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Czech EU Presidency Outlines Actions for Climate Protection [viewed]

Czech Presidency of the EU Council

6 January 2009: The Czech Republic, as is customary for the presiding country of the EU, has introduced the priorities and work programme for its six month Presidency, which will take place from January-June 2009.

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OECD Co-Authors Study on Invention and Transfer of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies [viewed]

January 2009: Ivan Hascic and Nick Johnstone (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Environment Directorate) and Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Matthieu Glachant and Yann Ménière, CERNA, Mines ParisTech, have co-authored a new study entitled “Invention and Transfer of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies on a Global Scale: A Study Drawing on Patent Data.”

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Guest Article #8: Climate change, energy and food security, economic development - in the end, it all trickles down to water [viewed]

We can be certain about one thing related to the future. The pressure on water resources will continue to increase. This is a fundamental challenge as water resources, unlike fossil fuels, are an irreplaceable natural resource for human survival. In light of climate change, and dwindling fossil fuel resources, the quest to find alternative sustainable energy sources will escalate. Eventually we will succeed, no doubt, but on the way the fundamental role of water will become even more evident, also in relation to energy security. And it is not only about hydropower – water is fundamental for cooling purposes, to grow bioenergy crops, and for storing and transporting energy.

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UN Secretary-General: 2009 Will Be “The Year of Climate Change” [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 17 December 2008: In his last press conference for 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the coming year promises to be as difficult as 2008, which he called “the year of multiple crises.” He added that 2009 will be “the year of climate change” and noted progress made in Poznań, Poland, at the UNFCCC conference.

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IEA Releases Study on Effects of Price Caps and Floors in Climate Mitigation Scenarios [viewed]

Price Caps and Price Floors in Climate Policy 15 December 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a study entitled “Price Caps and Price Floors in Climate Policy-A Quantitative Assessment,” which assesses the long-term economic and environmental effects of introducing price caps and price floors in a hypothetical climate change mitigation architecture that aims to reduce global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2050.

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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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