Intergovernmental Organization

IEA Releases Energy Efficient Building Roadmap [viewed]

IEA18 December 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report, titled 'Technology Roadmap: Energy Efficient Building Envelopes,' which illustrates how improving primary thermal barriers of buildings can cut buildings' total energy consumption by nearly 20%. The report offers policy guidance on how to encourage the incorporation of new building technologies into building retrofitting and new construction.  

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Event: Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

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CCAFS Presents Dataset on GHG Emissions from Livestock and Sustainable Land Use [viewed]

CCAFS24 December 2013: Responding to the need for information that facilitates sustainable planning for the livestock sector, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has published a global spatial livestock dataset at high resolution for understanding the roles of livestock in biophysical, economic and social systems.

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EU Agrees to Reduce Fluorinated Gases by Two-Thirds [viewed]

European Union 18 December 2013: The Council of the EU's Committee of Permanent Representatives has agreed to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases (F-gases). The legislation includes a phase-down schedule that commits to a two-thirds reduction in F-gases emissions in Europe by 2030.

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IFPRI Analyzes Climate Change Impacts on East African Agriculture [viewed]

IfpriDecember 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a book, titled 'East African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis,' which examines food security threats posed by climate change facing ten countries of East and Central Africa.

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EEA Describes CO2 Emissions Accounting Methods [viewed]

EEA18 December 2013: A European Environment Agency (EEA) report,  ‘European Union CO2 emissions: different accounting perspectives,' explains key characteristics of different air emissions accounting methods and the resulting emissions data at the EU level, highlighting the need for methodological improvements, as well as better data coverage and quality.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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CIFOR Outlines Emerging Research Priorities [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report to inform donors, partners and staff on how the Center's research priorities align with its vision to keep forests high on the political agenda, and to promote understanding of the importance of forests for livelihoods and ecosystem services.

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Central American Ministers Adopt Efficient Lighting Strategy, Action Plan [viewed]

sica-meso-unep-enlighten6 December 2013: The energy ministers of all of the countries in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico have adopted a regional strategy on efficient lighting that will phase out incandescent bulbs, mercury content in other lamp types, increase lighting efficiency and lead to a common approach to handling lighting waste.

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