Mitigation

World Bank Analyzes Economic, Health Benefits of Climate-Smart Policies [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2014: The World Bank, in partnership with the ClimateWorks Foundation, has released an analysis that estimates global economic output could increase by US$1.8 trillion annually through government policies that encourage energy efficiency and improve public transport. The report finds that such policies could save over one million lives, reduce crop losses by 1-1.5 million tons, and avoid 355 to 520 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions.

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UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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ADB Clean Energy Investments Exceed 2013 Goal [viewed]

ADBJune 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled ‘2013 Clean Energy Investments: Project Summaries,' which highlights that ADB's total investments in clean energy in 2013 amounted to US$2.3 billion, exceeding the annual target of US$2 billion. The report shows an increased focus on the public sector, with public or sovereign loans making up 72% of the total figure.

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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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Event: Fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

The meetings of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an initiative of the German Government, are co-chaired by Germany and the upcoming Presidency of the UN climate negotiations (Mexico in 2010; South Africa in 2011; Qatar in 2012; Poland in 2013; and Peru in 2014). The Dialogue brings together representatives from all regions of the world and all negotiating groups. Discussions are held in an informal style to facilitate an "open and honest" debate. The fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue will take place under the theme "Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions," and will aim to introduce new ideas into the negotiations and discuss new strategies in preparation for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. The meeting will be presided over by Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Peruvian Minister for Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.  

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Hutchison Medal Recognizes Ocean Fertilization Paper [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 June 2014: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded the Hutchison medal to a team of authors for their paper, titled 'Ocean Fertilization for Geoengineering: A Review of Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts and Emerging Governance.' The award recognizes it as a "practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking" paper that will "stimulate further debate within the chemical engineering community."

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UNFCCC Momentum for Change Releases 2013 Lighthouse Activities Report [viewed]

UNFCCCJune 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released its 2013 report on the 'Lighthouse Activities' selected by its Momentum for Change initiative to showcase game-changing climate change actions. The 17 activities selected are making progress in three focus areas: Urban Poor; Women for Results; and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.

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IDB Analyzes Economics of Climate Change in Trinidad and Tobago [viewed]

IDBJune 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has issued an economics of climate change adaptation study for Trinidad and Tobago that can be applied to the broader Caribbean region, along with the information regarding how to implement such a study.

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Central Asian Countries Partner on Regional Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

World Bank17 June 2014: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), government officials, educators and development professionals attending the Second Central Asia Climate Knowledge Forum have proposed a Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Central Asia (CAMP4CA). CAMP4CA will be a regional effort to boost cross-country climate change policy planning, pilot investments across governments and jointly implement long-term climate-related projects.

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IDB Finances Solar Power in Chile, Geothermal in Mexico [viewed]

IDB4 June 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently announced support for solar power in Chile and geothermal power in Mexico.

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