Technology

Environmental Stressors Expected to Worsen as Climate Changes and Urban Population Grows [viewed]

WMO19 November 2013: A technical conference on the theme 'Responding to the Environmental Stressors of the 21st Century' focused on challenges posed by rising greenhouse gases, extreme weather events, pressures on the water cycle, pollution and an increasing urban-based global population.

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Experts Discuss How to Transform Information into Knowledge and Climate Action [viewed]

Transform Information into Knowledge and Climate Action20 November 2013: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) organized a Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group side event on transforming information into knowledge and climate action.

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UNIDO Releases Guide on Transitioning to Natural Refrigerants [viewed]

UNIDO19 November 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with shecco, a market development company, have released a guide on the transition from ozone-depleting substances (ODS) to natural refrigerants and foam-blowing agents. Its main objective is to share experiences in the use of ammonia, carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrocarbons, water and air, as part of the ongoing phase-out of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol. 

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Science, Technology, Innovation in Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the roles that science, technology and innovation play in promoting progress and peace, ranging "from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness.”

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UNOSAT Bangkok Office Will Facilitate DRR Work [viewed]

bangkok-office14 November 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand, following up on a partnership agreement between UNITAR and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) to collaborate on disaster management, capacity development and satellite applications.

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Germany and ECLAC Sign Protocol for Structural Change Based on Equality and Sustainability [viewed]

ECLAC12 November 2013: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) signed a protocol with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aimed at boosting structural change based on equality and sustainability.

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Multilateral Development Banks Release Joint Report on Climate Change Finance [viewed]

Multilateral-Development-Banks.jpgNovember 2013: According to the 'Joint Report on MDB Climate Finance 2012,' the multilateral development banks (MDBs) spent nearly US$27 billion to address climate change during the 2012 fiscal year, with over US$21 billion dedicated to mitigation and almost US$6 billion to adaptation. From these resources, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have contributed to US$2 billion.

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AfDB Facilitates Nearly US$65 Million in Investment into Africa Renewable Energy Fund [viewed]

AfDB13 November 2013: The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved a US$25 million equity investment in the Bank's Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), which has been supplemented by further partner investments of US$39.5 million. The fund aims to demonstrate and catalyze the viability of Africa's renewable energy potential to investors.

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IEA World Energy Outlook Highlights Energy Sector Trends, Predicts 3.6°C Temperature Increase [viewed]

IEA12 November 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its flagship annual publication, the 'World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2013,' which opens with the following sentence: “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.”

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights 5th Anniversary Celebrations, Viet Nam Programme [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme6 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the forty-second edition of its newsletter, which highlights the launch of Phase II of Viet Nam's REDD+ programme.

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