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ADB Climate Change Fund Supports Two Energy Projects in China [viewed]

29 January 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will support, through its Climate Change Fund, projects in two Chinese provinces, with one project evaluating the potential to reduce carbon emissions and the other establishing a large scale concentrated solar thermal plant.

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World Wetlands Day Focuses on Role of Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

2 February 2010: World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2010 around the theme “Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change,” with the slogan “Caring for wetlands: an answer to climate change.”

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IPCC Issues January Newsletter [viewed]

1 February 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its first newsletter. The January issue begins with a message from IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, in which he reflects on the Panel's work in January related to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Chair Pachauri also notes recent media developments around the IPCC, but expresses belief "that the truth will prevail and the mal-intent of those who are behind the falsehoods that are being produced in the media would be exposed."

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ITTO Newsletter Examines the Competitiveness of REDD and Oil Palm [viewed]

1 February 2010:  The latest issue of the International Tropical Timber Organization's (ITTO) newsletter, Tropical Forest Update,  includes an article that questions whether payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) can make natural forests competitive with oil palm plantations.

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European Commission Allocates Almost €7.3 Million to Central Asia for Adaptation [viewed]

1 February 2010: The European Commission has allocated €7.295 million to help Central Asian countries reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters, raise awareness among local populations about environmental changes and provide them with tools to adapt to climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Pledges to Mobilize Support to Tackle Challenges Facing Africa [viewed]

31 January 2010: In his opening address to the 14th Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU), which has convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 25 January-2 February 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to mobilize support to tackle the critical challenges threatening peace and prosperity across Africa, including climate change.

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World Economic Forum Addresses Multiple Facets of Climate Change [viewed]

31 January 2010: Climate change was the topic of several of the events held at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which took place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 27-31 January 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes Clarification on Legal Character of the Copenhagen Accord [viewed]

25 January 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a notification to parties (DBO/drl) regarding an earlier notification dated 18 January 2010 (YDB/ DBO/drl) on communication of information relating to the Copenhagen Accord.

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General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Takes Stock of Agriculture's Role in Climate Change [viewed]

28 January 2010: The annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, an organization of global donors, met in Rome, Italy, from 26-27 January 2010, to consider issues related to agriculture and rural development in working sessions addressing: agriculture and climate change; aid for trade and development; land and development; and lessons from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

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EU Formally Indicates Support for Copenhagen Accord [viewed]

28 January 2010: Through a joint letter to the UNFCCC, the Spanish Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU and the European Commission have formally indicated the support of the EU and its 27 member States for the Copenhagen Accord. 

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