Mitigation

IDB Launches Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, Invites Comments [viewed]

12 September 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a tool known as the “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” during the fourth Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held on 9 September 2008, at IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

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ECOWAS Commission President Reports on Food Crisis Impacts in West African Economies [viewed]

Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) 10 September 2008: Presenting his report on the status of

the Community Work Programme, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Economic

Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, highlighted the economic

impacts of the increase of food and commodity prices in West African States.

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WMO Co-organizes Workshop on Climate Product Generation, User Liaison and Training in Polar Regions [viewed]

11 September 200

8: A workshop on climate product generation,

user liaison and training in Polar Regions, co-organized under the World

Meteorological Organization's (WMO) project on Climate Information and

Prediction Services (CLIPS) by the World Climate Research Programme and the

Committee for International Polar Year, took place from 8-11 September 2008, in

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Workshop

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WMO Secretariat Submits Draft Ministerial Statement for the World Climate Conference-3 [viewed]

World Climate Conference-3 - Climate prediction and information for decision-making September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Secretariat submitted, at the second meeting of the International Conference

Organizing Committee on 3-5 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, the draft

notes for a ministerial statement to be adopted at the World Climate

Conference-3.

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European Commission Launches Call for Tenders to Establish a CCS Project Network in Europe [viewed]

11 September 2008: The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for an external service provider to assist in establishing and running a network of projects to demonstrate the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in power plants.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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Lecture by Yvo de Boer: “The need for global low-emissions economic development” at Korea Green Foundation [viewed]

Lecture by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary<br /> United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “The need for global low-emissions economic development”

9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green

Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali

Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will

end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than

previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change

to be “stepped up significantly.”

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a Global Energy Revolution [viewed]

Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) 8 September 2008: In his address to the “Asia-Pacific Security Challenges: Implications for Europe and the Atlantic Alliance” Conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 7-9 September 2008, Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, focused on the energy implications of the rise of Asian economies and the need for a global energy revolution.

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IPCC Chair Pachauri Addresses the Costs of Mitigation Actions [viewed]

8 September 2008: In an editorial published in The

Australian, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC), highlighted that, according to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment

Report, costs of mitigation actions are not high. “In fact, one of the

scenarios assessed, which would stabilise average temperature increase in the

world to between 2C to 2.4C, would cost the world no more than 3 per cent of

the global GDP in 2030,” he writes.

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European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Discusses Emissions Trading [viewed]

September 2008: The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, at its 8-10 September 2008 meeting in Brussels, Belgium, is discussing, inter alia: supporting early demonstration of sustainable power generation from fossil fuels; emission performance standards for new passenger cars; geological storage of carbon dioxide; industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control); greenhouse gas emission allowance trading system; and shared effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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