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European Council Approves Climate Change Deal [viewed]

Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the French Republic, presided over the European Council held in Brussels on 11 and 12 December 11 December 2008: The European Council met in Brussels, Belgium, from 11-12 December 2008, and reached agreement on an energy and climate change package. It is anticipated that the package will be finalized with the European Parliament by the end of 2008.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Governments to Not Backslide on Previous Commitments [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 11 December 2008: In a press conference in Poznań, Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted progress achieved at the climate change talks, but stressed that much more needs to be done. He called on governments not to “backslide” on previous commitments and emphasized the need for: deep cuts in emissions to stabilize our climate; assistance for developing countries in dealing with mitigation and adaptation; a dramatic increase of financial and technological resources; and institutions that can support these efforts.

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OECD Secretary General Highlights Why Finance Ministers Should Take Action on Climate Change [viewed]

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD 8 December 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Secretary General, Angel Gurría, participated in a high level meeting of Ministers of Finance in Poznań, Poland, on the sidelines of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, and highlighted that the engagement of finance ministers in the fight against climate change is essential.

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UNECE and FAO Conduct Workshop on Woody Biomass [viewed]

 Woody biomass – the fuel of choice for Serbia 11 December 2008: Wood-based energy bears significant potential as a fuel source for Serbia and other South-East European countries, concluded a workshop entitled “Woody Biomass - the Fuel Choice for Serbia,” held from 2-3 December 2008, in Belgrade, Serbia.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for Clean Energy New Deal [viewed]

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8 December 2008: In a press conference held during the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), noted that the financial crisis presents an opportunity to tackle climate change by investing in energy efficiency and clean technologies. He added that this ‘Clean Energy New Deal' will not only generate economic growth, but also enhance energy security.

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IEA Releases 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released 25 energy efficiency policy recommendations that were endorsed by G8 Heads of State.

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IEA Releases Brochure on Wind Energy [viewed]

December 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a brochure entitled “Renewable Energy Essentials: Wind.” This series of publications provides key facts relating to major aspects of each renewable energy technology.

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OECD Releases Booklet on Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Climate Change Mitigation: What Do We Do? 28 November 2008. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a booklet entitled “Climate Change Mitigation: What Do We Do?” that reviews the economics behind climate change mitigation options.

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IEA Releases Report on Second Generation Biofuel Technologies [viewed]

From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities 28 November 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities,” which outlines the technical challenges facing second generation biofuels, evaluates their costs and examines related current policies to support their development and deployment.

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WMO Partner Launches Website for Online Access to Weather and Climate Data From Space [viewed]

18 November 2008: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partner, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), has launched a Web portal, known as Product Navigator, which provides a central point for online access to all its weather and climate data and dissemination services, as well as data from some other agencies.

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