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UNEP and GEF Announce Completion of Test Geothermal Energy Project in East-Africa [viewed]

 African Rift Geothermal Facility (ARGeo) 9 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have announced the completion of the nearly US$1 million Joint Geophysical Imaging project in Kenya. The project tested new seismic and drilling techniques to tap steam from hot underground rocks, and found wells of steam able to generate 4-5 MW of electricity, with one well yielding 8 MW.

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UNEP Highlights Solar Energy's Role in GHG Mitigation [viewed]

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8 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and three solar companies have issued a joint statement calling for widespread and rapid implementation of policies supporting solar energy as a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

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UN-REDD and NORAD Call for Proposals on REDD [viewed]

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5 December 2008: The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) has opened a funding window for civil-society and non-governmental organizations involved in projects for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). The call is issued under UN-REDD, a collaborative initiative between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Programme and the UN Environment Programme. Support will be granted for two categories of projects: analysis, strategy and policy development for REDD; and demonstration projects on the ground that contribute to REDD in developing countries.

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UNEP's Climate Neutral Network Gains Participants [viewed]

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7 December 2008: On the sidelines of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a coalition of public, private and governmental entities, has gained new participants. 

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UNEP Releases Report on Construction, Buildings and Climate [viewed]

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6 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report entitled “The Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development

Mechanism, and the Building and Construction Sector,” suggesting that the Kyoto

Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which governs the main

international carbon market, should be revised to tap into the mitigation

potential of the building and construction industry.

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UNEP Risø Centre Launches “A Reformed CDM – Including New Mechanisms for Sustainable Development” [viewed]

8dec08risoe_logo_ 4 December 2008: At a side event to the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) held a side event on “Perspectives on Future Directions and Capacity Development Needs.” The event was the occasion for the launch of a URC publication, “A Reformed CDM –including new Mechanisms for Sustainable Development,” which explores how to reform the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in a post-2012 climate regime.

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UNEP-WCMC Releases Carbon and Biodiversity Atlas [viewed]

5 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme –

World Conservation

Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced the Carbon and Biodiversity Demonstration Atlas, which highlights areas

where high carbon content and high biodiversity overlap, illustrating that

reducing emissions from deforestation can combat climate change and

biodiversity loss.

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GCOS Releases Report of the 16th Session of its Steering Committee [viewed]

December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the report of the 16th session of its Steering Committee (SC), which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14-17 October 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters.

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UNEP Releases Report on Investment in Mitigation [viewed]

Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change: An Update 3 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released an advance copy of “Public Finance Mechanisms to Mobilise Investment in Climate Change Mitigation.” UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, under its Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative, commissioned the report as a contribution to the UNFCCC Secretariat Technical Paper “Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change: An Update.”

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UNEP Gathers Leaders to Shape UN Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

Global Green New Deal1 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has convened economists, academics and leaders of private and public institutions at an “International Workshop to take forward the Global Initiative on the Green Economy.” The workshop, which is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, is considering the US$4 million UN Green Economy Initiative, which was launched on 22 October 2008, and seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing policymakers on the promise of economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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