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UNESCO Showcases Support to Climate Action, COP 21 [viewed]

UNESCONovember 2015: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Task Force on COP 21 and Climate Change has released a short publication that outlines the Organization's contributions to addressing climate change. The publication also provides information on UNESCO events and initiatives in the run-up to, and during, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in Paris, France, in November-December 2015.

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Guest Article #130: New Thinking on Agriculture and Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

New Zealand is a small, globalized economy built on the land sector. Our farming systems are mostly based on pastoral agriculture. In any given year, our land sector produces about 70% of the value of New Zealand's merchandise exports. As a consequence, there must be few other countries where milk prices are headline news, watched closely by currency traders, bank economists, and dairy farmers alike.

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Climate Vulnerable Forum Issues Manila Communiqué [viewed]

Climate Vulnerable Forum11 November 2015: A meeting of 43 countries vulnerable to climate change concluded with the adoption of a call to "enshrine the critical goal of below 1.5°C together with a successive 5-year commitment cycle" in the Paris climate change agreement. The 20-member Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) convened its Sherpa Senior Officers' Meeting, with participation by 23 incoming members, to take stock of progress and prepare a common position ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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IEA World Energy Outlook: Renewables Leading New Energy Supply by 2030s [viewed]

IEA10 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the 2015 edition of the 'World Energy Outlook' (WEO-2015). Based on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, WEO-2015 concludes that renewables will become the leading source of new energy supply worldwide, overtaking coal as the largest source of electricity generation by the early-2030s. The report estimates that, by 2040, renewables-based generation will reach 50% in the EU and around 30% in China and Japan, and surpass 25% in the US and India.

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Arctic Council Working Group Assesses Methane Mitigation Benefits for Arctic Warming [viewed]

Arctic Council30 October 2015: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), one of the six Working Groups of the Arctic Council, has released its assessment report on methane as a climate forcer. The report concludes that methane mitigation can complement action on carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation in reducing Arctic warming, and contribute to reducing the potential of increased methane emissions from natural terrestrial and marine sources in the Arctic due to a warming climate.

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Saudi Arabia, Sudan Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Saudi Arabia and Sudan have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 159. Saudi Arabia's INDC indicates it will pursue economic diversification and adaptation with the aim of generating mitigation co-benefits. Sudan's INDC identifies objectives in the energy, forestry and waste sectors designed to guide the country toward low-carbon development.

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World Bank Highlights Poverty Reduction Benefits of Climate-Smart Development [viewed]

World Bank8 November 2015: In advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, the World Bank has published a report, titled 'Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty,' which finds that poverty reduction and the fight against climate change can be more effectively achieved if addressed in tandem. It indicates that climate change poses “an acute threat” to poorer people, and has the potential to push more than 100 million people back into poverty by 2030, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper to Aid Streamlining ADP Texts [viewed]

UNFCCC6 November 2015: At the 11th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-11), held October 2015, Parties requested the UNFCCC Secretariat to draft a technical paper identifying areas of closely related concepts, duplication and possible areas for streamlining in the draft Paris agreement and decisions. The paper (ADP.2015.12.InformalNote) has been released for Parties' consideration ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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New Climate Economy Highlights Benefits of Energy Efficiency Standards [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy5 November 2015: The New Climate Economy reports that raising energy efficiency standards around the world could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 6.9 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030. Exceeding the current annual emissions of the US, such reductions would also provide economic savings in appliances, buildings, industry and transport. The research appears in a working paper, titled ‘Raising Energy Efficiency Standards to the Global Best,' which provides recommendations for raising energy efficiency standards in G20 countries and globally.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Set Roadmap for HFC Amendment [viewed]

Delegates huddle outside the plenary room on the last day of MOP 278 November 2015: The 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 27) adopted decisions on essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs), and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS), among other substantive and procedural decisions. Following protracted negotiations, Parties also agreed to a road map for negotiating an amendment on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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