Technology

IRENA Launches Renewable Energy Roadmap Toward 2030 [viewed]

IRENA6 June 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched a report outlining what can be done to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by the year 2030, based on studies of renewable energy potential in 26 countries. The report states that this target is cost-effective and within reach, and that achieving it will reduce pollution, alleviate adverse health impacts of fossil fuel use, increase energy security, and create almost one million jobs.

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Ministers Discuss Durban Platform for Enhanced Action at Bonn Climate Change Conference [viewed]

climate-change-bonn-20146 June 2014: Ministers convened for the second day of the high-level ministerial on 6 June, as part of the June session of the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. The dialogue provided an opportunity for ministers and other participants to discuss how to advance the implementation of actions with high mitigation potential and build the required confidence and momentum toward contributions under the Durban Platform.

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Event: Global Climate Observing System Cooperation Mechanism Donor Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Coordination Mechanism (GCM), which coordinates multi-governmental efforts to fund high-priority climate observation needs, will hold its Donor Board meeting from 6-9 June. The Donor Board identifies deficiencies in observation and data management systems in developing countries and seeks to address these gaps through the GCM Donor Fund or other funding mechanisms. GCOS is a partnership among the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Council for Science (ICSU).  

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CTCN Receives Requests for Support from Six Countries [viewed]

ctcn2 June 2014: The UN's Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has received eight requests for technology assistance from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Pakistan. Countries requested CTCN support for climate actions related to: renewable energy policies; public transportation; biodiversity monitoring; and coastal protection through saving mangrove forests.

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US EPA Proposes 30% Emission Reductions from Power Plants by 2030 [viewed]

EPA2 June 2014: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed regulations requiring existing coal-fired power plants to reduce their emissions. The Clean Power Plan is a flexible proposal aimed at ensuring a healthier environment, spurring innovation and strengthening the economy, which, for the first time, cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of such pollution in the US. The plan is expected to protect public health and fight climate change while supplying reliable and affordable power.

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June 2014 Bonn Climate Change Conference to Open with High-Level Ministerial Events [viewed]

UNFCCC2 June 2014: The Bonn Climate Change Conference will begin with two high-level ministerial sessions on: implementation of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; and political aspects of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), including the nature of nationally determined contributions for the 2015 agreement and the necessary level of ambition before 2020. Ministers will also consider the recently published reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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CARBON EXPO 2014 Highlights Domestic Actions, Need for Global Carbon Price [viewed]

Carbon Expo 200930 May 2014: CARBON EXPO 2014 brought together approximately 200 speakers and more than 1,700 participants from around 70 countries to analyze current carbon market trends, promote green technology solutions and strategize on three themes: policy and markets, climate finance and sustainable energy.

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Coalition Issues Briefing Paper on Energy in Post-2015 Development Framework [viewed]

Energy in post-2015_final28 May 2014: Several NGOs jointly published a briefing paper on energy in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2015 development agenda, including six specific recommendations. The paper from CAFOD, Christian Aid, Energia, HEDON, HIVOS, IIED, IESR, KCCWG, KITE, Mercy Corps, Practical Action, SDN, TERI and WWF argues that access to affordable and reliable energy services is crucial to the success of the post-2015 development framework, and that shifting to more sustainable and efficient energy systems globally is also crucial for tackling climate change.

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World Bank Report Highlights Growing Momentum to Price Carbon [viewed]

World Bank28 May 2014: The World Bank and Ecofys have released a report, titled ‘State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2014,' which states that momentum for carbon-pricing initiatives is building and initiatives such as emission trading schemes (ETS) and carbon taxes have increased significantly over the past year. 

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WMO Takes Action on Storm Surges [viewed]

WMO21 May 2014: The 5th Meeting of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP) Steering Group convened to discuss progress made in implementing projects that aim to strengthen flood forecasting and management and build integrated multi-hazard early warning and disaster response platforms. 

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