Technology

World Bank Group Designs Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate [viewed]

Worldbanklogo15 September 2014: The World Bank Group has announced the design of the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF), a pay-for-performance instrument that aims to stimulate investment in projects that reduce emissions while maximizing the impact of scarce public resources and leveraging private sector financing through the use of auctions.

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Guest Article #110: Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? [viewed]

Are biofuels a smart technology that can help solve the looming energy crisis or are they a threat to an already compromised global food and water security? Some thoughts on the climate change, food security and biofuels nexus. Two visions, who is right?

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Climate Economy Report Urges Decoupling Economic and Emissions Growth [viewed]

the-new-climate-economy16 September 2014: The New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, has released a report that finds that competitive markets and consistent government policy signals are critical for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. The report, titled 'Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report,' was launched at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and presented to governments, as well as to business and finance leaders.

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Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR16 September 2014: The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

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IEA Measures Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA9 September 2014: A book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies and quantifies a broad range of positive impacts of energy efficiency, repositioning it as a mainstream tool for economic and social development. Noting that the traditional focus on energy efficiency as a tool for energy savings has prevented appreciation of its full value, the study argues that energy efficiency is a “hidden fuel” that can enhance the sustainability of the energy system, support strategic economic and social development objectives, and promote environmental goals and prosperity.

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UNEP Stresses Urgency of Climate Finance for Cities [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2014: A handbook published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on climate finance for mitigation in cities and buildings underscores the urgency of developing methods to help all cities gain access to climate finance while maximizing related social, environmental and economic co-benefits. Given that cities account for over 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the publication calls for the 2015 climate agreement to inspire cities into action. Cities, in turn, will need to support leaders and scale up mitigation projects based on best practice and sharing of lessons learned.

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UNFCCC, Ecofys Participate in First Climate Change 'Hackathon' [viewed]

hack4good14 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat and Ecofys participated in the first global 'hackathon,' which brought together leading software engineers, hackers, thought leaders and community-oriented organizations worldwide to build projects and technology solution prototypes that seek to address 15 global climate change-related challenges. Taking place from 12-14 September 2014, the event, titled ‘#hack4good 0.6,' attracted more than 3,000 developers in over 40 cities on six continents.

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UNISDR Calls for Focus on Cities in Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR10 September 2014: The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient Campaign focused on how to accommodate urban priorities in the post-2015 disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework. Participants stressed that the post-2015 framework should address the local level, and that national governments should support decentralization and be responsive to cities' needs.

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LAC Officials Trained in Using Satellite Technology to Monitor Forests [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme4 September 2014: Sixteen Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries convened in a workshop to exchange experiences and provide training in the use of satellite technology to estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the loss of forest carbon and to form a foundation for decisions regarding deforestation and forest degradation.

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LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture [viewed]

unido-iica-olade-iea28 August 2014: Specialists from 16 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries attended a workshop on how the production of biogas from the family agricultural sector can reduce the sector's waste production, water contamination and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a renewable energy source for rural areas.

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