prosperity, and agreed to continue to raise awareness of the threats of climate change and to work towards a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.

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OECD Report Shows Biofuel Policies in OECD Countries to be Costly and Ineffective [viewed]

Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies 16 July 2008: A new report from the Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), entitled “Economic Assessment of

Biofuel Support Policies,” concludes that “government support of biofuel

production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing

greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on

world crop prices.”

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FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

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OCHA-UN/ISDR: Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response – Guidance and Indicator Package for Implementing Priority Five of the Hyogo Framework [viewed]

July 2008. The UN Office for the

Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched, in collaboration with

the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Secretariat, a

document for the implementation of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Priority Five

(disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels).

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UNFCCC Adaptation Subprogramme Releases eUpdate on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

Nairobi Work Programme Moves from First to Second Phase

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July 2008: The July 2008 issue of the

Nairobi Work Programme eUpdate features stories on: the Nairobi Work

Programme's entry into its second phase; action pledges to carry out adaptation

work; calls for action; the adaptation practices interface, which at present

focuses on capacity building and practice; engagement with the private sector

on adaptation; and upcoming 2008 work programme activities and meetings.

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UNEP Report: Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 [viewed]

Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 1 July 2008: The

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the Report Global

Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008: Analysis of Trends and Issues in

the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The Report notes

record breaking investment levels in the sustainable energy sector during 2007,

with over US$148 billion of new investment, an increase of 60% over 2006,

largely driven by wind power.

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European Investment Bank Presents New Climate Change Study [viewed]

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1 July 2008: Philippe de

Fontaine Vive, European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President, has presented the results of a study on climate change in the

Mediterranean and its consequences on the development of Maghreb and Machreq

countries.

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