Atmosphere

This section deals with the impacts of climate change on ozone loss, which is projected to surpass that caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the upcoming decades. In addition, considering that ozone-depleting substances are also potent greenhouse gases, issues covered include those related to efforts carried out under the Montreal Protocol, notably the phase-out of CFCs, which is greatly reducing emissions of carbon dioxide equivalent and delaying climate change.

UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture [viewed]

UNECE12 December 2014: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) have adopted an ‘Ammonia Framework Code' to help countries reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture, which threaten human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia, a major contributor to air pollution, also leads to acidification and excessive nutrient loading, resulting in biodiversity loss in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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CCAC Event Reviews SLCP Mitigation Progress [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants discussed black-carbon emissions at a side event on 'Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) with a Focus on the Brick Production Sector and on Emissions from Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles.' The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Ev-K2-CNR Committee and Swisscontact organized the event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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CEB Publication Highlights UN System's Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

CEBNovember 2014: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has showcased how the UN system is working together to support climate change action at the global, regional and national levels in a report, titled 'How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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US$413 Million Pledged at Cookstoves Future Summit [viewed]

Clean Cookstoves21 November 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves's inaugural pledging event, the Cookstoves Future Summit, raised more than US$400 million for clean cooking technologies over three years. The pledges come from a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and address a range of actions, including affordability and access, awareness and behavior change, monitoring and standards and technology.

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Guest Article #116: From Defining to Implementing Sustainable Transport [viewed]

Millions of people around the world lack proper access to jobs, markets, schools, hospitals and other essential services, and better transport is a crucial element to improve economic and social development. Yet, transport is responsible for 1.24 million traffic fatalities per year, as well as high levels of urban air pollution and congestion in many cities.

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EEA Report Examines Costs of Industrial Air Pollution [viewed]

EEANovember 2014: Air pollution from Europe's industrial facilities cost the region between €59-189 billion in 2012, with 1% of facilities responsible for 50% of the damage, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). ‘Costs of Air Pollution from European Industrial Facilities 2008-2012' presents damage cost estimates to health and the environment caused by air pollutants emitted from Europe's industrial facilities.

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Montreal Protocol MOP 26 Adopts 26 Substantive Decisions [viewed]

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP21 November 2014: The 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (VC COP 10) and the 26th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP MOP 26) have concluded in Paris, France, with MOP 26 adopting substantive decisions on: essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs); availability of recovered, recycled or reclaimed halons; and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances.

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Sustainable Transport Advisory Group Sets Priority Areas, 3-Year Work Plan [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has agreed on priority areas and a work plan for its three-year term. The Advisory Group agreed to consider the potential for sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable urbanization and sustainable growth, among other topics, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including the post-2015 development agenda.

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