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ADB Paper Recommends Steps to Achieve Environmentally Sustainable Transport in China [viewed]

Climate Change and Transport: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport in the People's Republic of China

January 2009: A new paper, authored by Manmohan Parkash and published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), entitled “Climate Change and Transport: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport in the People's Republic of China,” evaluates the state of China's transport sector in light of volatile fuel prices and increasing greenhouse emissions.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “One True Existential Threat to Our Planet” [viewed]

UN Press Release

12 January 2009: In his first press conference of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that 2009 is “the year of climate change.” He stressed that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is only 11 months away and indicated that he would engage world leaders on the key issues in the negotiations, beginning later this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos and working toward a high-level meeting on the margins of the general debate in September.

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UNCTAD Organizing Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and Climate Change [viewed]

UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

January 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing an expert meeting on “Maritime transport and the climate change challenge.” The meeting, which will convene from 16-18 February 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, aims to help identify relevant policy actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in maritime transport, while furthering other objectives such as transport efficiency, trade facilitation, trade competitiveness and sustainable development.

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IPCC Co-Organizes Workshop on Learning from the Fourth Assessment [viewed]

January 2009: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is co-organizing the international workshop “Future Climate Change Response Research: Learning from IPCC's Fourth Assessment,” which will be held from 21-23 January 2009, at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The event is organized jointly with the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).

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WMO: Despite Cold Winter in Europe, the Major Trend is Warming [viewed]

Global warming continues, despite cold snap 9 January 2009: The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Michel Jarraud, told journalists that, despite the current cold winter in Europe, the major trend remains one of warming.

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UNEP's Global Green New Deal Gains Momentum with Investments from Japan and South Korea [viewed]

 Japan and the Republic of Korea Launch Green New Deals

9 January 2009: In an effort to spur economic growth, Japan and the Republic of Korea have both announced plans to invest billions of dollars in green projects. Speaking about the countries' plans, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that investments in clean technologies and renewable energy infrastructure can “counter recession and unemployment” and lay the basis for more sustainable economic growth in the 21st century.

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UNEP Champion of the Earth Prince Albert II Begins Antarctic Expedition [viewed]

 Prince Albert II Visits Antarctica to Assess the Effects of Global Warming 9 January 2009: Prince Albert II of Monaco has begun a month-long visit to Antarctica to assess the impact and raise awareness of climate change.

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UNHCR Warns of Climate-Induced Displacements [viewed]

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres addresses the Security Council

8 January 2009: In an address to the UN Security Council, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), warned of new forms of displacement, with natural disasters on the rise due to climate change.

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World Bank Releases Guide to Mainstream Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Programs [viewed]

World Bank 8 January 2009: The World Bank has released a guide on “Policy and Institutional Reforms to Support Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Programs.” The publication offers targeted guidance on the linkages between the design of development programs and the objectives of adapting to climate change and limiting emissions of greenhouse gases.

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UNEP Reports Successful Testing of Jatropha-Fuelled Flight [viewed]

Safe landing for Air New Zealand's jatropha-fuelled flight 31 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network has reported that Air New Zealand successfully tested a new jatropha-fuelled jumbo jet. The airline said the experience demonstrated that jatropha biofuel is suitable for use in airplanes without the need for engine modifications.

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