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UN-HABITAT's Executive Director to Attend Poznan Climate Talks [viewed]

Congo, Liberia. Flooding due to Climate change (Photo courtesy of UN-HABITAT) 27 November 2008: UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka, will join the UN Secretary-General and other senior officials in Poznan, Poland, for the climate talks that will take place from 1-12 December 2008.

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World Bank Lead Environmental Economist Highlights South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change 25 November 2008: Speaking ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, Richard Damania, World Bank Lead Environmental Economist for the South Asia Region, described the climate-related challenges in South Asia as daunting.

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UNESCO: Ready to Facilitate International Dialogue on Biofuels [viewed]

UNESCO is ready to support the worldwide debate on biofuels 26 November 2008: Speaking at the International Conference on Biofuels, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from 17-21 November 2008, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa indicated the Organization's readiness to facilitate dialogue among governments on biofuel technology.

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WMO Releases Publication on the Impact of Aerosol Pollution on Precipitation [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 26 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will release, on 28 November 2008, a new international scientific review entitled “Aerosol Pollution Impact on Precipitation,” published jointly with the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics. The book examines the state of scientific knowledge on the way air pollutants, particularly tiny particles called aerosols, affect global weather and climate patterns.

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UN Secretary-General to Attend Climate Change Conference in Poland [viewed]

25 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend the next round of climate negotiations in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland. At the opening of the High-level Segment, he will articulate his ideas for some of the key issues under negotiation, such as the nature of the shared vision needed for long-term cooperative action on climate change.

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WMO Releases Greenhouse Gas Bulletin 2007 [viewed]

The 2007 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin 25 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which indicates that the trend of rising emissions of greenhouse gases continued during that year.

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FAO-Backed Research Project Indicates Africa Could Be a Significant Carbon Sink [viewed]

CarboAfrica project25 November 2008: According to research conducted by CarboAfrica, an international research consortium of 15 institutions from Africa and Europe that includes the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa could be absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits.

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ICAO Council President: “Ultimate Goal” Must be the Elimination of Carbon Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

Roberto Kobeh González, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 24 November 2008: The 45th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation of the Asia and Pacific Regions is taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 24-28 November 2008, under the theme “Cooperating towards enhanced aviation safety, security, efficiency and environment.”

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Linkages Between Climate Change, Development and the Global Economy [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 24 November 2008: In an editorial published in the Japan Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that the financial crisis is unique and potentially overwhelming, and warns against the risk of it evolving into “tomorrow's human crisis.”

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FAO Adopts Immediate Plan of Action to Address Crucial Challenges [viewed]

The FAO Conference in session. 22 November 2008: The 35th Special Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, which convened from 18-22 November 2008, in Rome, Italy, has adopted a three-year Immediate Plan of Action (IPA), which will implement an agenda for “reform with growth” as recommended by an independent external evaluation completed last year.

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