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UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge

19 February 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized a meeting entitled “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge,” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. Experts attending the gathering underlined that, although seaborne vessels' engines currently contribute between 1.6% and 4.1% of global carbon dioxide emissions, these may triple by 2050, and called for steps to limit the climate-change impact of maritime transport.

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UN Secretary-General: Progress in Disarmament Could Free Up Resources to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

18 February 2009: In an address to the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which is holding its 51st session from 18-20 February 2009, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that progress towards disarmament would free up resources to meet other challenges.

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UNEP Report Highlights Environmental Degradation in Amazon [viewed]

 A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model18 February 2009: The findings of a report supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), entitled “Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia,” reveal the variety of environmental degradation occurring in the Amazon region of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The publication is part of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series and highlights population growth, urbanization and expanded economic activity, and the resulting deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change impacts in the region.

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WMO-Sponsored New Radiosonde to Shed Light on Climate Change [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

9 February 2009: A new radiosonde will be developed under the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper-air Network (GRUAN) to allow more accurate measurements of temperature and humidity trends in the atmosphere. GRUAN is being developed by GCOS, which is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Environment Programme and the International Council for Science.

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WHO/Europe to Propose a European Strategy on Health and Climate Change at 2010 Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe

19 February 2009: The 2010 Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which will convene in Parma, Italy, will discuss children's environmental health and climate impacts related to inequality, gender and stakeholder participation, among other agenda items.

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WHO/Europe Performing Assessments of Health Security and Crisis Management, with a Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

19 February 2009: World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe is collaborating with local contacts to conduct assessments of health security and crisis management.

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WHO Executive Board Approves Work Plan on Climate and Health [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)

19 February 2009: The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a five-year work plan on climate change and health.

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UNEP Report Assesses Greenness of Beijing Olympics [viewed]

 Beijing Olympics Get Big Green Tick

18 February 2009: The findings of a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) study titled “Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Final Environmental Assessment” were presented in Nairobi, Kenya, at the 25th Session of the UNEP Governing Council, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009.

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UNEP Releases Report on the Environment's Role in Averting Future Food Crises [viewed]

The Environmental Food Crisis

17 February 2009: Unless action is taken, 25 percent of the world's food production may be lost by 2050 due to environmental breakdown, according to a UNEP report released during the 25th session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UN Secretary-General and Al Gore Call for Launching a New Green Global Economy [viewed]

17 February 2009: In an op-ed published in the Financial Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US Vice-President Al Gore call for using the economic stimulus that is needed to tackle the global economic crisis to launch a new green global economy.

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