Technology

ITU Approves Energy Efficient Universal Phone Charger [viewed]

© ITU22 October 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has approved an energy-efficient universal mobile phone charger that is expected to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

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UNDESA and Indian Government Co-Organize High-Level Meeting on Climate Change and Technology [viewed]

© UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang22 October 2009: At the 22 October 2009 opening of the high-level meeting on climate change, technology development and transfer that the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the Government of India co-organized, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang noted that innovation in low-emissions technology still takes place largely in the developed countries while “climate change demands urgent action and rapid, wide diffusion.”

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World Forestry Congress Discusses Message to Climate Change COP [viewed]

21 October 2009: Many of the over 6,500 attendants at the XIII World Forestry Congress convened today in a forum on forests and climate change, which concluded with a call to comment on a draft message from the Congress participants to UNFCCC COP15.

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UNECE-FAO Workshop Highlights Green Building for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A workshop on “Responding to climate change: wood's place in a global approach to green building,” was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the Timber Committee Week, held from 12-16 October 2009. Among the workshop's conclusions was agreement that green building is a solution to climate change mitigation: energy-efficient construction for new buildings and renovation of existing buildings can reduce 40-50% of energy used for space and water heating.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Cities' Potential in Biodiversity Protection and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© CBD20 October 2009: Addressing the World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, held on 20 October 2009, in Toronto, Canada, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Ahmed Djoghlaf underscored the role of cities and local authorities for decisions relating to urban infrastructure, energy and transportation, all of which have a large impact both on climate change and biodiversity.

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World Forestry Congress Addresses Forests and Energy [viewed]

© WFC 200920 October 2009: A special forum on Forests and Energy convened today as part of the XIII World Forestry Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event consisted of three panels, addressing the current status and trends of technology for wood energy production and use, the social and environmental impacts of bioenergy production, and bioenergy policy and measures to plot a course for sustainable outcomes.

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UNIDO to Support Energy Efficiency and Environmentally-Friendly Production in South Africa and Tunisia [viewed]

© UNIDO20 October 2009: Two new projects developed by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aim to help achieve a sustainable transformation of energy practices in South Africa and promote environmentally-friendly production in Tunisia.

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OECD Launches Publication on Mitigation Economics [viewed]

© OECDOctober 2009: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has produced a book entitled “The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012.”

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India Hosting Climate Change-related Meetings [viewed]

© UN DESA19 October 2009: The Government of India is hosting a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings related to climate change in the coming week.

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Third GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Discusses Allocations for Focal Areas [viewed]

© GEF15 October 2009: The third meeting of participants for the fifth Global Environment Facility (GEF-5) Replenishment convened at the World Bank office in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009.

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