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EEA Report Examines Costs of Industrial Air Pollution [viewed]

EEANovember 2014: Air pollution from Europe's industrial facilities cost the region between €59-189 billion in 2012, with 1% of facilities responsible for 50% of the damage, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). ‘Costs of Air Pollution from European Industrial Facilities 2008-2012' presents damage cost estimates to health and the environment caused by air pollutants emitted from Europe's industrial facilities.

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UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme Meeting Focuses on MRV [viewed]

LECBP4 November 2014: The 4th annual Global Meeting of the Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme focused on measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of mitigation actions. Over three days, more than 70 participants discussed and learned on related topics, including best practices, intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), national approaches, tools, resources and design.

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October 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy-financeOctober 2014: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Guyana, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

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CCAC Agriculture Initiative Expands to Methane Emissions from Rice [viewed]

ccac-ccaf-ciat-irri31 October 2014: A research effort to reduce methane emissions from rice cultivation in Viet Nam, Bangladesh and Colombia has been launched under the Agriculture Initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). Three international research institutions, working together with rice farmers, policy makers and other partners, expect to reduce emissions by 30-50% by using an innovative irrigation method.

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URBES Highlights Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas [viewed]

theurbes28 October 2014: The Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project released a factsheet on green infrastructure that highlights how cities can use green infrastructure to tackle economic, environmental and social challenges while becoming more resilient to climate change, improving quality of life and strengthening the economy. The factsheet describes the European Union's (EU) Green Infrastructure Strategy, which aims to create a policy framework for promoting green infrastructure projects, and the benefits of green infrastructure in urban areas.

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Conference Adopts Guadeloupe Roadmap on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

guadeloupe201430 October 2014: High-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states attending the ‘International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change' adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe' on biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the European Union's (EU) outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The message presents a five-year roadmap that addresses five priorities: building resilience to climate change; addressing biodiversity loss; developing a green and blue economy; advancing research; and facilitating access to resources.

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New EU Car Fleet Emissions Performance in Line with Targets [viewed]

EEA30 October 2014: According to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), efficiency of passenger cars and vans in the EU has improved over the past years, and the number of electric cars, albeit still low, is increasing rapidly. The report, which presents data on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these vehicles, finds that, on average, both passenger cars and vans sold in 2013 were already below the maximum permitted emissions per kilometer threshold set by the European Commission for 2015.

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EU-Sponsored Workshop Explores Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

better9 October 2014: The ‘Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together through Renewable Energies' (BETTER) project, co-funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, organized an EU stakeholder workshop to discuss research outcomes, potential cooperation mechanisms, policy conclusions, action plans and a roadmap beyond 2020.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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EU-Backed Project Launches Electronic Atlas on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

empas 16 October 2014: A collaborative European research project has launched a website with stories and maps relating to climate change adaptation issues. The website, titled ‘Climaps: A Global Issue Atlas of Climate Change Adaptation,' was developed as part of the three-year ‘Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)' project, which received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) ‘Science in Society' programme, and used the ‘controversy mapping' method to illustrate the main actors and controversies around major scientific debates.

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