Mitigation

FAO's Harmonized World Soil Database to Facilitate Assessments of Soil's Carbon Storage and Sequestration Capacities [viewed]

New database for soil information

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July 2008: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced the

development of a new database on the world's soils. This database seeks to

improve knowledge of current and future land productivity, as well as the

carbon storage and carbon sequestration potential of the world's soils. Using

the database, the FAO has also produced a global Carbon Gap Map, which allows

for the identification of areas where soil carbon storage is greatest and the

physical potential for billions of tons of additional carbon to be sequestrated

in degraded soils.

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UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum Pledges to Work Towards Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

17 July 2008: Ministers at the Sixth UK-Caribbean Forum, which took place in London, UK, from 14-16 July 2008, highlighted the threat posed by climate change to security and prosperity, and agreed to continue to raise awareness of the threats of climate change and to work towards a rapid transition to a low carbon economy.

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APP Launches Breakfast Briefings Series [viewed]

U.S. Government's Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate Website 17 July 2008: The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) held a breakfast briefing on 17 July 2008, in Washington DC, US. This briefing was the first of a series that will be held throughout the year to provide updates on the Partnership's activities.

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IAEA to Compare Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with Nuclear Waste Storage [viewed]

Researching ways of securing radioactive waste. Experiments to find solutions to dispose of high-level radioactive waste are conducted at the Grimsel Underground Rock Laboratory in Switzerland (Photo: Comet)16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a

multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste

and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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NATO Workshop to Address Weather/Climate Risk Management for the Energy Sector [viewed]

July 2008: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold an advanced research workshop on weather/climate risk management for the energy sector in Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce, Italy, from 6-10 October 2008.

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UNEP Painting Competition Highlights Climate Change [viewed]

18th International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment 17 July 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP),

with the Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, launched its eighteenth International

Children's Painting Competition on 17 July 2008.

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OECD Report Shows Biofuel Policies in OECD Countries to be Costly and Ineffective [viewed]

Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies 16 July 2008: A new report from the Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), entitled “Economic Assessment of

Biofuel Support Policies,” concludes that “government support of biofuel

production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing

greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on

world crop prices.”

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Coastal Cities Summit: Values and Vulnerabilities [viewed]

Coastal Cities Summit 2008 July 2008: The Coastal Cities Summit, which will take

place from 17-20 November 2008, in Saint Petersburg, Florida, US, is organized

by the International Ocean Institute.

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ICAO President Calls on GIACC to Set Fuel Efficiency Goals [viewed]

Opening address by the President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr. Roberto Kobeh González. Photo credit, ICAO

14 July

2008: In his inaugural  speech to the second meeting of the

International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Group on International

Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC), Roberto Kobeh González, President of the

ICAO Council, noted the work carried out by the Organization and the UNFCCC

Secretariat in coordinating their work plans, and highlighted the importance

for the Group to agree on aspirational goals on fuel efficiency.

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FAO: Next Global Forest Resources Assessment to Include Global Remote Sensing Survey of Forests [viewed]

Spotlight on forest monitoring. Photo credit, UN

16 July 2008: The

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has announced that the 2010

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) will include a remote sensing

survey, which will document trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation

and natural forest expansion over the last three decades; provide easy access

to remote sensing imagery; create a methodology and framework for monitoring of

forest change; and enhance countries' capacities to monitor, assess and report

on changes in forest cover.

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