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World Bank Publishes Study on Regulatory and Financial Incentives for Solar Power [viewed]

5 August 2011: The World Bank has published a study titled "Regulatory and Financial Incentives for Scaling up Concentrating Solar Power in Developing Countries," which analyzes existing renewable energy schemes supporting concentrated solar power (CSP) and proposes measures to scale up CSP promotion.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions to the Transitional Committee [viewed]

UNFCCCAugust 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions to the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund.

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EBRD Provides Financing to Green Agribusiness in Serbia [viewed]

5 August 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is providing a EUR80 million loan to Serbia's agricultural sector to expand the production and increase energy savings of MK Group, a leading agribusiness group in Serbia.

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SIDS DOCK Launched to Catalyze Renewable Energy [viewed]

3 August 2011: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has announced the launch of SIDS DOCK, an international organization intended to catalyze sustainable energy projects in small island developing States (SIDS).

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World Bank's FCPF Carbon Fund Becomes Operational [viewed]

25 July 2011: The July newsletter of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), housed at the World Bank, highlights that its Carbon Fund has become operational. The Fund will provide payments for verified emissions reductions from programmes for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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ADB Report Warns Against Climate Change Impacts on Health [viewed]

July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Accounting for Health Impacts of Climate Change." The report highlights that Asia and the Pacific host the greatest number of people vulnerable to the projected adverse impacts of climate change, which will challenge the public health community at the global, national, and local levels with the appearance of new diseases and the proliferation of existing ones.

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Event: Review of the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change Meeting [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is convening this meeting with representative of the 13 Pacific Island Countries involved in the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change (PACC) Project, to review and discuss progress and to share experiences and lessons learned. The PACC is implemented by SPREP in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It is a US$13 million project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project provides funds and support for national climate change adaptation projects in the areas of coastal management, food production and security, and water resources management.  

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UN Greening the Blue Reports on World Bank Cycling Initiative [viewed]

2 August 2011: UN Greening the Blue has reported that the World Bank has instituted a Bike to Work Day, in an effort to reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to encourage environmentally friendly methods of commuting in Washington DC, US, where the World Bank headquarters are located.

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World Bank Institute Calls on Young African Activists to Participate in Youth Parliament [viewed]

World Bank1 August 2011: The World Bank Institute has called for applications by youth leaders, between 18-30 years old, from Commonwealth countries in Africa and working on environment or climate change issues, to join a special session on climate change of the Youth Parliament.

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IDB Funds Modernization of Hydroelectric Plants in Brazil and Renewables in Nicaragua [viewed]

IDB28 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$128 million loan to Brazil to refurbish two large hydropower plants, and a US$22 million loan to Nicaragua to improve access to electricity and supply of renewable energy.

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