Technology

IEA Releases Report on Energy Technology for Decision Makers [viewed]

1 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the 2010 edition of its series “Energy Technology Perspectives,” which aims to inform decision makers on the technological actions necessary to realize the energy revolution IEA says is necessary to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2050 (compared to 2005 levels).

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IEA Releases Paper on Deploying Renewable Energy Technologies in Southeast Asia [viewed]

1 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper titled “Renewables in Southeast Asian Countries: Trends and Potentials,” which provides an analysis of the constraints and opportunities to scaling up renewable energy use in the electricity, heating and transport sectors of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Opens Call for Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has opened its biennial call for proposals to access funds from the $10 million Benefit-sharing Fund. The thematic focus for this call is on ensuring sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through activities related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Agenda for August Meeting [viewed]

30 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional annotated agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/9) for the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11), which will take place from 2-6 August 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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African Rice Research Aims to Meet Food Security Goals and Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

21 May 2010: The Africa Rice Center has reported on new research that shows that African rice is not inherently lower yielding than Asian rice and describes the adaptability of African rice to harsh growing conditions in Africa, hence its value for developing improved varieties suited to a changing climate.

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UNIDO Outlines Priority Cooperation Areas in Azerbaijan [viewed]

29 June 2010: During an official visit to Azerbaijan, Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, highlighted that energy and environment remain a priority area of cooperation.

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Report of the 31st Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for WCRP Released [viewed]

17 June 2010: The report of the 31st session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has now been published and is available online.

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UNFCCC Releases Public Inputs on Methodology for Lighting with LED Systems [viewed]

30 June 2010: At its 54th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agreed to open a call for public inputs on the specific aspects of a methodology framework for estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from replacing fuel-based lighting with LED Systems.

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World Bank Approves Electricity Efficiency Project in Ghana [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Assistance (IDA) credit of US$70 million equivalent for a project in Ghana aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the electricity distribution system and increasing the population's access to electricity.

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Second Science with Africa Conference Focuses on Innovation for Development [viewed]

28 June 2010: The Second Science with Africa Conference has ended with the adoption of recommendations on how African countries can leverage science and technology to carry forward their development agenda.

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