Technology

ICRISAT Develops Climate-Resilient Pearl Millet Hybrids [viewed]

8 June 2011: The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has boosted the production of pearl millet yield through three phases of hybrid development, thereby contributing to improved food and nutritional security of the rural poor.

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EU Ministers Discuss Energy Efficiency [viewed]

10 June 2011: EU ministers for transport, telecommunications and energy met in Luxembourg on 10 June 2011, to discuss energy efficiency.

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UNEP Hosts Faith Groups' Meeting on Climate Justice [viewed]

9 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted an event organized by the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI), the All Africa Churches Conference (AACC) and the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) to discuss the position of faith groups on the environment and humanity, in particular climate change and its effects on Africa.

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Asia-EU Foreign Ministers Discuss Climate, Energy and Rio+20 [viewed]

7 June 2011: The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Gödöllő, Hungary, from 6-7 June 2011, under the theme 
"Working together on non-traditional security challenges," addressed climate change, energy and Rio+20, among other agenda items.

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Event: Workshop on Measuring Asia's Progress in Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Green Growth [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ADB Institute (ADBI) and the Energy Research Institute (ERI), will seek to discuss the outline and contents of the background papers being prepared for the ADB/ADBI Study on Climate Change and Green Asia, and to get feedback from policy makers, academics and international experts.  

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IDB Launches Initiative to Support Sustainable Aviation Biofuels [viewed]

8 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched an initiative to support the development of a sustainable biojet fuels industry employing different kinds of local organic feedstock.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Renewables Loan for Poland [viewed]

7 June 2011: The World Bank approved a 750 million Euro loan to support Poland's implementation of its Energy Policy of Poland Until 2030, adopted in November 2009 with the objective to: decrease energy consumption by 20% by 2020, compared to business as usual; increase the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption to 15% by 2020; and achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target by 2020.

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European Commission Bans Use of Industrial Gas Credits in the ETS [viewed]

8 June 2011: The European Commission has formally adopted a ban on the use of industrial gas credits in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as of May 2013.

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World Meteorological Congress Sets Priorities for Next Four Years [viewed]

3 June 2011: At the end of its two-week quadrennial meeting, the World Meteorological Congress identified the top five priorities for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), endorsing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which will increase the availability of climate information for policy-makers to plan and make decisions to adapt to a changing climate.

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Guest Article #60: Clean Air and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme estimates that annually, one million people die prematurely around the World by being exposed to high levels of urban air pollution; this number represents about 114 premature deaths worldwide per hour. In Latin America, conservative estimates indicate that 35,000 people die prematurely annually from this exposure. All these deaths can and should be avoided.

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