EU

Mekong River Commission, EU to Collaborate on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

17 January 2013: During the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the EU extended over US$6 million to help the MRC respond to climate change in the Mekong River basin.

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Event: Soil Carbon Sequestration: A Solution for Climate, Food Security and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

This conference aims to highlight the growing importance of conserving and restoring soil organic carbon for multiple win-win benefits within various land type and land use settings. The conference will review the state of science and further knowledge needs involved and discuss, inter alia; land use and land restoration practices; how to verify carbon sequestration and linkages with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other global goals, agreements and negotiations; and how to increase the flow of climate-linked funding for land and soil restoration. Organizers include the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and United Nations University (UNU). Following the Soil Carbon Sequestration conference, the FP7 Environment funded SoilTrEC project will organize a training event for Early Stage Researchers that wish to expand their knowledge into farming approaches and their impacts on farming sustainability.  

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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EEA Highlights Findings of European Year of Water [viewed]

EEA27 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has issued a press release reflecting on messages and outcomes of the 2012 European Year of Water. Among the key findings is that European waters require protection from increasing pressures.

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EEA Report Addresses End-User GHG Emissions From Energy [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report examining the demand-side aspects of energy sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trends in the European Union, titled “End-User GHGEmissions from Energy: Reallocations of Emissions from Energy Industries to End Users 2005-2010.”

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EC, Germany Pledge Support to UNDP GHG Mitigation Efforts [viewed]

UNDP20 December 2012: The European Commission (EC) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) have each announced a €5 million contribution to the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme.

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EEA Report Highlights Impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe, aiming to raise awareness and inform all stakeholders, including the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of IAS.

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Emissions Revenues Contribute to €1.2 Billion in New EU Renewable Energy Grants [viewed]

18 December 2012: The European Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion in grants to 23 renewable energy projects covering a range of technologies, including: bioenergy; concentrated solar power; geothermal power; wind; ocean energy and smart grids for distributed renewable energy management.

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EU Conclusions on Water Resources Call for Improved Implementation [viewed]

17 December 2012: The Council of the EU has adopted Conclusions in response to the European Commission communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” which call for better implementation of existing water legislation, including integration of water policy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, renewable energy and integrated disaster management.

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EEA Assesses Emissions Performance of Car Manufacturers [viewed]

EEA11 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled “CO2 emissions performance of car manufacturers in 2011,” showing that between 2010 and 2011, all major car makers in the EU had reduced carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles they manufactured, with all but two companies meeting or reaching beyond the standard required for 2012.

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