Technology

WMO Workshop Focuses on Improving Climate Services in Asian LDCs [viewed]

WMO17 September 2014: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) regional workshop on the provision of weather- and climate-related services in least developed countries (LDCs) brought together participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of eight Asian LDCs, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and Yemen.

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CEM Partnership Releases Energy Savings Guide [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial10 September 2014: The Energy Management Working Group of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), has launched a guide to help organizations in assessing the impacts of energy efficiency projects. The publication presents a simple and practical guide to performing measurement and verification (M&V) for a project and quantifying related savings.

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Event: High-Level Event: Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

This high-level event will include sessions on: financing sustainable energy for all, including a presentation of the report from the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF); investing in energy efficiency; accelerating innovation in renewable energy; and scaling up at the country level. The meeting is taking place just prior to the UN Climate Change Summit on 23 September. This event is by invitation only. The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General.  

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UN-Backed Report: 22 Million Displaced by Disasters in 2013 [viewed]

nrc-idmc17 September 2014: A UN-backed report reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, mainly due to earthquakes or climate and weather-related events. The report further indicates that the risk of displacement due to disasters has more than doubled over the last four decades, largely because of the growth and concentration of urban populations.

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SBI and SBSTA 41 Annotated Provisional Agendas Released [viewed]

UNFCCC16 September 2014: In order to assist delegations in their preparations, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agendas and annotations for the 41st meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 41) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 41). The documents (FCCC/SBI/2014/9 and FCCC/SBSTA/2014/3) contain the meetings' provisional agendas, originally released on 2 September, with annotations.

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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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