Atmosphere

IEA Predicts Coal to Nearly Overtake Oil as Top Energy Source by 2017 [viewed]

IEA17 December 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) newly released Medium-Term Coal Market Report (MCMR) predicts that coal will come close to overtaking oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. The report expects rising coal use in every region of the world, except the United States, where cheap and abundant shale gas is displacing coal.

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Montreal Protocol Recognizes UNDP's Contribution to ODS Phase Out [viewed]

10 December 2012: Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, presented an award to Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in recognition of UNDP's “exceptional contribution to the success of the Montreal Protocol.”

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Six Countries Join CCAC, Pledge to Reduce SLCPs [viewed]

6 December 2012: Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Maldives, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) at a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The CCAC aims to catalyze action on reducing black carbon, methane, certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to maximize agricultural, climate, energy and health benefits.

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EEA Report Highlights EU Progress in Phasing Out ODS [viewed]

EEA5 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released an “Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) 2011 Summary” report, which highlights progress in phasing out ODS in Europe. The report provides aggregated data reported by European companies on the production, import, export, destruction and use of ODS in the EU.

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IEA Offers Roadmap to Next Generation Coal Power [viewed]

IEA4 December 2012: In a new publication, titled “Technology Roadmap: High-Efficiency Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) outlines a strategy for installing efficient, next generation coal-burning technologies.

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Mitigation and MRV Newsletter Highlights Capacity-building Efforts [viewed]

November 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) has released the second edition of its quarterly Mitigation Newsletter. The October 2012 newsletter features the Partnership's first Autumn School on MRV, as well as a review of capacity-building workshops in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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WMO Statement Highlights 2012 Global Climate Extremes [viewed]

WMO28 November 2012: According to the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Provisional Statement on the State of Global Climate in 2012, released at the Doha Climate Change Conference on 28 November 2012, the years 2001-2011 were among the warmest on record and the first ten months of 2012 yielded above-average temperatures globally.

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COP 18 Side Event Discusses Viet Nam's Policy Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2012: A panel on Viet Nam's policy responses to climate change and preparations for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) convened during a side event held at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar. The panel also heard about the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and Bilateral Offset Credit Mechanism.

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Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Completes Baseline Study on Thai RAC, Foam Production [viewed]

November 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and Monitoring, Review and Validation (MRV) has released a baseline study on refrigeration, air-conditioning (RAC), and insulation foam production in Thailand, titled “Emission reduction potential and potential Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) sub-sectors in Thailand.”

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World Bank Report Explores Impacts of a Warmer World [viewed]

World Bank18 November 2012: The World Bank has released a scientific report titled, “Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided.”  The report, prepared by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, examines the implications of a four degree Celsius increase in global mean temperatures by the end of the century.

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