Technology

European Forest Conference Addresses Climate and Energy Challenges [viewed]

Michel Barnier, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European

Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy

Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The

Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role

of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon

cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.

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Beijing High-Level Conference Calls for Improved Technology Transfers to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

8 November 2008: The high-level conference on “Climate

Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer,” which took place in

Beijing, China, from 7-8 November 2008, was co-hosted by the UN Department of

Economic and Social Affairs, and supported by the UN Foundation.

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UNIDO and China to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN industrial agency partners with China to tackle climate change

7 November 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO) is collaborating with China to address the problem of climate change

through agreements to increase clean development mechanism (CDM) clean energy

projects and boost the use of hydropower in Africa.

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WMO to Organize 2009 Conference on Oceans Observation [viewed]

6 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

announced that a conference on Oceans Observation (OceanObs) entitled “Ocean

Information for Society: Sustaining the Benefits, Realizing the Potential,”

would take place from 21-25 September 2009, in Venice, Italy.

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European Council Adopts Directive on Inclusion of Aviation in its ETS [viewed]

27 October 2008: The European Council has adopted a

directive (document 3657/08) that includes aviation activities in the EU

greenhouse gas emission trading scheme (ETS).

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Agreement Reached on Statutes for an International Renewable Energy Agency [viewed]

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 25 October 2008: Over 50 countries met in Madrid, Spain, from 23-24 October 2008 for the final preparatory conference for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Documents Posted for 34th GEF Council and Climate Funds Meetings [viewed]

6 November 2008: Documents for the 34th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting,

which will convene from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US, are

available online.

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ITU to Hold High-Level Events on ICTs and Climate Change [viewed]

High-Level Segment (HLS)

4 November 2008: The International Telecommunication Union's

(ITU) High-Level Segment of the Council (HLS) will take place from 12-13

November 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, and will focus on information and

communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change.

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UNEP Co-sponsors Conference on Military's Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with

the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,

the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection

Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute

for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is

co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The

Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”

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IMO London Convention Parties Agree on Moratorium on Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

31 October 2008: The thirtieth meeting of the contracting

parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of

Wastes and Other Matter (London Convention) and the third meeting of the

contracting parties to the London Protocol, which met from 27-31 October 2008,

at International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London, UK,

adopted a resolution on the regulation of ocean fertilization (LC-LP.1(2008)).

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