Technology

ADB Showcases Water Security Achievements in Shanxi Province, China [viewed]

ADBMarch 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has showcased the achievements of an ADB-funded intervention in Shanxi Province, China, to strengthen agricultural production and conserve water. The ADB has provided an overview of ADB's agricultural development support to communities in Shanxi in addressing challenges related to water security, food production, and climate change challenges.

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GFEI Report Reviews Efforts on Fuel Economy Improvement Targets [viewed]

19 March 2013: A report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) for the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) indicates the global fuel economy improvement rate for light duty vehicles is lower than the rate needed to reach the long-term GFEI target.

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ECOWAS, SEAD Start Activities under Partnership for Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards [viewed]

14 March 2013: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative have begun implementing activities under a partnership to develop a regional system of energy efficiency standards and labels for appliances.

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World Meteorological Day Highlights Impacts of Weather Extremes [viewed]

WMO23 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2013, under the theme "Watching the Weather to Protect Life and Property.” This year's theme focuses on the role that meteorological and water services play in alerting people to natural hazards such as floods, topical cyclones and droughts.

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Event: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) "Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change: Destination Green" aims to foster a dialogue on environment and aviation among member States and other key stakeholders, leading to the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly in September 2013. The purpose of the event is to inform and facilitate environment-related discussions and high-level decision-making at ICAO's triennial Assemblies. The Symposium will allow participants to gain knowledge and exchange information on the key areas of ICAO's environmental protection activities, and will showcase the Organization's environmental accomplishments pursuant to the related decisions of the 37th ICAO Assembly (October 2010), and will examine how States can continue to build upon these milestones through: States' Action Plans to reduce CO2 emissions; ICAO's strategy on Assistance to States; New technology Standards including the CO2 Standard for aircraft; and Sustainable alternative fuels for aviation.  

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GEF CEO and STAP Chair Emphasize Need for Transformational Policies [viewed]

GEF20 March 2013: During discussions on engineering a transformational shift to low-carbon economies in the developing world held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), officials from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) called for a move from incremental reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a transformational shift to a decarbonized energy supply and economy.

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World Bank Supports Solar PV and Green Building Projects in China [viewed]

World Bank20 March 2013: The World Bank has approved loans for two climate-related projects in China. The first project will install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on 800 schools and colleges in Beijing, while the second project will support low-carbon buildings in Shanghai.

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UNEP Releases Compendium of Global Environmental Goals [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a compendium of Global Environmental Goals (GEGs), aiming to inform governments and relevant stakeholders and promote cooperation in achieving their objectives in a more coherent and harmonized manner. The publication was announced in a UNEP Conference Room Paper (UNEP/GCSS.XII/CRP.2), dated 20 February 2013.

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Afghanistan Joins Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

25 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Afghanistan is the 192th country or regional economic integration organization to deposit its instrument of ratification or accession to the Kyoto Protocol.

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GWP News Flow Highlights Launch of Integrated Drought Management Programme [viewed]

March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) March edition of "News Flow" highlights the launch by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP of a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to improve monitoring and prevention of droughts.

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