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Voting on Civil Society Observer Seats for World Bank CIF Committees Underway [viewed]

© World Bank 21 July 2009: Voting is now open for the selection of candidates to serve as civil society observers for the following World Bank Climate Investment Fund committees: the Clean Technology Fund, the Strategic Climate Fund, and the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

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GEF Replenishment Meeting Addresses Climate Change Programming Strategy [viewed]

© GEF16 July 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) second meeting for the fifth replenishment of resources (GEF 5) addressed several issues that will guide GEF 5, including a strategy to enhance engagement with the private sector, a corporate programmes strategy, and a results-based management framework.

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World Bank Carbon Finance Unit Responds to Civil Society [viewed]

© World Bank14 July 2009: Joëlle Chassard, Manager of the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit, engaged in an online chat with people from all over the world, responding to queries related to the Bank's work on carbon finance on issues ranging from deforestation to financing clean energy for the poor.

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Five Top UN Officials Urge World Leaders to “Seal the Deal” in Copenhagen [viewed]

© UN14 July 2009: Five top UN officials have added their names to an online petition urging world leaders to “Seal the Deal” on an ambitious new climate change agreement at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15) in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.

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EBRD Funds Use of Forest Waste for Biomass-Fired Heat and Power Plants [viewed]

13 July 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a loan for the equivalent of €29 million to phase-out inefficient diesel and oil-fired generators in Siberia, Russia.

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ADB Funds CCS and Wind Energy in China [viewed]

© ADB9 July 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a US$1.25 million technical assistance loan to promote carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects in China, as well as a US$24 million loan to finance a wind farm in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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UNDP Supports Latin America's First Water-Powered Bus [viewed]

© UNDP6 July 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Brazilian Mines and Energy Ministry and the city of São Paulo's Urban Transportation Company, has introduced the first hydrogen-powered bus in São Paulo, one of the world's largest cities. The bus is fueled by water and exudes clean vapor instead of fumes.

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Private Sector Representatives Sought for World Bank Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

1 July 2009: The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is currently seeking applications by business associations to attend meetings of two Climate Investment Fund committees – the Clean Technology Fund and Strategic Climate Fund – and one subcommittee - the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency Projects in India and Tunisia [viewed]

© World Bank 30 June 2009: The World Bank has approved two energy efficiency projects: one in India to replace centrifugal chillers; and one in Tunisia to develop a market for energy efficiency products.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Ecosystem-Based Approaches to Climate Change [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank's Environment Department has published a report titled “Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change,” which sets out an argument for including ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation as a third and essential pillar in national strategies to address climate change.

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