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European Commission Adopts Green Infrastructure Strategy [viewed]

European Union 6 May 2013: The European Commission adopted a green infrastructure strategy designed to: promote green infrastructure in the main policy areas; improve research and data, strengthen the knowledge base and promote innovative technologies; improve access to finance for green infrastructure projects; and support EU-level green infrastructure projects.

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AfriCAN Climate, AfricaAdapt Hold Workshop on Agriculture, Climate Change and CSR [viewed]

africanafricaadapt8 May 2013: AfriCAN and AfricaAdapt recently hosted a workshop and technical tour on the topic of 'Agriculture, Climate Change and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).' The event featured panels focusing on concrete actions that can help farmers adapt to climate change.

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First Soil Atlas of Africa Underscores Role in Carbon Cycle and Food Security [viewed]

soil-atlas-africa26 April 2013: The first comprehensive assessment of soils across the African continent has been released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Commission, the African Union (AU) and other international partners.

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EEA Highlights Carbon Dioxide Emission Reductions from New Cars in 2012 [viewed]

EEA30 April 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report, titled 'Monitoring CO2 Emissions from New Passenger Cars in the EU: Summary of Data for 2012,' which highlights a 2.6% decrease in average carbon dioxide emissions from the EU car fleet in 2012.

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EEA Calls for Increased Implementation of Adaptation Measures in Europe [viewed]

EEA29 April 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has issued a report, titled “Adaptation in Europe: Addressing Risks and Opportunities From Climate Change in the Context of Socio-Economic Development.” The report aims to provide policy makers at all levels of government with the information required to undertake adaptation planning and implementation.

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EEA Investigates Behavior Change to Increase Energy Savings [viewed]

10 April 2013: A report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) finds that targeted interventions in consumer behavior can deliver energy savings as high as 20%.

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EC Launches Consultation on International Climate Agreement [viewed]

EC26 March 2013: The European Commission has launched a Communication, titled “The 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Shaping International Climate Policy Beyond 2020,” which kick starts a public consultation on how to design the 2015 Climate Agreement being negotiated through the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) under the UNFCCC.

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Pacific Energy Summit Secures Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding [viewed]

26 March 2013: The Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, which brought together Pacific Island leaders, international investment and development banks, aid donor countries and private sector representatives, resulted in funding commitments of US$635 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Pacific Island countries.

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Meeting of the EC Environment Council Discusses Biofuels Policy, Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 March 2013: The first Environment Council of the European Commission under the Irish Presidency, held on 21 March 2013, included policy debates on: the European Commission's proposal to minimize the climate change impacts of biofuels; proposed changes to the directive on environmental impact assessments; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.

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EEA Report Highlights Shipping's Impact on Air Quality and Climate Change [viewed]

EEA14 March 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report that provides an overview on the state of knowledge on the impact of international shipping in European waters on air quality and climate change. The report calls for addressing both air pollution and greenhouse gases (GHGs) in an integrated manner.

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