Technology

Brazil's President Lula Closes International Biofuels Conference, Calls for Investments in New Energy Sources [viewed]

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva 21 November 2008: Speaking at the closing of the International Conference on Biofuels, which convened from 17-21 November 2008, in São Paolo, Brazil, Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called on industrialized countries to invest in the production of biofuels in impoverished countries that have available land, such as African countries.

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WMO to Receive Real-Time Carbon Dioxide Data from Switzerland [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization 20 November 2008: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmosphere Watch programme will receive new data on carbon dioxide from a new laser device installed in Jungfraujoch, Switzerland.

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WMO Issues El Niño/La Niña Update [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization

21 November 2008: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released an update on the current situation and outlook of El Niño/La Niña.

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UN Secretary-General: Poznan Should Signal International Resolve to Reach 2009 Climate Agreement [viewed]

United Nations 20 November 2008: In a video message to the symposium on climate change held at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology in Gyunggi-Do, Korea, from 20-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the science of climate change is clear and its effects risk getting worse.

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WMO Partner Launches Website for Online Access to Weather and Climate Data From Space [viewed]

18 November 2008: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partner, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), has launched a Web portal, known as Product Navigator, which provides a central point for online access to all its weather and climate data and dissemination services, as well as data from some other agencies.

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UNEP Executive Director Welcomes Obama's Remarks on Poznan Negotiations [viewed]

20 November 2008: Reacting to a statement by US President-elect Barack Obama, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that the statement “confirmed that in the coming months a fundamentally new climate policy will define the position of the US.”

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UN Secretary-General: African Industrialization Can Help Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization

Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry

so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the

current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical

progress on eradicating poverty.

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WMO Addresses Improvements in the Accuracy of Short-Term High-Impact Weather Forecasts [viewed]

The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment (THORPEX) 20 November 2008: The seventh session of the World

Meteorological Organization (WMO) Observing System Research and Predictability

Experiment (THORPEX) International Core Steering Committee convened at WMO

headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-20 November 2008.

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Icelandic Singer Björk Endorsees “CoolPlanet2009” Initiative [viewed]

Icelandic singer Björk 19 November 2008: The Icelandic singer Björk endorsed

“CoolPlanet2009,” an initiative recently announced by the UN Regional

Information Centre (UNRIC) for Western Europe that aims to raise public

awareness on the impacts of global warming and to mobilize support for new

commitments under climate change agreement, once the Kyoto Protocol's first

commitment period ends in 2012.

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UN Secretary General: WIPO Can Be “a Champion” in Joining Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary General and WIPO Director General. 18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World

Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual

property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to

stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,

food and oil crisis.

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