Technology

UNESCO IOC Celebrates 50th Anniversary [viewed]

8 June 2010: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the celebration of its 50th anniversary on 8 June, Word Oceans Day.

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UNEP, GEF Launch Initiative to Green World Cup [viewed]

8 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) have announced an initiative to green the World Cup and assist in reducing carbon emissions.

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Bonn Climate Change Talks Make Limited Progress [viewed]

14 June 2010: The Bonn Climate Change Talks took place from 31 May-11 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany. The meeting included the 32nd sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UNFCCC, the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 10) and the 12th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 12).

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International Polar Year Comes to an End [viewed]

12 June 2010: The closing ceremony of the International Polar Year 2007–2008 (IPY), the largest polar research and education venture ever undertaken, took place in Oslo, Norway, on 12 June 2010, the final day of the IPY Oslo Science Conference.

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IEAGHG Publishes Newest Issue of Greenhouse Issues Newsletter [viewed]

11 June 2010: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Program (IEAGHG) has released its newest Greenhouse Issues  newsletter, which focuses on carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, regulations and industry.

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International Conference Carries Out Mid-Term Review of International Water Decade [viewed]

10 June 2010: Organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN, the High Level International Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015, took place from 8-10 June 2010, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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UNDP Reports Progress on Greening Businesses in Viet Nam [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Viet Nam, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), are helping to green small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the brick, ceramics, textiles, paper production and food processing sectors.

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EIB Finances World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm [viewed]

10 June 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a GBP 250 million loan to DONG Energy, for the construction of the London Array, expected to be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Says Farewell [viewed]

9 June 2010: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer gave his final speech as Executive Secretary at a UN Climate Change negotiation in Bonn, Germany, on 9 June 2010, in which he outlined some personal reflections on how the negotiation process is evolving.

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