Technology

IEA Calls for Curbing Inefficiencies in Networked Devices [viewed]

IEA2 July 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report detailing the energetic and monetary losses associated with the use of 14 billion networked devices in 2013. 'More Data, Less Energy: Making Network Standby More Efficient in Billions of Connected Devices' finds that inefficient technology in these devices is responsible for wasting approximately US$80 billion. It suggests solutions and a path forward as demand for online electronic devices grows worldwide.

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European Commission Adopts Green Employment Initiative [viewed]

European Union2 July 2014: The European Commission has adopted a communication on the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition towards the green economy. The communication sets out an integrated framework for employment and labor market policies at the EU and national levels to support this transition.

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UNEP Risø Centre Becomes UNEP DTU Partnership [viewed]

unepdtuJuly 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has changed its name to UNEP DTU Partnership, a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark, UNEP and the Technical University of Denmark. The UNEP DTU Partnership is a UNEP Collaborating Centre as well as a research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development.

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Event: Bonn Climate Change Conference October 2014: ADP 2-6 [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) of the UNFCCC will convene the sixth part of its second session (ADP 2-6) from 20-25 October 2014. The ADP will continue its work along two workstreams, the 2015 agreement and pre-2020 ambition.  

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Event: Environment Seminar: Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will host this environment seminar under the theme 'Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology,' to review and disseminate information on the latest and most innovative emissions-reducing aviation technologies. Participants will learn about next generation aircraft, research programmes, airplane recycling, green operations, eco-airports, clean energy for aviation and financing. Also under consideration will be the main environment-related outcomes of the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly. The seminar's outcomes will provide the core of ICAO's contribution to the 2014 UN Climate Change Conference.  

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Event: Ninth Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee [viewed]

The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) will hold its ninth meeting from 18-21 August 2014, in Bonn, Germany. As the policy arm of the UNFCCC's Technology Mechanism, the TEC: considers and recommends actions to spur the development and diffusion of climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies; reviews technological needs; and promotes the development and use of technology road maps for the adoption of promising technologies at the national, regional and international levels.  

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Africa Carbon Forum Calls for Suitable Mechanisms [viewed]

AfricaCarbonForum4 July 2014: The sixth Africa Carbon Forum concluded that investments to support sustainable development and resilience in Africa must be scaled up to avoid undoing decades of development efforts. Forum presenters also called for regionally-suitable market and funding mechanisms, and reliable local environments for investment.

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WMO Executive Council Addresses Climate Services, Extreme Weather [viewed]

WMO3 July 2014: The Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convened its annual meeting to focus on, inter alia, providing better weather and climate services to protect urban-based global populations challenged by climate change, extreme weather events, pollution, pressure on water supplies and food insecurity.

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FAO Assesses Adaptation by Malawian Farmers [viewed]

fao.epic2 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication that assesses incentives and conditioning factors relating to adaptation strategies and their impact on crop productivity in Malawi. The study finds that there is no single strategy for adaptation, which is driven by a number of structural and capacity-related variables.

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Event: Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are organizing the Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014) under the theme ‘Bringing Regional Voices to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Solutions for a Low-carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Asia-Pacific'. ISAP2014 will bring together key stakeholders and ensure that their voices are linked with discussions at all levels up to, including and beyond 2015. Speakers at ISAP2014 will include: Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and Abdul Hamid Zakri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). ISAP aims to promote information sharing and facilitate a range of discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of representatives from international organizations, governments, the business community and NGOs.  

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