Atmosphere

UNEP Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Ozone Treaty [viewed]

11 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Government of Switzerland, convened a seminar titled “Protecting our Atmosphere for Generations to Come” on 11 November 2012, marking the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol).

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UNDP Joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has announced that UNDP has joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The Coalition is a partnership among governments, NGOs and international organizations that aims to tackle the challenges posed by short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane, at a global scale.

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UNEP ROWA Convenes Symposium on Alternative Refrigerants in High-Ambient Temperature Countries [viewed]

UNEP20 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), together with the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the ASHRAE-Emirates Falcon Chapter, and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), convened the 2nd Symposium on Alternative Refrigerants in High-Ambient Temperature Countries.

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UNEP Hosts Fumigation Training to Assist with Methyl Bromide Phase-Out in Africa [viewed]

UNEP10 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened phosphine fumigation training in Douala, Cameroon, from 8-10 October 2012. The training aimed to demonstrate available methyl bromide alternatives for the management of stored grain pests, and analyzed the application, efficacy, cost, availability, global warming potential, registration, phytotoxicity, and corrosiveness of alternatives.

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UNEP Executive Director Updates CPR on Climate Change Activities [viewed]

UNEP26 September 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP activities related to climate change, among other activities.

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Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles Programme to Reduce Sulphur Levels and Diesel Emissions [viewed]

26 October 2012: The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) will initiate a new programme to reduce sulphur levels in fuel and tackle diesel emissions, and agreed to complete a lead phase-out campaign. The new programme and lead phase-out agreement was considered at a meeting of the PCFV, which was held from 23-24 November 2012, organized by the FIA Foundation.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Countries to Move Towards Implementation [viewed]

22 October 2012: Addressing participants to the pre-COP 18 Ministerial meeting on climate change held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted that the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18), to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012, provides an opportunity to make a global intervention that "wedges itself between a scientific fact and a widely-held misperception" that the climate change process is ineffective and stuck. 

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African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

22 September 2012: As part of the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), African policy-makers, environmental experts, and industry stakeholders met to discuss options for reducing emissions from SLCPs.

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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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Global Alliance Highlights Climate Change Mitigation Benefits of Clean Cookstoves [viewed]

October 2012: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has prepared a factsheet that identifies a positive correlation between the use of clean cookstoves and climate change mitigation, highlighting that, if well designed, clean cookstoves can reduce emissions associated with cooking with biomass.

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