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European Environment Ministers Discuss 7th Action Programme [viewed]

11 June 2012: The European Environment Ministers met in the Environment Council to adopt conclusions on setting the framework for the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP) and on preparations for key biodiversity and climate meetings, among other items.

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Guest Article #79: The Future of Europe Depends on Smart and Resilient Cities [viewed]

Europe is increasingly suffering from extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat and cold waves, which have an immediate impact on our lives, economies and environment. Regardless of how successful our mitigation efforts will be, we need to build resilient societies to adapt to climate change.

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EEA Calls for Increased Resource Efficiency [viewed]

EEA7 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled “Material Resources and Waste,” which finds that 20-30% of the resources consumed within the EU are produced beyond its borders. International trade, the report finds, allows EU consumption and production to impact ecosystems and human health across the globe.

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European Commission Launches European Resource Efficiency Platform [viewed]

5 June 2012: European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik unveiled the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), designed to facilitate achievement of the vision outlined in the European Commission's Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe, which aims to decouple resource use and economic growth. The EREP is organized around three elements: greening the economy; setting objectives and measuring progress; and framework conditions for investment in resource efficiency.

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EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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Global Climate Change Alliance Holds First Pacific Meeting [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA): Pacific Small Island States project held its first regional steering committee meeting in Suva, Fiji, from 28–29 May 2012. GCCA is a global EU-supported initiative aimed at strengthening dialogue and cooperation on climate change in developing countries most vulnerable to climate change.

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Event: CDM Policy Dialogue Consultations with Members of the European Parliament [viewed]

As part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue, the High-Level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue will hold individual consultations with members of the European Parliament.  

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EU Development Report Discusses Water, Energy and Land Nexus [viewed]

16 May 2012: The 2011/2012 European Report on Development (ERD) “Confronting Scarcity: Managing Water, Energy and Land for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth" stresses that better governance and a combination of public and private action are necessary to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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CARICOM Trains Negotiators on MEAs [viewed]

1 June 2012: Forty negotiators from CARIFORUM countries, which include Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, took part in a training workshop to better represent their national and regional interests in negotiations involving multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

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EEA Confirms European GHG Emissions Increase in 2010 [viewed]

EEA30 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the Annual EU greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for 1990–2010 and inventory report for 2012, which confirm that GHG emissions of EU member States increased by 2.4% (111 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2010.

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