Technology

FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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South Africa-EU Declaration on Climate Change Calls for Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

L-R: Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Nicolas Sarkozy of France - Photo credit: EU Presidency. Click to download the declaration on climate change 25 July 2008: At the conclusion of the first South Africa-EU Summit, held in Bordeaux, France,

participants adopted a Declaration on Climate Change in which they agreed on the

need to conclude

negotiations by the end of 2009 on a strengthened and effective global

agreement for the climate change regime post 2012.

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Upcoming Session of UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management to Address Energy Efficiency [viewed]

69th UNECE Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management 16 July 2008: The 69th UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management is scheduled to take place from 22-23 September in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WBCSD and IUCN Report Highlights Agriculture's Dilemma between Food Security, Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Understanding agriculture's dilemma between food security and conservation – new publication

July

2008: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and IUCN

have published a report entitled “Agricultural Ecosystems, Facts and Trends.”

The Report presents facts and figures on trends in agricultural production and

consumption to help governments, farmers, consumers and industry better

understand the challenges facing the sustainable management of agricultural

ecosystems, such as meeting demands from a fast-growing world population,

adapting to climate change impacts, and managing the natural resources of an

increasingly depleted planet.

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General Assembly President Urges Principled Stand on Securing a 2009 Climate Agreement [viewed]

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim 21 July 2008: In a letter to member States, UN General

Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his hope that the Assembly would

adopt a resolution taking a principled stand, demonstrating its relevance, and

sending a strong political message in support of agreeing on a comprehensive

global framework in 2009.

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General Assembly President Distributes Informal Summary of Thematic Debate on ‘Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act' [viewed]

Pga 21 July 2008: UN General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim has

circulated to member States the President's informal summary of the General

Assembly's thematic debate, held on 8 July 2008, on the theme ‘Climate Change

and the Most Vulnerable Countries- the Imperative to Act.'

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APP Launches Breakfast Briefings Series [viewed]

U.S. Government's Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate Website 17 July 2008: The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) held a breakfast briefing on 17 July 2008, in Washington DC, US. This briefing was the first of a series that will be held throughout the year to provide updates on the Partnership's activities.

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IAEA to Compare Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with Nuclear Waste Storage [viewed]

Researching ways of securing radioactive waste. Experiments to find solutions to dispose of high-level radioactive waste are conducted at the Grimsel Underground Rock Laboratory in Switzerland (Photo: Comet)16 July 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has embarked on a

multi-year study to conduct a comparative analysis of storage of nuclear waste

and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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NATO Workshop to Address Weather/Climate Risk Management for the Energy Sector [viewed]

July 2008: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold an advanced research workshop on weather/climate risk management for the energy sector in Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce, Italy, from 6-10 October 2008.

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OECD Report Shows Biofuel Policies in OECD Countries to be Costly and Ineffective [viewed]

Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies 16 July 2008: A new report from the Organisation for

Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), entitled “Economic Assessment of

Biofuel Support Policies,” concludes that “government support of biofuel

production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing

greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on

world crop prices.”

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