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White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge [viewed]

USA Flag27 July 2015: The White House has launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, supported by 13 of the largest American companies whose pledges represent more than US$1.3 trillion in revenue in 2014 and a combined market capitalization of at least US$2.5 trillion.

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UNISDR Spearheads Training for Local Governments on Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDRS24 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has begun training programmes for local governments, focusing on developing strategies based on action priorities outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), agreed in March 2015, which emphasizes the role of local governments in achieving DRR and a reduction in the loss of lives, livelihoods and health over the next 15 years.

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WMO Calls for Comments on Draft 2015 GCOS Status Report [viewed]

GCOS24 July 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the draft 2015 Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Status Report, which assesses the adequacy of the global observing systems for climate, is open for public review. The report will be submitted to GCOS's sponsoring organizations, as well as Parties to the UNFCCC, who in November 2012 invited the GCOS Secretariat to prepare such an assessment.

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UNECE Calls for Comments on Draft CCS Specifications [viewed]

UNECE8 July 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that a draft document, titled 'Specifications for the Application of the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage,' is open for public review. UNECE describes storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) as the "initial and main focus" of the specifications, although they potentially could be applied to other projects, such as storing natural gas.

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ADP Co-Chairs Issue Streamlined Geneva Negotiating Text [viewed]

UNFCCC24 July 2015: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have issued a scenario note for the tenth part of the second session of ADP (ADP 2-10) that includes a consolidated version of the formal Geneva negotiating text. The Co-Chairs also released a document containing elements for a draft decision on ADP workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition).

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Stakeholders Assess SLCPs' Impacts on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

ccac_who_unep_igsd24 July 2015: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), and the World Bank co-sponsored a side event focused on how fast mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) could contribute to the post-2015 development agenda and the fulfillment of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Stern Confirms Economic Case for Climate Action [viewed]

nicholas_stern22 July 2015: An article released ten years after the 'Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change' reaffirms that the cost of inaction on climate change is still greater than the cost of action. Authored by Nicholas Stern, who authored the original Review, the article, titled 'Economic Development, Climate and Values: Making Policy,' finds that the case for climate action is even stronger today than at the time of the Stern Review's publication a decade ago.

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Eye on Earth Launches Data Innovation, Visualization, Blogging Competitions [viewed]

Eye on Earth16 July 2015: The organizers of the Eye on Earth Summit have announced three data innovation challenges for which the finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three competitions launched are the Data Innovation Showcase, Data Visualization Challenge and Blogging Competition, all of which support the Summit in its focus on using data to secure a better future for the planet.

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France Hosts Informal Ministerial Consultations [viewed]

France-Flag21 July 2015: The French Government hosted the first of a series of informal ministerial consultations to prepare for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in November-December 2015. The consultations brought together approximately 40 delegations, including 30 ministers, who discussed: the overall balance of the draft climate change agreement; its level of ambition; and the degree of differentiation that should be retained in order to take into account the situation and levels of development of the different UN member States.

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2014, First Half of 2015 Warmest on Record [viewed]

wmo-noaa21 July 2015: In a report titled 'State of the Climate in 2014,' the American Meteorological Society has described 2014 as the warmest year on record. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has also reported that the January-June 2015 period was the hottest on record, citing figures provided by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) of the US Department of Commerce in its 'State of the Climate: Global Analysis for June 2015' report.

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