Technology

IDB Funds Geothermal Volcano Energy [viewed]

9 March 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$30.3 million loan to expand geothermal energy provision in Nicaragua to use the country's volcanoes as sources of clean energy for 1/12 of the households in the country.

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UNOPS Announces Green Regional Hub in Panama [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has announced it will manage the construction of a UN Regional Hub in Panama City, Panama. The Regional Hub aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Latin America.

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Report of 48th Meeting of CDM Methodologies Panel Released [viewed]

21 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 48th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel, which convened from 7-11 March 2011, in Bonn, Germany. The Panel considered matters relating to methodologies for CDM project baselines and monitoring plans.

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World Bank Outlines Green Growth Strategy for China [viewed]

20 March 2011: Speaking at the China Development Forum held in Beijing, China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director, analyzed China's macroconomic situation, highlighting that the country is "taking on issues of global importance such as climate change."

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Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Launches Newsletter [viewed]

11 March 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has launched a new weekly newsletter publication titled "CCCCC News Update," which contains a review of climate change news and events relevant to the Caribbean region.

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Event: Second Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Second Clean Energy Ministerial is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Ministers of the MEF will discuss initiatives that were developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010 in Washington, DC, US. These initiatives sought to eliminate the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants, begin smart grid deployment, deploy 20 million electric vehicles by 2020 and bring solar lanterns or other improved energy services to more than 10 million people without access to grid electricity by 2015. Governments participating in Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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IEA Paper Highlights Interactions of Policies for Renewable Energy and Climate [viewed]

18 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a working paper by Cédric Philibert titled “Interactions of Policies for Renewable Energy and Climate.”

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World Bank Funds Hydropower Plant in Philippines Sibuyan Island [viewed]

18 March 2011: The implementation of a World Bank project in the Philippines has allowed the island of Sibuyan access to reliable electric power through the construction of 900 KW hydroelectric power turbines.

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IPC-IG Releases Paper on Delivering for the Poor in International Climate Policy [viewed]

February 2011: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has published a working paper titled "Mitigation of What and by What? Adaptation by Whom and for Whom? Dilemmas in Delivering for the Poor and the Vulnerable in International Climate Policy."

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Eight Countries Ratify IRENA Treaty [viewed]

18 March 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has reported that eight countries have ratified its treaty, bringing the total number of member States to 65.

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