Technology

REN21 Reviews Decade of Renewable Energy Progress [viewed]

REN2110 November 2014:
 The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has launched ‘The First Decade: 2004-2014 – 10 Years of Renewable Energy Progress,' which documents the evolution of renewables since 2004, measures progress by technology and region, examines lessons learned and offers “a vision for the future.”

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IEA World Energy Outlook: 3.6°C Warming, Renewables Overtake Coal by 2040 [viewed]

IEA12 November 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), which finds that, without a transformative shift in the global energy system, the world is set for warming well beyond 2°C. The report states that, even when the new carbon-constraining policies announced by governments are taken into account, emissions will rise 20% by 2040, putting the world on track for a 3.6°C increase in global average temperatures over the long-term.

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US, China Announce Emissions Targets [viewed]

china_us_flag11 November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China.

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Social PreCOP Collects Messages from Civil Society Participants [viewed]

precopsocial9 November 2014: The social preparatory meeting to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC - or Social PreCOP - comprised a two-day gathering of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social movements, a social and ministerial dialogue, and a ministerial segment. The Social PreCOP was held under the theme ‘Changing the System Not the Climate' and hosted by Government of Venezuela.

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World Bank Highlights Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster Risk [viewed]

world-bank-group6 November 2014: The Government of the Philippines and the World Bank Group (WBG) hosted the first regional conference on 'Strengthening Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster and Climate Risk in Asia and the Pacific,' which aimed to capture lessons on how countries could better respond to natural disasters through social protection systems.

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FAO Reports on MICCA Pilot Projects [viewed]

fao-miccaNovember 2014: The Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report detailing the concepts behind the scientific activities and pilot projects it is undertaking, and the results of its research on climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The pilot projects, carried out in Tanzania and Kenya, focus on supporting livelihoods, increasing productivity and lowering emissions.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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UNDP Releases Guidance on Rural Electrification NAMA [viewed]

UNDP30 October 2014: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) MDG Carbon has released a Guidance Paper that describes a model approach for financing the development, implementation and operation of a sector-wide programme for renewable energy rural electrification as a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA).

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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Guest Article #115: The Valuable Relationship Between Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

Because of its possible effects on climate change and on natural resource degradation, the way in which we produce our food is a globally important issue. Agriculture − including its contribution to deforestation and its use of fossil fuels – is said to account for almost one third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

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